I take down notes, thoughts, quotes, overheard fragments of conversations, and phrases that are cool or quirky when taken out of context. I do this all the time. I jot them on post-its, in one of the numerous notebooks I carry, and in the margins of my notes from classes and meetings. I also doodle. The act of the pen moving helps me think.

I don’t always jot down attributions, though.

My “Marginalia” posts will be random little bits of things I have collected over the years – a peek into the inner workings of me, things that have piqued my interested over time.

Today – post-its that surround my left monitor at work.

Left (primary) monitor at work, and the notes I've posted there.

Left (primary) monitor at work, and the notes I’ve posted there.

  • Go on – Do it – Don’t be afraid!  (Something Mur Lafferty said in one of her “I Should Be Writing” podcast episodes)
  • People talk about escapism as if it’s a bad thing…once you’ve escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn’t have before – Neil Gaimen
  • The whole point of being an artist: you don’t have any limits or constrains, unless you put them on yourself, of course. – Macy Gray
  • Just because you know the trick doesn’t mean that the magic is dead. [Chuck] – Wendig (language warning)
  • xxx – three e-mail accounts I need to check at work
  • xxx- 6 fields I need when preparing a spreadsheet for ingest into a database
  • Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away….
  • xxx – height and width restrictions on books that can be processed on one vendor’s scanner
  • “We don’t know where this is going, but we’re not going to get left behind” Wendall Porter  news.ufl.edu/2013/03/20/MOOCS (apparently they changed the URL from what I wrote down)
  • Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss
  • Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way – Viktor E. Frankl

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August 2014