The Monday Muse. Embracing the Odd.



Embracing the Odd.

I was often told that if I wanted to be a writer I would need to grow a thick skin.

My papery epidermis has taken a tear or two over the past couple of years, but a comment I received last week was to prove to be my biggest test yet.

It is never nice to be told your work isn’t good. So far, I haven’t yet come across too many unhelpful comments, and most of what I am told is justified, even if I am a little reluctant at first to admit it.

Last week I was given some feedback in relation to a freelance job I was bidding for. The company had asked if I would write a trial piece for them, which is industry code for “we want you to write something for free even though we can see a huge portfolio of your work online.”

I obliged, and it was within an evaluation of this piece (which came from an anonymous ‘evaluator’ that hid behind the name of the company) that I found this pearl of wisdom…

“Your words seemed odd.”

Baffled by the buckets of brilliance that it must have taken to come up with that little whip-smart nugget, I didn’t quite know what to say.

It took the strength of a superhuman not to reply with an equally insightful observation such as “your face is odd”, but instead I printed it out and I pinned it on my pinboard.

Over the past few years, I have started to embrace my eccentricities. So if it shines through my words I’m afraid it’s just the mark of someone who’s becoming a bit more comfortable in their skin… which, funnily enough, is getting ever thicker.




  1. 7 July 2015 / 12:39 am

    Let me first day that his sentence is grammatically uninspiring. Your work is wonderful, interesting and often very beautiful. I love that you pinned it on your board. In the lab, we had our “wall of weird” where we put up odd things that we found, such as “sterile”, never-used pipette tips with a hair trapped in the biological filter!!
    Anyway, good on you for developing your skin and great use of a histology image!

    • 7 July 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you! And I love the fact you know the proper term for that image… that’s my learning for the day ticked off! I like the idea of a wall of weird, I might have to adopt that, perhaps I’ll combine it with a bad feedback wall, I’m sure they will seamlessly blend…

      How the hell does that happen to something that’s supposed to be sterile anyway?!

      • 7 July 2015 / 1:36 pm

        We were super shocked to find it. We can’t figure it out and neither could the supplier.

  2. 7 July 2015 / 2:20 am

    This is wonderful – the idea that you are a writer who writes, well, like you! Embrace your odd words, I do. And I think discovering your voice, tone, and even oddness is not only what makes writers great, but also unique, and high up in the “free thinker” range…you know what I mean. I personally LOVE my cynical, sarcastic words too!

    • 7 July 2015 / 12:06 pm

      And so you should!

      You’ve hit the nail on the head, it was when I started to embrace my quirks that I found my ‘voice’, before then I didn’t have a style at all.

  3. 7 July 2015 / 5:57 am

    “Odd” is new “in” for this evolving era. Time when technology can also breed lab-rat who can write, “oddity” is what makes difference. Love your writing. Just keep on going.

    • 7 July 2015 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you! This is very true, and I’m sure there’s not an algorithm for human quirkiness, so hopefully we’re safe from the robots too… 😉

  4. 7 July 2015 / 10:41 am

    I tracked down your published Popshot piece last week. It’s excellent. Their loss, your motivational gain. 🙂 Keep going, Odd-girl.

    • 7 July 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you. Your opinion is probably much better informed, I’m sure they did no such tracking down. Might have to adopt that nickname.

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