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.



23 Comment

  1. 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!

    1. 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?!

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

  2. 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!

    1. 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. “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.

    1. 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. Andy says: Reply

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

    1. 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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