That’s Interesting

#Disability Mentoring Day at the White House

Looking forward to speaking to some fantastic students at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building today for Disability Mentoring Day event organized by Claudia Gordon.



Great pictures of the panel I was on with Andy Imparato, Anupa Ayer, and with Leah Katz-Hernandez as moderator


#Cosplay Appreciation Day

In reference to the frenzy on Twitter, Facebook, and a variety of blogs and tumblr sites relating to Cosplay and “real” nerds/geeks/fans, I just want to say two things. (If you want to read more of the ugly details, a Search will give you everything. I’d just like to keep things relatively positive.)

1. I hope Cosplay Appreciation Day will be an annual event. It’s a great opportunity to give the requisite respect and appreciation to people who have really put together some beautiful, awe-inspiring costumes. I also think being able to do so for more than those few days at a convention is fantastic.

2. As a writer, I can only hope that one day I can create characters that are real enough, and resonate enough, and other people will love enough to Cosplay them or write fanfic about them (not to denigrate other expressions of fandom). I think it one of the greatest compliments a creator could ever receive.

Update – Snowy and Windy with a Chance of Underwear???

The snowfall is lessening but the winds are pretty high.  The amusing/interesting thing – we just saw SOMEBODY’S underwear being blown down the street in the snow.  It makes you wonder, what is the story behind that…

Argh!  And we weren’t quick enough with the camera to get a pic!

Left Brain versus Right Brain

Spinning Lady - Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

Spinning Lady - Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

So, are you Left Brained or Right Brained?  If the dancer spins clockwise, you are Right Brained.  If the dancer spins counter-clockwise, you are Left Brained.   

Saw this on the website for the Herald Sun. The theory of the structure and functions of the brain suggests that two different sides of the brain control two different “modes” of thinking. And while brain research confirms that both sides of the brain are involved in nearly every human activity, we do know that the left side of the brain is the seat of language and processes in a logical and sequential order. The right side is more visual and processes intuitively, holistically, and randomly.

Most people have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes.

Left Brain:  uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule, forms strategies, practical

Right Brain:  uses feeling, “big picture” oriented, imagination rules, can “get it” (i.e. meaning), impetuous 

I wonder how this impacts my writing and work? Because of my job, I have to be organized and fact-based and detail-oriented; yet I know I rely heavily on my “intuition” as to how a piece of legislation is likely to go when the votes come in, and on where a story needs to go. The question is, how can one take this information and use it to help with the process of how things get done. Just musing aloud.

Other resources with more information about Left Brain thinking vs. Right Brain :  by Dr. Frank Templeton.