First writing exercise for this month
is my alternative CV … hm … So I think this should be something that’s like me?
Rhyming–more or less–is part, too
“Despite Autumn” (13/09/2015)
… and writing of course
English is like make-up
I wrote this for a MOOC I participated in.
I wrote my first stories when I did not yet know how to spell properly. So I substituted the difficult words with drawings in the middle of sentences. Poems, diaries, two novels (that patiently wait for my sporadic attention), blogs (https://naddysheridan.wordpress.com & http://friedaaltmann.wordpress.com) and random short stories are part of understanding life. They are friends and foes alike: friends if I can use them to make sense out of the mess in my head, and foes if they are a mirror I do not want to look into.
As I grew older and learned English in school. I fell in love with the language. English lends itself to story telling, maybe because it is not as precise a language as German? Maybe it is because even with the most basic knowledge I was already able to tell stories. Yet, writing in English came with an unexpected benefit. I could hide behind it.
English is not my mother tongue so anything I write is slightly dissociated from my Self. It is like putting make-up on in the morning to hide behind a thin mask of perfection. English is a thin mask of not quite what I would say, how I would say it in German or who I am, and yet still me. The features are still clear but you cannot see the scars, the spots, and the shiny nose. So writing in English will show me but not quite. Writing in English unexpectedly created a safe space; a room to express, experiment, argue, be cynical, funny, and sometimes go outright bonkers. English is a space where repercussions hold the superposition between reality and fiction—never entirely true either way.
Now you know quite a bit about me
There is also always the urge to understand. How do we learn? How do we make sense of the world? How do we gain agency, Weltaneignung, grow, keep on going, learn, and learn again?
Now don’t forget to dance!
… or hop around