Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

Medieval Writing, by Hans Splinter, WANA Commons
Medieval Writing, by Hans Splinter, WANA Commons

My mantra for this Round is “ars longa, vita brevis” (loose translation: Art takes time and life is short).  From time to time, I may hold forth on this subject, as the muse moves me.

Today was one of the whirlwind trips to New York City to see one of my growing numbers of doctors, my surgeon who performed my shoulder replacement in Fall 2013.  Seeing him reminds me of the quality of life (or lack thereof) that I had before the surgery, and of the fragility of life, especially due to the pulmonary embolism that put me in the ICU following the surgery.

Today also offered me much in the way of fodder for fiction, from the expensively dressed, all-too-self-aware young woman dishing very personal information over the phone in the middle of the Pain Quotidien at Park and 34th (yikes), to the twenty-something behind me on the return train, trying to sound very, very important over the phone, all the while kicking the back of my seat like a four-year-old.

Major Goal:  Learn the Craft

I was not in the mood today to do any workshops or craft lessons, but I put in my earphones, turned on the Braveheart soundtrack, and worked through not one, but two worksheets from a DIYMFA course.  All in all, I spent about an hour and a half. Yay, me!

Protect Time

Schedule one hour every day to learn the craft.  Go through the exercises.  Life happens, but I must make time at least 4  out of 7 days.  Yes, for today, definitely.


Whatever I have to in order to learn how to write what I want to express.  No fiction today, and therefore no WIPpet Wednesday, but next week looks promising.


With RoWers twice a week, both my assigned folks and others as possible. On track.

Rejoin WIPpet Wednesday, even if only with things written  as exercises.  I need the accountability and the critique. Nope, not yet.

Take care of myself

Go to the doctors, do all the tests, and endeavor to do what I’m told as follow-up. Yes, done and planned.

Avail myself of the hospice aftercare services. Not yet, although I am calling them tomorrow.

Please go visit around the other ROWers, whom you can find here.  Encourage as you can, share strategies, make friends.  It is a wonderful community.If you are unfamiliar with a Round of Words, or ROW80, click here to read more about it from the creator of the challenge, Kait Nolan. It is a writing challenge that “knows you have a life.” Its flexibility is often helpful.

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4 thoughts on “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”

  1. I like your goal of spending some time learning craft, Elizabeth. I never feel up to the task of writing, even when I know I am writing and am a “writer” in that sense…. I may steal that goal to use as one of my own. 😀

    It’s nice you mentioned WIPpet Wednesday as well. It’d be nice to see you there again.

    In all, good progress with so much going on in your life.

  2. Excellent job fellow sponsor!! 🙂

    Life is indeed short yet full of surprises. I’ll be around ROW80 and WIPpet Weds. Some days will fall short, but as long as you keep going you will get through.

    Congrats on coursework visiting goals. I am do well thus far as being a sponsor. Three cheers!

    Good choice of music, I like anything Afro-Celtic or Irish. See you around the interwebs.

  3. doing as one is told I always find the hardest thing with illness etc – after a lifetime of knowing best! all the best- despite all you have achieved – folk using phones in public are a hoot aren’t they and as you say good fodder:)

  4. Iy, yi, yi Elizabeth. It is so hard to keep our focus on the craft and WIP when we have these necessary outside forces bombarding us all the time. We lose momentum and can be easily discouraged. I think your plan is balanced and I totally respect your quest to move forward with your work. I wish you expedient healing and patience through the process. I have CFS and understand just how difficult having an illness can be. So hang in there my dear friend. ((Hugs))

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