Writers, Draw Your Swords! NaNoWriMo Is At The Door

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NaNoWriMo, the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month is a project where writers around the globe gear up to finish a 50,000 word novel in a month, in November. Sounds like a mayhem, right?

Then, its exactly the reason to dive in.

After much consideration, I have decided to dive in and see what really becomes of me. The target is to write 1,667 words a day, well, in consistent with the everyday life and the gruesome fall semester when November is the toughest month with a pile of assignments and paperworks to do. And one thousand five hundred twenty three other things! 

There are too many reasons to give up, only one to try. Murphy’s Law is always in action. Things that are bound to go wrong, will go wrong. Thus, there is no perfect time. No perfect reason. Only time, only now.

A good-enough novel violently written now is better than a perfect novel meticulously written never. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

My target is not the 50,000 word mark, my aim is to get that story rolling, no matter how horrible or stupid.

And if I fail, it’ll just add up in that huge bin of things I tried.

The world needs your novel. – NaNoWriMo

Til’ the next post!

Alfa

P.S. What are you thinking? Won’t you join along?

The Ambidextrous Project: Season 2 Finale

How often is it that we use our non-dominant hand? Sometimes. Rarely.

Why?

Because we never thought so. Too subtle to remember.

The Ambidextrous Project began as a fun endeavor at the first bench of my class, persuading my friends to try and use their non-dominant hands. We started by writing at the last pages of our notebooks. And now, the second season run from August 13 to September 13 has come to an end.

Here’s a collection of photograph from this season.

 

A big thank you to everyone who contributed their photographs!

There are no wrong hands.

Season 3 awaits!


Left Handed Writer,

Alfa

The Ambidextrous Project: From papers to dinner tables

I won’t say I’ve been lazy. I’ll just say I have been absorbed deeply into thinking, as The Ambidextrous Project discreetly travelled from blog posts, Facebook updates, instagram photos to dinner tables and tea gatherings at home.

When your little project becomes the conversation topic in family gatherings, it’s a proud moment. When we talk about exercising the non-dominant hand to exercise the brain, “Hand works, but brain doesn’t,” my sister and aunt add a bit of humor.

My uncle talked about the use of abacus to practice the non-dominant hand through the medium of mathematics. My mom says she will join along.

Handedness served as the desert alongside main course!

And my friends have been up with some interesting ideas too.

Here’s an amazing gif by Ben from his ambidextrous project.

And I have some friends who have painted silhouettes with their left hand, some of them who believe this to be their “fun festival”, some other who believe its like yoga or meditation, some of them who write exceptionally well with their non-dominant hand right at their debut season this time and some others who are brushing their teeth with their left hand.

See, there are no wrong hands! (It’s biology, let the brains decide!)

Curious about handedness, I managed to finished two books on lefties this summer; The Left Stuff by Melissa Roth and The Left Handed Book by James T. deKay.

Some interesting excerpts from the book The Left Stuff: How the Left-Handed Have Survived and Thrived in a Right-Handed World. A book just for lefties, but for anyone who wants to marvel at the mystery of the human body.

Lefties as parameters:

In cross cultural studies conducted by social scientists, the percentage of left-handers in a society can serve as a barometer for that society’s tolerance for difference.

Handedness is not absolute:

Because so few people use only one hand to do everything, handedness is more of a continuum than an either/or identity.

Worried that lefties are more disorganized?

No one ever conducts studies of right-handers to determine what percentage has autoimmune disorders and other pathologies, so in the end, it boils down to what Ward refers to as “a numbers game”. In other words, left-handers only appear to have more problems because there are fewer of them to start out with, which results in fewer of them with no problems.

It takes two to tango (or salsa!):

“The two sides of the body always do complementary things; one supports and the other acts,” explains Ward. “Think of ballet dancers spinning on one toe. It’s all about optimal coordination of body movement patterns.”

The secret behind the lefty power:

Growing up surrounded by right-handed equipment, instrument, appliances, and tools, lefties give their non dominant side more exercise than the average righty. Biomechanics research has revealed that training the non-dominant side of the body actually enhances the dominant side-something known as the cross-training effect-since the body’s neural network is integrated on both sides.

Handedness is a beautiful mystery of nature, there’s only so much to discover about our little brains hidden inside the cranium.

Right hand. Left hand. Who remembers? The hands are so essential that we often forget about them. Now you won’t.


A big thank you to everyone trying their customized ambidextrous project, the ones following it regularly and inspiring me!

A left handed writer,

Alfa

I’d love to hear your ideas on handedness! Drop a comment.

The Ambidextrous Project: Season 2 Week 1

It’s back! No, not the flat 50% sale, I am talking about The Ambidextrous Project, in its second season.

So what is The Ambidextrous Project?

A tiny little project that I run on my blog, facebook and instagram filling your newsfeed with photographs and posts of my almost illegible looking handwriting written with my non-dominant hand, which would be the right hand. (Yup, you’re right, I’m a Southpaw, a leftie!). While I invite everyone to try and have fun writing with their non-dominant hands, filling the newsfeed of their friends and friends of friends with their equally funny looking handwritings. This ain’t a handwriting competition.

A little DISCLAIMER here and there:

Unlike the name, ambidextrous, which means the ability to use both hands with equal competency, the aim of the project is not to become one. Only 1% of the population is believed to be truly ambidextrous, which is due to the biological instances of the wondrous instrument named the human brain, which I hear likes to hide inside a bony structure called cranium. And switching hands is also what we’re NOT doing.

I’m just trying to make my non-dominant hand a little more competent, and may be hoping somewhere deep inside that my right handed counterparts will understand that being left handed is absolutely normal for the Lefties around the world. (Nothing too magical or weird about that!), and may be get the little world taking about handedness and the normalcy and magics of the human mind!

This season will follow through August 13 to September 13. One of the many reasons I chose August 13, was also because it is the International Left Handers Day.

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Let it rain then! Join along, you might find or remember something about yourself!

A rerun from last December:

The Ambidextrous Project: Day 1

The Ambidextrous Project: Insights

The Ambidextrous Project: Reflections


The Left Handed Writer cum Dreamer,

Alfa