We’ve all been in dark places. And when you’re in that place you cannot see any way that it can get better. People are always trying to tell you to hold on, that things will change, but in that moment it’s just meaningless sounds. It’s well-meaning, but does not help.
I have, however, found something that can help: laughter. It’s not a cure, but it can be the first step on the road to recovery. Laughter can make a bad day, or even week or year, better. Once you’ve laughed the bad things are still there but you might just be better able to deal with them. This is why I blog: I want to make people laugh.
There is a ministry called Smiles Unlimited. Their mission is to bring joy and laughter to those who need it the most. They are a big inspiration to me and I’ve adapted their prayer and started to use it as my own.
This world is broken. Many people are willing to say this, but it ends there. I don’t want to say it and not try to help. I want to do what I can to make things better. If I can make a difference in just one life it will be enough because one better life is a world that is one tiny step improved.
So that’s the “cartoons” part of my blog. What about the creative writing?
Well, that a bit easier to explain. I feel pretty much the same about creative writing, whether it is reading the books or writing them, than I do about laughter. It’s escapism, a world of imagination where you can hide from your problems.
I started writing at 14 in an attempt to deal with my emotional pain. It was a healthier coping mechanism than some others I tried. Eventually it became more than a coping mechanism – it is now a way of life. At 18 I participated in my first NaNoWriMo and wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. I learnt in that month how hard writing really is, and I still want to do it with my whole heart. Including that first time, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo five times and won four of them.
So if you’re still reading… maybe you want to know who I am?
Hi, my name is Elana. I’m 23. It’s nice to meet you. 🙂
Towards the end of high school I finally realised that my path does not lie in any of the traditional routes. Not a nurse, account, teacher, engineer or scientist. I wanted to go to the deepest roots of what makes our society, all human interaction, and – indeed – all other careers possible. So I went to university to study language and left four years later with a degree in English, all the other languages I tried having fallen by the wayside. Now I’m an editor, but I won’t touch literary editing at all, unless it’s my own drafts that need revising.
I am also a nerd. It’s not an insult anymore. Nerds everywhere have reclaimed the term and the right to enjoy our interests, whether it’s pop culture or science. I like being a fan of things. I like being with other fans and have the opportunity to analyse and geek out about our mutual passions.
When I was 19 and in second year at university this blog happened. It’s changed a lot since then, just like I’ve changed a lot. I became a feminist at university and it started to reflect on the blog. I became much more openly nerdy rather than being ashamed about it and that showed up on the blog as well. As I continue to change and evolve in the future I can only assume that this will also show up on the blog and it will evolve too.
I hope you enjoy my blog and that you laugh at least once today (it doesn’t have to be at my stuff, obviously).
I only type with seven fingers though I’m reasonably speedy. I also only have fingerprints on half my fingers so if I want to commit any crimes…