David Sedaris, on writing:
I had to have a root canal recently. And it took place over three continents. I was on a plane going from one continent to another, going from Australia to Japan and then going to the United States, and coming to England, with a big ice pack on my jaw. I thought “Well, I’ll write about it.” I don’t know what other people do. I don’t know how they handle things.
This quote really struck a chord with me today, because I need to deal with what happened yesterday. Though much of the day was brightened by conversations with coworkers whom I like and don’t see nearly often enough, it was overshadowed by a heated discussion with a superior that nearly turned into a full-blown argument. I am still irritated, and the only way I’m going to be able to deal with it is by writing about it. Some of what I write may ultimately go into an e-mail to that person, but not until the process of writing has calmed me down!