I owe this blog to Cindy Kloosterman and her remembrance of a dot in her life, her Aunt Edna. Cindy was inspired to think about the dots after reading Bill Gates' book. Now I've been thinking about dots and will need to go read the book as well.
Thinking more about dots this morning as I sat in meetings, about the pointillism of our existence. We're layers of dots, making up quarks, atomic particles, atoms, molecules, moments. Each second and nanosecond is a dot connecting us to the next. Dots of seconds build into dots of minutes, dots of hours, days, weeks, months, years, centuries. Dots create and reinforce our bubbles...the dots of friends, families, interests, hobbies, activities, and work.
Our lives are dots. Fiction writing is about creating and connecting dots between what we've learned and imagined, and what the characters in our minds do, and then telling the stories to readers through dots called words, using dots called letters, via dots called books. Some of us see some of the dots but can't find the dots to tell the story. It seems others connect dots more effortlessly.
Police work is connecting dots between what happened and the evidence and the law and the people and their intents. Education seems like it helps people understand the dots are out there and then helps them connect them and find which dots they most enjoy, preserving our knowledge, the bridge of dots between the present and the past. Corporate work is all about dots and connecting them. Meetings, emails, phone calls...dot dot dot. Plan a new product or service, create the business case, gain approval...dot dot dot. Talk, remember and reinforce decisions, find new information, change decisions...dot dot dot. Establish the product plan, the milestones, develop, test, retest...dot dot dot dot dot. You hear the dots in conversations. Did you connect with Bill and ask about the tests? What did Bill say? The meeting, the conversation, Bill and the tests are dots. The more dots connect you to activities, the better informed you are. The better informed you are, the better your chances of doing a good job and being successful. Doing a better job will create more dotportunities to connect, learn and participate. Call it The Dot Theory.
We see it happening all the time. When only one person can fulfill a role, then you have the potential for single point of failure, sorry, the single dot of failure. When you are connected by few dots, your connections are tenuous. That's where I find myself at work. Not many dots in my plane of work existence. Sometimes it is so frustrating and despairing, it makes me dot-gone mad.
So I fall back on the writing dots, themselves as hard to manage as the rest of the dot world. Write a novel, find an agent, get it published, or write a novel and self-publish, or write a short story, get it published...dot dot dot.
That's all for now. The feline dots are up, demanding to be fed. They understand the dots.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com