Reminder: Don’t Give Up

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.

And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this.

And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.

And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile.

You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

– Ira Glass


A reminder to myself, and to anyone out there who needs this.

That with each day that passes, with every story that I write, I am improving little by little and that makes all the difference. That I’m not giving up, despite all my insecurities.

It takes time.


I needed this today.

Brief blog post, but thank you for reading!

Love, Nicole.

Fear

So my poem Fear has been published in a magazine! The Hourglass magazine is now available in print here.

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Some of the proceeds will go to the schooling of less fortunate children in the Philippines. The publishers will donate to a charity, Virlanie Foundation and will also give books to a family support group in Philippine General Hospital during Christmas.

I’m rather excited as it’s my first poem in print! My pen name is Nicolet WW, and it’s the first time I’m seeing it written that way and I’m so excited.

Please do support me by getting the magazine!

Thank you for reading.

Nicole.

Medical Books TBR

Tumblr has the best sources for stuff that I like. I’ve been following some Medblrs, and they’ve come up with a list of books that every doctor should attempt to read.

Being a lover of books, I’ve decided to put the list up in case anyone would like to get them for me *hint*, or if you’d like to purchase them for yourself to enjoy. I’ll probably update this list from time to time too.

But here they are!


 

Recommended:

1. Every Patient Tells A Story – Lisa Sanders M.D.
2. Informed Consent – Benjamin J. Brown M.D.
3. Medical School Admissions Guide – Suzanne Miller
4. Medical School Interview – Fleenor
5. The Mindful Medical Student – Jeremy Spiegel
6. Med School Confidential – Robert H. Miller
7. Becoming A Physician – Jennifer Danek
8. On Call – Emily R. Transue M.D.
9. Hot Lights, Cold Steel – Michael J. Collins
10. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs – Michael J. Collins
11. The Night Shift – Brian Goldman
12. The House of God – Samuel Shem
13. Kill As Few Patients As Possible (And 56 other ways on how to be the world’s best doctor) – Oscar London
14. The Secret Language of Doctors – Brian Goldman
15. How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman
16. First, Do No Harm – Lisa Belkin
17. Better – Atul Gawande
18. Complications – Atul Gawande
19. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
20. The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
21. The Real Doctor Will See you Shortly – Matt Mccarthy
22. Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality – Pauline Chen

 

 


 

That’s all for today’s random blog post.

Thank you for reading!

Love, Nicole.

Welcome!

Hello world! Welcome to my blog! The world has changed so much so that blogs are not really the ‘in’ thing anymore. However, I was born in a time when blogs were all the rage, and they’ve been a fondness of mine. I’ve had several blogs, all serving to document specific moments in my life, and they exist somewhere in the world wide web, guarded preciously with “Only Me” settings.

Today I present to you Victorious Heart 2.0, a public domain for my ever changing moods, my writing, and everything about my medical life that does not break any laws. Confidentiality ones especially.

I’ve a Tumblr which will probably have posts similar to that on the blog, if you fancy being on Tumblr more. I also have a Facebook account for writing related stuff. All this links will be up somewhere on the blog when I’ve had more time to configure it. This is merely a HELLO THERE so that it doesn’t look too bare for now.

Hello there. Please do stay. I promise I won’t bite. Unless you ask for it.

Love, Nicole.