La Otra Mano

I came across this billboard beer advertisement a few weeks ago: “Mientras escribes tu destino, tienes la otra mano libre.” Loosely translated (very loosely) it means, “While you’re writing your destiny, you have another hand free.” (Forgetting, I suppose, that many people type these days and use both hands, but whatever.) I don’t think it’s encouraging writers to become alcoholics, but I had to admit I thought of Ernest Hemingway, and I think he would’ve chuckled. (Did Hemingway chuckle? Or did he brood? Or something else entirely? I can’t imagine him sprinting through fields of daisies with his arms thrown out in glee, but I don’t know enough about him to guess about chuckling.)

But the billboard has made me think a little. One’s brain is not always focused on writing. It does other things. And what if you’re waiting for feedback on a manuscript from brilliant writer friends? Do you start a new manuscript? Or do you let your brain revel in those other things? Or do you just drink yourself into a stupor? That last one isn’t such an option while pregnant, so I’m reading, playing with Z, and thinking about what I might write next.

Besides, it’s too cold for beer anyway. I’ll save it for May, after the baby comes.


  1. Maggie · November 11, 2011

    The mental image of Hemingway sprinting through fields of daisies made me laugh out loud. 😀

    • Beth Hull · November 11, 2011

      Glad I could make you laugh, Maggie! For some reason, imagining him doing undignified things makes me laugh, too.

  2. ^H (Sean) · November 12, 2011

    A drink in the other hand is more socially acceptable today than a cigarette (or a hundred of them), which is bad for baby, too.

    At the same time, I prefer something milder when I’m writing. A cup of coffee will suffice.

    • Beth Hull · November 12, 2011

      Sean, I prefer something milder, too. The danger with hot beverages, when I’m on a roll, is that I forget about them. Nothing worse than tepid tea or coffee. Then again, if I’m stuck, tea/coffee is the perfect excuse to sit back & sip.

  3. Vic · November 25, 2011

    I say write write write! Get out whatever is mulling around in your head, regardless of where you’re at with a manuscript or a submission of any other kind. Write with one hand, both hands, a pen, a computer, a pencil, whatever. Write! And my thought on Hemingway is that if he did chuckle, then it was probably a sinister sounding chuckle – I’m not hearing a “delightful” chuckle from that guy 🙂

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