When you design a dam, you make it big enough to hold more water than you ever expect to encounter. When you screw up, and water starts flowing over the dam (usually causing the dam to fail), it’s called overtopping.
When you’re in medical school, you expect that you can do enough writing so as to record all ideas that you ever expect to encounter. When you screw up, and ideas start backing up, it’s called overtopping.
I started using Post It’s. A wonderful invention. I stick Yellow notes on the wall by my desk for “To Dos” and magenta for “Cool thought; should work out in writing”. At this present time, I have four yellow notes (three of them have all their items crossed off so that I can feel gratified at seeing that I do do things), and 14 magenta notes (none of them have been scratched off). Needless to say, I can’t write 14 pieces, and I don’t expect the flow of ideas will slow. So my only option is to write short, poorly edited pieces. I just want to get them off my wall and make more room for more ideas. Naturally, this give you my reader the wonderful opportunity to say which (if any) of these ideas you find interesting. I like to talk about what other people are interested in; your interest may reignite my own. So please comment!
And now, without further ado (what is ‘ado’ anyways?)…