Chasing rainbows: An autoethnography of writing between the words

Donna Henson*

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This piece began, as I imagine many do, with the inspiration of an impending deadline. To paraphrase Leonard Bernstein, there is nothing like “a plan and not quite enough time” to make things happen. An unfortunate philosophy perhaps to live and write by, but one, I find, that defines my present reality and makes words happen. For me, writing is about showing up to work and listening—listening for the sparking of words and meaning that leads me somewhere. In lyrical and theoretical work, I rarely know quite where I'm going. The fun—and frustration—lies in getting there.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeparting Radically in Academic Writing: Alternative Approaches to Writing and Methods in Qualitative Research
EditorsElizabeth Mackinlay, Karen Madden
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781000926675, 9781003360766
ISBN (Print)9781032419961
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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