Hey everybody! So, to get the first bit of business out of the way, as well as to explain the title, I'm going to let you know that for the month of November, I'm going to suspend the usual schedule of "Learning From" posts. But don't worry, I'll be picking it back up, and we'll … Continue reading November Change-Up.
"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is." --Jackson Pollock Isn't it interesting how often quotes from artists are interdisciplinary? I find the creative mind endlessly fascinating. Although Jackson Pollock was a painter, his quote applies exceptionally well to writing. As writers, particularly writers of fiction, we may strive for individual characters or … Continue reading Self-Discovery.
Okay, so I know it's Sunday, and therefore you aren't expecting a post from me, and also this has nothing to do with my writing... But guess what? Today is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. A happy few of us Shakespeare nerds, banded together in brother-and-sisterhood by Good Tickle Brain herself, roused … Continue reading #Agincourt600
"I don’t believe in writer’s block. Think about it — when you were blocked in college and had to write a paper, didn’t it always manage to fix itself the night before the paper was due? Writer’s block is having too much time on your hands. If you have a limited amount of time to … Continue reading Learning From Jodi Picoult.
What comes to your mind when you think of T. S. Eliot? "Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table..." "April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with … Continue reading Practical Cats.
I awake at 5:30, work until 8:00, eat breakfast at home, work until 10:00, walk a few blocks into town, do errands, go to the nearby municipal swimming pool, which I have all to myself, and swim for half an hour, return home at 11:45, read the mail, eat lunch at noon. In the afternoon … Continue reading Learning From Kurt Vonnegut.
Isn't it beautiful that the Japanese language has a word for this? Sunlight filtering through leaves, and the gentle, moving shadows it creates, is one of the most lovely things God has given us, but it is one that is so often ignored or taken for granted. Simply knowing that there is a word for … Continue reading Komorebi.
I'm going to start out by saying that Henry Miller sounds like the exact kind of author (and person) that I try to avoid. I have no intention of familiarizing myself with his work or character beyond a quick Wikipedia scan. However, that's not to say I'm not getting anything out of this. You don't … Continue reading Learning From Henry Miller.
I don't know why, I'm just feeling really classic lately... So here's some Byron for your reading pleasure. I have to say, I find it rather funny that he was praising her purity and innocence, given his own reputation for being "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Certainly says something about human nature, doesn't it? How … Continue reading Danger and Purity.