Hello there. Sorry about not blogging on Tuesday, I was still in a coma from meeting this guy: Yeah. He's really, really sweet, folks. Now, it's entirely possible that I haven't entirely recovered my equilibrium yet, because all I can think of to share with you today is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKD0KbJi9Lo See, I know he's talking … Continue reading Only You Know.
"Sometimes when you're overwhelmed by a situation - when you're in the darkest of darkness - that's when your priorities are reordered." -Phoebe Snow Hi. Possibly you've noticed the lack of blogging lately. If so, you'll know why I've chosen this quote to share. Not that I'm in the darkest of darkness, exactly, although some … Continue reading
Whenever I'm stuck on what to study next, or (to be entirely honest) when I have a blog post deadline and nothing to say, there are a few places I find myself naturally drawn to. One of these frequent haunts is the Now Novel blog. They recently posted a fantastic list of tips for writing … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 9.
“Fame is hollow. It amplifies what is there. If there is any self-doubt, or hatred, or lack of ability to connect with people, fame will magnify it.” —Alanis Morissette This quote is shamelessly stolen (sourced) from Austin Kleon's blog. And listen, if you don't know who Austin Kleon is, you should. He's the real inspiration. … Continue reading Magnifying the Hollowness.
"Why, courage, then! what cannot be avoided 'Twere childish weakness to lament or fear." -Shakespeare, Henry VI, pt. 3 Oof. There's been a lot going on this year. This past month, in particular, has contained so much stuff that has made me want to lament and fear. In fact, as I'm writing this, I just … Continue reading What Cannot be Avoided.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hnI7yhIWGY "So you write down a word but it's not the right word, So you try a new word but you hate the new word And you need a good word but you can't find the word Oh where is it, what is it, what is it, where is it..." Shakespeare just gets it.
I love watching The Greats struggle, don't you? Not (necessarily) in a sadistic way, but just because it's comforting to know that stuff doesn't always go smoothly for them. For example, here's an excerpt from a letter Charles Dickens wrote to a friend while he was working on Little Dorrit: "Prowling about the rooms, sitting … Continue reading Prowling About.
"If there is no room in poetry for difficulty, where is difficulty to go? Just as poetry provides a home for ambiguity, it offers difficulty a place to be dramatized if not solved." -Billy Collins He goes on, however, to emphasize that there is a difference between wrestling with difficulty and deliberately making things obscure.
"To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist." -Jasper Johns I recently discovered Jasper Johns. He's got some good stuff to say about art and the creative process. As usual, swap in the word "writer" for "artist." Or just shrug and say "A writer is … Continue reading Give Up Everything.
"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." -Cicero, c. 43 BCE I guess some things never change. Maybe things aren't as bad as we think they are. Either that, or things are always horrible.