On being seen…

There's a lovely foolish Monty Python "military" training film on 'How Not To Be Seen.'  In the clip, people are hiding, NOT BEING SEEN, and then they are asked to stand up. Once they do so, they are either shot or blown to smithereens. I feel viewing this in my formative teens MAY have had…

Thats it, I’m done.

I can't do it anymore. I took a break, I tried again, I hated every minute.  I've spent I don't know how many dollars and hours taking writing courses over the years. I took them to learn the trade, to force the inspiration, to try to get closer to some real, for life publication.  I've…

So, about that being a writer….

from:http://writerscircle.com/2013/09/writing-perspectives-so-you-want-to-be-a-writer.html So You Want to Be a Writer By Charles Bukowski if it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don't do it. if you have to sit for hours staring at…

On anger, depression, Robin Williams, Terry Pratchett, and writing

I read an article yesterday by Neil Gaiman about Terry Pratchett, author of the fantastic, funny, wise, and seriously wonderful Discworld series. Neil was asked about Terry, about how he must be such fun. Neil told a story of Terry, about how he'd been furious one time and about how he'd told Neil that it…

Oh, Mae West, how I wish I’d known you…

"Whenever I have to choose between two evils, I always like to try the one I haven't tried before", she said. She sounds like me, totally resistant to treading the same path, always looking for new experiences, unable to commit to a true path, even in evils. I'm doing the 3rd chapter of The Artist's…

#3Daynovel: day one

So yesterday I had come up with all the reasons why I wanted to spend yet another glorious Labour Day weekend hunched over a computer trying to wrench words out of my head. Perhaps it will rain, I reasoned. Maybe it will be cold and grey and I won't feel like I'm missing the last…

The warped door

In every life, there seems to be a closet of unresolved feelings, undealt-with crises, unhealed wounds. I know I have one, and sometimes  it's all I can do to shove things in there out of my everyday sight so that I can focus on what needs to be done to get myself around in a…

Revisiting THE ARTIST’S WAY

Julia Cameron has made a life out of morning pages, those three pages of brain dump that she encourages everyone to do every morning without fail. In The Artist's Wayshe starts her journey, to be followed by many more books on the same theme. Like Natalie Goldman, she says the same things, over and over.…

How do you know when it’s ready?

I'm delighted to report my wonderful, smart, and confident niece has written and self-published her first book and is now marketing it to bookstores in her area, as well as on Amazon. It's called "Crescent" and I'll link to it here. When I first heard about this, though, I was startled to find in my…

Connecting with your inner wild thing

Ever since I got this darn disease, I've been surrounded by people who want me to be careful, take it easy, look after myself, rest. I appreciate their looking out for me, and my friends have graciously supported me and saved me from errors, but it's the general run of noise from strangers that makes…