Too Happy to Write?

I know what you’re thinking; give me these problems!  But I wonder if this truly exists.  I think about this now because, as I mentioned in a previous post, in Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, he describes the main character’s ex-girlfriend, who he hired to be his office manager, but then (unwisely) did not fire after they broke up, going through a period where she experienced this phenomenon.  She used to write poetry, but then found that, in this blissful “honeymoon” period of their relationship, she was simply too happy to write. Continue reading

One Word at a Time

If you have ever thought seriously about writing a book, it is hard not to become quickly overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the task.  I am not telling you anything you don’t know here, and not judging, at all.  I share this truth because I have been there.  But if you let your book stop there, inertia wins, and your book never gets written.  I have decided to come at the process from the opposite direction, not picturing the work as a whole, but realizing that a book is made out of chapters, each chapter made out of paragraphs, each paragraph made out of sentences, each sentence made out of words.  I’m going to start with the words.

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Succeed, or Die Trying

Speaking of the need for every man to strive for excellence, president Theodore Roosevelt declared:

“[and] if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that is place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

This reminds me of another of my favorite quotes, by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

” ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

What is holding us back?  Are we paralyzed by the fear of rejection?  The fear of failure?  We need to get off our butts and try.

  • You can’t win if you don’t play;
  • You can’t succeed if you don’t try;
  • You can’t love without facing the risk of being rejected or losing that love.

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.  But I don’t want to hang out with “those cold and timid souls.”  Do you?  I’m going on to glory, or out with a bang, but I’m not going out like that!

What does art do?

Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

What does art do for you?  Does it inspire?  Make you smile?  Push you forward?  Make you happy?  Make you sad?  Make you crazy???

And by “art” I don’t mean just painting, but sculpture, cinema, theater, and of course writing.  And I ask both you as a consumer and as a creator.  An art enthusiast and an artist. Continue reading