Got this jolt from Blake today in a coffee house…
Degrade first the Arts if you’d Mankind Degrade.
Hire Idiots to Paint with cold light & hot shade:
Give high Price for the worst, leave the best in disgrace,
And with Labours of Ignorance fill every place.
(I’ve nothing to add.)
I have only posted about Self-pubbing once, wherein I talk about the downside to the “Revolution.” This post by Kristen Lamb is well-considered and well-written. I encourage all Indie-pubbers out here to read it.
My gift to you for Krampus Day… Backup all the data that you care about keeping onto a cloud storage.
I’m an IT Pro for a University, and every couple of months we see a tear-smeared student lamenting the loss (more…)
After I have done all that I listed here I finally get to sit down at the keyboard and start typing it.
1) I am sure to have a “sacred space” for my writing without distractions. I write in my basement where there is (by design) no Network connection. (I even went out a few years ago and bought a used laptop with a broken wireless adapter for this purpose.) I also set the mood for my writing.
2) I lay out my scene list from my pre-drafting work and start typing. I have a master folder on each computer wherein I put a folder for that day’s work. I make a different Word doc for each chapter. (more…)
(Part 1 of this topic is Here.)
It’s because we have to live with ourselves, day-in/day-out, month following month, year stacking on year, that we cannot see our potential. We all feel that we “know ourselves”—our habits, our patterns, moods. But we’re wrong about a great number of things. Being so buried in our subjectivity, we cannot see that so many of the things we don’t like about ourselves/our lives are changeable.
A core, governing element of changing is Willpower.
The quickie-version: Willpower is not a static limitation; it is a muscle that we can build. We can become, with time, people with strong wills, people who are highly disciplined. And this means that we can become vastly superior artists (either in word, canvas, etc.) than we have been in the past.