On Envying Other Writers

Dost thou wish to be praised by a man who curses himself thrice every hour? Wouldst thou wish to please a man who does not please himself? Does a man please himself who repents of nearly everything that he does? - Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations, Book VIII Most writers will tell you that envying the… Continue reading On Envying Other Writers

Etiquette When Working with Creative People

No matter how dreadful their work may seem, keep these things in mind before you dismiss them as artists: You may not understand their creative project. (You may not be the best audience member / reader / consumer of their work.) They may be developing in a way that isn't obvious. Their work may be… Continue reading Etiquette When Working with Creative People

Ride or Be Dragged

​This happened.  My career changed overnight.  My personal relationships mutated in shocking ways.  My financial Plan B was revealed as unfeasible.  My living arrangement became highly temporary and unstable.  I had no family support, no fallbacks left.  I was in the middle of an enormous bout of writer's block.  Moreover, I was beginning to experience… Continue reading Ride or Be Dragged

Problems and Solutions, Part 2: This is Why You Fail

​Here are some random thoughts on getting creative work done with a minimum of grief. Basic Artistic Needs.  In order to write, I need, at minimum: 1. Quiet. 2. Solitude. 3. Minimal levels of discomfort​ - i.e. not feeling feverish and sick (including being hung over, exhausted, or otherwise ill), the heater not turned all… Continue reading Problems and Solutions, Part 2: This is Why You Fail

Art is Your Right

Don’t buy into the romantic assumption that being a creative artist is easy for those who are truly talented and meant to do it.  This is a materialistic commercial lie.  Something I believe: art is part of being human and must therefore be available to everyone.  And those who do it right never find it… Continue reading Art is Your Right