Archive for July, 2013

The End is Nigh

Posted on July 24, 2013. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , |

Maybe I am being a bit too dramatic, but it is a little hard to feel like my writing career, the thing I have been working on in my spare time because it brings in no money, is not about to come to an end.  Or, at least, a long hiatus.  And the reason why? I am about to get a little bundle of joy, and a huge sucker of time and money.

Jessica Pregnant

That’s right, I am having me a baby. And I am really excited.  I don’t want to sound like a terrible mother just yet.  I assume I will hear that a lot in oh, about 12 years.  But, for now, at least, I am looking forward to the arrival of my little angel, really, even if it seems like I have to put some of those other little things, like my hopes and dreams, on hold.

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The War of Art

Posted on July 9, 2013. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , |

I just finished reading “The War of Art,” by Steven Pressfield.  I highly recommend it to any aspiring writer, artist, musician or really anyone who is just aspiring.  I don’t read a lot of self help, motivational, or even how to books, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to – other than maybe “Bird by Bird,” by Anne Lamott. As far as that goes – I would also recommend that book – though I did find this one more motivational.

“The War of Art” was recommended at a seminar I attended about a year ago and it peaked my interest.  Al Madrigal, one of the Daily Show writers, said he never left home without this book, so I figured it was worth checking out.  The book deals a lot with blocks.  What keeps us from doing what we should be doing?  I like Pressfield’s no nonsense approach to the would be artist. It was very much a “stop making excuses and get to it” kind of approach.  And really, that is always good to hear.

The first part of the book was a lot better than the last section.  The first two sections deal with identifying things that get in the way of us doing our art – in my case writing.  And the second part deals with how to overcome what he calls resistance.  The third part of the book got a little hokey for my taste, but the book is still worth reading for the first two sections – especially if you ever had that nagging feeling you didn’t quite get done as much writing, painting, or programming as you really should have today.

Not that I have ever thought that – but just in case I ever do, it’s good to have someone telling you to get over yourself and just do it.

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