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Monthly Archives: March 2011
The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely. via nytimes.com This isn’t meant to be a political blog, but if creative folks don’t lead the wake up call, it’ll never happen. When … Continue reading
Not to say that authors don’t need to have a strong online presence; of course they do. But anytime you’re thinking about some other promotional activity–a blog post, a trip to a convention, an hour on Facebook–you have to measure the value of that time against the value of writing and publishing a new story. The new story earns money, both for itself and your other works. The social networking stuff doesn’t. via jakonrath.blogspot.com I … Continue reading
What’s the takeaway? If you’re lucky enough to have an activity that excites and inspires you, then put in the time and put in the money. There’s zero risk if you enjoy the activity itself (the means is the end), and you expose yourself to the possibility of luck and success. Success comes unevenly, so 99% of your efforts might yield zero rewards. But that 1% — the black swan event — can make it … Continue reading
They brought up Barry and his sister in West Los Angeles, and their best friends were Rod Serling, who created “The Twilight Zone,” and his family. Serling gave Michels his first lesson in writerly discipline. When the families took vacations together, Michels noticed that Serling woke up every morning at five or six to work and did not emerge from his room until eleven. via newyorker.com This is but one gem from a very interesting … Continue reading
Genius is the high end of the dimension of creativity. Creativity in turn is the expression (effect, result, projection) of awareness. Awareness is what the individual experiences inside one’s mind (the experience of experience itself; the being aware of the fact that one or anything exists), while creativity is what others perceive when observing that individual. Awareness and creativity are the inner and outer aspects of the same thing. One’s creativity is a measure of … Continue reading
Great performers are an exception. Typically, they sleep significantly more than the rest of us. In Anders Ericcson’s famous study of violinists, the top performers slept an average of 8 ½ hours out of every 24, including a 20 to 30 minute midafternoon nap some 2 hours a day more than the average American. The top violinists also reported that except for practice itself, sleep was second most important factor in improving as violinists. via … Continue reading