Scooped from a Twitter thread by Benjamin Dreyer, Random House’s vice president, executive managing editor, and copy chief— The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Your Writing) Go a week without— very rather/somewhat really quite so of course that/which even thing this of course in fact the fact that interesting special famous precisely exactly utterly absolutely seems/appears there are simply put however indeed Very smart = brilliant Very tired = exhausted Very hungry = ravenous Of course, you can use them all. But first try doing without them and make yourself alarmingly conscious of them. Go forever without— just actually basically literally sort of kind of a lot proactive *** His…
Whenever you start to question your own artistic choices, just remember: Picasso drew a butt.
Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
While testing out this website’s new design for 2019, Google gave me the message that everyone hates to see: This site may be hacked. Luckily, I have a lot of systems in place to dig into the guts of a website’s code and find out when evil operators have inserted malicious code. First, I recommend signing up with Google’s Search Console & Verification service. They crawl your site and let you know when any problems are found. They were the ones who alerted me that I had a problem. On my site, which uses a WordPress framework, I ran a “high sensitivity” scan via the free version of WordFence. It found malicious code…
To hatch a crow, a black rainbow Bent in emptiness over emptiness But flying ― Ted Hughes photograph: “Flying Crow 2”, by Jo Naylor
“Your head is a living forest filled with songbirds.” ~ e.e. cummings
I am made of the pieces of my life that I remember… In ‘The Tempest’, Caliban says “This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine.” My greatest darkness is the detachment that I practice when I’m in distress. But when I’m detached, my writing and relationships suffer. So to be who I want to be, to write what I want to write, I must abandon what I’ve always used to protect myself. Welcome to paradox.