Focus Fox says: The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep. The best cure for writers block is to write a lot of words. (paraphrasing W.C. Fields)
My daughter started taking gymnastics the other day at a local elementary school. I sat and watched from a bench with my son. Next to us, was a Sari wrapped woman with one of those oh-so-cute, pudgy babies. Even though my four year old is pure boy, he's always had a soft spot for babies. … Continue reading Kidbit: Sense of Humor
I think she captured that feeling when I am writing perfectly. The only thing I might add is hoping that your writing friends never get sick of hearing you angst over the characters, plot, and/or setting. Well, that and hoping you don’t run out of chocolate. How else would you keep the engine moving? What about you guys? What does writing or other creative craft feel like to you?
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
— Franz Kafka
In all my years as a writer, I have learned three fundamental truths about the craft. Firstly, insecurity and self-doubt about my work are second nature to me. Secondly, every decent writer admits they suffer from insecurity and doubt, too. Thirdly, these two seemingly “negative” companions are not my enemies; they are tools to hone my skills, fire to forge me into a better writer.
Let’s not beat around the bush. Insecurity sucks. It’s not fun and on days when you’re already feeling the heat, it doesn’t feel productive. On my worst days, there’s no conceivable way I can write a story and not feel as if it’s lacking. If I’m feeling especially discouraged, I look in the mirror…
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Focus Fox says: Stories use the force on their writer: this is not the typo you are looking for.
I had something weird happen. No, not the normal craving to build a three story chocolate castle and eat it in one sitting. No, this was when the dark side chose to appear. Inigo Montoya: Let me explain. [pause] Inigo Montoya: No, there is too much. Let me sum up When cleaning, I found a … Continue reading Villain tryouts
Writing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration and 8% alcohol and 20% chocolate.
Top 10 reasons my USB drive is missing (with my only copy the first 10K of my new novel) 10. Cerberus ate it. 9. Ripples from the recent solar eclipse have been snatching metal objects on our planet. 8. The shoe elves were pissed I left milk not Kahlua like they had asked. 7. The robot … Continue reading Top 10 reasons my USB drive went missing
Love her pictures. Our original plan was to drive to Missouri, visit family, and see the total solar eclipse from Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, MO. When we left home, the weather was predicted to be clear, but that grew worse as we travelled north. By the night before the eclipse, the weather was … Continue reading Solar eclipse at St Joseph, MO
Life by the yard is very hard, life by the inch is a cinch, life by the pool is very cool. – paraphrasing Wolfgang Mieder
I recently had to demote an author from auto-buy. Auto-buy is a way of saying that I buy an author's books based on name alone. I will buy their new book quicker than I can eat a 3 lb bag of chocolate. (yes, that fast) All writers want on this list for as many people … Continue reading Demoted