Category: Discouragement

Staying Encouraged

At some point, every writer wonders if his or her stories are important, and if anyone will ever care about them.  .  . I told him writing, like Tai Chi, was internal, not external. It is about feeling and honesty, if something wants to come out, it needs to come out.  One has to set…

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Chaos Is Inevitable – Part 1

In chaos, all is possible.  Every incoming idea is welcomed, with no regard for reality.  Forget time, money or reason; embrace a brimming universe! Because if you start with rules, your creation will be stillborn. Philippe Petit in “Creativity: The Perfect Crime” Along with the learning curve is the inevitable chaos that accompanies it.  It’s just…

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Patience for the Learning Curve

This is the essence of Rembrandt’s advice to Van Hoogstraten: the authentic craft develops naturally from one’s own experience. So, it seems reasonable to suggest that the search should not be for the lost secrets, but for one’s own practice. This is in fact easy, you start making things. At first they might not be…

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Making Each Day Count

Last Friday’s Six Word Friday used the word “count”, touching on a topic I’ve been thinking about lately: Making each day count is hard. So many of my days have a gray sameness to them.  The gray, rainy (and humid) weather isn’t helping, but it isn’t just that.  With much effort, the garden got cleaned out and planted,…

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Hanging Onto Joy Is Hard Sometimes

Last week’s six word Friday used the word, “over”.  For me lately, it’s: Joy is overshadowed by sloppy workmanship. My favorite boy toy and myself have been getting things done the last few months that are needing to be done.  Each step of the way, it’s been a fight.  Things that should be really nice have to be…

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