Honestly, I don’t know who half of these people are. But my heart just bursts – BURSTS – every time I watch this video. (And I keep watching it.)
It’s a beautiful book. You should buy it.
A couple of moments that struck me in the first 35 pages…
“I’m no longer quite sure what the answer is, but I do know that the answer is yes.”
– Leonard Bernstein (channeling John Cage?)
“Liberate yourself from the need to be right.”
“I’m looking for something that might not work.”
“…the delight in dancing with their fear.”
I’m certain I’ll be saying this one a lot. What a great way to deal with this, syntactically.
Everyone always says “I can’t do such and such yet, I’m afraid.”
People want to know how to move forward without fear. Of course, that’s not really possible.
(Unless you’re just too dumb to be afraid, in which case, good for you, you’ll go far.)
There’s a lesson here and I hope I can remember it.
Think you’re creative life is difficult? Think you’re keeping it real? Check out this “microinterview” with author Nell Zink, from The Paris Review.
Nell Zink’s novel The Wallcreeper came out in October and was listed last week among the 100 Notable Books of 2014 by the New York Times. Jonathan Franzen—who had earlier tried to interest publishers in Zink’s first novel, Sailing Towards the Sunset by Avner Shats—wrote, “Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.”
Whatever I was writing at the time, I knew there was no market for it and never would be, because there’s never a market for true art, so my main concern was always to have a job that didn’t require me to write or think. So after I got out of college I worked construction, mostly. I waitressed some in winter.
Cheers to you if your success is as well-earned as hers. Mine is not.
I’ve got something on an entrepreneurial idea for making a WORKSPACE. A place that is ideal for getting work done, individually, as a writer. Not a coffee shop, not a co-working place with rented desks. Not a place to hang-out, not a place to chat with your website designer. A place to write.
Pursuant of that, I told Jen Schlueter about my idea and we talked around it a bit.
MS: What was your favorite place to write?
JS: It was in the basement of my house in Belfountaine. It was a shitty basement, it was not finished. But that’s where I wrote the vast majority of my dissertation because it was the place where I was most isolated and there was nothing else in there but the work. And that was really good for me with that particular project.
But the placed where I enjoyed writing the most – There was this beach house that I used to rent when we lived in Eugene. It was this cheap little salt box. It was not a good beach house; it was a crap hole. But it had a good view and it was quiet.
MS: That’s where you fantasize about going to write?
JS: Yeah, when I imagine my fantasy writer’s colony. But the truth is, I got way more done in my terrible basement.
This is the first post on my new blog/website/thing.
I’m trying not to worry about formatting and the look of it and stuff.
I’ve started clean.
I have not imported any of the nearly 600 blog posts from my past, what – 15 years – no, more like 10 – on the internet.
I have always loved the idea of a blog.
I remember that when asked, once, 16 years ago, to describe my life in 10 years, my description involved writing every day.