“Hearts are fragile like that.”

I was tagged today by @rsaachit on Instagram and saw this beautiful painting she posted together with a quote from Loving Ashe.       For a moment, I forgot all about distance learning for a ten-year-old and how they’re going to manage the next school year, giving my final notice at my massage officeContinue reading ““Hearts are fragile like that.””

This is Your Assignment in This Time of Darkness

This is one message I need to hear every time I sit down to write my stories, or anything, these days. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” and other important advice to creators and artists like me. This is your assignment. Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicableContinue reading “This is Your Assignment in This Time of Darkness”

Anne Rice: “Critics and perfectionists are destroyers. Writers create.”

Whether you want to be a great popular writer, or a literary writer, a poetic writer, an immortal examiner of the human condition, you must finish your writing in some readable form. You must finish a short story or you must finish a novel. Until you do that, until you have a finished work inContinue reading “Anne Rice: “Critics and perfectionists are destroyers. Writers create.””

Cezanne Got It Right

'A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.' – Paul Cezanne https://t.co/hQfEoj6xee pic.twitter.com/TmB7vRRMte — Tate (@Tate) April 14, 2017 I’m sure many writers feel like this about our art. We write from an emotion, a feeling… something that we can’t exactly put a name to, not when 50,000 words willContinue reading “Cezanne Got It Right”

Making Your Unknown Known

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you…” – Georgia O’Keefe Source: Georgia O’Keeffe on Success, Public Opinion, and What It Means to Be an Artist, in a Letter to Sherwood Anderson – Brain Pickings Yesterday I wasContinue reading “Making Your Unknown Known”

So I Got Featured…

Yup, just like the titles says, I got featured over at Instafreebie and I forgot to tell anyone all about it.  And then I realized nine days later, that because they post every day, if I didn’t at least find the link to it, then I’ll never find it! So here it is, and IContinue reading “So I Got Featured…”

Cheat Your Landlord If You Can and Must…

“Cheat your landlord if you can and must but do not shortchange the muse.  It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.” – William S. Burroughs There’s nothing like trying to heed the call of the Muse only to see it trampled by the call ofContinue reading “Cheat Your Landlord If You Can and Must…”