Way back in Feb 2015 I had the thrill of publishing one of my longer stories, The Crosstown Kid. There it was, on Amazon, complete with professional artwork and a for-real ISBN number and everything. See me beaming.
A whole twenty-two days later, the publisher went under. (Not because of my story. Dear God, I hope not, anyway. Post Hoc does not Ergo Propter Hoc, remember.) See me sad-facing.
At that time I vowed the story would find another home.
Then I promptly forgot about it. Continue reading The Crosstown Kid… No Longer Homeless!
If I know one thing that plagues all creatives it’s self-doubt.
We all know self-doubt sabotages our efforts: it makes us reluctant to press Publish, or fire off a submission, or introduce a new riff to the band, or really go for it in a live performance.
It makes us stand quietly at the edge of the room trying our darndest to blend in with the wallpaper, when we should be in the middle of the room shaking hands with that talent agent or publisher or record producer.
But self-doubt operates in another, more insidious, way: it affects the quality of the work itself. Continue reading How We Can All Be More Confident Artists
There is no such thing as reaching the end of your task list.
You will never write all the things you want to write.
You will never read all the things you want to read.
You will never travel to all the places you want to travel.
You will never say all the things you want to say.
You will never reduce your inbox to zero. (And who cares anyway?)
You will never “win” social media.
You will never be “caught up” with current events. (A bunch of shit you have no clue about just happened while you read this sentence… gasp!)
You will never make the perfect plan. You will never have the perfect day.
Or the perfect conversation.
Or the perfect relationship.
Or the perfect life, for that matter.
And you know what? Continue reading If You Are Constantly Freaking Out About What Your Life is Missing… Read This
Well, it finally happened. The Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House and took pictures with President Trump.
My question for the champions: How do you feel about it now?
The team captain Sidney Crosby was at pains to reassure the press and public that this had nothing to do with politics. “It’s a shame people want to portray it that that way,” he said a few days earlier.
Well, sorry Cros, but your visit does make a political statement, whether you want it to or not. It says: It is an honor to have the regard of the President.
And is that really such an honor?
Continue reading NHL champions, here’s a simple way to avoid the White House visiting controversy: QUIT DOING IT.
Political thinking is some of the least clear thinking in our culture. This is where people really show off their irrationality and tribal loyalties, and spend the least time thinking through logic and consequences.
Most people, let’s face it, think of politics like a club: they just want to force someone else to give them something they want. But of course, this is not necessarily in the best interests of society.
Here’s some recurrent themes we see in political/social thinking all the time. In every case, with a little thinking we can drastically reframe the argument. On the left side are the prevailing beliefs that massive sections of the populace accept and spout without thinking too hard about them. On the right side are the reframed arguments.
Keep an open mind and see whether you can escape conventional thinking on these matters. Continue reading Politics: Conventional vs. Freethinking