Are You Getting Your Hands Dirty Enough?

…I think, that if a man find in himself any strong bias to poetry, to art, to the contemplative life, drawing him to these things with a devotion incompatible with good husbandry, that man ought to reckon early with himself, and, respecting the compensations of the Universe, ought to ransom himself from the duties of economy, by a certain rigor …

The Golden Ticket – More on Writing Advice

People are perceived as more credible when they make eye contact and speak with confidence, no matter what they have to say. – Robert Levine, The Power of Persuasion The wonderful thing about being a newbie is also its biggest stumbling block: All of the people telling you what to do. If you want advice, there are a lot of …

Writers – Beware Writerly Advice

Here’s a single-page excerpt from Raymond Chandler’s Trouble Is My Business: Dorr said softly, meditatively: “Holding out, huh?” “Yes,” I said grimly. “While I have it I’m fairly safe. You overplayed your hand when you let me get my paws on it. I’d be a fool not to hold what advantage it gives me.” Dorr said: “Safe?” with a gently …

Running Face-first into Spiders

Yesterday morning, before the break of dawn, I stumbled half-asleep toward my car and ran face-first into this: It’s an Orb Weaver. It also apparently hates us, because it specifically builds webs at eye-level every day at dusk. I’ve seen them hanging off trees in our neighborhood before. They come in the summer time, especially when the humidity kicks in. …