10 9 / 2014
"People always look for excuses. My favorite one is, “Well that’s easy for you because you have a really popular blog.” As if my really popular blog was something I won in the lottery. I had a really unpopular blog for three years in a row where 10 or 20 people were reading it. When I got started in the book business, I received 900 rejection letters. So you don’t look at the end result — at the Richard Bransons and Maria Popovas — and say, “Well they have that thing that I don’t.” They got that thing by showing up. I am really focused on helping people understand that not showing up is a failure of will more than it is a failure of birth."
As Tchaikovsky put it, “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” Or, per Isabel Allende, “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
More on the role of showing up in creative work here.
Also see Godin on vulnerability and how to dance with the fear of failure.
I’m occasionally baffled when young writers ask me for advice, and I give it, and then I see comments that say that none of my advice applies because I’m a best-selling author. As if I had spent my whole life as a best-selling author, and had never been anything else…(via neil-gaiman)
30 8 / 2014
So when living at home with the parents, you would think the best bit would be when they’re going on their hols for a week. Finally, a week of pretending you have your own place.
I’ve been given more instructions than the British Army;
"Don’t let the tomatoes rot in the greenhouse."
"Give the dog his sardines once a week. One tin is for two meals."
"To put the heating on for an hour, press ‘boost’."
"Same if you need the hot water on."
"Don’t tumble dry your dad’s work trousers."
"Put the big bin out Tuesday and the recycling things."
"Keep an eye on the pond, if it drops, turn the fountain off."
"Don’t go hungry."
"Don’t touch the dvd player, I’m recording Corrie and Emmerdake."
"Make sure the dog has water."
"Don’t talk to strangers."
(I made that last one up but you get the drift.)
19 8 / 2014
Living at home, you have to deal with absurdities that are your parents’s actions.
For example, Dad getting rid of Mum’s typewriter she had when she was 16. But without asking… And choosing to keep the case “incase it came in handy.”
Seriously. Come in handy for what? Another typewriter, ye?
09 8 / 2014
A reason for living at home at 25 doesn’t suck.
Tonight I come home and the bulb in my room has blown. I say to Dad, ‘don’t worry about it, we can change it in the morning.’ (Royal we, may I add.) ‘I still have my bed side lamp.’
But dad insists. He’ll change it now.
So he changes the bulb. Flicks the switch and Oh bloody hell. I see the biggest spider I’ve seen in a long while climbing up my bed.
If I’d lived on my own, bulb changing would have waited till the morning and I would have uninvited company in bed (for some of you, it wouldn’t be for the first time).
I’m thankful for living at home tonight. For the time being.