You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

Austin Kleon, a self-described “writer who draws,” emphasizes the importance of your surroundings in regards to creativity: There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true … Continue reading You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

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“My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn’t matter, for I forgotten how to use them.”

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Pens and Pencils." When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era? "My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn't matter, for I forgotten how … Continue reading “My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn’t matter, for I forgotten how to use them.”

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A 1960's El Camino car, yellow naturally, holds 6 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2014. If it were a yellow car, it would take about 90 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading 2014 in review

Parentally forbidden topics of conversation

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Agree to Disagree." Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work? 'A' close friend or relative, singular? I have several. Whilst it is nice … Continue reading Parentally forbidden topics of conversation