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Working on the book and craving a bottomless supply of seaweed peanuts. Munchies: vital work aid or mindless procrastination?

Working on the book and craving a bottomless supply of seaweed peanuts. Munchies: vital work aid or mindless procrastination?
May 19

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you…"

““You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.””

- James Baldwin
via strangephenomena. (via tobia)
May 18

"The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing…"

“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing … It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn’t, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.”

- The Real Importance of Reading - Stephen King
May 17

"A few rules that I try to live by: 1. You must not dilly-dally. 2. You must be your word. 3. You…"

“A few rules that I try to live by: 1. You must not dilly-dally. 2. You must be your word. 3. You must have good intentions. 4. You must admit to being the maker of meaning. 5. You must not feel sorry for yourself. 6. You must have a vision that you are striving for. 7. You must tie creativity and experimentation with survival. 8. You must be the change you want to see. 9. You must rally others with your vision. 10. You must stake your reputation on your better self. 11. You must be comfortable with the consequences of being who you are. 12. You must share. 13. You must make your own advice and take it. 14. You must manage your stress, health, and clarity. 15. You must study your mistakes. 16. You must retry things you don’t like every once in a while. 17. You must make time to enjoy things.”

- Buster Benson (via rgreco)
May 16

"Publishers of ebooks are meeting this week at the World e-Reading Congress, and a site called the…"

“Publishers of ebooks are meeting this week at the World e-Reading Congress, and a site called the Bookseller has an interesting writeup of one of the issues being discussed there: Whether the book market can compete with, of all things, Angry Birds. Apple’s iPad has become, publishers say, a “one-screen” device, and that’s led to a one-screen problem. Ebooks and other traditional media are now competing, on a 1:1 ratio, for time that could also be spent using apps and games. Book publishing, one of the panelists says, finds itself “competing vertically and horizontally against all other media.””

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Book publishers fight the one-screen problem

I’ve got a couple of iPad related posts to finish up and publish - it was all I had as a computer while travelling in Singapore. The one-screen problem is perhaps more appropriately termed the “one-window” problem, and that highlights one of the things I love about the iPad, even now when I’m back in my home city with access to my desktop machine: mono-tasking. The iPad becomes whatever app is loaded up and active. Even though I’ve tweaked my iPad with developer options for multitasking gestures, when I fire up Writings, that’s it. All I’m doing is writing. And when I fire up Instapaper, Read It Later, Kindle or iBooks, there are no other distractions. No pop-ups. No incoming email notifications. Just focus. And sure, I’ve set my Mac up to run on a “do not disturb” policy (hide the dock, no mail pings, absolutely no instant messaging etc), but more and more, I’m finding my iPad a go-to device for focused reading and generating first drafts… 

(And yes, before any other bibliophiles make the point, the quoted article goes on to assert that books have always competed with other forms of entertainment.)

May 14

Prey keeps track of your laptop and/or phone – can help with retrieval if stolen… May have to investigate further… http://j.mp/lODZnv

Prey keeps track of your laptop and/or phone - can help with retrieval if stolen... May have to investigate further... http://j.mp/lODZnv
May 14

themadeshop: From David Foster Wallace’s essay on Kafka: It’s…



themadeshop:

From David Foster Wallace’s essay on Kafka:

It’s not that students don’t “get” Kafka’s humor but that we’ve taught them to see humor as something you get — the same way we’ve taught them that a self is something you just have. No wonder they cannot appreciate the really central Kafka joke — that the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home. 

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May 13

"If I am looking for a story at all, it is in my relationship to the subject – the story that tells…"

“If I am looking for a story at all, it is in my relationship to the subject - the story that tells me, rather than that I tell.”

- Bruce Davidson
May 13

…and of course, there’s always @daddydark’s Rundemcrew… http://www.rundemcrew.com/

...and of course, there's always @daddydark's Rundemcrew... http://www.rundemcrew.com/
May 13

Writer’s schedule not burning enough calories? Save this Twitter search: "wod from:LomaxPT" (without quotes). Or just follow @LomaxPT.

Writer's schedule not burning enough calories? Save this Twitter search: "wod from:LomaxPT" (without quotes). Or just follow @LomaxPT.
May 13

RT @Natteitler: @jsamlarose Poetry/language may actually create new colours/ability 2 c them. See Guy Deutscher Through the Language Gla …

RT @Natteitler: @jsamlarose Poetry/language may actually create new colours/ability 2 c them. See Guy Deutscher Through the Language Gla ...
May 12

"Is the 3 act structure dead? Is the heroic protagonist still useful?" I can’t be there, but if you can, share… http://bit.ly/lbDlQA

"Is the 3 act structure dead? Is the heroic protagonist still useful?" I can't be there, but if you can, share... http://bit.ly/lbDlQA
May 12

Added City Arts and Music Project to "places and spaces (for work) map" – http://bit.ly/isjkHK

Added City Arts and Music Project to "places and spaces (for work) map" - http://bit.ly/isjkHK
May 12

"But, over and above this, modern poetry can show a new technique of hue, tint and shade; red is not always red." http://bit.ly/l7mPBE

"But, over and above this, modern poetry can show a new technique of hue, tint and shade; red is not always red." http://bit.ly/l7mPBE
May 12

(via I Am Coming Over : The Gallery (featuring Heather…



(via I Am Coming Over : The Gallery (featuring Heather Christle))

May 11

The plural of ‘faux pas’ is ‘faux pas’. Hm. Who knew?

The plural of 'faux pas' is 'faux pas'. Hm. Who knew?
May 10

Love is in the details… 



Love is in the details… 

May 10

"In hindsight, everything is technique. In the moment, everything is panic and reaction." T.R. Hummer – http://bit.ly/lXUqNh

"In hindsight, everything is technique. In the moment, everything is panic and reaction." T.R. Hummer - http://bit.ly/lXUqNh
May 10

"In hindsight, everything is technique. In the moment, everything is panic and reaction. Does a…"

“In hindsight, everything is technique. In the moment, everything is panic and reaction. Does a tennis star employ “technique” to hit an especially difficult shot? Of course she does; but the subjective experience is of nerves and reaction, not the conscious application of what has been consciously learned. … I spent years and years absorbing the western (and some non-western) prosodic tradition; when I was in graduate school, I trained myself to carry on conversations in iambic pentameter. When I was writing the poem—when I write poems generally—I do not think about any of that unless the poem particularly demands it; I trust my ear, which is both trained and primal.”

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How a Poem Happens: T. R. Hummer

Also: 

“The art of writing activates the writer’s primal connection to the species. Part of me reads over my writing shoulder from that point of view, saying things like Can we eat it? Does this crap matter? Another part stands back and speaks Miloszian: What good is a poetry that does not change nations? For me the fundamental issue is this: how does an individual in his or her little body communicate with the leviathan of the body politic? How does one cell in the elbow communicate, through the brain, with the entire body? Poetry participates in the ‘biology’ of the culture, the anatomy of the body politic. Beyond this point, things become deeply complicated.”

May 10

Why do I feel like I’m forgetting somewhere obvious? http://bit.ly/mOagZw More map updates later – need to move on to the next task…

Why do I feel like I'm forgetting somewhere obvious? http://bit.ly/mOagZw More map updates later - need to move on to the next task...
May 9