“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” ~ Winston Churchill
I learned some new management-speak today. In a culture that thrives on keywords, catch-phrases and some really incomprehensible assaults on the English language, this one stood out in a good way.
Lead. Align. Follow.
I immediately thought of how this applies to writers. We are a constantly moving organism with a million individual writers and artists, each of us working in isolation for the most part. We read widely, we write furiously.
If you call yourself Save the Whales, every once in a while you have to save a whale.
~ Tom Ahern
Once upon a time… if you wanted to go into business you worked a day job, saved up some money. Wrote a business plan and went to the bank and seriously considered giving oral pleasure to the loan officer behind the desk in order to get the funds you needed to maybe get your business off the ground.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
~ Groucho Marx
The Universe isn’t sentient.
Readers are sentient (mostly)
Neither the Universe or the reading public owe me a favour or charity.
It is popular to say, There is a remarkable sense of entitlement among writers. We all expect (nay, demand!) overnight success and that every man and his dog (good dog) read our every word and buy our books and leave reviews and so on and so forth.
“I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
~ Pansy Schneider-Horst
EBook reading devices are like telephones in call centres. Sometimes you want to throw a book across the room and sometimes you want to slam the phone down in an arseholes ear. With eBook readers, like call centre telephones, you just can’t get that satisfaction.
I’ve blogged before about my diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
It’s a contentious condition. Some believe it’s nothing more than an excuse for drug companies to medicate children.
I used to think that it wasn’t a real condition and the symptoms came on when kids were on lifestyles high in sugar and low in physical activity.
Some research and the risk of losing my job sent me to a specialist who agreed with my doctor’s diagnosis and I’ve been on Ritalin since November 2014.
The difference is remarkable. I can focus now. I can do things. I am no longer like Ozymandias, in Watchmen watching all those televisions at the same time.
Ritalin is a stimulant, it’s an upper. It boosts your brain’s feel-good chemicals – which you would think is the last thing someone with hyperactivity issues would need. Right?
“But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.”
~ Agatha Christie
Debate rages, it’s what debate does. People like nothing more than debating stuff. Debate leads to all kinds of silliness and the only thing I feel we can be sure about is that there is always evidence for both sides of any argument.
“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”
~ Fulton J. Sheen
This story is true. The reason for telling it is the same as the reason for telling any story. It deserves to be remembered. I’m tellilng what I remember of it, though when it was told to me it took an entire afternoon and a battered leather satchel of black and white photographs to back it up.
It’s a long story – so I’ll make it short, for the Internet generation. Though I hope you get the gist.