Write no matter what dramas and conflicts are happening in your life. Storms will rage, lovers will leave, and friends will disagree. Write despite the weather, your broken heart, or bruised feelings. There will never be perfect conditions for writing, when all is peace and tranquility. Chances are once one area of your life smoothes out, another will erupt. Find the equanimity within, no matter the conditions in your outer world.
Jessica Page Morrell, The Writer’s I Ching
RIP Nolan Miller. The designer who created the costumes on Dynasty — one of the all time great nighttime dramas (aired before most of the cast of Revenge was born) -said in in an interview with W magazine that he lamented the changes in Hollywood where actresses often wear a designer’s creation for only a night before returning it.
“Nobody buys a dress anymore,” he said. “When I started, Crawford would buy three things for the Oscars because she wasn’t sure what she wanted to wear. Stanwyck never borrowed a dress in her life.”
Ann Patchett is the author of my favorite novel of last year, State of Wonder. She also opened an indie bookstore in her hometown when every other bookstore closed. Yesterday, she took on Amazon in her BEA speach:
Oscar Wilde (via 4mbivalent)
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
Ann Patchett, State of Wonder (via 4mbivalent)
Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.
From author Nathan Bransford’s blog about the imperfections but usefulness of social media:
3) There are benefits to using social media beyond sales
If you’re only using social media to sell books you are absolutely using it wrong.
Yes, it can sell books. But the sales benefits are far down on the list of benefits that you will accrue using social media the right way.
More likely: You are making friends, you are learning about what else is out there, you are exchanging knowledge, you are discovering, you are communicating, and opportunities will come your way as a result.
As I’m working today with the Rangers game on in the background, I especially appreciate Wending’s topical analogy in his “25 Ways to Earn Your Audience”
"Take more shots at the goal for greater likelihood of hitting the goal."