I’ve recently retired. A nice feeling. After 31 years of toiling away, I have no more excuses. That next novel won’t write itself. The insidious cycle of planning, note-taking, brainstorming (i.e. procrastinating); ends. And the writing begins. In anticipation, I’ve re-vamped my writing space; added a new Dell monitor I didn’t need, a wireless keyboard, … Continue reading On Retirement
My favourite show growing up was Gilligan’s Island. As a kid, Bob Denver and crew lavished me with unbridled slapstick hilarity, amidst a setting (and predicament) that fascinated me—a deserted island. What I didn’t realize then, was that creator Sherwood Schwartz’s vision planted a seed that would germinate into a genre-fetish for me, one that … Continue reading Island Dreaming
Another blast from the past. Still relevant though.
If you’ve read any of my prior posts, you won’t be surprised to know my relationship with writing has been a challenge, not unlike a turbulent romance, an on-again off-again affair, an excruciating part-time obsession. That being said, as I brainstormed this week’s topic, my mind focused on the painful truths and absurdities aspiring writers contend with on a daily basis. There is a commonality with one’s descent into misery, especially amongst like-minded individuals who share a familiar goal. In an ever shrinking global village, our similarities, our passions and dreams often mimic one another. Like a legion of misfit doppelgangers, identical in spirit, we are connected by a common thread of hope, dreams and aspirations.
In the pretext of empathy, and in the context of shared misery, I came up with the compilation below. I realize there’s a high probability a similar post exists on the Web (doppelgangers – remember)…
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