Semi-Professional Muse for Hire: Reasonable Rates
The house at the corner
So how's my Y/A novel going? Not so well, maybe. The title of this blog is "Semi-Professional Muse for Hire" because I'm very good at encouraging and inspiring creativity in others. I'm not as good at motivating my own self to sit down and do the work. I read Chuck Wendig's "25 ways to defeat the dreaded writer's block"
several times this week.
However, I've roused as much of the crew as possible (especially Yarnberd
) to join me in a Fear of Writing 10K Day
tomorrow. Eep. Should be ... fun?
Labels: friends, NanoTime Photography, puddletography, reflection, writing
Waiting for the Muse
Another from the Ann Arbor set. (You can see all I have so far here.)
I'm still working my way through my many, many photos from the past couple of months. This one strikes me, though. It's a rather emphatic example, for me, of the creative life.
People say it over and over again, in books like "Do the Work" by Stephen Pressfield or "Mugging the Muse" by Holly Lisle, and in countless blogs, but the idea is: you don't wait for the Muse, you get to work, and she meets you there.
She usually meets me in the shower or while I'm driving, but those are brief visits: if I go down to the diner and get to work, she usually will hang around.
I'm struggling to work, but I'm working. She'll find me with a damn fine cup of coffee and a pencil, or camera, in hand.
You may have seen it, but I'm sharing it again - a most excellent graphic representation of some wise words from Ira Glass of This American Life:
Labels: Ann Arbor, creativity, ira glass, May Lee, meeting the muse, NanoTime Photography, work, writing
This is Evelyn. You'll be seeing more of her, soon, since I was practicing portraits with her and her sister this weekend. I couldn't resist that face!
We were out at a Lake for a party, and there was weird storm light in the afternoon that provided this sepia atmosphere. I didn't touch up the color in this at all.
I've missed the Midwest.
Labels: children, lakes, Midwest summer, NanoTime Photography, portraits
Red hot pokers
I don't know what these are really called, but Jillian calls them "red hot pokers".
Greetings from Ann Arbor, where it's very hot, but kind of awesome, and we have eaten many delicious foods, swum in a too-warm Midwestern lake, and partied with derby girls.
Not to mention, played several rounds of Settlers of Catan. I think another round is starting up now, in fact. Hope you are all having a wonderful Fourth of July weekend if you live in the States; and a generally wonderful summer weekend wherever you may be!
Labels: Ann Arbor, friends, holidays, Michigan, Midwest, NanoTime Photography, nature, weekend
Making sense in a world that refuses to, and never has, made sense - not even once, EVER