Tagged: art

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Through hundreds of drafts?

When you print out your manuscript and read it, marking up with a pen, it sometimes feels like a criminal returning to the scene of a crime. Don Roff 1. No matter how many times an author finishes the first draft of a novel, they know this is only the beginning of the writing process… My first draft of The Secrets of A-Ria is a (handwritten) manuscript, in Russian. I’m going...

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The Principle of Sufficient Reason

In the 2008 film The Dark Knight, audiences were treated to one of acting’s greatest spectacles – Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Throughout the film we are asked to ponder: why does he do what he does? who is he? what is the reason? Alfred – Batman’s butler – suggests that some men just want to watch the world burn. While the Joker describes himself as a mad dog – he doesn’t think,...

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Sagittarius A* – The Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

If my body is Universe, I have a black hole. I mask it, but it sits at the center of my body. I question it. Am I living up to my potential? Would I lose my creativity if I got help? Isn’t life a black hole? Claudia Turner There are three prisons that once entered you can never leave – the future, hell, and a black hole. However, it is the...

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Imagine a World Without Time

While I’m working on the formatting of So Absurd It Must Be True, Book 2 (yay! it’s almost here!), try to imagine this world… without time.  In Schrodinger’s famous thought experiment, he imagines a cat in a box with a flask of cyanide. The flask will be broken – and the cat poisoned – if an atom of radioactive material decays. We know that it will decay, but when is...

Maria, Masha, Mary, Mashenka…

All the most powerful emotions come from chaos – fear, anger, love – especially love. Love is chaos itself. Kirsten Miller The novel Mary was written in 1926 by the 27-year-old Nabokov (under the pseudonym Sirin) and published in Berlin. I know people often think that this book is the story about ‘the first love,’ but it is more complicated than that. The book is about the final break up of...

Shame-less by Nadia Bolz-Weber

(nonfiction) #takeawaykeys If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Alert! Long post, if you can’t read it now, save for later! This book is for women who are almost-enough, who are struggling every day of their lives to be perfect, to deliver the image of the good mother, sexual goddess, ideal companion, and out-of-this-world-body. This book...

Because you are currently here…

I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it. Don Roff The revision of So Absurd It Must Be True is done. Yesterday I sent the book to the proofreader. Book 2 consists of 23 short stories only, but they are longer. I believe the paperback should be 200-210 pages. I have...