Breaths are a natural rhythm. Steady, too slow some say, but the involuntary initiative of the living, the biological, the breathing. All other functions sound of the machine I am. The whirr of blood passing through veins of twisted metallic tubes, running past muscular fibers. Pushing oxygen. Pulling carbon dioxide. Cleaning the inner walls of cells manufactured. A … Continue reading Absinthe Dreams IV
A 3-minute interview with the author of the Lemony Snicket series, Daniel Handler, in which he details the origin of his pen name, snippets on his writing process, and why mothers often steer their children away from him in public.
No, you pervert, not that kind of porn. You’ll find no scantily clad ladies lounging on shelves here. This is all about the books and their respective resting places. From home bookshelves, to bookstores, to libraries, and beyond. If you love reading, you surely find something to inspire your next reading place here.
“Making films is all about–as soon as you’re finished–continually regretting what you’ve done. When we look at films we’ve made, all we can see are the flaws; we can’t even watch them in a normal way. I never feel like watching my own films again. So unless I start working on a new one, I’ll … Continue reading Hayao Miyazaki on Perfectionism
Only rare people, and even these individuals on the scarce occasional happenstance, lay themselves bare. Ignorance encourages speaking one’s mind, but even then only when the voiced opinion is guaranteed either vigorous support or ruffled feathers. Gross opinions, populars thoughts, politically correct topics are simple to voice one’s opinion on, but what lingers deep, under … Continue reading On Characters
If you’re anything like me, I love taking trips into other media that illustrate the life of a writer or artist: the day-to-day struggles, the victories, the stumbling blocks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear easy to make writing exciting enough even for documentaries, at least not ones that are primarily biographies. So it’s not surprising that … Continue reading How Ian Rankin Writes
I’m trying to catch up on all the classics I’ve missed. Tired of all the slop passed off as summer blockbusters nowadays. So check out Time’s top 100 movies of all time. I’m going through them one at a time, crossing each off my list as I go. Each title will be accompanied by my … Continue reading All-TIME 100 Movies| Full List | TIME.com
I’m a firm believer in making small changes, sticking with them, and increasing the intensity as habits form and time goes on. I belief this is the way to buold strength in the gym. It is the way to produce a first draft (by hammering out a set number of pages per day), and it … Continue reading The Productive Routines of Creative Minds
…Otherwise known as Bill Watterson’s commencement speech from 1990 at Kenyon College. My favorite part: “Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, … Continue reading Some thoughts on the real world by one who glimpsed it and fled…
People whine. They point fingers at what they can’t control, because it’s easier than admitting the truth. “I’m too busy.” “My job isn’t fair.” “My diet isn’t working because my body is different.” Everyone is special. No one is to blame. Everything is everyone else’s fault. That’s why this quote hits me. Read the whole thing … Continue reading Jim Henson at Zen Pencils