So, writing is hard. My strategy is to be like the dog who cloaks himself in stink and not care so much about the quality of what I write as I write it — to just go — but it’s going to be a slog. I thought I could easily knock out the daily 1,667 words but at about 400 words I thought, “Oh, right, this won’t be easy.” If it was easy everyone would do it.
Anyway, I wrote 1,685 words today.
My colleague, Jerry Bates, on going Colemak turkey:
I have now been typing on Colemak “cold turkey” for about a week now, and I am here to say that I am more than surviving. In fact, I have been doing just fine. Granted, I am still typing rather slowly and cautiously, and need to “peek” from time to time, but for the most part I am touch-typing without issue, and getting faster every day. And that is after just a week!
Be like the dog who cloaks himself in stink: Find joy and liberation in writing a first draft without caring, without giving one whittled whit. It’s like pouring paint on the floor or taking a sledgehammer to some kitchen counters. Get messy. Let it all hang out. Suck wantonly and without regard to others. Let that free you. Have fun. Don’t give a rat’s roasted rectum. You’ll think that all you’re doing is upending a garbage can on the page, but later, trust in the fact you’ll find pearls secreted away in the heaps of trash and piles of junk.
Amazing, totally true, advice on writing. This particular bit is applicable to every creative act. Just start.
If you’re a Bob Dylan fan and an Rdio user it looks like his catalogue was updated this week. At least for Canadians. A bunch of albums that weren’t on there before — like New Morning or World Gone Wrong — are there now and the remastered versions from a few years ago are up there now. Including the remastered version of his under-rated late 70s album, Street Legal.
I love the Jack Kirby and Marvel comics inspired cover for this Lee “Scratch” Perry compilation. It’s a little Ditkoesque as well. Scratch looks a lot like The Creeper here.