I flew the Atlantic because I wanted to. If that be what they call ‘a woman’s reason,’ make the most of it. It isn’t, I think, a reason to be apologized for by man or woman… .
Whether you are flying the Atlantic or selling sausages or building a skyscraper or driving a truck, your greatest power comes from the fact that you want tremendously to do that very thing, and do it well.” —-Amelia Earhart
When you write from your gut and let the stuff stay flawed and don’t let anybody tell you to make it better, it can end up looking like nothing else.
Louis CK” —http://splitsider.com/2013/02/the-annotated-wisdom-of-louis-c-k/
2. Complex heroes are rewarded for their suffering.
3. Complex heroes fail.
4. Complex heroes have fatal flaws.
5. Complex heroes are ordinary people.” —
Roger Colby synthesizes J. R. R. Tolkien’s 5 tips for creating complex heroes, based on the writer’s letters.
Pair with Tolkien’s little-known original drawings for the first edition of The Hobbit.
“Remember,” he wrote, “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s whether I win or lose, and sitting in jail for 20, 10, or even 5 years for a crime I didn’t commit is not me winning. I die free.” — the suicide note of Jonathon James, who was the first juvenile to be put into confinement for a federal cybercrime case.
I’m not committed to any specific endeavor. Not a family or a cause or a field of enterprise. Not an ideal of service or sacrifice, not an art, not a people or a calling…..
Is an acorn committed to becoming an oak? An acorn can only respond to the imperative of life within it.” —http://www.stevenpressfield.com/2013/01/committed-to-what/
This is in reference to an incredible article found in the New Yorker called the A Pickpocket’s Tale in which Apollo talks about his method of stealing things and how much it relies on not only his expertise but the momentum shifts of the victim itself. It could be symbolic of the attention economy and how information flows as well.
There’s a lot to unpack there. And it’s not a bit surprising that RZA is right, or that he’s capable of that depth.
What was Wu-Tang if not an observation on, and indictment of, life in America?
“I have learned an important principle: simple things work, often to our dumbfounded surprise, for we tend to distrust the simple and strive for the complex. “
— Richard Cracroft, Our Trek Through the Wilderness” —
This is a line from a song for sharon by Joni Mitchell. I am not sure what Joni meant when she wrote this but the context I read it was on Bob Lefsetz’s blog and was about the most recent suicide by the director of Top Gun (he jumped off a bridge).
The line can mean so many things depending on where your frame of mind is atm (relationship, jobs, life, marriage).
Our words are just words. Our stories are just stories. Maybe they transcend their form. Maybe they don’t. It doesn’t matter. Repeat after me: it doesn’t matter. Care less. Fuck it. Fuck it. Write like you don’t give a damn. Write like there’s no expected outcome except a finished story. Write the story that sings in your heart, not the one that whispers in your brain. You’re not curing cancer. You’re not saving the whales.
One word after the other. No wants, no needs, no fears.
Only words.” —
The reason why I love Chuck Wendig are quotes like this one. We tend to take everything in our lives that we consider important (especially art) as something to transcend. But when push comes to shove, we just need to keep on keeping on and see where the dominos fall down the road.
On a side note, the rated G version of this is Jeff Goins here.
WE CAN MAKE IT WHAT WE WANT. NOT JUST THE WORK,
BUT OUR FUTURE”
– ANDREW KELLER” —