New and shiny tools do not a craftsman make,
When they sit, as the old, unused…
Even if you are constantly “taking one for the team,” don’t be surprised when the team doesn’t take one for you.
The unexamined life is not worth living, but the over-analyzed life leaves no time for living.
Well, I can mark “being admitted into the hospital” and “surgery” off my bucket list.
This week, for the first time in 52+ years of hanging around this planet I did both. Spent five days there. Admitted through the ER Monday for pancreatitis. Scope procedure, MRI, and other fun party games Tuesday. Gall bladder removal Thursday. Home Friday afternoon. Whew!
I followed Guy Kawasaki’s Twitter feed yesterday as he gave some practical tips for getting your writing done and getting your writing published. He knows a thing or two about both aspects.
As both of you loyal readers of this space have noticed (repeatedly, I’m afraid!) I always say I want to write. Yet, as you’ve also undoubtedly noticed, not much happens in that direction.
Here are Guy’s tips (with my related thoughts):
Obviously, Guy Kawasaki knows what he’s talking about. My challenge – and yours – is to glean what we can, get busy finding our own voice, and let it be heard.
Mark Twain reportedly said, “Write what you know.”
Others have echoed that sentiment, and others have dismissed it.
My favorite quote on the subject came from an interview with Georgia physician-author, Ferrol Sams, who repeated his college writing professor’s adage: “Don’t write a story about the streets of Paris if you’ve never been out of Valdosta.”
Writers, it is said, are defined by one thing: whether they write. I want to write, always have.
Started a few times, got discouraged or afraid of how others would respond, quit.
Had a pity party. Claimed I really wanted to write, but just didn’t have anything to write about that anyone else would want to read. Rationalized that I don’t know enough about anything to write coherently.
Whined. In blog posts. Promised to do better.
Encouraged others to write. Acted like I knew how to encourage others to write.And on and on.
Finally, I have come to a couple of conclusions about writing.
I can write what I know/ Or I can learn something else and write about it.
It doesn’t really matter if anyone else wants to read it. At first. If I keep on, they will want to read it eventually.
Practice may not make perfect, but if I don’t write, one thing’s for sure: I won’t be a writer.
So, I’ve never been to Paris. And the streets of Valdosta would probably seem as unfamiliar anyway. So here’s to learning and observing and gathering and sharing what I know.
Maybe you’ll come along…
That’s the value of this blog, according to one of those web analytic services.
Hi dee ho, loyal readers! All two of you! Where have you been? Oh, wait…
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all weekend: the possibility of a Sunday Night Unwind! Here goes…
Finally, let me leave you with this simple but powerful quote from the late, great Peter Drucker: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
Thanks, and to all a good night!
The Bucket List, I mean.
In light of this morning’s random thoughts, all day long I’ve been thinking about what would go on that list. Fact is, I’ve thought about it along and along, but never really thought about it.
So far today, that list includes trains, baseball, and a symphony orchestra.
I’ll let you know how it turns out…
Just some Saturday randomness…