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One Reason Real Books Aren’t Going Away

“Hi, Come on in.  Let me take your coat.  Can I get you something?” You step inside, a first-time visitor.  You accept some hospitality, something to sip on, something to eat.  Your host disappears into the kitchen, from which clinking or boiling sounds and questions emanate.  You look around, taking the place in. You see … Continue reading

Inspiration is for Amateurs

Inspiration is for amateurs.  The rest of us just show up for work. -Chuck Close How do you know you’re an artist? Before I go any further, let me just clarify that I’m using the term as a catch-all phrase for people with a creative avocation, be they writers or sculptors or dancers or painters … Continue reading

Website Name Change

Those few of you who regularly wander through this obscure yet fascinating corner of the internet may have noticed that the banner atop the site has changed. When I first set up this site, and named it Soft Apocalypse, I honestly had no idea that a guy named Will McIntosh had written a book by … Continue reading

My Mind is a Raging Torrent*

  I have too many irons in my creative fire right now. It’s my own fault.  There were a couple of months recently when I was working a lot and didn’t have time to write (correction: didn’t make time to write).  Without conscious direction, my creative subconscious likes to go all monkey-mind on me, and … Continue reading

Dear Opening Paragraph:

It’s not that I hate you, it’s just that you’re not good enough yet. Okay, I admit it.  I kind of hate you. The problem is that I need you to do a lot of things very quickly.  Partly this is for reasons of craft, but mostly it’s because nobody knows who I am yet.  … Continue reading


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