Going through my first Kickstarter campaign, I learned a lot that I wanted to share with others considering this route to crowdfund a novel or writing project:
Some authors, begging for attention, even go overboard and live too much of their lives in social media, recording every twitch of consciousness as if the fate of publishing depended on it. Their neediness -- however disguised -- is epic and sometimes pathetic.
Military members and families are not cultural aberrants looking for a cold niche in which to hide. We are not cold timid souls whose lack of emotion leads us to a military life scrubbed of feeling. The experiences of our lives, much like yours, are inextricably tied to our emotions.
I've come to understand that language impacts thought, and vice versa. Without owning the word "no," and all the other language under what I like to think of as the "No Umbrella," I was denying myself the conviction and power that comes with it.
A less-well known group of literary figures have taken an opposite approach to championing books -- by capitalizing on the very changes that have even spooked thriller novelist James Patterson.
Let's sit down, break bread, and figure out how to guarantee that books by all writers, big and small, will have a prosperous future.
As the Senate holds its first-ever public hearing on drones and targeted killings, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman sits down for an extended interview...
The Buddhist pilgrimage appeals to the motives of the independent traveler in us. Meditation appeals to our inward search for meaning.
Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.
Anybody who's kept up with my blog (sup, Mom) knows that I've been reading a little bit of David Shields lately. What you don't know is how totally his books have bowled me over.
Gay men are regarded as trendsetters, with people looking to us for indicators about where pop culture is heading. If you think I'm off the mark with that statement, take a moment to examine the music, television, art, and fashion landscapes over the past thirty years and then get back to me.
Don't waste time lamenting the years that have passed when your dreams drifted by unfulfilled. It's a great waste of your creative spirit and won't effect anything except to make too depressed to take positive action.
To musicians like Bob Dylan or John Lennon, legendary music producer Phil Spector was the go-to genius who could help make their recordings phenomenal. To the public-at-large he is a deranged individual who should have never been allowed out of his castle. But to Nicole Audrey Spector, he is simply Dad.
John Hunter, a teacher from Virgina, developed the World Peace Game over thirty years ago, teaching it all over the world to students as young as nine-years-old. A documentary covering the game process was made and in 2011, he gave a TED talk on his experiences, which Arianna Huffington named the top talk that year.
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