Meaning vs. Happiness

Mr. Linderman: There comes a time when a man has to ask himself whether he wants a life of happiness or a life of meaning. Nathan Petrelli: I’d like to have both. Mr. Linderman: Can’t be done. Two very different paths. To be truly happy a man must live absolutely in the present. No thought…

Anything Can Happen After Your First Draft

Neil Gaiman

I saw this on Tumblr recently and felt it had to be shared. Rantings Ravings Dragon Tamings asked: Dear Mr. Gaiman, I am following your advice on writing and well, writing. I’m even handwriting so as to stop myself from preemptive editing. However, every day it becomes more and more apparent to me that the book I…

If You Just Walk Long Enough

“Cheshire Puss…Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added…

One Bit Better

Kamigoroshi

[I]f the question of perfection means wading through hell and back for some minuscule attempt to be better than you already are, because I love what I do, I see nothing wrong in that. I guess that’s what passion is about. — Edrei Zahari of Footsteps in the Mirror, in response to Quality: When Enough…

So, Masters of Nature?

We are the corn...

We are all now being manipulated by corn . . . [The idea of ethanol] is the final triumph of corn over good sense. It is part of corn’s scheme for world domination. And you will see, the amount of corn planted this year will be up dramatically from last year and there’ll be that…

We Are Alive

Zen in the Art of Writing

…[W]e are alive and that it is gift and privilege, not right. We must earn life once it has been awarded to us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation. — Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing When was the last time you looked at the world around…