Finish things. That’s how you develop your voice. Whether it’s a poem or a short film or a painting or a piece of theatre, whatever it is, finish it. Let it go and move onto the next thing. Lots of the stuff I’ve done I think is really, really shit but it’s fine because it’s finished.
There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that the point?
Also, they’re the only company whose terms go up every year, even if your figures with them go down. Bookstores have stopped charging for windows, but Deal of the Week on Amazon will cost you £15,000.
But sometimes you stand on a street corner and gawp at a shop selling doughnuts and Chinese food and you think, This is where I’m from? It reminds you that probably the reason you left, or the reason you’ve stayed away for so long, is that it can feel easier not to fit in to a place where you’re not from, than to feel that you didn’t fit in to the place that you are.
This Saturday (18 May 2013) I’ll be appearing at the inaugural Leicester Book Festival alongside fellow Legend Press stalwarts, Sam Mills and Tom Chambers. The event starts at 7.30pm at the New Walk Museum and Arts Gallery and I’m fair looking forward to it
Live in Leicester? Near Leicester? You should come along.
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon is a marvellous book for all you creative folk and this is me saying so with my face.
As The Humans is the most personal thing I’ve written, and encapsulates everything I believe in, I am even more hyper-sensitive than normal. But would I go along to a magical mind spa and ask for a skin-thickening treatment? Probably not. You need to feel life’s terror to feel its wonder.
A social entrepreneurship company based in Australia, Mailbooks for Good, has recently launched a literary-minded project that combines good design and a simple but strong idea with the joy of philanthropy. The company’s tagline, “Re-gift the gift of reading,” does a decent job of explaining the concept. (via Dust jacket envelopes make it simple to donate your books by mail TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics)
Amazon, Google and all of those things probably aren’t the enemy. The enemy right now is simply refusing to understand that the world is changing.