Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book, Nook, and Kindle

My coworker and I are enjoying an "antisocial lunch." :) 

Playing with Design (Again!)

I loved the old theme, but it just wasn't clean enough. The sidebar was too narrow, the proportions all wrong... and I've already got one high-maintenance, highly-customized, very personal theme on my main blog, It's All a Matter of Perspective. So I went looking for a new Blogger theme, and I like this one so far. Getting the header just right is a bit of work if you're not a graphic artist, but it's fun and it's not going to suck half my life away.

What do you think? It's from Roam2Rome.

Writers Blog Through Writer's Block

I don't believe in "writer's block." I believe "writer's block" is just a face-saving way of saying one of the following:

  • I don't have the skill to express, on paper, all the cool thoughts running around in my head.
  • I don't have a cool thought in my head right now; I have absolutely NOTHING worthwhile to say.
  • I want to write, but I feel guilty leaving the housework to rot.
  • It's a really pretty day out, and writing feels too much like work.
  • Truth is, I don't want to write at all. Writing's PAINFUL. I want to have written, preferably a bestselling book with a six-figure advance.

Next time you're tempted to say, "I have writer's block," ask yourself why - ask, "What do I really mean by this term, 'writer's block'?" Then, if you really want to write, address the root cause of the problem - don't moan about it. The writer with writer's block is a cliche - and any writer KNOWS that cliches are to be avoided like the...zombies created when the cook at Dan's Deli put too much preservative in the salami. (Wordy, perhaps, but "plague" would've been unintentionally ironic.)

Grab that paper and pen and WRITE!! Or leave a comment below, telling us YOUR favorite excuses NOT to write.