art and the creative process

The Charisma of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee’s career was short. Six films. He died suddenly at age 32, on the cusp of international stardom. And yet, Bruce Lee lives on, as engaging today and he was in the 60s and 70s. Why? His charisma.

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RIP Stan Lee

My son came home from school yesterday and, with a bit of shock in his voice, asked me: “Dad, did you hear Stan Lee has died.”

I had.

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Stay the Course

During my crowdfunding campaign there have been peaks and valleys, days of fruitful contributions and days when I wondered where all the YA fans had gone. What looks initially like rejection or indifference, we discover is simply a sign that busy people are attending to the events of their day-to-day lives.

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Keeping an Eye on the Time

Last night I was at the Todd Rundgren’s Utopia concert. I’ve seen Utopia many times since the early 80s. Their drummer, Willie Wilcox is my friend.

At some point during the show I looked around at the audience. It was filled with people who loved this band and were delighted to be at the show.

What struck me about 99% of the people I saw at the concert was that most of them had either grey hair or no hair.

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Beware the Ego

In an artist’s life, it is not the critic, the heckler, or the bully of rejection we are fighting – it is our own egos disguised as each one of them. Our desire for praise, and our resistance to seeing our own weaknesses and addressing them, is often the source of our pains.

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In Support of Literacy

Bill grew up in a single-parent home in Philadelphia. His mother, whom he loved, had many kids and worked many jobs to provide for her children. They were poor, but united. Bill was the oldest. He passed every year of high school. His report card never raised a red flag…nor did any of his teachers.

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Bookshop Discoveries

Long before the “warehouse” model of book-selling became popular, long before the personality and charm of independent establishments fell to the corporate manipulation that suffocated the livelihoods of imaginative shop-owners, I loved to wander into independent bookshops.

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Writer’s Block

I have seen and heard many people ask how they can get rid of writer’s block. Anyone who offers a definitive answer to that question is, in my opinion, the equivalent of a snake oil salesman, someone selling you a product to cure your ills that doesn’t work.

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