I was 24 when I read my first self-help book. I was drinking cheap white wine in All Bar One by Oxford Circus, moaning about my crappy temping job, when my friend handed me a battered copy of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. I read the tagline out loud: “How… via … Continue reading What Happens If You Read All the Self-Help Books? — Literary Hub
So. The masters is over, dissertation marked, grades received. Life as an adult is taking full swing in the form of a new job and being a car owner for the first time ever. It had to happen sometime, I guess. I mean, I've been putting it off for a while now. I've also been … Continue reading Taking a break
The first time I read a book by Kurt Vonnegut was whilst I was in Dresden, and that novel was Slaughterhouse Five (1969), a book concerning the bombing (or rather, total annihilation) of that same city during the second world war. I must admit that at the time it failed to make much of an impression, I fear … Continue reading A new appreciation for Kurt Vonnegut
What’s your motivation? What inspires you? What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? Why do you do what you do? Because, I can tell you one thing. If you want to be happy, you’ll never be. If you want to be successful, rich, famous, you won’t be any of those […] … Continue reading What’s your motivation? — Cristian Mihai
This feels particularly pertinent at the moment, probably because I’m on a job hunt, and rejection just seems the norm. It’s a hard pill to swallow.
Any writer – author, journalist or poet – who has work out in the submission pipeline, knows the email moment. The notification pops up on your phone or in your inbox and your heart takes a wild, insane ride. First, it goes up – way too high up – as your expectations soar. Then, you ground yourself, reminders of just how much the deck is stacked against you flit through your mind. Your heart plummets. Finally, finally, you get the email open – your eyes scan, searching for those all important words – pleased, unfortunately, with regret.
It does get easier. I have gotten a lot of rejections. In fact, I pride myself on being pretty good at divorcing the rejection of my work from the rejection of me as a person. There are a…
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I recently went to see the exhibition Natural Selection, at Leeds Art Gallery (which ended on September 2nd). The show, a result of the five year collaboration between artist Andy Holden, and his ornithologist father, Peter, explored humanity's relationship with nature, the connections between art and nature, and mankind's need to collect and acquire the natural … Continue reading Art, everyday
I have worried sometimes about my use of “I” in poems. The “I” is certainly not always me; sometimes it is a character or a handy perspective point for the observations around which it is wrapped, a simple first-person eye-to-the-telescope. The tricky thing with the “I” is that often for an effective poem, the “I” […] … Continue reading Very Well Then I Contradict Myself; on the First Person Perspective in Poems — O Write: Marilynonaroll’s Blog