Lessons in epic awesomeness from the Futurist movement: how bold, flamboyant, zealous over-confidence can win you the crowd you need to be successful

Lessons in epic awesomeness from the Futurist movement: how bold, flamboyant, zealous over-confidence can win you the crowd you need to be successful

The Futurist movement, which began in Italy in the early 20th century, was more than just an artistic endeavor; it was an audacious statement of intent. Its proponents sought not only to disrupt the art world but to challenge society’s very understanding of progress, speed, and modern life. There’s something profoundly instructive...

A month in Bali: Paradise or Purgatory?

A month in Bali: Paradise or Purgatory?

We first came to Bali last year and spent two months. I enjoyed it, my wife didn’t. That was mostly my fault, for booking hotel rooms instead of villas so she could have a kitchen and her own space (living on a bed kind of sucks for weeks on end). I convinced her to come

Velvet Buzzsaw: art is murder, and critics deserve brutal justice

Velvet Buzzsaw: art is murder, and critics deserve brutal justice

Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw is a fun horror flick based on a nearly universally accepted belief about art: that “real art” is done for the passion, not the money. In this particular version, a dead artist’s paintings come to live and brutally murder his critiques. More than that, Jake Gyllenhaal as a snobby art critique...

20+ Amazing Writing Retreats To Check Out This Year!

20+ Amazing Writing Retreats To Check Out This Year!

EDIT: This is an older post so the dates will be wrong; but you can still click the links to see if these projects have upcoming events. I won’t be renting more castles any time soon. With the new year comes a new set of writing workshops to participate in! If you’ve joined a workshop

Write a GREAT book in a month: 34 easy steps to help you finish your first draft (free book templates for authors!)

Write a GREAT book in a month: 34 easy steps to help you finish your first draft (free book templates for authors!)

Let’s get serious for a moment: writing a book is a long-term project and it’s not going to magically happen for you until you stop browsing useless listicles that focus on everything except the actual writing part. You know the ones – they focus on motivation or lifestyle organization and give pithy highlights like...

Find the work you were meant to do (dream jobs with Pam Slim)

Find the work you were meant to do (dream jobs with Pam Slim)

  Recently I’ve been going through an identity crisis. I know what I want to do, and what I’m good at, and what I enjoy. But increasingly I’m becoming less relevant to my audience (“Great Derek, you want to write books and travel full-time. But how can you help ME?”) On the one hand, I’m

Art has Value, Real Artists Don’t Starve, and other Shocking Truths

Art has Value, Real Artists Don’t Starve, and other Shocking Truths

I heard someone say recently, “there are too many marketers and not enough artists.” As someone deep inside the publishing industry, however, I find the opposite to be true. Recently I went to a writing conference – there were over 500 writers. All of them wanted to be artists: they made the work and now