The problem with Hopium

The problem with Hopium

There’s an issue I haven’t had words for, until now, and it concerns “hopium” – the rational disconnect involved when you’re forced to believe in extraordinary results, despite all evidences to the contrary. The bigger this disconnect, the more brutal maintenance is required to keep up this level of optimism...

The Tomorrow War (plot holes & writing tips)

The Tomorrow War (plot holes & writing tips)

How to write a satisfying story… movie breakdown Halfway through Netflix’s “The Tomorrow War” with Chris Pratt, I paused to take notes. It’s a great example of “the thing it costs is the one thing the hero refuses.” I’m only halfway through but I can see where this is going. 1. early scenes...

Albert Camus on Self-publishing and trash novels

Albert Camus on Self-publishing and trash novels

Albert Camus, an icon of existentialism and the embodiment of literary craftsmanship, had profound thoughts on the creation and presentation of art. When it comes to publishing, the act of bringing words to an audience, we find ourselves in a modern age of unprecedented access and democratization. As Camus brilliantly notes: “To think is...

10 Reasons You Should Never Pick Up After Yourself

10 Reasons You Should Never Pick Up After Yourself

Ever walked into a room and thought it looked like a tornado had a rendezvous with a hurricane? Well, before you cringe at that scattered brilliance, let’s embrace the art of ‘controlled chaos’. Here’s a revolutionary thought – maybe messy can be… productive? 1. The Genius of Chaos:Let’s kick things off...

Unconventional book marketing tips for authors

Unconventional book marketing tips for authors

A while ago I read Seth Godin’s This is Marketing; in this article I’ll try to parse meaning so you can apply his insights to your own creative projects. (Some of this may be paraphrased as I’m working off quick notes.) Firstly, Seth addresses the doubt and fear most creatives face around marketing their work: