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 back. So far it’s not …Read More »
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Years ago I started working on a book called “The Creative Brain on Drugs.” It’s a book not just about the various mind-stimulating or sensation-altering substances that the majority of writers and artists have depended on for creative insight, but also their political views on the inherent right to self-modify, without government oversight. But after years of trying to write …Read More »
The horrible hidden truth behind the Secret Life of Walter Mitty that’s keeping you from your dreams.
On the surface, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie with values I can get behind. A boring photo-processor daydreams about epic adventures because he’s too scared and socially awkward to actually do anything. He’s made fun of, ignored and taken for granted. He’s supporting his mom and his dead-beat actress sister; a duty he took on at …Read More »
If you love to draw, paint or create visual art of some kind, you may have thought to yourself, “Hey, this is fun. Wouldn’t it be great to do this all the time and get paid for it?” That’s how I felt in my early 20s. So I painted hundreds of strange surrealist pieces that I thought were funny. I …Read More »
-part 2 of six- If you’re going to be a creative independent, it’s crucial that you make the best use of your time. However, being conservative with your time or doing things faster isn’t the right place to start: the secret of productivity is to choose high-level task that produce the most value, while ignoring all other ones. The secret to …Read More »
I’m watching a new show called “Kevin Probably Saves the World” – and normally, even though I write fiction about fallen angels, I wouldn’t be that interested in the “plucky but failed protagonist gets help from angels to do small acts of kindness” trope. But it’s actually really good and I’m enjoying it. It makes me nostalgic for when I …Read More »
I just clicked on a few goal-setting articles like this from Facebook, and they sucked. So I wrote my own. For me, and a lot of other people I know, 2014 was a solidly mediocre year – some growth, some sales, some new experiences, but also a lot of mediocrity and boring stuff. That’s not good enough for me. I …Read More »
An open letter to an aspiring artist (how to make money doing what you love, and motivate yourself to finish the work).
Creativindie is slowly coming into its own and providing exactly the kind of help for artists and authors that it’s intended to. It’s so exciting that people are actually visiting my blog and getting in touch with me! I got a letter from Jen today, who’s struggling to find a way to get her foot in the door and do …Read More »
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I was living abroad 10 years before “The 4-Hour Workweek” came out. Back then, I was strange and unusual. People asked, “But why would you live abroad?” I did my Junior year of high school at an art school in Argentina, in Spanish. Then I moved to Malta to study philosophy (instead of going …Read More »
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 establish hero’s relationship with this father: his …Read More »