Something From Nothing Doesn't Make You A Hack

Every story that exists wadn’t jack shit before. That new mind-blowing movie? It arose from a whole lotta nada. Your favorite novel? Less than zero at one point. The oldest epic poem or philosophy text that exists? Built. Someone built it. From nothing. Ideas you have aren’t bullshit just because you thought them up at 3am after you tried and failed to sleep. They’re not somehow less for being thought up when you were sacrificing a number two to the god of porcelain. Pretty sure if you’re a creator, you’ve felt like a hack because your best pieces of work are all made up. Improvised. Surrounded by research or artistic techniques learned from other people or from books. Guess what? That’s how

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Ramadero - ram*a*de*ro n A thicket. 1929 Dobie Vaquero 206 SW, Down in a ramadero of spined bushes and trees that seem to cover all space except that occupied by prickly pear, a man . . .is sitting on a horse. 1932 DN 6.232 West, Ramadero. This word is sometimes heard in the Southwest for thicket. 1967 DARE (Qu. C28, A place where underbrush, weeds, vines and small trees grow together so that it’s nearly impossible to get through.) Inf TX28 Ram

Creativity - Use It (An Innocent Post)

Genitals. They’re the only things you don’t lose if you don’t use them. Creativity. Those stories and paintings you thought of will die if you don’t use them. No subtext intended. Use those ideas. Build them. Add to them by learning and researching, but get back to using them. That’s how they swell into grandiose masterpieces. Again, with the subtext. Artists consume art. Writers consume novels. Musicians consume tunes. Study that stuff and enjoy it at the same time. It ain’t work to analyze the all-time favorite movie you’re watching if your goal is to be the one MAKING that kind of thing. Avoiding embarrassment ain’t a reason to stop making that shit. You want a world with winged noses tha

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Rallack - rall*ack v [nEngl dial var of rollick; cf EDD rallack v. 1] Cf rollix 1899 (1912) Green VA Folk-Speech 344, Rallack. . . To run about after pleasure instead of attending to business. “He goes rallacking about from one place to another.” “It’s your birthday. Let’s rallack around downtown.” “Is it a coincidence that rallack and frolic sound similar?” “Never use the word rallacking seductively. It won’t end well.” Please share and commen

Enemies Of The Writer: Brain Farts & Burnout

Burnout ain’t entirely evil, but it mostly is. Push your badass writer self a yard or two past the limit so you grow and learn to create more with less. Then rest and recover. Download a hundred writing podcasts over the course of a year and absorb that learning the way a sponge sucks up bourbon. Create despite the early stages of burnout. But don’t actually burn out. Both body and mind need recharge time. Remember those summer vacations in high school when you had three months to sleep and ignore the hell out of the world? Yeah, there’s a reason you came back swinging with tons of energy the following year. Find a way to give a solid dose of THAT kind of rest to your body on a regular basis

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Rainified - rain*i*fied adj [EDD “Inclined to rain, like rain”] Cf -ified Likely to rain. 1918 DN 5.15 Martha’s Vineyard MA, Rainified. Rainy appearance of sky. “It’s looked kind o’ rainified all the morning.” So far as I know, limited to one individual, who is rather given to coinages. 1953 Randolph-Wilson Down in Holler 45 Ozarks, Speaking of the prospects of rain, a woman said to me, “It sure don’t look very rainified this evenin’.” “Hey, d

Writer - Butt In Chair Time = Slackass

Reach behind you and grab both ass cheeks right now. If you had to get out of your desk chair to do that, good. You’re probably writing. If you did that at the coffee shop, even better. You’re probably making people laugh AND writing at the same time. For those currently writing, continue to do so. For those who’ve spent too long away from their characters, wash your friggin’ hands and get back to writing! It’s not B.S. when they say, “Treat writing like a job.” Whether it pays the bills at the moment or not, treating writing like a job is REALLY intended to make abso-frickin-lutely sure you spend time with your rump in the chair writing. With jobs, you show up on time or you get yelled at/w

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Racktify - rack*ti*fy v Also ractify, rectify [Prob varr of wreck + -ify] esp SC To damage, break down; hence ppl adj ractified (pronc-spp racktify, raptify, rectified) rickety; mentally disturbed. 1909 S. Atl. Qrly. 8.44 seSC Rectify is used to mean break, to destroy; rectified to signify distracted in mind, broken in strength. 1922 Gonzales Black Border 322 sSC, GA coasts [Gullah glossary], Racktify—to break, breaks, bone, broken, breaking. C

It Ain't About The Targets You're Not Hitting

Summon up all your badassest writing powers and unleash them with perfect formatting, grammar, and plotting! Even when you do that, you’re gonna miss some of the targets you’re aiming for. And that shit’s okay. Missed your goal of doing traditional publishing in two years? You still wrote the thing, and you came away with your writer’s knives sharpened and ready. For the next goal. Learned all the self-publishing lingo and put your book out there in the rainforest only to sell ten copies? You learned a frickload of frickin’ facts and now you can use ‘em to build the next thing. Artists, writers, creators: drag that sadness into the toilet and sacrifice that bastard to the porcelain goddess.