The Artistic Ego (Pt. 1)

I had a professor in college say that all great writers struggle somewhere between extreme egotism and severe self-deprecation. I think he's right. I think it's indicative of the artist's soul.

I think is indicative of the human soul.

Part of being a writer is believing that you have something to say. And in order to be a successful writer (one who's work is read) you have to tell your story, add your voice, proclaim your message - which is of course, self-promotion...

Creativity Begets Creativity

There is a hole-in-the-wall nearby with excellent comfort food. The little restaurant is minimally staffed, and we always wait way too long for our food. But do we keep going back? Absolutely.

While we sit and wait for our food, we talk most of the time about going into the restaurant business.


Each time we eat there, the same thing happens. In fact, I've had exactly two conversations with my in-laws about the restaurant business, and they both happened in the same place. Not a coincidence...

Exercise your imagination

Imagination grows by exercise and, contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

            W. Somerset Maugham

I have two lovely daughters who spend their time (when we shut the TV off and take away our iPhones) using their imagination. They play house, and princesses, and doctor, and on and on and on, with simple props and a healthy dose of imagination. I adore it. It's beautiful to watch their creativity and their ability to speak worlds into existence.

Sadly...imagination tends to die away somewhere around the middle of our school years in our society.