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Writing & Schlepping

My faithful companion, throughout all the weary hours.
  1. Writing is hard. Period. To pull things from the ether, and from your life, and say exactly what you mean about them in an interesting way is notoriously challenging. I think just about every writer I’ve ever heard or read on the subject, with the exception of Stephen King, struggles to confront a blank page.
  2. Writing is generally a stationary, solitary business. It requires sitting, in a chair, with little besides your own thoughts for company or diversion. What does that sound like? Oh yes — time out. Choosing to be a writer is basically consenting to spend most of the rest of your life sitting in timeout (Pro tip — make sure to hide some biscuits in your pocket).
She bears the life of letters as best she can. But she’s not always entirely subtle about how she really feels.
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Mark Twain
  • Edward Gorey
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Charles Bukowski
  • William Burroughs
  • Jean Cocteau
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • Stephen King
  • Kingsley Amis
  • Morrissey
  • Colette
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Truman Capote
  • Herman Hesse
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Doris Lessing
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • TS Elliot
  • WB Yeats
  • Charles Dickens
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Julio Cortázar
  • W. H. Auden
  • Jacques Derrida
This is one of the ways I know I’ve been at it for kind of a while, and might need to break.
A park bench on a fair day with my best friend is as fine a working environment as I could ask for.



Thoughts and advice on wandering the world with a cat.

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