The artist, that selfish asshole

“I know how hard it is to learn a new craft — it takes many a sore ride in the saddle. You get thrown around and beat up and get back on that animal. It was never a matter of making myself write. It was a matter of being terribly irritated when anything else got in the way.”

Sally Field

It’s a beautiful quote, and I wish I’d always felt the same way. Perhaps I did, except that in my case what got in the way of my writing was always my big fat head. 

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How to make decisions

“The hallmark of a decision in line with one’s character is ease and contentment, and an ample, even provision of natural energy.” (Anne Truitt)

Sophie's Secrets - Chapter Twelve

[Content warning: This is a work of fiction that contains mature themes and explicit sex scenes.]

"Listen," he said, his confidence coming back. "I realize you don't have a lot of time to chat with me so I'll explain real quick then you can ask as many questions as you like." 

She was amused by his tone and his friendliness. "OK, go for it." 

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