Tuesday, April 3, 2012
--NOW YOU'RE JUST SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW
…"I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful." Marilyn Monroe
…I read this article.
I liked it.
Here it is (condensed) from Larry Feign in Writer Magazine:
--HOW TO HANDLE PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU NOT TO BE A WRITER:
1. Don't Argue (they're ignorant)
2. Pity Them (remember, they're ignorant)
3. Ask Them For Money (when they say you'll starve)
4. Refuse Their Money
5. Frighten Them (say something like, "What if I become a doctor and end up operating on you?")
6. Change The Subject (they won't notice)
7. Offer Them A Role (in your novel, story, screenplay)
9. Use Your Rage to Write
--Larry Feign, Writer Magazine
…I run. Not as much as I used to, but I still do.
And I get "Runner's World" magazine, not because there's anything new to learn about the sport, but mainly to keep inspired so that I don't slack off and get lazy.
In the latest issue there's a small article about Keith Wood, now 83, who will be the oldest runner in this year's Boston Marathon. He ran his qualifying time in 4:29, just a few minutes slower than I ran my last race. And Keith only ran his first marathon at age 72 and has since covered the distance nearly 40 times.
There's hope for all of us.
…Apparently the average household credit card balance in America is $16,000. Really? Holy hell.
…In yesterday's USA Today they asked: Is it ok to cheat on your income taxes?
85%--Not at all
8% --As much as possible
6% --A little
3% --Don't know
…You have to sell 5-7,000 books in a week to make it on The NY Times Bestseller List top 10
2-3 million to be a Bestseller
"The Help" has sold 10 M
…I like these:
-"How can it be a conspiracy if everyone's in on it?" Anon
-"Every word is guilty until proven innocent." Kira Peikoff
-"I wanted beyond hope or dreaming to be a writer." Sophie's Choice, William Styron
-"Novel writing is like living in an airless, depressing marriage to the same ugly person for years." Russel Banks