This blog has been quiet recently due to a “digital malfunction”. That is to say, I hurt my hand last week and had to have stitches, which has meant typing painfully slowly with one hand. Posting here has become overwhelming and tiring as a result, so all non-essential writing has been put on the backburner.
I have realised just how much typing I do and how much I take it for granted - between my day job as a writer, my freelance writing business, my own writing work, my ghost writing, email and social media with friends all over the world, and this blog, among other things. I usually write every day.
As frustrating as it has been not being able to type properly, I’m grateful for getting the medical care that I’ve needed so that my injury will be nothing more than a temporary inconvenience. I don’t want to take that for granted; for many people, here and elsewhere in the world, the same injury could have had a much more dire impact.
So, this post is a recognition of my extreme privilege in having the physical capability to do the writing I do, and a recognition of how grateful I am that I’ll be able to get back up to speed soon, literally.
Announcement - Eric Maisel to appear on The Pragmatic Artist
Happy to announce that Eric Maisel - America’s foremost creativity coach and the author of 35 books, including Creativity for Life, Coaching the Artist Within, The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression and Mastering Creative Anxiety, as well as co-author of Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions (which I recommended in one of my past posts)will be making a guest appearance here in April to promote his new book. Stay tuned.
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”—Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country