Friday Morning FYI – 6/10/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

In my younger years, I pirated stuff off the internet. Music and software mostly. I was young and money-less and got sucked into the pit of “Screw them, they want too much for this.” I’m not proud of having done that and don’t do it anymore, though I do know people who routinely steal content (yes, downloading for free is stealing – what else do you call taking something without compensation?). It’s wrong on every level, and can have impacts far beyond the money you think that content’s creator won’t miss, as thoroughly explained by this post by Sarah Madison over on her BLOG. That brings us to this week’s FYI:

I get it, HBO is expensive. So is Photoshop, the latest hardcover book by your favorite author, and whatever album you just have to listen to. But high cost doesn’t mean you have a right to consume any of those things for free, and more to the point, it doesn’t mean the creators shouldn’t benefit financially from their work. Yes, work. Writing a book is work. Filming a show is work. Not charity, not free art, work. You get compensated for your work, so should they.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 3/18/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI  – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is simply an unbiased recommendation:

If you haven’t already done so, go listen to the Hamilton soundtrack. Don’t get tickets for the show because you have more important things on which to spend a thousand bucks, but definitely give it a listen. Writers especially, as there’s a ton of important things you can learn about making your characters real. If you’re an Amazon Prime member it’s free, so you don’t have an excuse.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 3/11/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI  – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

I recently told a trusted friend I was working on my first adult novel. As any readers of this site know, everything I’ve previously written has been middle grade. Anyway, she was excited to hear I was stepping up my age range, eager to see what I could turnout if I let loose and gave my darker voice over to a larger, more complex narrative. That brings us to this week’s FYI:

Any of us can do anything we put our mind too, but we’re often better suited to one version/aspect of something than another.  The problem is we often don’t know what that is, and ‘decide’ rather than ‘discover’ our talent. The artist who paints and paints and paints, only to find out much later, thanks to someone’s prompt or request, they’re a phenomenal sketcher, and then becomes a world-class tattoo artist, for example. Or someone who writes short stories, thinking a novel is beyond them, and a few years later becomes a bestselling novelist.

Experiment until you find your comfort zone, and then experiment more. You’ll probably surprise yourself.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Tattoos and rotten pumpkins

A lot of people want tattoos, but many fret over the permanence: that they’ll pick something they won’t want to look at after <insert random measure of time here>. You know how you avoid that? Go with something you love.

Five years ago, as is my and many people’s Autumn tradition, I placed several pumpkins and mums in front of my place. I then left them there for way too long, to the point the pumpkins turned into orange sacks of mush and seeds. Once I finally cleaned them up, I paid no mind to the seeds left behind on the dirt. Then, in the Summer, what anyone who knows anything about nature (not me, apparently) could predict, happened:

Pumpkin Vines

Pumpkin vines! How cool is that?

Shortly after, the most gorgeous, wondrous blossoms blossomed!

Pumpkin Blossoms

Pumpkin blossom in the sun

I was hooked by the stunning flowers, and repeated the place pumpkins -> let them rot -> wait for vines and blossoms process until my condo association decided to cover my little patch of dirt with stones. Because rocks are prettier than flowers, I guess.

Still, my love of these late-Summer bloomers remains undeterred. SO, if I can’t watch them grow naturally, why not put one on my arm?

Yes, that’s tattoo logic right there. Don’t analyze it, just accept it 😀

Artwork done by the most-excellent artist Chris Adamek at Immortal Ink in Clinton, NJ.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 2/5/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is about doing things that scare you (not, like, wrestling a bear or something though; that sh!t’s nuts):

The book on which I’m currently working scares the hell out of me. Not because it’s monster/ghost/vampire scary, but because it’s the first thing I’m writing I feel might be beyond me. The MC is so deep and so damaged, and the themes are so relevant and poignant, I’m terrified I can’t do any of it justice.

And that’s kind of awesome, because only doing things at which you’re already good is boring. Except Snowboarding. And bowling. Either snowboarding or bowling when you’re not proficient mostly sucks. I know.

Anyway, yeah. Do things that scare you. Do things you think you can’t do. At worst, you were right. At best, you’ll surprise yourself.


Thanks for reading,

{RDj}