Friday Morning FYI – 12/11/2015

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

This week’s (long’ish-and-hastily-written-before-a-five-hour-drive) FYI is about daring:

Last week I wrote about a friend launching a book. I provided a few hints about the novel’s contents, and recommended you check it out. What I didn’t note was the book is self-published. I’m bringing that up because it’s important to understand how daring a thing that is – or more accurately, how daring my friend is for doing it the way she did. She hired a team, invested her time and money, and has done (and is doing) everything right to position herself for success. It’s not what I would have done, but while attending her launch event last night, I saw it was the right choice for her at this point in her evolution as a professional writer.

Where am I going with this? Just to note that in a world (profession, industry, sport, etc.) where everyone wants to tell you how things are done, you have to decide for yourself the best way to go. If you forget that, look to the people around you for a reminder.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 11/13/2015

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

It was hard to settle-on this week’s FYI. I’ve a lot of things and people (some real, others real-adjacent) swirling around in my noggin right now, each of which has taught or is teaching me something. So I decided to go with something teach-y-ish:

You can’t be a teacher to someone who’s not prepared or willing to learn, but you can always be a guardian, even to those who don’t (or don’t think they) need shielding – including yourself.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – Special Wed, 11/4/2015 Edition

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

I’ve recently had several people ask about the stuff I toss up here, specifically wondering if the content that feels ‘personal’ is real (as in has happened or is happening in my life). The answer is Yes/No. Some things are real and some are invented. Some bits are inflations based on real events or people, but pushed beyond reality for artistic purpose. This brings up an interesting question, though – one I feel warrants a special post:

How much should we be willing to explain?

Writers (and any artists), covet a small group of friends and trusted colleagues to whom you’ll answer all questions, and leave everyone else twisting. When you explain to everyone how the rabbit gets in the hat, you lose the magic.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 10/30/2015

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

Last night I got the chance to see Trevor Hall live in NYC. I’ve been a fan of his for years, so when the spam email came in from bandsintown saying he was playing Irving Plaza, I took my wallet out so fast I almost lost a finger. It was a great show, and he even played and told the story behind my favorite song (Indigo) from the new album. In that spirit I’m going to keep it light this week and just drop a link to the song:

link

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 8/7/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – I’ll-be-attending-the-Writers-Digest-Conference-in-NYC-this-weekend-so-find-me-and-say-hi! edition – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is about progressing through life, not regressing:

Sometimes reaching out is just reaching back, and back is never helpful. Forward is the only way to go.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}