Catension

The feeling you experience when you realize you’ve done something stupid and everyone is looking at you. The only really neat thing to do after that is maintain your cool, and be like, oh, yeah, I meant to do that.

For a cat, they usually recover by coolly washing their face. You can try the same. I attempt to strike a pose, myself.

Authors Answer 122 – Should You Write Every Day?

The eternal question. Writing is as individual and personal as other activities so you figure out what works best for you. For me, it’s writing every day. Writing in my head or phantom writing doesn’t count, either; it needs to be something I can read and edit later. Sometimes my will wilts and I don’t write every day. I’m traveling, I’m sick, or the time and stars don’t align for it. Then I feel depressed, frustrated and a little angry. It probably isn’t healthy. From this, I sometimes think I’m addicted to writing every day, and that I need my daily fix.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

This month, we return to regular questions and answers, but we have a theme for the month. We’re looking at common advice that may be considered either bad or good advice. We’re starting off with how often we should write.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 122 – Write every day. Do you agree or disagree, and why?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Although I might possibly be the worst person in the world at actually adhering to this advice, I do actually agree. In order to be a writer, you have to write, and write a lot, so the best way of accomplishing that is to write something – anything – every day. In that way it becomes a habit, something that you do automatically. Additionally, if you’re writing daily – even if it’s not anything that goes toward your current WIP – you’re getting lots of practice in, and that is never a bad thing…

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Today’s Theme Music

I often sing the blues. My version is the first world blues. I’m blue about the state of the world, environmental concerns, human rights. I’m also blue ’bout computer issues and awful television shows while simultaneously, hypocritically decrying our consumer society. I’m blue because I love auto racing and hate its economic and environmental impact. I’m blue because while I have plenty to eat, my metabolism has slowed and I can’t eat all the foods I want all the time. I’m blue because my hair is thinning and graying even while I know I’m in a pretty damn good place. I’m blue because I’m a basket of contradictions and because my cats don’t get along better. And the blues strike, too, because I’m pretty healthy while so many friends and loved ones suffer from health issues. I sing the blues because there are too many people who seem evil for the sake of being evil and care about no one but themselves.

That’s why I sing the blues. That’s why I’m thankful for an era where we had folks like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Etta James, Albert King, Doctor John, Phil Collins, Robert Cray, Paul Butterfield and more to lift me out of the blues via that terrible technology that I love and hate.

Here they are, strong of voice, at the top of their skills, performing ‘Why I Sing the Blues’. 

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