my congratulations and my apology to neil gaiman

ImageHaving originally begun this blog to write about books, it is a treat for me when I actually do. In the next few weeks, it is my grand plan to finally bring my faithful followers current on what I’ve read, and what I thought about what I read.

Let’s talk a moment about Neil Gaiman, shall we? I have excitedly described his writing to friends and others who cared to listen, but not well. I’ve referred to the style as, “kind of weird” and the themes as “intelligently disturbing.” This leads folks to think a mode of horror, when it is not that at all — although there are some wonderfully horrific moments in his work. I have compared him to Edgar Allen Poe mixed with a dashes of Jonathan Carroll and H.P. Lovecraft but not many have understood. At this point I should probably apologize to Mr. Gaiman. In my attempts to convert, I’ve likely put off an equal number with my awkward bumbling. His most apt response would be, “Get off my side.”

Now, Hudson Booksellers has named his The Ocean at the End of the Lane their selection for 2013 Book of the Year. And more importantly, at least for me, they have nicely clarified my incoherence: “Neil Gaiman has this voice, charming and humane but creepy, occasionally whimsical but capable also of evoking real dread; and when he gets dark all the effects amplify because you have been charmed and cozened.” Yes, that.

motivation for those who need it

ImageAfter rejoicing at the completion of my business website, I did little to draw potential clients there. The enormity of developing 18 pages of content from scratch, was daunting, and for a time I felt a little burnt out. While I knew what I needed to do — I just wasn’t motivated to do more heavy lifting — toting the internet barges and hauling the big creative bails is exhausting.

Well, this week I’ve finally recovered the genuine enthusiasm I had when the project began. I’m again making connections and driving myself to achieve. Why it went away or what caused it to return, I can’t say, but welcome home ingenuity!

If you need a nudge or are feeling sluggish, don’t fret. Here are just the quotes for you.

  1. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  2. The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’ -Jeffrey Bezos
  3. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  4. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  5. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
  6. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. –Napoleon Hill
  7. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
  8. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  9. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
  10. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
  11. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
  12. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  14. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
  15. Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
  16. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
  17. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
  18. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
  19. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

Indeed I have begun the online list making to which everyone is attached. It’s seems as if no one, including myself, has an attention span of more than two short sentences. But as I always say, that’s a rant for another day.