The grey skies above send down a torrential force of rain that seemed never-ending. For three days and nights, it seemed the sky had cried. For what reason, I couldn’t guess; more than likely any number of reasons could have set it off.
Author: John Van Camp (John Van Camp)
Creative writing is rife with symbols. Symbols such as the sun as truth and owls as wisdom permeate every type of writing from novels to video games.
Twenty-some years ago, during the first wave of dot-com hysteria, I worked as content director at an audio-and-music startup called Audiocafe.com, on Mission Street in San Francisco.
Recently, I found myself struggling to get through Dune by Frank Herbert. Not having much experience with heavy, world-based science fiction novels, my initial excitement to read all about the desert planet of Arrakis quickly turned into confusion and constant backtracking.
Imagine that you are a newbie art critic about to launch yourself into the reviewing game. You want to cover a new exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery, a startup in your city’s trendiest district.
Now that the weather is starting to resemble spring (depending on your location, of course), kids who have been cooped up too long are wanting to explore outside, enjoy the sunshine, and maybe even see their friends.
This may come as no surprise, but most Americans rarely venture into art galleries and museums. Adventurous vacationers may dash into museums such as the Louvre for quickie tours of iconic artworks—who doesn’t want to mention having seen the Mona Lisa? —but for the most part they stay out of commercial art galleries because they feel intimidated.
Visual art is a luxury enterprise. Art lovers may assert that it’s a psychological necessity, but even the most ardent will admit that no one starves for lack of art.
Received wisdom has it that successful writers are gifted geniuses, rare specimens endowed with rare talents. An hour spent in any library or bookstore will prove how wrong this is. You don’t have to be a virtuoso to enjoy a rewarding career as a writer. You don’t even have to be a very good writer to succeed. You simply have to be competent and consistent.
It’s nearly Christmas – thank goodness. This has been a trying year for many for many more reasons than just COVID-19 and climate change. For the writer in your life (or perhaps for you), here are twenty-two frugal to inexpensive Etsy finds.
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