It’s Already Been Done: A Particular Lie

At any given moment, there are millions of artists and craftspeople working around the world, making things that may or may not have any pragmatic use (depending on how you define pragmatics), and for most of human history, those artists worked in small corners, unnoticed except by the few. Not so today, thankfully.   An explosion …

The Belly of the Beast

It's a metaphor that's been around since Jonah.  Writers talk about it as the state of being deep in the middle of a work as the wheels are coming off, your faith in your talent and in your ideas crashing head-on into failed structures and dead-end choices.   In Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield, …

“Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield

  What is it about people who speak with "authority" that can be so inspirational?  (Who does that make you think of?) Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post about the metaphor of war as it related to prayer. Read it here.  I questioned whether war was the best frame through which to …

17 Steps to Beating Resistance

Keeping the themes of "The War of Art" (by Stephen Pressfield) going one more day, let me ask you this: how did the battle with Resistance go today? Here's how it went for me, and the 17 steps I took (or that I felt myself taking?  Or that someone gave me the strength take?  Or...) …