I attended a panel discussion and networking event last night, Tiger Talks in the City: Arts Entrepreneurship. The event was sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Arts Alumni. The focus of the panel was the theater, but the discussion could have been about most any artistic… Continue reading What is your success metric?
I blog so infrequently these days, I figured the least I could do is to let you know that I'm guest blogging today at the NY chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Death and Taxes
Aspiring mystery writers in CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA and WV have two weeks left to submit an application. The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to… Continue reading Burstein Scholarship
When I first became serious about writing mysteries, I considered going to a writer's conference in Chicago. My problem was simple... the cost. When I added up the cost of the conference registration, hotel and airfare, I struggled to justify the expenditure. Then one of my friends offered a bit of advice. If you want… Continue reading The Leon B. Burstein/MWA-NY Scholarship for Mystery Writing
I had a drink tonight at the Wildcat. The last time I was here was a year ago. There was a talented musician playing guitar and singing. I'm pretty sure it was the same guy last year. I'd like to tell you he was playing guitar the first time I came to the Wildcat, but… Continue reading Time stands still at the Wildcat
Not lower-case nothing. Upper-case, big-N Nothing. Stanislaw Lem explained the difference between the two in his masterpiece, The Cyberiad: Fables for a Cybernetic Age. "Machine, do Nothing!" The machine sat still. Klapaucius rubbed his hands in triumph, but Trurl said: "Well, what did you expect? You asked it to do nothing, and it's doing nothing."… Continue reading I’ve got plenty of Nothing
We do not experience the world directly. There is a moment, albeit an infinitesimally small moment, during which our brain processes experience. So we are always a moment removed from the experience. In that moment, we create the experience, we construct a story to make sense of the experience. Some of us write the story down.