LIKE SHINY NEW THINGS? MY NEW BOOK — CREEK SONGS (AND OTHER SEDUCTIONS) — IS HERE!

 

“When you’re a child, the world is full of shiny things — arrowheads and anthills, tiny skulls and frogs eggs, gopher holes and bottle caps, snakeskins, and polliwogs and strange, cool artifacts that came from outer space (maybe). You can’t grab them, touch them, taste them fast enough. Wonder is part of your daily routine.

As you grow older, you realize the true power of shiny things. The power to distract and deflect and seduce. The power to empower transcendence. The power to rob you of yourself. The power to elicit joy and madness, hope and despair, rage and resolution.”

Experience the power. CREEK SONGS (and Other Seductions), by Scot A. Simmons. New from Being Point Press…AND AVAILABLE NOW IN BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR VERSIONS ON AMAZON.COM. GET YOUR COPY NOW!!!!!!

POINT OF CLARIFICATION…AND A LITTLE HARLAN ELLISON

Just because someone can write, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can write. Proof of this can be found all over the wondrous worldwide web. But I’m not real fond of the “We’re in a club and you can’t join” approach, either. And referring to one’s writing as one’s craft is very much like an actor referring to his body as his instrument, no? I’m not sure which acting philosophy that comes from, but it does irritate me and I do know that I don’t want to be enrolled in that class. I picture a backstage nativity with some guy in black tights with smudged makeup and a sock hat imparting wisdom to a group of painfully naïve (yet eager) neophytes.

No, writing is something else entirely. To be a writer, you need to be

1) reflective/introspective – meaning your attention span and interests range far beyond “”Extra” and “Fox News.”
2) observant — meaning you need to listen more than anything else.
3) courageous – willing to step out of the box, willing to encounter (nay, court) rejection, and willing to follow an idea or a story or a compulsion wherever it takes you.

Most of all courageous. Oh and one more thing…

You have to not be able to not write.

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