Your Snarkiness is back!
After a grueling 5 weeks of Statistics class and being on and off sick (still coughing… yay suppressed immune system!), I am back with a few musings. I’ve been mostly involved in schoolwork and my job moving further away, thus stealing more hours of my day in commuting, but yet I have still been consuming – taking in media when I can and trying to make sense of our kooky world.
So a couple quick things. Yeah… I was rooting for the Cobra never to be found and for it to continue to make me laugh as it lurked around New York City. I mean, I know Cobra’s are supposedly “dangerous” and all, but I don’t live in NYC, so it might as well amuse me instead. Seriously – considering some of the other news of the world – a cobra winning the hearts of NYC is the feel good story.
Secondly – have you read Jane McGonigal? Or listened to her speak. She’s got some really interesting things to say about how games could save the world. Not a joke, not even kinda. I bought Reality is Broken and I’m working my way through it (I love books and reading, but I am admittedly a very slow reader). I’ll have more to say about her when I finish it. Go check it out and prepare some notes so we can talk about it.
What I really wanted to talk about today is neat link that is floating around the Twittersphere,
The advice here is second to none. I know that Matt is usually the one to come by here and share creative advice, and he’s the more accomplished in that arena, but this struck me when I read it. I was going to just send him the link to read, but I figured his blog was a little blah lately, so maybe I would drop by and add a little spice to it.
I admit, freely, to being a hack. I steal, steal, steal and make ideas my own. Nothing new is out there. I really believe that. Creativity isn’t about coming up with something new. That shit is for scientists. Artists don’t do that. What artists do is take something that already exists and make it better. We tinker with ideas until that great thing that you saw that inspired you is now something you are proud of and are brave enough to call your own.
I never heard of this guy before, but Austin Kleon is my new F’n hero. Everything he said in his post makes sense to me and I fully advocate.
Anyway, when you’re done reading all that above (and you should, since I have commanded it), I have to ask… have you read The Antaran Legacy, Book 1: For Duty? Well, if you have, you should review it. Say nice things. Here’s a suggestion – “Mr. Plourde writes about women so well, I think he might have lady parts.” Or you know, something like that – you’re creative now – come up with something great!