Sunday, May 6, 2018

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a great one. It takes place in a valley of despair, but shows how the Arts can shine through the darkness. A good book will give you an appreciation of the world you live in. This book is one of those books that in its bleakness and strange settings, illustrates what is important in our loud world. Sometimes we need to see our worlds stripped clean of all the bells and whistles, and see the undercurrent of hope that abounds in our eternal symphony.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Replay is a Companion to Ready Player One

Replay: The History of Video GamesReplay: The History of Video Games by Tristan Donovan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Replay was a fascinating look into the computer game world that I missed out on. After reading it,  I wish I would have made more time for video games. But, this book showed me the creative construction of "ready player one" like worlds. I am thankful that Tristan Donovan took his time to research this world so thoroughly and engaging. The book overall was interesting as a side view on the setting that I grew up in.  There were memories that came back to me as I listened: I remembered my aunt's Pac Man fever in Breckenridge Colorado.  She just had to find the game, and she did find the game at the basement of the ski chalet.  I remembered being a teenager in Boulder Colorado, and seeing my first view of virtual reality.  I remember the smell of the video game palaces. The palaces had the smell of sweat and victory over the space invaders.  I also felt led by the narrative in a way that I could expect what was coming next.  The author deftly led me to key moments in the narrative.  I did like the first part better than the last part, that of starting from nothing to create something.  Overall this book was a movement in time, and I was never a video game junkie.  I think I would have enjoyed this book had I had time with the games described. But this book has a strong enough narrative to bring the general reader along for a ride.  The audio performance by Gary Furlong was just right, not interfering with the history being laid out; yet interesting enough to keep you listening.   I listened to this book  while spraying trees and shrubs at Bella Trae in Davanport Florida.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 I will Create:
 Sensible Goals and Work Plan:

1. Create a Space for writing/creativity.
2. Draw for 30 minutes per day.
3. Write at least 30 Minutes per day.
4.Write 750 Words on every normal schedule day.
5.Write on Blog at least 30 days of publication.
6.Submit to magazines one piece of creative writing per month for the first three months.
7.  Talk to individuals whom have created a sacred space for Creativity.  See if she would mentor me and my ambition.
8. Broadcast my goals so that I am held accountable.

What I need to do in order to join the writers in the SKY.
1. Schedule your smart goals on a calendar.  (
2.  Revisit goals monthly
3. Revisit goals quarterly.
4. Reward yourself for meeting your goals.
5. If you did not reach these goals then assess what went wrong and adjust your plan.  .
6. Pick someone willing to work with you on your goals. 

"Pie in the Sky Goal"
1.  Write 750 Words Everyday
2. Write on my blog.
3. Write a short story.
4. Write a Novel.
5. Write an essay.
6. Write a Play.
7. Publish with an outside source, a top tier company.   Start high and then move on from there.  
8.  Sell 5 creative pieces.  
9.  Speak on an author's panel.  
10. Combine my Art and writing into a cool project.
11. Work with my brother on a project. 
12.  Be able to live off the proceeds from my writing/art and creativity. 
13.  Then join the writers in the sky who annually go up in spaceships, leaving planet earth in order to join the CREATIVES.

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