Thanks to Barnes and Nobles, Cody's Books and the Berkeley Public Library, Ive done a shitload of reading in the last few months.
Not since Bayonne, NJ have I gone through so much.
Yeah, its all research yadda yadda yadda.
Just *today*, I've either read or skimmed through:
The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing The Backup Book - Disaster Recovery from Desktop to Data Center Publish Your Photo Book The Photographer's Assistant - Learning the Inside Secrets of Professional Photography and getting paid for it Publicize Your Book Lessons from a Writing Life
Im scribbling a lotta notes..
On following dreams
"... and I had my dream fulfilled.
Not too shabby.
On reflection, I have decided it is best to remember that sometimes the magic really works."
And on ..
"I know enough about the world to appreciate that the one constant in life is change.
But change does not happen without imagination.
Progress occurs not because we remain satisfied with what is but because we hunger for what might be.
It begins with looking beyond the possible to the impossible --- because what seems impossible to us today becomes commonplace tomorrow.
This is one of the primary lessons of the world, its roots embedded in the fertile loam of imagination."
.. and on
"Imagination needs care and nurturing.
(We) all want a sense of security and control. Using the imagination can stir up trouble.
It is so much easier to just let things be. The Big Cats cant be put in the same pen as the grass-eaters. Everyone knows that.
Everyone knows what will happen if you try.
Except children, of course.
They think anything is possible."
Excerpted from Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks.
And much more to go.