So, this is my first Sacred Sunday blog post. If you didn’t catch the news, I’ve decided on a blogging schedule. I’ll write here every Sunday, and I’ll vlog on my YouTube channel every Wednesday. This posting schedule is henceforth known as Sacred Sunday and Wicked Wednesday.
If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, the following fact must be fairly obvious to you: I am suffering from an unyielding depression. With this in mind, you won’t be surprised that I wondered into the self-help section of the bookstore a few days ago.
I was fairly frustrated by the time I meandered over there; I’d spent a huge chunk of time flipping through titles in the “Writing/Publication” section only to walk away empty-handed and hugely disappointed. I mean, when did the writing section become so snarky, self-involved, and egocentric? Maybe it’s my current vulnerability, or maybe I’m finally seeing things clearly.
I didn’t expect anything out of the self-help section, really, which is why I consider the book I found there to be my own tiny miracle. This is a graphic representation of me, lovingly created by the writer who draws, Austin Kleon:
This is just one of many inspiring pages in a book called Steal Like an Artist. It is this book that I blame the lateness of my posting on. I’ve read it three times since I got it three days ago. It’s more than a self-help book, and it’s more than just-another-writing book. It’s honest and to the point. It gives advice that is engaging and opinionated, all while remaining judgement-free. Here is a snapshot of some thoughts my brain is currently marinating in:
I, the right-brained creative, make many of my own mental roadblocks… everyday I close many doors, all of which might have lead to productivity, fulfillment, and happiness. I close these doors because I am scared, and because I am sad.
This truth is not a permanent fixture of my personality but rather one single page in a novel called life that remains unfinished–a novel in need of heavy revision and expansion. As Zefrank says, “My past failures at follow through are no indication of my future performance. They’re just healthy little fires that are going to warm up my ass.”
Well, my ass is on fire, so I’ve already written the script for this upcoming Wicked Wednesday’s first vlog. It’s going to be a video response to the video that features the very quote I just mentioned. And it’s going to be kind of funny, sad, as well as uplifting (is that my niche now?).
I’ll be loaning my copy of Steal Like an Artist to my blogger/IRL friend Lee Reyes, the Jam Maker. So, you guys should go skedaddle to buy your own copy BUT! not before you advise me: to better my blog, should I link my GoodReads reviews to WordPress, or should I simply add a Goodreads widget?