Monday, November 5, 2012

You Have Everything (or can anyway)

"Wait. You might have glossed over that last paragraph-perhaps because it's so short but especially because it's so challenging.

What I'm saying is that one person can make a video that reaches fifty million viewers.

What I'm saying is that one person can invent a pricing model that turns an industry upside down.

What I'm saying is that one person-okay, what I really me is you-has everything. Everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself. The people around you realize this, and they are ready to follow if you're ready to lead"

- Seth Godin from the book Tribes: We Need You to Leads Us

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eat at Home, Read the Books

"For the price of a dinner in this town, you can buy all the books. So eat at home and read the books."

 - Jack Rabinovitch as he announced the winner of the Giller Prize tonight.

Very cool!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Understanding Comes Through the Process of Writing

English: Hunter S. Thompson, Miami Book Fair I...
English: Hunter S. Thompson, Miami Book Fair International, 1988 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"One of the few ways I can almost be certain I’ll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can’t avoid having your say on the subject. You might be wrong, but you have to think about it very intensely to write about it."

- Hunter S. Thompson
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Start of it All

“A commonplace book is a place to collect extracts, poems, aphorisms, etc, for future reference. It is a place to reflect, to bounce ideas around, to observe and record. And that is what I plan to do.”
Chase’s Commonplace Book. September 3, 2004.

This was how I started my original commonplace book four years ago.

Wow, time sure flies! I only wrote 13 entries in between the covers of that book and then I started to record the entries on the computer. Right now, my collection includes 328 entries.

I didn’t record song lyrics when I started this series. I only decided to do so once I started this blog. I wanted to make sure that I would not run out of entries. But the good thing is that I am constantly coming across quotations and scribbling them down somewhere. I then add them to my Word file.

Now I comb through my Word file to find what I want to post up every week. I then try to find a photo to go with the quote and then post that up too.

I’m glad I started this blog. It really is that best way to collect and organize my commonplace book. And who said that a book had to be a book. This format is perfect for it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Great Answer

Why do you write strong female characters?

Because you're still asking me that question.

- Joss Whedon

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Always a Subtext

"The audience knows that people rarely, if ever, understand themselves, and if they do, they’re incapable of complete and honest self-explanation.  There’s always a subtext."

- Robert McKee. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principals of Screenwriting. ReganBooks: New York, 1997. pg 377

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Most Important Word to Common

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"My journey in love has led me to this place: of loving with my whole heart, of embracing the opportunity to build a life with someone else. I read somewhere that on average people have about sixty thousand words in their vocabulary, but that on most days we use only a fraction of them. As someone who creates with language, I'm fascinated by the shades of meaning and the range of sounds that different words can create. For all the words I may use in an average day, though, the most important word in my vocabulary is love."

Common from the memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense"
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Why I Don't Nap

Shadow of a Lonely ManShadow of a Lonely Man (Photo credit: Wha'ppen)
"I don't like to take naps. I don't like to wake up more than once a day. 'Cause when I first wake up I get that shock of who I am and everything. I... I really don't like to do that more than once a day."

from The Lonely Man film starring Steve Martin.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Common's Regret

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"One of my greatest regrets about my music is that my early albums include lyrics that might be considered homophobic . . .

Here I was claiming the title of "conscious artist," and I had this huge blind spot in my consciousness. I never wanted to be guilty of mismeasuring someone else's humanity. I've had it done to me, and I know the pain it causes. Hearing from that fan opened up my eyes."

- Common from his memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense"
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How Do You Define Art?

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"If art was defined simply by the ability to draw, then my inkjet printer would be a greater artist than Michelangelo."

- Curtis Verdun

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Love as a Verb, Noun, and Salutation

Cover of "One Day It'll All Make Sense"
Cover of One Day It'll All Make Sense
I use love to describe my relation to God and to family and to friends. I use it in my music. I use it as verb.I use it as a noun. I use it as a way to say good-bye. I picked up that last way of using love from my guy Dart.  I think he started saying it in the 1990s, when it seemed like everyone was saying "peace" - peace this, peace that. Why not say love instead. After all, love is the best means to peace. That idea stuck with me."

- Common from his memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense" pg 272
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