Connecting the dots

Presenting this with (minimal) comment this morning.  So many writers look for validation in the wrong places; comparing ourselves to others who are far more popular, or financially successful, or better-looking, or seem to be able to compose aching beauty without effort.  This is Amanda Palmer at Grub Street’s Muse and Marketplace Conference, and she just nails the truth.  It’s a little over half an hour but if you can even just put it on in the background while you write your TPS report, it is absolutely worth it.  (I guarantee you will promptly lose interest in said report and give her your undivided attention.)

7 thoughts on “Connecting the dots

  1. Graham, I got to see her (and surprise!Neil!) at her ninja gig here at SX in March. She’s fantastic and her world-view is so generous and open. I do wish she wasn’t catching so much flak lately for her support of crowdsourcing, but people are lame, sometimes. Agree that you can’t help but listen to her when she’s speaking. This woman makes a lot of sense.

    1. Well, when you put yourself out there, you get flak. It doesn’t matter what you’re saying. You can announce “Puppies are awesome” and get compared to Hitler by cat lovers. The trick is to shrug it off and keep putting it out there.

      1. Indeed. Well she gets a lot of support too, but it must be really demoralizing to get SO MANY negative comments one right on top of the other. I’ve seen it happen to Martha Plimpton too (another brave soul), because of her activism, and because she dares to champion a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her own body and life. Pretty sad.

    1. Thanks for visiting and for following! Thanks also for your comment on my Huffington Post story about Ksenia Anske. I don’t normally read comments there but yours was most welcome. Cheers!

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