Friday, November 9, 2012

Good Hunting

The Buffalo Hunt
George Catlin

To learn things: swarm!

Since I've got a lot of stories in which war plays a part, I'm reading up. Here are Murphy's Laws of War, including:

1. The important things are simple.
2. The simple things are very hard.
3. No plan survives the first contact intact.
4. Perfect plans aren't.

Some reasons why smart people have bad ideas: not enough planning, too much emotional investment in a prototype idea, timidity. Also, people are bad at choosing worthwhile problems to solve because school trains us poorly.

Beginners are overconfident. Confucius: if you know what you know and you know what you don't know, then you truly know.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Dorothea Tanning
I've only read one story by Christopher Barzak ("We Do Not Come in Peace", in Welcome to Bordertown), but it was excellent and his book Birds and Birthdays seems like it'll be awesome. He wrote stories based on paintings by Surrealist women: Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning.

First of all, writing based on paintings is an excellent idea. Second, need more Surrealist art.

For more writing inspiration, check out workspaces at Write Place, Write Time.

A learning log sounds an awful lot like either a blog, a commonplace book, or a personal codex.

Contemplating the Shrine
Appolinari Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov

PCWrede suggests adding regional elements to fantasy.

Also: an enlightening post on the difference between the writer's and readers' perspectives.

MBTI chart.

Another Ryan Holiday post: pay attention. Every situation is telling you something.

Old Russia, a site I shall use as research for a story I have distilled.

Michael Scott, author of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, on magic.

Theodora Goss explains the difference between contentment and joy.
"Contentment feels like swimming in a warm lake. Joy feels like standing on top of a high mountain, breathing clear, cold air."

"Song of Wandering Aengus", by William Butler Yeats.

Terri Windling with quotes: wilderness and myth.

RavenWood Forest: Songs Without Words. That entire site is essentially medicine for a turbulent mind.

Read Me to Sleep.

Star of the Hero
Nicholas Roerich

Good weekend, good hunting, good night.

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