‘Whatever anyone talked about, and there was a lot of talking, you couldn’t tell anyone that what he was saying was wrong. You couldn’t tell anyone that. You had to say, “Yes, that’s right.” To say “no” was not allowed — death. And those folks wouldn’t stop saying, “Freedom.” How strange.‘
— K.A. Korovin, a famous Russian artist; a diary entry on the post-revolutionary Russia
Might be a neat idea for the writing month of November — starting a diary. Or, if you feel like socializing, check out ten online writing communities recommended by Writer’s Digest.
Whichever writing activity you choose — spring into action, and enjoy!
Image: K.A. Korovin, “Spring” 1917, public domain
- Is fifteen a big number? How about forty three? Or thirty six? How does one measure wealth? Or success?
Johannes Vermeer had fifteen children. He was forty three years old when he died. He produced relatively few paintings: some sources say thirty four, some — thirty six.
One of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age passed away in poverty leaving his family to deal with debts. In his work he frequently used very expensive pigments.
No one paints light like Johannes Vermeer.
If you want more, Essential Vermeer has pretty much got it all.
And if you’re still looking for poetic inspiration, here’s a magic word for you: grisaille. Isn’t it lovely?
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Image: The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1660, Public Domain
Treat yourself to the magic of Nino Chakvetadze, and have a wonderful 2018.
“Netflix might show them (science fiction and fantasy) together, but two genres couldn’t be more different.” Is Star Wars sci-fi? Can you add fantasy elements to a sci-fi story? Figure it out with WD help.
(While you’re at it, read this NBC News article on the same topic.)
“Remember that rejections are a badge of honor. It means you are in the game; people in the industry are reading your work. … And, most importantly, there is no such thing as overnight success. To move forward in this business (or in any business), you must constantly learn, grow, and improve. Work hard and don’t ever give up.” –Kristin Nelson, The Power of Persistence
20 years since the release of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Sophie Palmer–my daughter, an aspiring sixteen-year-old artist, and a devoted Harry Potter’s fan–wishes the boy wizard many happy returns: