Today in History:
It is Monday March 3, 2014. It is the 62nd day of 2014. There are 303 days left in the year. On this date in 1837 US President Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas. On this date in 1863 the first US wartime military conscription (draft) bill enacted.
Twitter and the Oscars:
I think Oscar “killed” Twitter tonight (writing this on Sunday night while watching the Oscars). There were just too many re-Tweets (see picture) of Ellen’s selfie.
I will be working from home Monday. Too much ice and sleet are frozen onto the roadways for me to risk driving into work.
Book Review: Zen in the Art of Writing
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury is not a single volume on writing. Rather, it is a collection of essays written over his long career. Each of the essays has a real nugget of insight for the reader. Bradbury teaches us about writing. He tells us to write about what we love, and what we hate and to stay drunk on writing, because it saves us from the world of reality. The book’s title is a little misleading. While Bradbury makes some statements that sound like a “Zen Master”, that is the closest I could come to find anything “Zen” about the book. I find the title a “hip” title some marketer probably dreamed up.
Bradbury devotes a chapter on the mechanics of writing, the way he learned it. To achieve success as a writer according to Bradbury, one must write at least a thousand words a day. A thousand words a day minimum must continue until the process becomes automatic. It is only fascinating to get into the mind of one of the greatest science fiction writers on how the craft is done. This chapter alone is worth buying the book which is very economical. It is an excellent book for the beginning writer and very inspirational for the advanced writer.