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I would go to work from 9 to 6, go home, nap for two hours, then write from 8 to 2 a.m. There was an urgency to what I was doing. That’s where a lot of the creative ideas I am still working with began.
Hey guys! So today is officially my last day at my full-time job writing for Zoomer Media. It’s been a great two years where I’ve learned a ton – and the sheer amount of writing I’ve had to do every day has certainly made me a better writer and taught me how to push through writers block – but it was definitely time for a change. I’m very excited to take Dan’s advice up there and finally follow my bliss and pursue the thing I’m truly passionate about – which is this place and my ability to help grow and inspire the indie music and arts community in Toronto and eventually in cities around the world. That said, if you know of any leads or great jobs I should be considering (or you want to hire me to help you!), do get in touch.
On another note, I hope you like the changes that I’ve recently made to the blog – you can now see my recommended shows/events in the sidebar, and just click the little ‘show calendar’ button to pull up the full month of events. Also, musicians and publicists (or even just fans of a musician) can now submit songs to me for consideration via that little widget in the sidebar – this is the best way to get your song on the blog (I am far too overwhelmed with the emails!). Oh and I got nominated for a few Canadian Weblog Awards – best designed, best arts & culture blog, and best pop culture & entertainment blog – fun!
BTW I’m looking for interns! So tell your friends. Anyone interested in learning about blogging, wordpress, writing, photography and social media with a few hours a week to spare should get in touch. Bonus if you’re interested in music, art and based in Toronto, but that’s not required – just a good work ethic, decent internet and organization skills, and the ability to dedicate some months to helping out here and there. Email me!
And if you’re in Toronto this weekend, The Sweet Mack are playing their final show at the Horseshoe on Saturday (sad they’re calling it quits but I’m sure they all have something new and awesome in the works) – it’s not to be missed.
Now, for the links:
- That time Toronto saved rock and roll Oh how I wish I was around when this happened.
- Stop with the album teaser trailers already Couldn’t agree more with this article. It is beyond obnoxious to post a trailer hinting at something, but I’m not surprised because JT just is obnoxious. Why can’t everyone be as amazing as David Bowie and immediately announce and release a song at the same time?
- Speaking of Bowie, I am CRAZY excited about his return, even if I don’t really dig the song and it looks as though he won’t be touring it. One of my last articles for Zoomer is a little retrospective on his best work.
- As bartending is my part-time gig, this enrages me like nothing else. What a pathetic excuse for being a cheap bastard. If you can’t afford to tip – YOU CAN”T AFFORD TO GO OUT – it’s that simple.
- A literary examination of 2012′s best lyrics
- Basia Bulat at AGO First Thursdays I was sooo sad I had to miss this – AGO First has become my favourite interactive art experience in the city – so I was super excited to see they filmed her performance.
- What happened to music writing this year? One of the most inspirational articles I’ve read in terms of my writing goals.
- The 10 biggest band beefs of 2012 this is fun.
- The music legends we lost this year A lot of heavy hitters seemed to pass away in 2012 :/
- Is indie music dead? No
- Creativity is like a slot machine This is inspiring.
- 6 harsh truths that will make you a better person While David has written many terrible articles on Cracked, this one is a MUST read for anyone, especially those of us in our 20s. Incredibly true advice. If you only read one of the articles I posted today, make it this one.
- Facebook’s fake Like problem This is creepy and weird. I once had a dead friend come back online on MSN Messenger and it scared the hell out of me (but that was probably just family turning on her computer).
- The simple truth about gun control A powerful, must read article on the facts about gun control around the world.
- Who comes first – you or others? I continue to be obsessed with metaprograms. I’d like to think I put others first but I know that isn’t always true.
- The 5 types of work that fill your day A very interesting look at how we break up the work we do, and how to prioritize the important stuff in order to get more done.
- Finally, if you didn’t see the unintentionally hilarious/scary video of Alex Jones on Piers Morgan’s show, you can find both videos of it on my tumblr – instead I thought I’d share this hilarious edit Conan’s team made from it:
Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins. It has no job security of any kind, and depends mostly on whether or not you can, like Scheherazade, tell the stories each night that’ll keep you alive until tomorrow.
There are undoubtedly hundreds of easier, less stressful, more straightforward jobs in the world. Personally, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do, but that’s me.
If you want to be a writer, write.
You may have to get a day job to keep body and soul together (I cheated, and got a writing job, or lots of them, to feed me and pay the rent). If you aren’t going to be a writer, then go and be something else. It’s not a god-given calling. There’s nothing holy or magic about it. It’s a craft that mostly involves a lot of work, most of it spent sitting making stuff up and writing it down, and trying to make what you have made up and written down somehow better.
… It does help, to be a writer, to have the sort of crazed ego that doesn’t allow for failure. The best reaction to a rejection slip is a sort of wild-eyed madness, an evil grin, and sitting yourself in front of the keyboard muttering “Okay, you bastards. Try rejecting this!” and then writing something so unbelievably brilliant that all other writers will disembowel themselves with their pens upon reading it, because there’s nothing left to write.
Because the rejection slips will arrive. And, if the books are published, then you can pretty much guarantee that bad reviews will be as well. And you’ll need to learn how to shrug and keep going. Or you stop, and get a real job.