Back in 2008 this little arts nonprofit in St. Paul, Minnesota decided to take a gamble on me. One of the first things I did at my new desk was take pictures of myself wearing every striped shirt I owned. Although I can’t think of any good reason for why I did this, I like to think of it as being somewhat symbolic of Springboard and my time there so far. You know; fast, focused, stripe-changing adaptability squeezed into a colorful and fun little package. So, happy 6th workaversary to me and springboardarts.

Back in 2008 this little arts nonprofit in St. Paul, Minnesota decided to take a gamble on me. One of the first things I did at my new desk was take pictures of myself wearing every striped shirt I owned. Although I can’t think of any good reason for why I did this, I like to think of it as being somewhat symbolic of Springboard and my time there so far. You know; fast, focused, stripe-changing adaptability squeezed into a colorful and fun little package. So, happy 6th workaversary to me and springboardarts.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson drunk on science for eternity. Or at least until the internet dies. 
My job here is done.

Neil deGrasse Tyson drunk on science for eternity. Or at least until the internet dies.

My job here is done.

1. Composers are very analytical and will focus obsessively on minute details.
2. Composers are usually well educated and let you know it.
3. Despite their obsessive tendencies, composers can still manage to be both extremely flaky and wildly particular.
4. Many composers have been known to be irascible mischief makers which is only attractive to librarians because librarians appreciate the use of the word “irascible”.
5. 99% of all composer that have ever walked the earth most likely died in some form of poverty, unrecognized, and their accomplishments completely forgotten.
6. Some people have a “thing” for composer-types. Those same people usually also have a thing for engaging in codependent relationships.
7. After getting hit on by a composer, most people run home as fast as possible and take a long hot shower.
8. Composers are super passionate about what’s in their own head. … I’m sorry… What? Were you saying something?
9. They tend to be completely inaccessible to people unless you have a key to their studio or happen to show up at a premier of their work and can catch them before they escape out the stage door following the performance.
10. If you happen to end up on a date with a composer you will be delighted to find they have a lot to say about many different topics and have many interesting anecdotal stories but they are usually all about themselves.
11. If you love to be corrected about the “facts” of a situation, composers are for you.
12. Composers like the things they like, so if they like you and that’s ok with you then you’re in excellent shape. If they like and you and you don’t like them, consider a restraining order.
13. Composers have been known to be good at making children. Bach fathered 20 children but only half of them survived to adulthood.
14. This one time at band camp…
15. G# - A - C# - D - E - B - A - D

It took my friend Douglas Adams to encourage me to go further and he did this by pointing out that the reason I had never managed to finish a novel was that I had never properly understood how difficult, how ragingly and absurdly difficult, it is to do. “It is almost impossibly hard,” he told me. It is supposed to be. But once you truly understand how difficult it is,” he added, with signature paradoxicality, “it all becomes a lot easier.” It was many years later that Clive James quoted to me Thomas Mann’s superb crystallisation of this “A writer,” said Mann, “is a person for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” How liberating that definition is. If any of you out there have ever been put off writing it might well be because you found it so insanely hard and therefore, like me, gave up and abandoned your masterworks early, regretfully assuming that you weren’t cut from the right cloth, that it must come more easily to true, natural-born writers. Perhaps you can start again now, in the knowledge that since the whole experience was so grindingly horrible you might be the real thing after all. Of course finding it difficult and managing to complete are just the first stages. They are what earn you the uniform and the brass buttons, as it were. They don’t guarantee that what you complete is any good, or even readable. That is quite a different kettle of wax, a whole other ball of fish.
My tribute & thanks to @LittleBrownMushroom for the new book “Ping Pong”. #pingpong #books

My tribute & thanks to @LittleBrownMushroom for the new book “Ping Pong”. #pingpong #books

#Algae art. Thanks, fertilizer run-off, you make pretty pictures happen in our lakes and streams!  :/

#Algae art. Thanks, fertilizer run-off, you make pretty pictures happen in our lakes and streams! :/

A SHORT STORY ABOUT CONTEMPORARY LIFE IN CALIFORNIA. Currently on a hot date with Richard #Brautigan. #FridayNight #literature

A SHORT STORY ABOUT CONTEMPORARY LIFE IN CALIFORNIA. Currently on a hot date with Richard #Brautigan. #FridayNight #literature