“Sit as little as possible.”

This advice, offered by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sounds like it came from a medical journal, though it is hardly fitting for a paraplegic like myself. But what he was getting at was that movement aids the thinking. Others, like Immanuel Kant, Henry David Thoreau, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau also theorised while walking. Indeed, literary history … Continue reading “Sit as little as possible.”

Where does creativity come from?

Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” During my Industrial Design Engineering studies, I learned how to look more broadly, to seek … Continue reading Where does creativity come from?

All good things come in threes

They say, all good things come in threes: The three musketeers. Three wise men. The three stooges. The three Sisters. Three little pigs. The three tenors. The three degrees. Three blind mice. The three Amigo's. Three legged races. Charlies Angels. I know, this one is cheating, but let's chalk that one down to youth sentiment. … Continue reading All good things come in threes

“Music to my ears…”

The rock band Modest Mouse said, “Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” In terms of the mind, I shared which books had the greatest influence on my life in my blog 'B(u)y the book'. Now, while I am waiting for reviewed texts from my editor, I thought I would search … Continue reading “Music to my ears…”

Lockdown is a writers delight

Jules Verne said; "How many persons condemned to the horrors of solitary confinement have gone mad - simply because the thinking faculties have lain dormant!" I cannot recall ever having dormant thinking faculties. In fact, I'm quite enjoying today's COVID-19 effective lockdown! Ever since I was fourteen, confined to a hospital bed for ten weeks … Continue reading Lockdown is a writers delight

“Batten down the hatches!”

This is an English expression that means to prepare for a difficult situation. The origins of the saying is from old sea-faring times. Hatches or hatchways were commonplace on sailing ships and were normally either open or covered with a wooden grating to allow for ventilation of the lower decks. When bad weather was imminent, … Continue reading “Batten down the hatches!”

Failure is an option. Fear is not…

The filmmaker James Cameron said, “NASA has this phrase that they like: ‘Failure is not an option.’ But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration, because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. … Continue reading Failure is an option. Fear is not…