Article – JK Rowling’s success

This article is well thought-out and presented on the subject of hitting rock bottom and options thereafter.

https://qz.com/961875/how-jk-rowling-overcame-depression-and-rejection-to-end-up-selling-400-million-books/

I think it’s true that depending on personal circumstances, when you are placed in a position of having less, it can give you a focus in your work. But you do need to be able to  do more than merely exist.

It is possible to defy Mazlo’s hierarchy of needs. There are many examples around the world of people succeeding with creative zeal whilst living in extremely difficult circumstances. Determination, tenacity and talent all play a role, but mostly being true to yourself, having integrity, believing in the work you are producing.

Maybe JK is a one-off, a bit like Elvis, but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t write your story, in fact, you should. Write it and put it out there. Someone will read it.

I know many artists, writers, musicians who live with depression. Maybe it goes with the territory. Art, afterall, is a therapeutic thing, this I do believe.

Shut out the noise and focus, find a way.

This is all, of course, a note to myself.

 

 

Summer reading – Ferrante

I think I have found my summer reading as long as the library can supply me with the books.

Just finished the first Napoli novel My Brilliant Friend. I enjoyed Ferrante’s storytelling style through the eyes of Lenu, her passages of narrative interspersed with just enough conversation. I now know the neighbourhood, the characters. The friendship with Lila is familiar as is the community way of being.

It is beautifully translated. Not a single blip! On to the next one soon. The collection is very popular and reservation numbers are high as we all jostle for the books.

I believe an adaptation for screen is coming.

http://elenaferrante.com

 

Journalling the journey.

You won’t fully understand the human condition until your very last breath said my mother. Only then will there be total realisation. Of course, you won’t be able to tell anyone what you learnt in those last moments.

And so the story of humanity goes on. Keep learning, even when everyone around you has stopped.

Write everything you witness, hear, see. Keep that journal going. I want everyone who can,  to do this. It’s important, especially if you believe in human rights, in Mother Earth and all  her little babies.

Write and the world writes with you. If they stop, it’s your duty to keep going. It’s another new year, therefore another new start. There’s always a new opportunity to do what you said you would.

The Rooster is the dawn announcer. It can discern what is coming. Happy Chinese New Year….

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