Wednesday Workshop: Reading

I had to share this wonderful post from my friend and mentor Roger Moore. His thoughts on reading and why writers should be readers are pure gold. Enjoy!

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IMG_0167Wednesday Workshop
11 April 2018
Reading for Writers

Miguel de Cervantes once wrote that he was so fond of reading he would pick up even the scraps of paper he found in the street to read them if anything was written on them. This is well-known. What is less known is that Don Quixote, his immortal novel (DQI, 1605, DQII, 1615) is a masterpiece, not only of writing, but also of reading.

From the initial sortie, a prose transcription of an earlier short play, to the Scrutiny of the Library, Cervantes demonstrates right from the start his awareness of current trends in poetry, theatre and prose. In addition, he shows (especially DQI, chapter 47) his acquaintance with contemporary literary theory, as E. C. Riley has so ably established in Cervantes’s Theory of the Novel.

Cervantes begins with the traditional Renaissance novel (DQI, 1605) in which he experiments…

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#MusicMonday: The Live List

My buddy Phil at The Phil Factor has asked everyone to join in a fun challenge/conversation about the musical artists we’ve seen play live. I’ve got my list below. And to be honest, I may forgotten some thanks to losing some brain cells over the years. Some of these bands, I’ve seen multiple times. There are plenty of musicians I wish I’d seen before they made their final bow, and there are plenty more I hope to see before time is up. To see the other participants’ lists visit Phil’s post here. The links will be in the comments.

In alphabetical order:

  1. 10,000 Maniacs (2x)
  2. Bad Brains
  3. Tori Amos
  4. Eric Clapton
  5. Coldplay
  6. The Cure
  7. Bob Dylan
  8. Steve Earle
  9. Echo and the Bunnymen
  10. Fine Young Cannibals
  11. The Foo Fighters
  12. The Grateful Dead (9x)
  13. Imagine Dragons
  14. Howard Jones
  15. Lenny Kravitz
  16. Little Feat
  17. Little River Band
  18. Morrisey
  19. Peter Murphy
  20. Katy Perry (no judging….)
  21. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2x)
  22. The Police
  23. John Prine
  24. Public Image Limited
  25. Radiohead
  26. REM (4x)
  27. The Replacements
  28. RUSH (5x)
  29. Siouxie and the Banshees
  30. Social Distortion
  31. Matthew Sweet
  32. George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  33. Twenty-one Pilots
  34. U2 (4x)
  35. UB40
  36. Roger Waters
  37. Yes (3x)

One year of www.SteveKiddArt.com 🎂

Since I started drawing, I’ve also started following more artists both here and on other social media sites. One of my favorite finds has been Steve Kidd who’s also a self taught artist. He works in pencil and ink and recently began painting like me, though he’s doing watercolor and makes me look like a finger-painting toddler! Anyway, I’d love for you all to visit and follow Steve on his one year blogging anniversary! Congratulations, Steve!

Steve Kidd Art

Amazingly (to me) it’s been a year since I setup this website and a hashtag #stevekiddart on the social media channels.

It was around 4-5 years after I started to teach myself to draw from no background in art whatsoever, I could barely draw a stick man at that point and was one of the many people that would say “oh no, I can’t draw, I’m not talented at all”.

Well, I’d still agree with my former self that I don’t have any natural in-bred talent – but I have learnt a skill through practice and determination. Art is now an inherent part of my life which I simply wouldn’t do without now.

This blog will probably be read more by artists I guess, but if by chance you’re one of those people that says “oh no, I can’t draw, I’m not talented at all” – you absolutely CAN. I…

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