Kira Brady

Archive for the 'Articles of Interest' Category

Jan 5
Why, Hello, 2012, what big teeth you have
Happy New Year, Dearies, only a few days late. Tired yet of crafting resolutions? As I pick my way through abandoned exercise plans and over ambitious word count goals, I reflect again on the inevitability of broken resolutions. Life gets in the way of our best laid plans. It’s the way the universe tests us to see how bad we want whatever goal we’ve held aloft. The new year gives us an excuse to start fresh; it is the first day of the rest of your life. But EVERY day is the first day of the rest of your life.… Read more »
Oct 6
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – Words to live by.
I like inspirational messages, so I’m sharing with you this quote and video from Apple and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs who passed away today. He said that for the last 33 years he has looked in the mirror and asked himself if this were his last day on earth, would he be happy doing the work he was about to do? And if he said no too many days in a row, he knew it was time to make a change. I think we all need this message over and over. It’s too easy to put our dreams off until… Read more »
Aug 10
Express yourself
This is a pretty cool talk on artistic expression by spoken word artist Sarah Key. I don’t know much about spoken word, but her speech speaks to the heart of writing novels too. Write what you know, because what you know will help you reach out and understand what you don’t know. She says it better than that, but I can’t find the exact quote without replaying the whole thing. I’d recommend watching it whatever your art form is. TED word on words Sarah Key… Read more »
Jun 1
Like, Love, and Feminism
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom author, has an excellent article in the New York Times about “liking” vs loving, and how we must be brave enough to love deeply and risk rejection. It’s a great piece for our facebook and twitter-centric culture, but it also encompasses the struggle of the hero and heroine in romance novels rather nicely. Franzen writes eloquently:
Love is about bottomless empathy, born out of the heart’s revelation that another person is every bit as real as you are…. to love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were
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