Voices from Russia

Sunday, 11 June 2017

No Comment Necessary Department… So You Want to be a Writer?

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If it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
Unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
If you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
If you’re doing it for money or fame,
don’t do it.
If you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
If you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
If you’re trying to write like somebody else,
forget about it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you,
then wait patiently.
If it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

If you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

Don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-love.
The libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to sleep
over your kind.
Don’t add to that.
Don’t do it.
Unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
Unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

When it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

There is no other way.
And there never was.

Charles Bukowski

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

10 November 2016. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

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Friday, 14 August 2015

14 August 2015. Nine Million Hits and Still Goin’ Strong…

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You guys are why I’m here… oh, I know that not everyone who hits my blog agrees with me. Some are only looking for images… some are asshat righties looking for things to criticise on their lamebrain fora. Some of the former like what they see and stay… as for the latter bunch, kiss my ass, and be gone! Don’t argue with idiots. It does them no good and you even less. Nonetheless, few of my loudmouth critics have nine million hits… they want to sit back and criticise, but they’re lazy and bone-idle, they do no creative work of their own. They don’t do any real effort of their own… but boy, do they have TONS to say about those of us who do labour in the vineyard. Kids… don’t argue with such asshats. They’re not worth your time. COME HERE. I’m the original Little RED Hen of the OrthoNet (“ORTHOdox InterNET)… I’m not afraid of the kitchen when it gets hot and I’m there to get it out there to youse guys in a timely way.

To all of you… THANK YOU. As I always say, “LOVE rules this house”… keep that in mind, dear ones… you won’t go wrong. By the way, love doesn’t mean that you become a spineless jellyfish… trust me… I still hand out the AKs, machetes, axe handles, and coshes out back… how many do you need? Pass the jug and SMILE… that truly riles ’em…

BMD

Friday, 5 June 2015

5 June 2015. A Point to Ponder… ARE You a Rebel? REALLY?

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