I could have written this but you did! I love when people say that. I also get a lot of comments like “You read my mind” “Get out of my head” or “Now I don’t have to write it.” It’s the loveliest compliment but always strikes me as a little weird — not least because I’ve a warped imagination. I imagine a world in which people steal each other’s thoughts and write them down. I know exactly what people mean, so I promise that I’m not being mean when I say this. All people really mean is I agree with you. But any time you read something and think “I could have […]
You spend your time on Twitter snarking at things that you’ve read online? It sounds to me like you’ve totally got the hang of Twitter. You’ve nothing to worry about. There’s not much more to figure out. You can post pictures of cats. You can yell at celebrities if you get bored. You can even pretend to be a celebrity yourself. Follow me on Twitter and come say hi @jamesgarside_
Why would anyone try to get over losing their job by using the same coping strategies that they’d use for a breakup? It’s a completely different type of relationship. Work pays you to be there. Work pays you to work. Otherwise it wouldn’t be work. Work doesn’t love you unconditionally. Work doesn’t care about you. Work doesn’t hold your hand. Work doesn’t try to make you laugh. Work doesn’t try to laugh at your bad jokes. Work doesn’t long for you. Work doesn’t want to know about your day. Work doesn’t kiss you or want to be kissed by you. Work doesn’t make love with you. Work doesn’t give you […]
Music is everything. I fervently believe in the power of music. Anyone who loves music I consider a friend. Regardless of what music they like. It means that they have a certain kind of soul. Or music in their heart. Or any other cliche. All I mean to say is that if you love music then you’re my kind of person. I mean that in a good way.
Should you focus on quality or quantity? Yes. Yes you should. Pick one. Both lead to the same place eventually. If you get it right the first time then the next time will be easier. But if you throw enough shit against the wall then eventually some of it will stick. Just don’t try to focus on quality and quantity at the same time. At least not to begin with. That way lies madness, procrastination, and a third thing that I can’t think of because I have writer’s block and can’t be bothered to google for the answer.
‘Do the work’ is the ultimate lifehack. Margaret Atwood is very fond of quoting Dame Joan Sutherland, the celebrated Australian soprano, on this. When an interviewer asked Sutherland to what she attributed her success she said: “Bloody hard work, duckie!” No shortcut beats blood, sweat, and tears. If you take a shortcut you learn nothing. Keep your head down. Do the work. Learn from your mistakes. Get better. That’s what counts. I say this as a slacker. I say this as someone who wants people to think that they’re incredibly lazy. I can’t be bothered to take an easy way out if it takes longer in the long run. It’s […]
I’m a spoonie. There’s something very comforting about being able to say this and it make sense to people. If someone knows what a spoonie is they’re probably ok. For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. And for those who do not understand, no explanation will suffice. Take very good care of your spoons!