It looks like teeny tiny video game art. Click to view larger.
A few months before Frankly In Love was published, The New York Times invited me and nine other Asian-American writers to contribute short stories based on interesting photos from their vast archives. So I wrote one about three boys playing a video game in Seoul in 1987 entitled Rabbit In The Arcade.
It was a dream come true to share space with such killer writers for such an iconic & crucial publication.
I was just thinking about this show the other day. One of my absolute favorites from when I was little. Multiple robots that—gasp—transformed to join into one big robot! Surprise!
Anyway, if you watch current kid’s cartoons like Super Wings, Miniforce, or Planes, you’ll notice their theme music is strangely similar. Something about ‘80’s hair rock is eternal when it comes to these shows.
It’s really, really, really hard to imagine having the time to write a novel, screenplay, or comic book when you’re already slammed with work, kids, exercise, and so on. But Anne Lamott is here to remind you: since there is only one life, do you really want to spend it being busy for the sake of busyness?
This is what I say: First of all, no one needs to watch the news every night, unless one is married to the anchor. Otherwise, you are mostly going to learn more than you need to know about where the local fires are, and how rainy it has been: so rainy! That is half an hour, a few days a week, I tell my students. You could commit to writing one page a night, which, over a year, is most of a book.
That last line is crucial, and it’s what I tell a lot of busy writers. If you want to write a novel, find time to write a page a day. Even if you allow yourself weekends and holidays off, that would still equate to 200 pages by the end of a year—which is, like Lamott says, most of a book. I’d say 200 pages is 50% of an adult novel, 75% of a young adult novel, and 100% of a middle grade novel!
And hey: if you can manage to write two pages a day, you’d wind up with 400 pages within a year—remember, this is with weekends and holidays off.
You can do this.
Anne Lamott’s full, amazing, inspiring article is available at Sunset Magazine.
I have a thing for video game golf (not real golf), and OK Golf is the best I’ve ever played. It’s dead simple, and eschews finicky details like club selection, backspin, side spin, and so on to focus solely on hitting the ball around a minimal landscape of simply drawn trees and rocks and stuff. Charming fun—looks especially great on iPad.
My other favorite thing about OK Golf? Secrets! Tons of secret holes to find here, all leading to bonus levels that vary from the wacky to the downright surreal (action platforming golf, anyone?). It’s al-l-l-most trying to be some sort of golf adventure mashup, which would be awesome come to think of it.
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