Appreciation Monday, Life, better known as blah, blah, blah, Spotlight on Writing

Going into 2018 

Writers have a tough job. Not only do they need to create an original story, but they have to sell it too. If that is your end goal it will most often come with rejections. A lot! 
It’s similar to going to work and being told you suck at your job, but we are going to keep you on, someday you’ll get it right. Talk about walking back to your desk with your head hanging down.

Okay, now you have managed to sell your manuscript. Guess what?! When your book comes out you are judged too. Through sales and reviews. 

Thus, writing takes strength to believe in yourself, and your work. And, for most, it comes with stress and anxiety, even depression at times. But this year I’m making it great, and pushing past that. 

Now, I’m not into making new year’s goals, as I’ve mentioned over the years on my blog. But, I am into pondering. Hmm, maybe I should write a book about pondering. I’m rather an expert at this point. I look at 2017 and take what I didn’t handle well and focus on how I can lessen or all together prevent those choices. This includes my writing.

I hope, whether you have goals or pondering”s” that you make the best out of each day, week, and month. That you make yourself happy, and thus others around you will be happy too. 

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Book Reviews, Life, better known as blah, blah, blah

The Connection Between Authors and Architects

picAs I read through the 5 pound Henry Howard Louisiana’s Architect book (by Robert S. Brantley w/Victor McGee, 2015) I realized that the work of an architect is similar to that of an author.

Architects and authors both work with the big picture in mind, focusing on the end result. The work of both require planning and constant revision when problems occur if the structure is not working. Both use detailed drawings or a computer to construct the needed layout. In addition,  both must be willing to branch out and try new styles. Authors and architects require creativity that catches the eye of others to become popular.

Authors and architects can become famous with one piece, or not truly appreciated until after death. Both work with teams, be it publishers and agents, or builders and clients. While author’s work can be lost if unsaleable or lost among millions of other future publications, architects work can be lost to fire, natural disasters, and age.

The early works of architects are sometimes not credited to the right person (as was the case for Howard). Much like an author can be a ghost writer. And like authors and architects, people have favorites:

My favorite buildings of Henry Howard would have to be the Belle Alliance Plantation, which sits on the Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana  and Antonio Palacio house (which graces the cover of Henry Howard Louisiana’s Architect).