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I realize that rejection is a huge part of the publishing process for every writer. Is this always how you dealt with it on your road to publication?
Why? Because good art inspires more art. If it wasn’t for Romero and a bunch of other knuckleheads putting it all on the line for one little movie, I know we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now.
That being said, artists also owe it to themselves to find the best means to share it with the world and present it in the best form possible. The can do that by studying, listening, observing, working and working and working and working, always working, on that craft. Then, work some more.
And then, Kristin, the heart of true artistic growth, have the artistic pelotas to ask for and accept criticism, no matter how harsh it might be. Don’t get me wrong. I love compliments. Love them. It keeps me moving forward and writing.But it’s the criticism that will help me grow and improve, humble me and put me in check. It makes me realize that no matter how good me or others think my work is, there’s always room for improvement, growth. To be the best artist you can be, criticism is necessary for growth. Doesn’t mean every bit of a criticism is right. But 90% of a criticism is always helpful.
However, the recent Permuted novella “The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster McGill” had me thinking of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mr. Crowley” from the first word. When that comes out, you’ll understand! For the upcoming “Code Name: La Lechusa”, it was funk songs. It even made me base the character around funk, with such songs as “Boogie Oogie Oogie”, “You Dropped the Bomb on Me”, and “Ladies Night”.Music is a total influence on my work. There’s even a musical instance in “Down the Road” when George travels on I-35 for the first time, Albinoni’s Adagio. Down the Road: On the Last Day was inspired by a church song, “Bread of Life”. The Pit Fighters come out to entrance music. Music finds a way into a lot of my works. I consider it to be one of the greatest art forms out there, if not the greatest. Perhaps.
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