Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Nothing Without Work
And Carl’s Pale Blue Dot

I stumbled upon these on Brain Pickings this morning.

“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.”
- Tchaikovsky
“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
- Isabel Allende
“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
- Chuck Close
“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
- E.B. White
“My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best.”
- Anthony Trollope

To which I might add:

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
- Émile Zola

Which is of course exactly why I'm doing this dispatch instead of working right now. Though I think perhaps whatever I write today had better, on some level, be about this:

  existentialism     writing  
close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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