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Dear Artists and Writers

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 26, 2014, 10:03 AM
Sweet Ether

a writer's paradise

[I'm borrowing this from the writer/editor who
put out the last  Anthology that I was published in. 
He posted this on his blog today and I thought
it goes perfectly with my last journal entry
which focused on visual artists, mostly.]

[[Obviously, we have a lot of hobbyist writer's
on Deviant, but I still think there is relevance here
as any creative person has a duty to themselves--
if nobody else--
to work, grow and progress in their art.
I think the idea here is to take things you do

Dear Writer
by Max Booth III

You are not special.

You do not deserve leniency.

You are an employee of the mind. You wanted to work, well here’s your chance to work. Now work.

You are no different than the kid who flips burgers at McDonald’s.

You are the garbage man outside your house.

You are the person scraping road kill off the side of the highway.

You do not get a speed-pass to skip ahead in line. There is nothing remarkable about you that differentiates you from any other soul out there trying to make a dollar.

You are a person with a job to do. You either do your job, or you’re fired. You sit around, fucking off, complaining about your job enough, then we’ll just find someone else to do it.

You don’t feel like writing? Too bad. Do you think the waitress feels like busting her ass off, listening to your problems, only for a two dollar tip? No, but she does it anyway. Why? Because she has a job to do. She wants to get paid. Your worries are pathetic in her eyes. She doesn’t sit around and wait for something to inspire her to refill your coffee.

Every second you aren’t writing is another second you’re wasting on the clock. What are you even doing here?

You may not have a spatula or a box cutter, but you do have a pen, you do have a keyboard. Your tools may be different, but it doesn’t change the fact that your shift isn’t even close to over.

Dear writer, either piss off or do your fucking job.

  • Listening to: Instrumental music
  • Reading: Haroki Murakami- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles
  • Drinking: Coffee


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William Barker
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
Writers I adore:
Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, John Berryman, Harte Crane, Arthur Rimbaud, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walt Whitman, Charles Baudelaire, John Berryman, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Galway Kinnel, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Elliot, EE Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland, Buddy Wakefield, Andrea Gibson, Anis Mojgani, AR Ammons, JK Rowling, Robert Jordan, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, HP Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard

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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tard Slide thank you very much for :+fav:ing my work Swing 
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   Writer
Thanks for the support!
JayDanjerCobain Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the watch!
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Hi, William; thanks for faving 'Prufrock processed 01'. :)
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Thank you for the fave, sir. :)

BTW, I've added you to my devWatch.
PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Writer
thank you so much for the watch!!
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
My pleasure. :)
LimonTea Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Let me thank you for commenting back to my favorite! I think you are the FIRST digital artist (and I follow and fav a TON of them) that has ever posted anything in response to what I did.  I was starting to think it was a really elitist community.  Thank you for taking the time out.

While I have your eyes, do you do commissions? I'm a poet and am always looking for cover art for various chapbooks, zine's, and full-length books.  Drop me a note with your thoughts, information, etc.  Really appreciated!
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