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Do You Ever Wonder if You’re a Good Writer?

“Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative. It is the last-ditch stand of the artist.” ~Marshall McLuhan

Writing is a bi-polar occupation.

It can fill you with pride, confidence and satisfaction that you never thought you’d feel (ask any author how it felt to hold that first book in their hands) and it can make you feel unworthy of teaching basic composition to second graders (for more on this, ask an author who gets a rejection letter or a scathing review).


Since the release of my first novel in 2009 I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many authors and I haven’t met one yet who hasn’t ridden that roller coaster of emotions.

Some jumped off and went in search of pursuits with more predictable results, but most of them hung in there and ran back to get in line for another ride.

I guess that’s what separates the men from the boys.

Recently, an author friend of mine sent a manuscript to a prospective editor. Said editor has a very impressive resume and my friend was looking forward to his reply. I will let her tell you the specifics (click here), but suffice to say that he was less than complimentary.

No – that’s being nice…he was only slightly above insulting.

The response he sent (I read it) was very polite, and professional, but it wasted no time, or words, in telling her that he, and I’m paraphrasing here, wouldn’t touch her book with a ten-foot eraser.

As I read his response I wondered how she would react to it. Believe me; it would have discouraged a lot of up-and-comings… giving up

Not her.

She said (paraphrasing again) that she was taking his comments as suggestions of ways in which to improve her book, not as an excuse to quit, because she felt that she was a good writer regardless of what he said.

That is the kind of attitude you need if you want to call yourself a writer, because as sure as you’re sitting there, you will encounter people who don’t like your work. They will tear it down like it isn’t worthy of lining a bird cage.

They’ll tell you, in every way imaginable, that you aren’t a good writer.

Screw them.

Being a “good writer” is an imaginary and totally arbitrary title.

Writing is an art-form, and as such its quality, or lack thereof, is completely based on the taste of the reader.

Like listening to music or looking at paintings, one man’s Led Zeppelin is another man’s Van Gogh.

opinionPoint being…there is an audience for every style. The thing to remember is that writing the book is the easy part—finding your particular audience is the real challenge.

You are a good writer…and a bad writer…we all are – it just depends on who you ask.


As always – Thank you for reading


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Visions of Sugar Plum…Dr Sketchy Style

Ahhh…the holiday season!

Office parties, fruitcakes, Chinese gift exchanges, boring relatives and of course…shopping.

office party

Admit it…even though you wear your reindeer antlers or your Grinch tie while you smile and wish everybody a Merry Christmas (or whatever seasonal platitude you choose), what you really want is something different.

Something unique…naughty even.

Well, Timmy-Clause has the perfect suggestion.

An evening of fun, art and debauchery that you can’t tell your parents (or your children) about!

Come to the Jacksonville, FL chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School to see The Sugar Plum Fairy AFTER DARK!

sugar plum

             Think of a cross between a burlesque show, a stand-up comedy show and an art class where artists of all skill levels sketch beautiful models in various stages of undress. There are contests with prizes donated by local and international sponsors too.  There may even be live music.

…and there’s drinking!

So – what is an evening like this worth?

How about $10 if you want to participate in the sketching and $12 if you just want to watch (hey – I’m not judging).

Where and when does all this wickedness happen?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 7pm-10pm at the Cuba Libre Bar, 2578 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville.

There are two full bars with themed drink specials, a full dinner menu until 9pm, and smoking on the patio.

In other woJax chapterrds…the full monty!


Okay – who (or what) is Dr. Sketchy?

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Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is sort of an underground movement to take some of the snobbery out of art. It’s the low art class you never knew you needed.

It was originally founded in New York City but has branches all over the world.

Check out the Jacksonville chapter here.


For more information contact the spokesperson for the Jax chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s…

Iphelia Johnson, Esq. through the Dr. Sketchy’s facebook or by email at drsketchysjax@gmail.com.

 Side effectDr Sketchys 2s may include: Sore muscles from laughing and/or drawing…Eye strain from ogling…The appearance of small prizes in pockets or purses and/or the urge to come back the following month for a new fix.  Check with your doctor to be sure you are healthy enough for this much fun.

As always – thank you for reading

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