04 July, 2012

Happy 4th of July! + IWSG

To the other bloggers in the US: Enjoy your holiday!

Now, for the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG). This is a monthly event hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

From his blog:
It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

Because I've rambled about my own problems for almost every post since I joined (and that's far too often) I thought I'd actually offer some support this time around. If you haven't seen this commencement speech by Neil Gaiman yet, you should; it's quite good. I almost didn't watch it, figuring that it was a.) Too long and b.) Wouldn't inspire me much, even if it was Neil Gaiman. But while it's still kind of long, I heartily recommend you see it. Make good art, people. Even if the cat explodes and your husband runs off with a politician, as it were.

Have you been inspired by anyone's words recently?

-----The Golden Eagle


Pearson Report said...

Happy 4th, Eagle!

Thanks for the video clip...I'm going to top up my java and take a listen!

Cheers, Jenny

Anna Smith said...

I'm glad I spent the time watching that, thanks for sharing, and how soothing is his voice! :)

Pat Hatt said...

Sure helped pass the time at work, nice clip and the cat explodes? how rude.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Neil Gaiman pretty much ALWAYS inspires me. :)
Happy 4th to you, too!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've seen it before and it is inspiring.
No cats exploded either.
Happy Fourth!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Happy 4th!

Love the Gaiman video, though he's awesome in everything he does :)

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Brilliant speech.I Loved every word. I am putting out another bottle into the literary ocean as soon as I can gert my head around self publishing.
Luanne made a great comment about people being guilty of holding themselves back because they are afraid of not being perfect. It is so true. make mistakes and make good art. Practice makes perfect, after all. Great post.

L.G.Smith said...

Yes, I watched that and it's brilliant. I loved what he said about not getting distracted from the goal, which actually influenced my decision to take a month off from my blogging in June to work on my novel.

Happy 4th!

Andrew Leon said...

Yep, great speech. I've watched it a few times already.

Old Kitty said...

Happy Fourth of July!!! Thanks for the Neil Gaiman clip - yay for sticking up for education and enjoyment!! Take care

Myrna R. said...

Thankse for the video. Have to watch it tomorrow though. But I will. I need all the encouragement I can get

Maria McKenzie said...

Happy 4th of July! Thanks for sharing the Gaiman speech--will listen now:).

Elise Fallson said...

Be chronologically challenged and make good art. Love it! Big Neil Gaiman fan too. Thanks for sharing and have a great 4th. (:

S. L. Hennessy said...

I love Neil Gaiman so so much. He's amazing. Happy 4th!

Escape Artist Linda said...

Haven't seen this in a while! Definitely going to watch it again! Thanks for the reminder! New follower! Hello! : )

Brinda said...

This is a great video to post. I'm a fan of Gaiman's. Another really good one is JK Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I started watching this thinking I'd only spend a few minutes doing so. I ended up watching the entire thing. Loved this post!

Shelley said...

Happy 4th of July to you too! (Even though I don't live in the US!) :) That was such a great speech! Thanks so much for sharing that video! Like you said, I was reluctant to watch it because of the length, but it was really good!

Christine Rains said...

Happy Fourth to you too! Neil is so inspiring.

Angela Ackerman said...

I keep meaning to watch this...now seems like the perfect time. Happy 4th!


Ciara said...

Neil Gaiman has made the rounds in the blogging world lately.
Happy 4th!

Donna Hole said...

"If you don’t know its impossible, its easier to do."

This is the mystery of life that we teach out of our children. That they have rules, and must conform, and can't do some things simply because someone says they cannot.

I like how Neil shows how he had to basically think outside the box to achieve his success, but he doesn't discount all that the graduates have accomplished during their education.

“Nothing I did just for the money was ever worth it, except for bitter experience.”

Really, this guy just keeps speaking to my heart, and I think he had to inspire many of the graduates. I like his message that a career is more than the money you are paid, it is also the enjoyment for the work. This goes well with my philosophy that you are going to get paid to do something, so better like it for more than just a paycheck or you'll wind up doing something you don't like, just to get paid.


Mary Mary said...

Just stopping by to wish you a happy 4th as well! Recently, I found I drew some interesting inspiration from the film 'Rudy'. It's all about never giving up on your dream no matter how much rejection you receive or how many people scoff at what you want to accomplish. There's some good stuff in there!

JeffO said...

Love that speech. It's amazing that we think something like that is too long, yet we'll easily spend an hour 'dancing with the stars' or 'keeping up with the Kardashians.'

shelly said...

Happy belated Fourth!


Lynda R Young said...

Neil Gaiman's speech is brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration.

....Petty Witter said...

Worth taking a look at the video even if it did keep breaking up, thanks for the link.

Deniz Bevan said...

Squee! Neil! I love seeing his face/words/advice everywhere. Just about to start reading The Graveyard Book.

cleemckenzie said...

I haven't had much inspiration, so the video came at a perfect time. Thanks!

Ink in the Book said...

"Make good art, people" is now one of my new favorite quotes. Those four words are inspiration enough for me today. Love it:) Thanks!!

Clarissa Draper said...

Sorry I'm so late. I love inspirational videos though, and will take a listen.

Anonymous said...

It's a good one -- and I hate to admit this, but I still haven't read any of his work, though I keep meaning to. I did see Stardust a while back and enjoyed it!

laughingwolf said...

gaiman's speech blew me away the first time i heard it on youtube; if it's possible to get better, it does each time i hear it again... an awesome man, and i'm not one to gush!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Neil Gaiman is such an inspiration. Good choice for showcasing his speech.

Carol Kilgore said...

This is a great speech.
Hope your 4th was awesome :)
Happy Weekend!

klahanie said...

Hey Golden Eagle,
I do so hope you had a peaceful Fourth of July and that all Americans celebrated the great diversity that makes America, America.
And insecure, well if I considered myself secure enough to be insecure about writing, I would interact on that group. I know, that probably made no sense at all ) Must be due to lack of sleep...
Have a great weekend and continued fulfilling writing :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this video. It's the first time I've come across it. I always welcome words of inspiration. Have a great weekend.

Paul Tobin said...

Hope your 4th was fun. As to inspiration, Shakespeare always does it, Prospero's final words in The Tempest, it's just the clever way he uses metaphor fantastic. I think I get inspiration from working in small groups and the way we spark off one another. I think I have a cynical streak and distrust people who set themselves up as spokespeople. As Bob Dylan said "don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters."

The Golden Eagle said...

Jenny: Thanks!

You're welcome.

Anna: You're very welcome. I agree, it's nice to listen to his voice. :)

Pat: LOL. Though I don't really like to think of cats exploding, either . . .

Tricia: He has a lot of interesting things to say.


Alex: Well, that's good!

Thank you.

Jamie: Thanks.

He is indeed. ;)

Madeleine: I agree. I remember reading his blog post for 2012 (2011?) that said he hoped people would fail--so that they'd improve.

Thank you!

L.G.: Good for you!


Andrew: That reminds me--I need to watch it again.

Old Kitty: Thank you!

Definite cheer for those. :)

Myrna: You're welcome!

Maria: Thank you.

Awesome. I hope you enjoyed it!

Elise: I'm a fan of his works, too.



S. L.: He is indeed.

Escape Artist Linda: You're welcome!

Thank you so much for following my blog. :)

Brinda: Thanks.

I haven't seen that one; I'll have to check it out.

Kimberly: I'm glad you liked it! And the video sucked me in like that, too. :)

Shelley: Thank you!

You're very welcome.

Christine: Thanks!

I agree, he is.

Angela: No time like the present. ;) Or, rather, the past by now!

Thank you.

Ciara: Yup. I thought about not posting this one because I'd noticed it on other blogs, but decided it was worth it anyway.

Donna: I thought that was a fascinating contrast--and that he handled it very well.

Good point.

Mary: Thank you!

I've never heard of the movie before. I'll have to find out more about it . . .

Jeff: And sad, too.

Shelly: Thanks!

Lynda: You're welcome. :)

Ptty Witter: Sorry to hear there were problems with the video!

You're quite welcome.

Deniz: I loved that book.

Cleemckenzie: Sure. :) I'm glad you found it inspiring!

Ink in the Book: You're welcome! :)

Clarissa: No worries. I'm feeling extremely late in replying to a Wednesday post . . . on Saturday. I was busy yesterday and Thursday.

Milo: I just took out that movie from the library. Looking forward to watching it!

Laughingwolf: He definitely is. :)

Michael: Thanks!

Carol: Agreed.

Thank you--I did have a good 4th of July.

Klahanie: Thank you! It was peaceful; nothing extraordinary happened, but that's better than something bad.

It made sense to me. I'd been unsure of joining when I first heard of the group, too, and linked up right before my first post.

Medeia: You're welcome!

Thanks--and you, too!

Paul: Thank you.

Shakespeare is interesting to read.

Small groups can allow for a lot more feedback than spokespeople, that's for sure. There's a lot more human interaction in them.

Lexa Cain said...

I wonder if Neil Gaiman knows how many people are fans. I see mentions of him all the time. I wish that someday I'd have a fan base a tenth of what he has. That would be pretty impressive. :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Lexa: I would think he does--it feels like it's hard to miss his name when browsing the web sometimes. :P