you must embrace failure

I really enjoy Harold Hollingsworth’s blog. He is a painter and a very good friend of a very good friend. I often feel like I’ve seen the world from a different angle after reading one of his posts. This one from a couple of weeks ago is one of my favorites.

” ‘A characteristic of artistic education is for people to tell you that you’re a genius. […] So everybody gets this idea, if you go to art school, that you’re really a genius. Sadly, it isn’t true. Genius occurs very rarely. So the real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. […] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. You must admit what is. You must find out what you’re capable of doing, and what you’re not capable of doing. That is the only way to deal with the issue of success and failure because otherwise you simply would never subject yourself to the possibility that you’re not as good as you want to be, hope to be, or as others think you are.’

-Milton Glaser”

 

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the thing they don’t tell you about being a third wheel

“This is the thing they don’t tell you about being a third wheel – it’s not like you’re the wheel that’s added on. You were one of the original two wheels, but suddenly you’re not so important any more. The relationship drives fine without you.”

Every You Every Me, David Levithan

I haven’t read enough yet to say more about the book as a whole. But this observation was pitch perfect. Time to go take a walk into the wind with my collar turned up and my scarf wrapped tight and savor the bittersweet tang of loves lost.

Meanwhile, voting closes at midnight tonight on Goodreads.com. Just click on the link below, and copy and paste the ISBN into the search box: 9780983819004

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“I didn’t like it. A lot of action… but too much for the amount of plot. I got tired reading it.”

It’s true, Bex Blixen is no damsel in distress. She’s out to kick some ass. So there you have it folks: not everyone loves The Rival.

But if you do, please vote for The Rival as a 2011 YA Fiction Goodreads.com book of the year. Voting closes Sunday – tomorrow – at midnight!

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Even if you don’t give a crap about teen physicist chicks who kick ass, unicorns, and/or saving the world through dance, please give your ol’ pal Bethany a hand and vote for The Rival as a 2011 YA Fiction Goodreads.com book of the year. Voting closes this Sunday at midnight!

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the rival: at indie bookstores today

Now you can support your favorite indie writer AND your favorite indie bookstore!

A few of the indie bookstores in my life where you can now buy The Rival:

  • Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery, in the cutest little downtown barn in Crozet, VA (just west of Charlottesville).
  • Queen Anne Books, strategically placed right next to a coffee shop at the crown of beautiful Queen Anne hill in Seattle, WA.
  • Books & Books, in a charming Spanish Villa style shop… and yes they do serve wine. In Coral Gables, FL (just west of Miami).

Check your own favorite indie bookstore’s website to see if they offer ebooks through the Google eBookstore. And if they don’t… feel welcome at one of mine!

Just a reminder that any eReader that reads epub files (iPhones, iPads, Nooks, anything Android, and many others) is compatible with indie bookstore ebook shops. (In other words, the Kindle is not.)

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand…. Only five days left to vote! Please vote for The Rival as a 2011 YA Fiction Goodreads.com book of the year.

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