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Never apologize

A rather harsh title some might think. Of course I think you should apologize if you’ve done something demonstrably wrong or misguided.

“Oh, seems you’ve set my house on fire.”

“Yeah, sorry about that but there was a sale on kerosene at the hardware store…”

“Well, as long as you’re sorry….”

Now that situation is a time when you should apologize. Lord knows I learned that the hard way.

No what I’m talking about is something I’m starting to see more and more as I try to focus my efforts away from boozing and snoozing to creative creation. This is the idea that “the artist” shouldn’t apologize for his or her work. That’s not to say that should the work be crap it’s OK to accept that and not want to improve. You should apologize only to yourself, the audience doesn’t want to hear that junk.

It’s like dogs and fear. The audience can smell fear in the artist. Apologizing is like kicking the chum bucket over the side of the boat then diving in after it. You’ve just got to push forward. I’ve picked this idea up from spending a lot of time with musicians lately. In music you can’t stop when there’s a live audience staring at you looking for a good time. I’m sort of a writer and I’m lucky in that I have things like spell checker that keep my outrageous mistakes to a hopeful minimum.

The average person is more skilled at picking out spelling mistakes, however, than out of key notes. At least, I can’t, but that has more to do with my complete lack of musical talent and taste. Though if you stop the show to apologize for the wrong key on the downbeat (I’m just making shit up here) then I think you’ll have bigger problems on your hands. Like refund hungry drunk people with glass bottles in ready supply.

It’s good to hate your mistakes and want to improve. Heck I think everything I make is garbage but that’s because I have self-esteem issues stemming from my lack of reptilian pets in my younger days.

Still reading? Good. Strive to improve in all you do but as long as you’re creating, never apologize.

I went for a walk and took some pictures! Camera deets: Nikon d5100, 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G lens (yes it’s a kit but it’s the good kit). Coloring and effects done in Lightroom 3 & Photoshop CS5.5 (Legal copies to boot! Shocker!)

Sorry about the watermark but you can’t trust the internet these days.

*looks at the post title*

Shit….

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Photo shoot Shinjuku

So I bought a camera recently. A very nice camera. It takes pretty pictures. Well sometimes that is.

I’m learning quickly that the key to taking photos is volume. Thankfully that’s much easier nowadays what with the digital realm. I used to have a film camera much in the same vein as my new one, but they’re two very different things. With film you have to be more careful with your shots and then hope it turns out OK. Very difficult to learn on. With the digital cameras I’ve taken plenty of shots that are just tests of different aspects of the camera.

I’m still learning how to adjust everything manually. But it keeps me sane having something creative to focus on. Sort of.

Though today I found out that the store I bought said camera from lowered it’s price by about $200 US two weeks after I bought it. So….fuck you store.

It’s not so bad really, I got a nice desk chair and a tripod off the loyalty points they gave me so not quite as much a rip.

Also today in the bad news department, I got my first actual rejection (in writing as opposed to no response) of my fiction for publication! Allow me to tack it to the wall here as a trophy in all it’s bloody glory.

Thanks for you submission for the [name withheld]. Yours was one of dozens of submissions and we were impressed by the high quality of your work.
However, I’m afraid that at this time it is not a good fit for our purposes.
We will be looking for more new content for the October-November period, and welcome your submissions at that time.
The story I submitted was about a mechanic from The South that moonlights as a corpse burier for the local KKK. So, maybe not the best choice but in my defense that was all subtext.
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 Anyway, interesting day. Back to my point about volume when it comes to photos. I took about 85 shots around Shinjuku. After deleting the ones that were worthless I was down to around 35 that I allowed on to my computer. After editing I am down to 9 which I will share with you, my loyal readers.
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Of which, I like maybe 2 or 3.

Went for a walk today

Riveting title isn’t it? I have been pretty busy lately. Lots of events and opportunities to make up for lost drinking time. I certainly didn’t miss the hangovers I tell you what. I think I came to a realization about why I was drinking. I think I’ve covered it enough though, and if you’ve spent time with me recently you might’ve heard about it.

Basically, alcohol makes a terrible psychological pain killer.

Today I had some free time and was down in the city while I had it. Since I skipped breakfast I decided to trek on down to Harajuku for a fantastic spicy chicken pita sandwich and an interesting one sided conversation with the man running the joint. Long story short I learned he was from somewhere that has a lot of basketball players and he was therefore, upset at the lack of an NBA season. He neglected to mention the exact name of his country of origin though I think that the prominent Turkish flag behind him was a clue. Makes a good kebab if not good conversation though.

After lunch, I decided to take an amble around the area to hopefully work off some of the meal. I think one of the secrets of surviving Tokyo is to walk down a street you’ve never been down before. It’s surprisingly easy to do and even easier to avoid doing.

So I wandered around and took these pictures. Not much more to say I guess but it’s better than nothing.