Respect to this guy

For many reasons – but in particular for what he has to say about the whole Nazare big wave surfing load-of-sexist-shit. And also, incidentally, because he’s sitting in front of a FINE collection of books as he says it (Joyce Carol Oates watching over his left shoulder).

Help RealSurf out!

I’ve just pledged on Pozible to help RealSurf, and if you’re a fan of the website you might want to do the same. (Haven’t seen it before? Check it out. It’s refreshingly uncorporate and runs on the sweat of passionate contributors). For me, it’s been a touchstone for years, and every time I check in and see the header quote from Jack Norris – “Stay happy and you’ll be perfectly fine” – I feel good (if you’re someone who uses the site, I bet you know exactly what I mean).

They’ve only got 9 days to go, and they are soooooo close to reaching target. 

 Anyway, enough from me. I’ll let Mr Don Norris tell you about their plans:

Workin’ on my …

Iggy

Totally fascinated with Iggy Azalea at the moment. Pale-skinned blonde girl from Oz goes to the States, renames herself, and then creates a rap career with more chutzpah than Portia de Rossi? I can only admire it. I like reinvention. I’ve done it myself and it’s been good for me. If you go from sitting at a trading desk moving lots of money around to dish pigging, voluntarily, extraneous ego shit gets stripped away. For a while anyway. 

(At this point, I should break into a whole self important explanation on what I think about Iggy using her assets (arsesets?). She says it herself – in order to connect, she’s had to wrap the message up in stupid paper. I’m just glad she hasn’t had a boob job, and I’m not interested in flaying her. I’m more interested in the BRAIN behind the ARSE.)

I wanted to share this INTERVIEW where Iggy talks about work. How it’s the difference between you wanting to be something, and actually being that something. It’s the lesson I’ve had to re-learn this year (more on that later – because I have actually been writing, not that you would have known it from the lack of communications). There is no magic formula, there are no guaranteed connections that will pull you up to the place you want to be – actually, there might be, but only if you’ve got stuff for them to push. What matters is work. And that is good news and bad news at the same time. Because it all comes down to you. And it all comes down to you. It’s okay to be scared – I battle with head chatter every day. I can come up with thirty-seven reasons for why I shouldn’t bother writing another book, and only four for why I should. The only trick is doing the work. (Salty language warning on the interview, by the way).