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The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

Here in Iceland we have a pretty nifty word: siðblinda. The literal translation of siðblinda is "ethical blindness". Basically it is used to describe people who in English I would classify as either psychopaths or narcissists. The English language typically has a lot more words to describe various shades and nuances of meaning than the Icelandic language. (Or most languages, for that matter.) That's one of the reasons I love English. However, in this particular case, the Icelandic siðblinda just nails the meaning. People who are siðblind are unable to see the plank in their own eye. To them, ethics is a meaningless concept. They will bulldoze over you without a second thought, and only apologize if they can intellectually comprehend that not...

One of the worst things I do is when I start comparing myself to other people. I'm sure we've all been there. We look at someone else and see only what they have, and we lack. We become envious. We feel crappy about ourselves, because in the comparison, we inevitably come up short. Why is that person more [__] than me? Why does that person have more [__] than me? What am I doing wrong? What am I not doing enough of? ARGH. It's so incredibly destructive. And yet I fall into that pit over and over again. Not all the time. Not constantly. But occasionally, and sometimes quite hard. Usually when I'm feeling lousy about something with respect to my own life. And even...

In Doris Lessing's excellent novel The Golden Notebook, the main character, Anna, has four different notebooks in which she writes about the different aspects of her life. She struggles with this, and in the end somehow manages to combine the four different notebooks into one - her golden notebook. [caption id="attachment_817" align="alignleft" width="219"] A pretty accurate depiction of ...

Well hello! It's been a little longer than I had planned, mostly because you would not believe how many endless little details need your attention when you're publishing your own book. Meaning that - yes - my book is now out!! Also, I now have an Amazon Author Page. Huzzah! So, this will be my third post in a row about the publishing of my book and I promise it will be the last [in a row]. I know I could go on ad infinitum about how amazing and wonderful I think it is that authors no longer have to grovel at the feet of the gatekeepers to have their voices heard, and that "vanity publishing" is outgrowing its stigma, and "indie...

So, last week I started a post about the process of putting together a book for publication, but only got about halfway through when I had to quit because everyone knows the Internet's attention span doesn't last very long and I was already way over that limit. I had hoped that by this stage my book would have been released from its cocoon and already be making the rounds among my small circle of readers, but alas - I had not factored in the endless little problems that can arise in the building of a book. Little piddly technical stuff, like margins, and indents, and paragraph styles, and cover sizes, and how these and myriad other things behave when converted to...