Things have been all around unsatisfactory. All those years of work. All those books. All of those miserable hours of promoting them. All of the diappointments. And nothing much to show for them.

So I blew the advances for my latest two novels (plus a sizable chunk of savings) on a painting.

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Comment by I. J. Parker on July 21, 2010 at 12:44am
Thanks all. I did a double-take on the size. That seemed abnormal for a scroll. The actual image is 61" x 39", but even that is rather large. Hmm. Maybe centimeters.
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on July 20, 2010 at 3:08pm
I'm not doing to butter you up with some line about looking on the bright side. Life is a pile of BS that doesn't stop growing until the Reaper gets tired of you crapping in his yard. If a painting gives you some satisfaction, more power to you. Enjoy what makes you happy. So much life is wasted being someone else's painting.
Comment by Benoit AKoa on July 20, 2010 at 11:57am
It is all about how you get back up. Never had anything to do with how you cope with the perceived failure. Subsequent books may pave way for the first masterpiece.
Comment by Pepper Smith on July 20, 2010 at 11:25am
Nice, IJ. I like it.
Comment by Benoit AKoa on July 20, 2010 at 11:21am
You guys should check this out. This guy is really interesting. I am not spamming or anything but he is strange . . .
Comment by B.R.Stateham on July 20, 2010 at 8:56am
I sure as hell like it.
Comment by I. J. Parker on July 20, 2010 at 8:03am
Benoit, the symbolism here is much simpler: I was royally pissed off at not making any money with ll that work and decided to blow the ridiculous advances on a luxury that would at least give me lasting pleasure.
Comment by I. J. Parker on July 20, 2010 at 8:01am
Jon, the artist is unknown, the size is 102" x 45" (that includes the border), the date is early 20th century.
The Ancient Chinese had a saying "Without the arts, men are beasts." I've been thinking that I was living in a pretty beastly world.
Comment by Benoit AKoa on July 20, 2010 at 7:01am
Okay. Now what? You stare at it and say " . . .Between a red sun, and a tumultuous sea, my writing career lays--in a brown misty atmosphere, my dreams evaporate . . .But I shall rise! Rise! From the sea . . like a leviathan itself! I shall conquer the publishing world! . . .Conquer!”
Ok maybe not but what were you thinking?
Comment by Jon Loomis on July 20, 2010 at 6:47am
Beautiful, I.J. Who's the artist? What are the dimensions? I'm still relatively new to the game, and still not sure what I hope to get out of it--but turning some of the cash into concrete swag is a first-rate idea, IMO. Enjoy it--you damn well earned it.

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