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Is Writing Work?

Author Richard Ford asks the question, "Does writing qualify as work?" After all, those who do write full-time don't usually keep regular hours. A lot of writing requires hours of thinking, which looks remarkably like doing nothing. And I suppose those ongoing battles with writer's block could look a lot like wasting time. So is writing work? From Ford's article in The Guardian:        

 

Work, after all - to me, anyway - signifies something hard. And while writing novels can be (I love this word) challenging (it can also be tedious in the extreme; take forever to finish; demoralise me into granite and make me want to quit and find another line of work), it's not ever what I'd call hard. A hard job, okay, would have to be strenuous and pressurised (writing's almost never that way). It would have to be obdurate, never offering me a chance to let up (I can quit writing any time I want to and come back tomorrow, or never).

 

You can read the entire article on The Guardian's website: This writing life

 

The Dizzying World of Digital File Formats

While the digital age has ushered in a much-needed revolution in the world of filmmaking, it has resulted in a confusing array of differing file formats that vary in quality. As a result, some think continuity has become a casualty of digital filmmaking. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has stepped up to the plate and is doing their best to tame the digital frontier.

 

Files have had to be translated to and from dozens of file formats, with images not always translating properly, quality suffering, and time and money wasted fixing the problems. Enter the Acad's Image Interchange Framework (IIF), a new way of gathering, processing and preserving more picture information than has been possible in the past. The Acad's Science and Technology Council spent five years developing the file format, with an eye toward making it possible for anyone in production, post or preservation to have a standardized way of working with all the digital elements now involved in filmmaking.

 

You can read the entire article on Variety.com: Academy aims to tame digital frontier

 

Selling Your Soul

It's widely thought that Ralph Macchio's second greatest movie is Crossroads. The story is about a classically trained guitar prodigy whose only desire is to be a great blues guitarist. He travels to the Mississippi Delta and ends up selling his soul to be the greatest blues guitarist ever. Very few people know that the story is actually based on a myth about legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. There are those who say Johnson sold his soul to be able to play the blues as well as he did.

 

...the original intersection of Highways 61 and 49, the place where seminal blues musician Robert Johnson is said to have arrived one midnight to seal a deal with the devil, trading his soul to become the greatest blues musician in history. Perhaps. Actually, there are at least three such crossroads around northern Mississippi, any of which might be the one Johnson had in mind 75 years ago when he wrote his signature song "Cross Road Blues" - and that's only relevant to those who are remotely likely to believe in such things.

 

You can read the entire article on the Los Angeles Times' websiteHypebot.com: At the crossroads as Robert Johnson centennial nears

 

-Richard

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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