Quick and dirty post linking up some odds and ends with a common theme.
Oh, and sorry for the reference to Field of Dreams, in part because there’s no guarantee people will come just because you build something.
Nevertheless, in response to this, – http://www.superversivesf.com/2018/01/28/all-art-is-propaganda/ – I saw this comment:
No, art is not propaganda. And just because refusing to bow the knee to a cultural revolution in the context of your expression is necessarily a political act, this does not in fact make your work either “politicized” or propaganda.
I fully agree. Our refusal to bow before the mob may be political, but it doesn’t mean we’re preaching ideology in our stories.
Also, while it’s good to tear down the strongholds of the enemy, one must build, not just destroy. Go teaches this as well – it seems almost passive aggressive at first – take territory to block your opponent from taking it, and the opening game loos a lot like a euro worker placement game in that sense – but in the end, it is very much about strategically taking your ground so you can capture your opponent’s territory.
You must build quality as well – though this may take time to develop. It’s good to get advice from professionals, but consider they’re working within their paradigm. There are both things to learn, and things to ignore, with the latter either because you’re trying something different (but still need to at least account for known issues when brought up or ensure they’re irrelevant), or because you’re not working at that level and making sure, strategically, that you’re making money at every step.
And if you need a hobby, it doesn’t have to be fancy. You can even:
…and clean up your room.