A woman with an ostensibly wonderful life is miserable, and she writes to Cary Tennis to help her sort it out. His answer is very different than what I was expecting. I keep thinking about it!!
Totally replicate-able. This is you next year. Move to San Diego now.
1. Live in San Diego. I live in downtown San Diego. I can walk to the convention center. Done. Parking: $0. Transportation: $0.
2. Don’t buy a badge. OK, you’re not going to get into any of the panels or on the floor, but you’re also not going to spend $175 on a badge.
There are plenty of things to do around the convention center and most of them are free. At one event space, I tried out a whole room full of PC games, sat through previews and Q&As on upcoming releases from Square Enix, and got (pretty) close to Felicia Day. Outside Comic con compiles events like this. Bookmark it.
Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York always captures such good moments with the people he photographs:
“My sister taught me how to ask for money from my parents.” “Oh yeah? How’s that?” “First you give them a compliment. Then you talk about your day. Then you tell them about your grades. Then you ask for money.”
My strategy is to wait until the situation is dire dire dire and then call and be desperate and hem and haw and be really quiet on the phone until one of my parents reads my mind. Then I apologize profusely. (Her tactic is better.)
Cannot not click through to any article that tells you how to be the best you based on other people who are the best them. This list from the Guardian of six ways to emulate history’s best creative minds, includes two especially attractive tips: “take lots of walks” and “practice strategic substance abuse.” Another tip is to have a day job. Which is interesting, since most creative people I know have one goal: To be able to quit their day job. They use Kafka as an example of it working out. His miserable insurance job? Actually gave him structure to write, the story goes.