I Am a Machine

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I’ll buy you a cup of coffee if you can figure out where this bot first appeared.

First a little housekeeping: Yesterday I unraveled my site and set up a new template including auto posting to various social media sites using SNAP. Warning: anything could happen as a result! I also unlocked comments so let me have them. Such an undertaking would not possible for me without the generosity of darling nerdy people who post tweaking instructions like these. (Coffee money is on it’s way, Om!)

A photographer wrote to me a few weeks ago asking for referrals to literary agents. When it comes to photo books that’s sort of a tall order. Really, getting an agent for anything these days is a total inside job. Why do you think the crowd-sourcing funding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter became necessary?

I suggested a few paths and sent a link to this this post, where I list the three stages of selling your project. He answered, “My confidence with regard to selling 2 and 3 may perhaps be over-stated, but in that I have experience and can do. It’s getting to the proverbial base #1 where am stumped and stymied.”

Right. This is where talent needs opportunity. If you are sitting on the porch with your face in the sun this morning I hope your meditation results in an idea to go somewhere and engage with someone new. Because it’s probably going to be the person ahead of you in the boarding queue—or the one you hand a plate to at a party where say you don’t know anyone—who holds a key to your next move. Don’t be chicken and vain. Strike up an awe-inspiring conversation and be ready on your end to follow through. Even better if it turns out you can help them.

Otherwise, robots are going to take over the world! 2028 is just around the corner.


  1. Great post, Jain! I was thinking about this myself the other day. Perhaps one of the most valuable New Year’s resolutions to be made, at least for me, is to commit to three – getting out of the house at least three times this year to travel to places to network or gain professional skills/experience. Of course, more is better, but sometimes these activities can be expensive or there simply aren’t that many relevant workshops or meetings. So, this month I am going to do research to find out more about what’s going on, researching whom I should meet and where I am likely to find them. Thanks for the encouragement to stay on the right track!

  2. On this road to happy destiny..our destiny is our road. Pick up the hitchhiker! …thanks for the ride today !

  3. I love it, Lisa! There are always networking groups in every town, too. Have you tried Meetup ( But I think it’s also trying to be where other “influential” people go. For example, someone just told me about a coffee shop in ABQ where a lot of industry folks hang out. Not to be a stalker or anything, lol. Please keep me posted and let’s share some success stories!

  4. Could you remind me what the four stages of denial are around finding an agent? The only one I can remember is – “when trying to find an agent who cares about the merits of your work it is good to remember that the search will be as effective as putting your hand in a tub or Piranhas.”

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