Bridge Jumping: On Writing and Failure (pics and video)

I jumped off of a bridge into the Willamette River after school the other day. It was a cold water day – snow run-off – but some young people wanted to know a safe place to do a big jump into the water, so I showed them where a deep enough channel was. See the pics of that jump below.

This jump reminded me of a story, a failure story, and I told it at my reading at the University of Oregon. Click here to see me tell that story (just posted by my publisher, Ben Leroy, this morning).

Here’s a pic of five of us jumping at once (me on the right). Click to expand the pic:

all five

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the next pic when I’m out of the screen, the other four still in the air:

four

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, this is the swim out to the South bank into the cottonwoods, staying together because the water was cold:

swimming out

 

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“25 Lies Writers Tell and Start To Believe” – Chuck Wendig

This is too good.  Funny, applicable, and no BS.  I had to put up a link to it.

Any writer (or artist for that matter) should read this piece.

8, 10, 13, 16, and 18 are incredible, but like I said, it’s all good.

Thank you, Ben LeRoy, for pointing me to the site.

Click.