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Don’t be afraid to ask a question

the WAR of ART by Steven Pressfield

This morning I woke up early to write. I started to write about a book I had just finished reading, the WAR of ART, by Steven Pressfield.

I wrote about the book for over an hour, then I thought, “Hmm, I should really ask him for permission to quote from his book.”  I started to type a letter to his email account. Then I thought, “Hmm, I would really like to ask him a question about the book.”   I wrote him and asked him for permission to ask him questions about his book.

He may say no.  Yes, that’s right. He may say no. He may also say yes.

If he says no, what will happen to me?

1. I will curl up into a ball, and cry.
2. I shall never ask another person again for permission to ask them questions.
3. The earth will open up and swallow me into a bottomless pit. Birds will fly overhead and it will rain.
4.  My hair will catch on fire and I will walk around with scars on my scalp for the rest of my life.
5.  I will loose my ability to walk forward, and I will walk backwards for the rest of my life.
6.  I will say, “Thank you Mr. Pressfield,” and ask someone else for an interview.
7.  I will let the no be a no, and not take the no personally.

If he says yes, what will happen to me.

1.  I will say, “Thank you,” and I will ask him questions.
2.  I will write up a list of questions,  check for spelling mistakes 484 times, and then e-mail the questions to him.
3.  I will smile, do 100 sit-ups, twenty push-ups, and run around the block twenty four times.
4.  I will learn that it’s okay to be fearful, but I should just face the fear and ask.
5.  The sun will burst out between the clouds, and I will stand in a ray of sunshine.
6.  The next time I ask someone a question, I won’t be as scared.
7.  I will get to meet someone really cool.

I sent him the e-mail around 7:45 a.m this morning. Now I just have to wait for his answer.

Is there someone you want to ask a question? Oh, and what do you want to ask them?

Please let me know in the comments. I would love to chat with you.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • I can’t believe I finally got to read another of your stories…..can’t imagine why I wasn’t getting them……love your stories even though I don’t read the same books as you!!!! Love from Mom

  • You made me laugh, and then inspired me! I haven’t read the book yet, though I’ve heard great things about it.
    I hope you get an answer to your email! Totally cool. Do I have someone I want to ask a question? Not at the moment but when I do, and hesitate I’ll remember this post!

    • pamelahodges

      Hello Stephanie, I am so happy to hear from you. I highly recommend his book. It is the best book I have read about getting unstuck. He tells you what battle you are fighting and then he tells you what weapons you need to use to win.
      Yes, no need to hesitate if you want to ask a question. We are not in middle school anymore where we were laughed at for raising our hand.
      All the best,

  • robin patrick

    Pamela, your writing is good for me. Either I’m laughing, commiserating, learning or growing. Some days I do all of the above.
    The last three days I’ve been sitting in the hospital because my husband has been admitted for pancreatitis and I have to say it gets tiring. Reading your blog has been good!

    • pamelahodges

      Oh Robin, I am delighted that my writing is good for you. I wake up every day absolutely delighted that I am able to write. Having you read is the icing on the cake. I guess writing is a double layer chocolate cake all in itself, and having someone read it, is icing on top. Icing with a lot of butter, that is.
      Praying for your husband. Sending angels, they should be there now. They are fast.

  • I asked Seth Godin a question and he reply with within moments! I’m still excited about that!

    I really believe that we all have something to offer one another.

    Be Blessed.

    • pamelahodges

      Good Morning Renee. How exciting to receive an email from Seth Godin. That is really exciting! I am grateful for our Tribe of Writers. All the best to you today.

  • I like this. I was writing a paper about development in Africa and emailed Dr. Ali Mazrui, author of the book and PBS series “The Africans” with a very weighty question. He graciously answered at length. I have many times emailed authors with questions and almost always got a response. ” Ask and you shall receive.”

    • pamelahodges

      Good Morning Kathleen, so nice to hear from you. Thank is so cool that you emailed the author and he answered! Did you run around the block twenty four times? Did the sun break through the clouds and shine on you? “Ask and you shall receive.” Great quote. Thank you.