"Folks, writing a successful book is like being a star athlete: the ratio of failed wanna-bes to those actually living on the proceeds is thousands to one. Don't encourage your children to choose these as a career unless you want them living with you when they turn 40 :-)"
"A big successful book is like a moon orbiting you - that bastard has gravity, and it will affect all your tides. It will be harder to pull away from the thing that made you successful and harder to do something more creatively satisfying. Maybe that's okay. Maybe it feels like an ART PRISON. But it's something to note! A good problem to have, admittedly - but it can still be a problem."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.