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When I first seriously considered being a writer, I was in college. I was majoring in Music, but going to a liberal arts college meant that I was also taking at least three other classes not directly related to my major.
In addition to the one Creative Writing class I was taking (finally, as a senior, […]
My husband and I are creative, right-brain people. We are educated and capable. We know we have good ideas, we know we have connections and resources to help us. We discuss all kinds of creative things we could do: create websites, make videos, write stories, write music, just to name a few. We both have […]
“Pole!” he said. “Is that fair? Have I been doing anything of the sort this term? Didn’t I stand up to Carter about the rabbit? And didn’t I keep the secret about Spivvins — under torture too? And didn’t I –”
“I d-don’t know and I don’t care,” sobbed Jill.
Sometimes when I think I want to write about something, I feel kind of lame. I tell myself that, well, I don’t really have much to say. There’s no interesting philosophical idea floating around in my head, nothing interesting has happened to me lately, it’s just been another normal day in another normal week. I’m […]
Beautiful soup, so rich and green, waiting in a hot tureen - who for such dainties would not stoop - soup of the evening, beautiful soup!
- Alice in Wonderland
Maybe I should be writing more about how to better market your blog, or how to write a moving personal essay, but over the winter season, my […]
In this post, I briefly whine about technology, respond with bold action, and transform the situation positively:
I am overwhelmed by computers, technology, phones, and these blasted things called features. Features? As in, a prominent, crowding element so gaudy and useless you can’t look away? I use computers daily for my work, Mind Sprocket, e-mail, and […]
Your Muse (i.e. your unique creative spark) is a delicate being that requires nourishment and coaxing. These 5 tools are what I have found indispensable in charming my Muse.
1. To write on, you cannot beat the legendary Moleskine. This may seem like an obvious choice on this list, but the Moleskine has become popular for […]
Looking for a little structure for your poetry? Try a pantoum, a poem consisting of 16 lines and four stanzas. There is no rhyming requirement for a pantoum, but there is a certain order that the lines go in:
Stanza 1 Line 1
Stanza 2 Use Line 2 above as Line 5 here
This can work in business, in planning a road trip or a fun summer, a wedding, a party, or anything involving multiple people and many details that can seem overwhelming.
1. Look at the big picture. Write down your Ultimate Big Goal.
2. Break the big picture into smaller sections, or smaller goals. Write them down, too.
3. Analyze […]
Obviously iTunes does a pretty good job of keeping track of how many times you’ve listened to this or that track. And they can even make music recommendations for you based on your purchases from their music store.
But last·fm not only tracks your most played songs, they offer you artist recommendations, concert dates, music videos, and a […]