You know your education is more than the word on the page, the brush on the canvas, the graceful movement or theatrical quip, more than the combination of melody and harmony. I've been pondering the role of an artist, what our responsibility is and what can depend on our brand. What qualifies as our role and what is "out of our lane". I don't have that all figured out, but here's where I'm at right now...
My Patreon is for two types of people. 1. Do you believe in my dream? If you've been following me awhile, maybe you've bought in wholeheartedly to what I'm doing. Maybe when you say you believe in me, you actually believe in me. If that's you: Do you believe in my dream, like that my… Continue reading Creative coaching for just $2/month
Ignite Peoria is a creative arts event in my city. It's happened a few years now, but this was my first year attending. Of course I had to dress creatively for the event, and had to get a picture of my fun outfit: It's not quite like most creative arts fairs where you attend and… Continue reading Ignite Peoria & 500 wishes
Creativity isn't finite. The more you give, the more you have. That's a philosophy I want to live by, and Ksenia does too. Ksenia Anske sends cards with personalized stories to her readers. So when she sent one for my writers' group, I volunteered to facilitate our writers prompt and had everyone write her a… Continue reading Stories on why we create
Under-appreciated. Emotional. Irish. I'd like to think I'm two of those things, but the Pirate Queen musical gets all three 😉 So while recommending this soundtrack that I just can't be rid of, I thought I'd share how we all are basicly pirate queens. Us creative souls, us dreamers, we can relate to the ups… Continue reading We’re all pirate queens
Maybe you're a writer. Or painter. Or dancer. Or card maker, flower arranger, or really any type of creative soul. Now it's time to look the part. One thing about artists, they know how to pick their wardrobe. It's not boring. It's rambunctious. Daring. Eclectic. Bold patterns, bright colors, varying styles. (Side note: Maybe you're one… Continue reading Creative Fashion on an Artist’s Budget
Writers (and creatives in general) are up in arms about getting paid. A Summary of the Discussion thus far: Kristen Lamb has recently been posting about the problem with Free. She started by urging writers not to diss Amazon while promoting used bookstores, since Amazon actually pays authors and used bookstores do not. She then… Continue reading Huffington Post Isn’t the Only Problem
To pen-name or not to pen-name - for any writer, that is the question. There is a lot of factors that go into choosing between one's own name or a pseudonym, and I thought I'd give you a brief sneak-peek at the process. (Writers: Kristen Lamb has a post discouraging use of pen names in… Continue reading What the L’s in a PenName?
Part 1: The Wrong Kind of Love Part of the truth is I love too wholly, too quickly. But not the right love; the wrong love. The love that swallows you whole, suffocates you 'til all that's left is a bigger version of me. I want to see you, because you see the me… Continue reading Narcissist Confessions, in 4 Parts
This is part 3 of the Tortured Artist series: you can check out Identity Crisis and Difficult to Love here. The story of Christian singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, "Ragamuffin," was recently released on DVD. A great movie that exemplifies the tortured artist stereotype. And I think it brings up two of the most difficult problems with being both… Continue reading The Tortured Artist Mythology: A Christian Artist’s Dilemma