Every month this year, in my art journal, I am getting specific on gratitude. In January, it was cozy little luxuries, and in February, I listed creative women who made an impact on my life. You can see that list HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. In March, I decided to list BOOKS that I am … Continue reading March Gratitude: Books!
Thanks for stopping by! If you are here because you went to the E-Factory's "Business of Art" Q&A, welcome. One of the biggest factors for me gaining confidence as a creative was reading Austin Kleon's book Show Your Work! This tiny but powerful book is the best cheerleader you can ask for. Austin Kleon is … Continue reading Show Your Work
Continuing my series in February, this post highlights seven women artists who have really made an impact in my life, one way or another. I hope they bring you the same level of inspiration! You can follow my Pinterest Board about them HERE. Or click on any link below to learn more. Feb. 8th: Maya … Continue reading Women Artist Crushes: Week 2
The book club I belong to has been meeting for 12 years now. It originated at the much beloved and much missed indie bookstore Well Fed Head, and after the owners closed shop, we still meet once a month at local bars to discuss books. My involvement in bookclubs has somehow expanded this summer, to at … Continue reading Well Fed Head
I'm a bit of an archivist. When I was in 10th grade, I kept track of every single outfit I wore, the entire year. It went something a bit like this: Big Dog shirt. Giant jeans. Doc Martin Mary Janes. Repeat. In 1993, I decided to start writing down every book I read, complete with … Continue reading 500 Books
Every once in a while, maybe once a decade or so, I serendipitously come across a book that changes my life. When I was in college, it was "The Tao of Pooh," which I then passed along to everyone I knew, including my sister, and still flip through a weathered and dog-eared copy from time … Continue reading The Gift from the Sea
How many people can say their book club has been meeting for over ten years? And that they STILL talk about books when they meet? I want to write the grandest of grand love letters to my book club, and to its place of origin, Well Fed Head bookstore. But I honestly don't think I … Continue reading Ten Years of Great Books
My year of rejection is coming along swimmingly. Amazing how giving myself a goal to be rejected has actually helped motivate me. What I have to keep telling myself is, none of this rejection is personal. So what does it matter to press send, or mail off another copy of my short stories? The flush … Continue reading Rejection
I get so greedy at the library. I read a new "must read" list and immediately add all the book suggestions to my queue. Except, usually the books show up faster than I can finish one. Currently I have waiting for me on my nightstand (amongst others): Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche - book club pick … Continue reading Friday Reads: Where to Begin?
I've had to give up caffeine. It's awful. Who does that? Someone who develops panic attacks after even just one Dr. Pepper, that's who. I'm so sad. Yesterday I had to get the kids out of the house before school, so I decided, what the heck, I"ll go to Starbucks and get an iced coffee. … Continue reading Caffeinated Brain