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Humor

From Whence Cometh Creativity

As I approach the 2-year anniversary of my weekly song project, it’s fascinating to look back on how my writing process has developed, and to see what lessons I’ve learned. So here are a few tips to share with any readers who are either contemplating a creative venture (or who would enjoy a vicarious peek […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Magnum Opus

One of the biggest failings I feel about myself as an artist is that I have yet to create my magnum opus. Though there are plenty of concepts and works in progress, there’s nothing that I feel that defines me as an artist, or even as a human being.

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Ladyguides

How Not to Act During a Critique

The first time I participated in an art critique was a complete disaster. It seemed that everyone fit into two categories: those who took it well, and those who became incredibly defensive about what was being said.

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Books

Do Your Work: A Short and Sweet Recap of “The War Of Art”

Here is my recap and review of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Step 1. Read this book. Step 2. Do your work.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: To All You Left-Brained Peeps

For many years, my sister struggled with what she wanted to do with her life (don’t we all!). She wanted to be a photographer. And a mathematician. And a fashion model. And all this within her senior year of high school.

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Ladyguides

Lit Mags I Have Known: A Short Guide

Often I hear it said that the only people who read literary magazines are other writers. There might be some truth to that, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In a time where many newspapers and magazines are still not giving women their equitable due, sometimes it pays to look off the beaten […]

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Writing

Writing When You Have a Day Job

A lot of people from my generation seem to consider themselves creative in some way. For many of us, the online world of user-friendly blog platforms got us into writing at an early age. I know that for me, both Blogspot and LiveJournal gave me an outlet where I could write about my day and […]

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Crossposts

How To Be Happy

Last weekend, I read a short post on another blog about how life would be so much easier if Google could just tell you how to be happy. As more people who were brought up on the Internet and search engines come of age, I expect we’ll start seeing an increasing amount of that sentiment.

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Parenting

Playing Pretend

I recently noticed something exciting: my son has discovered his imagination. Callum just turned two, and recently he’s started showing signs of having a wild imagination. He opens his books to pictures of food and pretends to chomp down, usually expressing an enthusiastic “MMMMMM!” or a disgusted “bleccch!” He loves to feed us these imaginary […]

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Style

The Lazy Lady’s Guide to Style: Cardigans

It’s amazing how a single item in your wardrobe can change the mood, function, and overall style of an outfit. The removal or addition of one thing can turn a look from daytime to nighttime, or serious to whimsical. Of course, what that magic item is can certainly vary, but today I want to take […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 12/16

It’s an easy one today, friends.  Or at least I think it’s an easy one.  Today’s lunchtime poll wants you each to invent your own brand new flavor of seasonal holiday ice cream.  Use (or don’t!) all your best family traditions, create something completely off the wall or do a new twist on an old […]