Soul Candy

As artists living with the drone of commerce, we have forgotten that "rest" is a musical term, and that to hear the music of our lives as something other than a propulsive drumbeat, driving us forward as the war drums drove men into bloody battle, we may need to rest. The ego hates to rest. The ego doesn't want to let God, or sleep, mend up the raveled sleeve of care....more

My Artist's Way Toolkit: Rediscovering the Joy in Writing

We're shaking things up this month in BlogHer Book Club! We're not reviewing a book, but we are reviewing something that's decidedly bookish. This month we're looking at a new subscription service from the creative mind of Julia Cameron. Have you read The Artist's Way and Cameron's other books? Have you loved her suggestions and recommendations but been able to quite get yourself to them? Then My Artist's Way Toolkit service (and app!) are just the thing for you. ...more
Julia Cameron's books are wonderful, but I tried the Artist's Way Toolkit and found it very ...more

Pure Joy in Your Chaos

 Do you ever receive news so good that you want to wobble a little bit and pinch yourself to see if it's real?I feel that way today....more

How to Write (Better): Clichés Are Rotten Apples Out to Spoil Your Whole Blog

Even though you have a burning desire to become a writer par excellence, you might find yourself sliding down the slippery slope of lazy language, spinning your wheels and getting stuck in the muddy waters of the bane of a wordsmith's existence: clichéd language. Clichés are the devil's work, and truth be known, you should avoid them like the plague. Writing a blog post full of clichés will make you green with jealousy when you read other writers who don't let cliches become a blight on the landscape. They don't let that sleeping dog lie, they run for the hills when they see a cliché coming round the bend. You know you'd like to learn to write cliché-free, too, as much as a fat baby likes candy.  The future of your blog depends upon it. Word. ...more

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Rainy Saturday Reading

For me, there’s no better way to spend a cold, rainy day than to curl up with Amber, some hot chocolate, and my assorted reading materials.  After what has been a crazy busy, but wonderful week, it will be a divine indulgence to spend a day just catching up on my reading.  ...more

In which Old Mother Porkchop went to the cupboard and found that the well was as dry as a bone

In which Old Mother Porkchop went to the cupboard and found that the well was dry as a bone Jack, Jill, no thrillToday we rowed merrily, merrily up Porkchop Hill, our little zinc-clad bucket rattling at our side. Dropping our pail into the well, we waited for the slap of tin on water. What we heard instead was a dry, empty clanging. ...more

Fabulous Artist Getaways for Fall 2008--Start Planning Now

If there's anything I've learned in being an artist, it's that downtime is essential to keep the creativity flowing. Too much order to my days, too many deadlines, too many routine obligations and little by little my will to create begins to collapse. Sometimes the perfect way to recharge is to take some time off to dive into a new medium where you can be a beginner again. If you are an artist in need of a break, here are a few key opportunities to keep in mind as you consider your future getaway options. ...more

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