Street Theater

I had the pleasure of seeing Les Miserables at the Orpheum Theater this past weekend and I was struck by how very relevant Victor Hugo’s story is, even today. To me, the major themes of the story are redemption and the struggle for social justice. Or perhaps, a better way to put …

Drafty Passages*

I have finished a second draft of my novel. Yes. I am bragging. But there it is. It still needs work, of course. But I like it. I just finished reading through it all this morning. I didn’t let myself make any marks or notes in the margins; I simply …

The Name Game

Today, I worked on my personal brand. I’ve been reading Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions, (which I love) and I like her approach to marketing and personal branding. I actually hate the word “branding”. For me, it conjures up images of inauthentic and traveling-salesman-type promotion. But LaPorte makes the point–and I …

Beginner’s Mind

I have been participating in Danielle Laporte’s ’30 Days To Fire Up Your Creative Genius’ Challenge, which outlines thirty unique questions, one each day, to help you focus in on what matters most to you in your life. Check it out if you have a chance: I think Danielle Laporte really …

This Little Light of Mine

I wrote a poem yesterday that I really loved. I shared it with a group of fellow writers, and they loved it, too. Afterwards, I became shy and awkward about it and couldn’t write anything I liked for the rest of the day. What is this all about? My dream …

Flailing with Flair

Today, I was brave in my writing. I have been floundering a bit with my novel, to be honest. I feel a little stuck, and I hate feeling stuck. More than feeling stuck, though, I hate sitting down to write and not even knowing where to start. But today, I …

My Tool Box

My schedule during these few months of writing is pretty unstructured, and this is both a blessing and a curse. On Monday, I found myself feeling tired and icky, and ended up taking not one but two naps during the day. Now, I should be clear: I don’t have anything …

Fear and Doubt: The Usual Suspects

Today has been a little bit of a struggle. My inner critic is being more vocal than usual. And the Fear Monster–who looks something like a cross between the Grinch and Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit–is telling me to abandon my dreams because they are too ambitious. So far …

Oh. Hello again.

So here I am. Again. This morning, I wrote for about an hour, and then I took a break to draw and collage to get my mind loosened up. (I am trying to be open to the fact that I work better in shorter bursts alongside creative activities.) And then, …