Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

This could easily become another post about "impostor syndrome," but I think it goes far beyond that. Last weekend, when I was going to my piano lesson, one of the guys who worked there mentioned a recital that Sunday and that I could go or if I wanted to participate, let them know. I was … Continue reading Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook

My Copy: 9780684829579 (image from bn.com) I had a hard time getting through this slim volume because there was just so much to it. The writing style is pretty lofty for those who aren't expecting it, and the first few pages could throw you for a loop. I still got sucked in anyway, because it … Continue reading The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook

Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

It's one of those basic things I've read about so often when it comes to editing and/or before submitting your stuff. I've lost count the numbers of sites telling you to get your family reading what you have. Get them reading your work, because you'll get some useful criticism from people who care for you, … Continue reading Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

Swimsuit, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

My copy: 9780446561358 (image from amazon.com) It took me a bit of time to get into this one, because it felt abrupt and too fast at first...and then it just kept on going. I had a feeling I might like this one, but it's way beyond my initial expectations. The setup and the pace was … Continue reading Swimsuit, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

My Top 10 List: videos or moments that make me smile or laugh no matter what

I admit, I have tons of go-tos for getting out of a crap-tastic day. Sometimes I let myself wallow, but most of the time I get impatient and go looking for things that never fail to make me laugh or at least smile and feel good for a little while. And most of them are … Continue reading My Top 10 List: videos or moments that make me smile or laugh no matter what

Take the Mic: the Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, by Marc Kelly Smith & Joe Kraynak

My Copy: 9781402218996 (Image from amazon.com) I discovered slam poetry a few months ago and was blown away by the emotion in what I was seeing for most poems. Some were great, some not so much, some amazing--but they all had something to bring to the table. I wanted to learn how to write like … Continue reading Take the Mic: the Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, by Marc Kelly Smith & Joe Kraynak