When “sleeping on it” is the best thing you’ve done for yourself all week…

I try to be a creative person as much as I can. But I have a few things that tend to get in the way of that, namely that I'm an over-analyzer with impulsive tendencies. I realized while writing this that it doesn't make much sense. You're generally either one or the other. Well, I'm … Continue reading When “sleeping on it” is the best thing you’ve done for yourself all week…

Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart

My Copy: 9781603429986 (image from bn.com) Vertical Vegetables and Fruit is pretty self-explanatory. While some might see tomatoes, cucumbers, and ivy as mostly climbers, there are plenty of other vegetables and fruits that have the ability to climb, or at least be trained to grow up more than out, saving valuable space in a small … Continue reading Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart

Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, by Dan Barker

My Copy: 9781939578211 (image from bn.com) You can probably tell that the title is a bit of a reverse play on Rick Warren's best-selling Purpose Driven Life book, and is quite the reverse with it's outlook. Whereas that book insisted on religion as the foundation of our lives (specifically Christianity as he saw it), Barker … Continue reading Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, by Dan Barker

Overcoming depression & a lack of artistic inspiration with a fish tank (or two)…

image from crookedbrains.net I've been missing in action because being the parental figure/food god of pawed or feathered beings wasn't enough. I had to add fins to the mix this week. A. Lot. Of. Fins (and antennae). At first I was going for flippers. I love turtles, always have. And I went to the pet … Continue reading Overcoming depression & a lack of artistic inspiration with a fish tank (or two)…

#093–Why The Hell is Disney Making Great Animated Films from the 1990s into Live Action Films Now?

My initial theory: they're totally out of ideas and have gone to the reduce, reuse, recycle bin. Why? They banked everything on the Marvel and smiled and raked in the dough, and then a couple years ago went "wait, what's supposed to hit the theaters once Endgame's done?" Crap--we need time to think! I didn't … Continue reading #093–Why The Hell is Disney Making Great Animated Films from the 1990s into Live Action Films Now?

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…

Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…