It's a bit strange seeing as how I already have an acoustic guitar (well, an acoustic-electric). It's a pretty blue sunburst Ibanez. It was also the first guitar I bought. I got it as part of the promotion they had while signing up for music lessons. They had a limited option as far as guitars … Continue reading Why I got another acoustic as my last guitar (& I mean it this time)…
My Copy: 9781580177023 (image from bn.com) Being a newbie to composting--as in I bought a turnable drum composter and know enough not to throw cheeseburgers into the thing--I'm not sure how "complete" this book is. But it sure feels like it. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide has far more information about composting than I ever … Continue reading The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin
My Copy: 9781465409614 (image from bn.com) Well, this is definitely a book for beginners when it comes to home gardening, and I'm really glad I got it. It's not super-crazy detailed and is not complete by any stretch, but if you're totally new like me, this guide is a fantastic start. I'm determined to live … Continue reading Kitchen Gardening for Beginners: a simple guide to growing fruit and vegetables, by Simon Akeroyd
My Copy: 057117891X (image from austinchronicle.com, differs from mine because I got a British copy) I have to thank Werner Herzog for pointing this book in my direction, and it's so worth it. You could apply the labels of autobiography, shooting diary, and how-to to this book and it'd all be accurate. Rebel Without A … Continue reading Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez
My Copy: 9780470584774 (image from bn.com) I think we all have that book on a shelf where we wonder, "did I really need to get that book, and how many more years will it sit there before I read/get rid of it?" Well, I wish like hell I'd read Clarinet for Dummies a lot sooner--I'd … Continue reading Clarinet for Dummies, by David Etheridge
My Copy: 9781582973579 (image from pinterest) Comedy Writing Secrets is just as advertised: a book about how to work with comedy in writing. Not much more than that, but at the same time, MUCH more than that. The premise seems too simple, but there are plenty of great examples of how different aspects of comedy … Continue reading Comedy Writing Secrets (2nd ed.), by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz
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
Well, yesterday's musing post made me dive into this question a bit deeper. I'm really wanting to find my niche, and I love volunteering for things I'm interested in and believe in. As a docent/tour guide at my volunteering stint, I wish I could do it all the time. The people who come in to … Continue reading #021–How do you find a non-profit to work for (& be paid for it)?
I was almost proud of myself when I made my "fool-proof" schedule a couple of weeks ago, with everything nicely color coded. Red was for exercise/health, yellow for story writing, green for work/volunteering, blue for blog, pink for painting, and orange for deadlines and everything else. I had spent a whole two days making it … Continue reading #008–“Being an Artist for Dummies,” or how do you make a living from two wildly different creative pursuits at the same time?