The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin

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

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners: a simple guide to growing fruit and vegetables, by Simon Akeroyd

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

Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez

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

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

#008–“Being an Artist for Dummies,” or how do you make a living from two wildly different creative pursuits at the same time?

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?