I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

I remember always hearing about the three-day hump when trying something new. I have a feeling it's gonna be next Wednesday by the time I can remotely succeed. I blame the weather. The freaking fantastic weather that came out to play most of this week (today was a hot exception because the wind was gone). … Continue reading I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

The phrase popped up in my mind, out of the blue a few minutes ago. I didn't even know it was a legitimate thing until I Googled the phrase "creative paralysis." But apparently that's the proper term when it comes to what I've been beating myself up over the past several months. Writing notebooks have … Continue reading The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.

I'm a little surprised summer didn't come into full fury four weeks ago. Usually the first weekend in May heralds a good long HOT summer til about late September. We still have a slight reprieve, but that heat index is making it what it is. I managed to finish the first coat of paint on … Continue reading I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.

Making a long-term project to-do list into ta-da!

I hate cleaning. I'm so scatterbrained and easily distracted by things I'd rather be doing (like reading books and writing) that cleaning ends up by the wayside. My cleaning projects become as epic as a journey into Mordor...and if I'm really unlucky I'll meet some interesting living and dead species along the way. My aunt … Continue reading Making a long-term project to-do list into ta-da!

#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?