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The Writing Secret You Don’t Even Know You’re Already Doing

A Writing Secret to Destroy Guilt

I am so happy to announce my new exclusive pep talk for writers and non-writers alike! The Writing Secret You Don’t Even Know You’re Already Doing is a 11 page PDF dealing with pressure, guilt, and self-hate while working on a writing project.

I hope by sharing with you what made me a more confident and relaxed writer, you will *fingers-crossed* gain a little bit more confidence, too!

The truth of the matter is, the writing secret that got me published is something you’re already doing. Yes, you! Even if you’ve gone two years without working on your novel, even if you’ve let your blog collect dust, even if your state of mind has not let you write a single poem in months, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer.

It’s realizing that you are already doing something that aides your writing that will allow you to combat the shame that often clouds our writerly brains. Writing is not like going to the gym, it’s more like riding a bike…kind of. Sort of. As you’ll read, I’m really bad at riding bikes.

In this zine-sized ebook I give you your first arrow in our quiver which will allow you to battle those feelings that you are not good not, not disciplined enough, not skilled enough to complete your creative projects. 

So, How Much Do I Have to Pay For This Writing Secret?

Lean in real close, friends, and I will whisper it in your ear. Ready?

♥ Nothing ♥

Didn’t catch that? Okay, gimme a sec.

♥ NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! 

It’s FREE. Plug your name and email into the form below to sign-up for my brand new newsletter and I will send you the download link! 

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A New Newsletter

I’m not going to hold your inbox hostage, you’re free to unsubscribe at anytime. Like I said, though, this pep talk includes just the FIRST weapon to destroy self-doubt as a creator. I hope you stick around, at the very least to stay updated on other writing-related articles and releases. 

I’m sure the newsletter will grow as we, as a community, grow so I cannot guarantee what exactly it’s going to be. I’m kind of smashing what I currently do (talking about consuming & creating good creative content, publishing my own poetry/art/essays/hybrid weirdness), with what I’m developing (really clearly HELPING creators) with inspiration from my favorite newsletters. I really, really love Austin Kleon’s newsletter and I like Femsplain’s newsletter and Ruth’s updates from EBA. I don’t know about you, but that’s a Frankenstein monster I wouldn’t chase away with pitchforks.

This was such a long time coming! I hope you join me in this adventure!

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An Alternative Solution To Depression

An Alternative Solution To Depression

Witchcraft > Running, digital speedpaint. Big thanks to my model Alyssa Panda Eyes.

 

There’s an announcement repeated over the speaker system of my life:

HAVE YOU TRIED EXERCISE? RUNNING MAKES PEOPLE HAPPIER

and one of these days I’m going to find the room

where this voice sits without a body

and perform an exhilarating exorcism

on that green tea drinking, cannabis oil infused,

higher middle class, failed medical school,

unconcerned concern troll while screaming

in it’s invisible pompous, genetically and chemically gifted hydrated face:

HAVE YOU TRIED EXORCISE? WITCHCRAFT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPIER

(more…)

Fiddlin’ – July

Fiddlin’ – July

What I’m currently fiddling with:
-This painting that actually looks better as a WIP than what the finished product will look like I’m sure. I’m trying to push myself to be less loyal to my references and making more experimental work so at this point I’m like, hey this WIP is like MODERN ART just by its self! It basically just went down hill from here anyway.

-Jack the Ripper and Frankenstein! Two wildly complex murder boys. Separate projects, a series of articles and a screenplay respectfully, but IMAGINE.

Toggl.com since I’m really focusing on the whole time management aspect of freelancing. You can organize different projects for different clients and record individual actions within those projects and then it tracks everything with graphs which are always nice. I’m this close to buying a pro membership because I’m really enjoying it and would love to be able to automate my hourly wages. Just excited about getting properly organized, not sponsored! 

-On the same note I finally tried out Evernote to keep all my smaller freelance projects organized which is nice. I’ll have to read up and all it’s features because right now it does seems unnecessarily tedious.

-The words to review or even talk about the utter perfection that is Dear Zindagi (2016) directed by Gauri Shinde. It is, in my opinion, the most progressive film dealing with mental health out today. Frankly it is not in my lane to talk about how being made in Indian contributes to the artful nature of the narrative but it is so hard to talk about when trying to dissect the culture from the story, since they are obviously so intertwined. So if I never find the proper words to review this film, let me say this: watch it, it’s great, it’s on Netflix.

-Scrivener for things that aren’t novels/novellas. I love Scrivener, like literally all writers who own it…but just like literally every writer I know, I do not utilize everything it could be. That’s not to say that I’m working with advanced features or anything, but whew boy is the screenplay format good. I also compiled my poetry chapbook, with an index and everything, last month which was exhilarating. I’m really doing so much that I just wouldn’t have tried or even imagined in Word or Google docs.

 

What I’m being inspired by:

 

-The Chronicle script, Matt Johnson movies,  and music mockumentaries, oh my! I’m not a fan of the writer of Chronicle but because it’s not improvised like a majority of found footage film, the formatting is super interesting. Also did y’all know that the ending of the script is super weird and not at all like the movie? Operation Avalanche by Matt Johnson inspired me to get my butt in gear and make movies, with which my recent viewing of both This is Spinal Tap and Popstar: Never Stop Stopping has really got me thinking about the strict technical aspect combined with the casual dialog.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a YouTube Channel

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a YouTube Channel

Alt headlines for this post: YouTube Advice From One of YouTube’s Bitter Exes, How To Succeed on YouTube Without Losing Your Goddamn Mind, Do Not Let a Social Media Platform Traumatize You For Life Please, I Only Watch Videos of People Painting Because Anything Else Makes Me Cry

I’m approaching the point where I’ve been on a hiatus for almost YouTube as long as I was actually on Youtube and I’ve been playing with the idea of getting back on the horse. Thankfully, if I do decide to start over with a new channel it’ll (hopefully) go much smoother than the first time around. Here are some things I’m glad I already know, that I wish someone had told me the first time around.

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Doomed Films So Doomed They Spawned Another Film

Doomed Films So Doomed They Spawned Another Film

Cursed vs. Doomed

When you desecrate a sacred tomb while filming, you’re just asking for a curse. If an antisemite is making a movie about Jesus, the set’s going to be cursed and people are going to get struck by lighting. If a movie just can’t get off the ground or if everything goes strangely, hilariously wrong, that’s just good ol’ doom out for a joyride. The Exorcist is a cursed film, Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote is straight-up doomed.

Another difference between cursed films and doomed films seems to be “Can we make a semi-humorous documentary about these film mishaps?” If yes, it’s probably doomed. If no, there’s probably a creepy website that hasn’t been updated since 2002 all about how and why that particular movie is cursed, created by a grown man wearing fingerless gloves.

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Top 10 #52FilmsByWomen2017 So Far – Midpoint Check-In

2017 is the first year I’m participating in 52 Films By Women and the first half seemed to fly by! That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult, because it most definitely has. I mean, I’m still about 2 films behind so obviously it’s a bit of a struggle.

I’ll look at my to-watch list on Netflix or DVR and everything I would assume to be directed by a woman (Vampire Academy or Blue is the Warmest Color, for example) were in fact directed by men. It doesn’t help that Netflix doesn’t even have a dedicated list for female directors when they have one for ‘Time Travel Movies starring William Hartnell.’ You have to physically look through all of the movies and find “feminine sounding” directors (which is NOT a fool-proof method) or find a list online which will almost never be up to date since Netflix plays some strange game of musical chairs every month with their streaming content.

Still, 12 of my 26 films were watched through Netflix. Other than that, 6 were through either Amazon Prime or Hulu, 4 were DVDs from my public library, 2 on cable, 1 rented through the playstation store (thanks Dan!), and 1 at a public screening a friend and I stumbled into at a park while we were in the Twin Cities.

You can see my whole list of what I’ve watched so far right here, but right now I’m going to take you through some of my favorite films I watched because of this challenge, in chronological order.

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THIS ISN’T NORMAL: Trump, Ableism, and History

THIS ISN’T NORMAL: Trump, Ableism, and History

Last Thursday, during the Morning Joe debacle, Don Lemmon opened his show by saying this:

“I have heard and said the phrase ‘This is not normal’ so many times and I’m sick of hearing it and I’m sick of saying it.”

At least one Donny with a history of lying is actually speaking the truth these days. I wholeheartedly agree with his statement, but it doesn’t make the phrase less importantly urgent.

It seems as if every day there’s another Republican begrudgingly flipping over to the side who agrees that this is not a normal presidency. I’m not talking “of course it’s not normal, it’s better” kind of statements here either. These right-wing politicians are talking about their president like kids at my middle school talked about lil ol’ neurodivergant me, like he’s the weird kid in the back of the room mumbling about other dimensions and eating paper. Now of course when talking about myself I say something along the lines of “of course I’m not normal, I’m better,” but once again that is not what’s happening in Washington. Whether Trump and I share any diagnosis does not matter because when we say “normal” we are not talking about what the more bigoted members of our society perceive as “normal.”

We are talking about history and we are talking about humanity. We’re talking about what is happening to our country, something that could not be happening if we simply had a “mentally ill” person in the white house. This is especially true since his supporters are the aforementioned more bigoted members of our society who voted with ableism in their hearts anyway.

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Don’t Die: The True Dynamic Duo of Kate Bishop and Clint Barton


Hawkeye..s

One lavender scented heiress with perfect form and one ex-carnie slash arrow-slinging Avenger who probably has to google instructions on how to boil water. What could go wrong?

Turns out, a lot

It doesn’t help that Clint Barton (a.k.a Hawkeye) needs a purpose, a direction, an order, in life and it just so happens to be a day he’s not being bossed around by Captain America or S.H.I.E.L.D. It also doesn’t help that trouble seems to constantly be five feet behind, wanting to ask for his help, and the direction his heart takes him is backwards, right to them. His heart is not a terribly good compass. He gets in over his head and ends up falling off of some great precipice, usually both literal and figurative.

It does help, however, that in Clint’s little vacay from this plane of existence (more or less), his trusty bow was entrusted to wildly talented Kate Bishop (also a.k.a Hawkeye) and it didn’t take long after Clint revealed himself to be alive for her to give him that trust back…not the bow, though, she definitely stole that along with Clint’s respect. She’s got his back when it gets bad…and it helps that she has a car.

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