Non-Writing vs. Writing: Social Media & Composting

Have you ever noticed that really great comedy writers tend to have a really great social media presence? Sure, that is how one would get their name out now in this post-resume world…but it’s more than that. You basically need social media to be able to “make it” these days, but I also believe you need it for a lot more than marketing and networking. Scoffing social media is not only a pretty elitist move, but it’s also throwing away a chance to improve your writing. That’s right, you can become a better writer by tweeting on the toilet. It’s called […]

Fiddling – August

What I’m fiddling with: August was when I really, really tried to create useful content for other creators. It feels a bit backwards because I put my big workbook project aside to focus on the blog. I hope creating some helpful posts around the same topic for the next few weeks now will open my time up to continue working on it. I’m really excited about it because it’s so much fun for me to write and I hope it’ll be fun and useful for you guys too! I’m really focusing on helping other creators combat their fears and doing […]

Music That Inspires My Poetry

Spotify Music is the single greatest invention in all of human history. I’m serious. I’m one of those people who creates playlists for EVERYTHING: exercise, friends, job interviews, novels, that recurring dream, every age I’ve ever been, favorites TV shows, fictional characters, self-insert fanfiction, love interests, break-ups, business ventures, etc. I have “pump up” playlists for pretty much everything (thanks, anxiety), including writing. This is just a small look at my writing folder on Spotify.  I take my playlists seriously, y’all. All of those are playlists I listen to while I’m writing, hence the sheer amount of instrumental lists. But […]

Is an Unconscious Fear of Money Stunting Your Creative Business?

The hardest part of creative entrepreneurship for me is the entrepreneurship of it all. I know it’s that way for a lot of creatives who are trying to make their art their full time job. I feel like if you love writing, art, film, music, etc., and think of yourself as a writer, artist, director, musician, etc., that making money from it should be something you’re always striving towards. For me, making a living doing what I love would be the definition of happiness. Making Money, Two-Fold In my experience there’s two pieces that stand in our way when we’re […]

5 YA Authors Reveal Their Writing Process + A Discussion on Fear

Scroll down for author processes + a downloadable PDF w/ more of their writing advice ♥ In the fall of 2015 I attended the very first Nerdcon: Stories in Minneapolis, MN. The convention basically catered to two types of attendees: the fan and the creator. It very much wanted the people who came into the convention center as fans to leave as creators, and the creators to become fans of not only their fellow creators but of their own fans. Creator, Fan, Both, Neither? I was at a very weird crossroads in my life where going into the con I wasn’t […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]