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Need Five Indie Authors

How is your week going? Good, I hope. As a recovering workaholic, I may have relapsed recently. I published two books in one week on Smashwords, an ebook distributor. I was looking for an alternative to Amazon, and I know book publishing is in the midst of a major revolution right now. No telling where … Continue reading

Today’s Art Experiment

How is your week going? Good, I hope. I’ve been working on books and more specifically, art for books. I decided that it would be cool to use fractals, so I gave myself permission to play with Apophysis, which is a free fractal generator you can download and play with. I get so excited by … Continue reading

Ever feel like this? Scared to do what is right?

Ever feel like you have a fresh perspective on the world but the rest of the mice just want you to climb down and be quiet? I’ve been tempted to climb down and be quiet, because I like people to like me, I like being one of the mice. This week I published a book … Continue reading

Why NOT moss on the bathroom floor?

As I mentioned a few days ago, I decided to paint the bathroom floor. It’s not so crazy, I painted the kitchen floor and it came out great. I decided moss would be good in the bathroom-after all, its a damp kinda place and wouldn’t moss feel nice and soft underfoot when your step out … Continue reading

Yes, you can-Build a house with stones, sticks and mud

No hammers, no saws, no nails, no Home Depot-just build a house out of what is lying around in the woods. Ready, set, go. C’mon-Our distant ancestors did it or we wouldn’t be here. But have we gotten soft, have we lost the ability to use what comes to hand? Apparently not, as this young … Continue reading

Creativity: In the Zone

How is your week going? Good, I hope. Ever get working on a creative project and slip into The Zone? It’s a little like the Twilight Zone, beyond space and time, where your hands obey your imagination and you cross some sort of boundary. I am aware that the boundary is sometimes called Sanity, but … Continue reading

Keep those Creatives distracted or they’ll cause trouble

How is your week going? Good, I hope. I think lots of you are Creatives and can relate to this. I’ve been distracted from art-working for two months on a website for us outcasts. It’s all done but there are geeky reasons its not online and I’ve been spending the past two days frustrating the … Continue reading

We Humans are Inventive Little Buggers

When you were a kid did you build things? Like throw a sheet over a table and call it your tent? Or pile branches against a tree trunk and call it your fort? We humans build things, don’t we? We’re always scoping out the resources, finding a sheet of cardboard and saying to ourself, “Self, … Continue reading

Adults Who Want Their Crayons Back

I agree with Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” So I teach a class forĀ Adults Who Want Their Crayons Back and it’s always both fun and exhausting. I started out teaching basics: form, perspective, color theory and all that-figured we’d work our way … Continue reading

Science, Knowing and Missing the Big Picture

Do you like science? I do. Observing and theorizing and moving on to the next horizon-it’s definitely one of the “angels of our better (human) nature.” Of course, angels have been known to fall now and then, and so have humans, or at least this human has. A little humility is called for. We don’t … Continue reading