Painting Bad Feels So Good: How A Creative Lifestyle Drives Success in Business

Recently I took up painting, and I quickly realized that I am a bad painter. Maybe the worst of painters. But producing something “good” was never the point. Mostly my goal was to try something new and see what came out of it. So far three things have come out of it – a bunch […]

Why I’m Sick of Building My Personal Brand: And Three Solutions

If you’re an entrepreneur – whether that means you’re a strategist, designer, copywriter, journalist, musician, or whatever your particular hustle happens to be – I’m sure you’ve encountered it again and again: articles from so-called “experts” emphasizing the importance of building your personal brand. Branding is a concept that was long relegated to companies and […]

Experimentation is Everything: 5 Tips that Will Improve Your Writing and Help Find Your Voice

In an interview with the Paris Review, Henry Miller explained that didn’t find his voice until he wrote Tropic of Cancer. It must have come as quiet a relief. Not only is it a gratifying experience for a writer to finally stumble upon the correct pitch of his or her literary warble, but Cancer was […]

Interview with Bad Yogi Owner and Instructor Erin Motz

Recently I decided to start bolstering my fitness routine with yoga, but between my hectic work schedule and constant travel, the idea of joining a class wasn’t very practical. So I of course turned to the internet for resources. It turned out that there were a slew of options, and one of my favorites is a […]

A Brief Eulogy for Boxer, Poet, and Genuine Goddamn Human Muhammad Ali

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.” “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than […]

Finding Time to Write When You Have a Busy Life

Like many people, I’ve been calling myself a writer on and off for practically all my life. It’s one of those dreams one develops that seems almost more an identity than an action or profession. You meander through the years with this vague notion that one day all of your deep thoughts and engaging story […]

Make People Care: How to Write About Your Life Without Boring Your Readers

At some point you’ve probably heard someone say it: “My life is so interesting that I ought to write a book.” Maybe they’re not talking about the daily play by play, but it isn’t uncommon for a person to go through an experience or several that they think warrants sharing with others, whether it be […]

Brief Missive from the Trenches: Coping with Busyness, Business, and Change

In the past year I haven’t spent more than two months living in any one town, and usually significantly less than that. It’s been a whirlwind–parties in Portland, family in Mount Vernon, a secluded cabin in Twisp, humidity and heat in New Orleans–and before this last year on the move, I spent a year trying […]

You’re Pushing Yourself Too Hard: Signs that You’re Overtraining or Over-working and What to Do About it

People tend to want too much of a good thing. I hate to open by stating something that everyone knows, but there you have it. Usually we associate our lack of moderation with tangible things, such as food, alcohol, television, video games, and so forth. We know that over-consuming these things can lead to addiction, […]

Interview with Pubslush Co-Founder Amanda Barbara

It’s time for another interview, this time with entrepreneur and Pubslush co-founder Amanda Barbara. In a nutshell, Pubslush is an innovative crowdfunding platform that connects writers, readers, and publishing industry professionals from all over the world in an effort to help authors gather the funding and following necessary to successfully produce their books. I was […]

I Reached Out to Tom Robbins and Look What Happened: the Benefits of Connecting With Someone You Haven’t in a While (or Never Have Before)

So I wrote a letter the other day. A real letter, on paper, albeit typed then printed. Into an envelope it went, stamp on the corner, addressed on the front—to Tom Robbins. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this magician of the weird word, Robbins is one of the most acclaimed authors to […]

A Few Universal Life and Business Lessons I Learned When I Was In a Band

Every experience we have provides us with the opportunity to learn something new. Sometimes the slightest experience provides the most overwhelming realization, and in other cases, elaborate, drawn out situations deliver a series of smaller, more compact lessons. The latter was the case when, over the course of 2011 and 2012, I functioned as the […]

Romancing the Planet Interviewed Me, and Now I Ask You: What Do You Think It Takes to be a Writer?

Last year while I was living in Granada, Romancing the Planet had a few questions for me about traveling and being a travel writer. Here’s a quick excerpt, and you can read the entire thing at their website. “The most important qualities that a writer of any kind needs are ambition and a willingness to […]

Surprise! The World Isn’t Ending. Now What Are You Gonna Do?

Back when I was an angst-ridden teenager I was absolutely, positively, 100% sure that the world was going to end sooner rather than later. Either pollution would kill us all, or some sort of catastrophe would wipe the Earth clean, or it would all go down in some way relating to the two wars we […]

The Game is Rigged, So You Might as Well Set the Odds in Your Favor: the Art of Making Your Own Luck

“Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”                                                 —Thomas Edison Around the time I was finishing up college all I wanted to do was get into bartending, as many kids that age do. Sure, I was working on a degree in writing, but launching an actual writing […]

Taking the Plunge into Freelance Writing: How it Worked for Me and Can Work for You

  My friends who were perched higher in the tree later told me that, when I fell, it reminded them of the opening scene from Cliffhanger. They watched helplessly from above as I plummeted toward the ground in slow motion, letting out a prolonged shout of surprise that was drawn out like a foghorn, and […]

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