Creativity

My Own Silver Lining

We went to see Silver Linings Playbook yesterday. With Bradley Cooper and the incomparable Jennifer Lawrence (mad girl crush on her, hooboy). If you’re not aware, the movie centers around Pat, who has bipolar disorder. He has just been released from a mental hospital for an “incident” in which he beat the shit out of […]

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Self-censorship

I spend a lot of time hiding myself. Constructing a persona that will be pleasing to as many people as possible. That will convince those who love me that I don’t have any dangerous opinions or original thoughts. I censor myself. I spend tons of time wondering if I would be better off acting differently, […]

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This Mortal Coil | Creative Challenge

A quickie this week. We’re going to toss a theme out there, and you get to run with it. This is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. That I struggle with constantly. I know I’m not the only one. Maybe you can take some of your own existential angst and turn it […]

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The Brave Little Toaster | Creative Challenge

For this week’s creative challenge, personify inanimate objects. Write a story with a refrigerator as the protagonist. Do a series of photos of object characters. Have fun with it! As a bonus…what is your favorite movie/story/show featuring otherwise inanimate objects as characters? I have always loved Beauty and the Beast, as well as The Brave […]

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Writing Resources That Rock My Socks

Writing is just like any other craft: you have to constantly be honing your abilities, practicing, learning new things. Lucky for us creative types, there are many resources out there that can help with this ongoing learning process. Here are a few of my favorites. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder – This book is […]

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Organizing your Lightroom Catalogs for External Harddrives

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Going to photo school involves a lot of post-processing work. The biggest issue of all is jumping from my computer at home to the computer at school and trying pick up from where I left off and staying organized. Lightroom makes things really easy if you know just a few little things about how the […]

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Slight of Hand | Creative Challenge

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In the digital age of sharing and sharing and sharing of content, ideas, art, etc. it’s hard to produce something unique that stands out from the noise. This week the challenge is more or less to combat something we challenge every day as creators. We try to create something that brings the viewer in, if […]

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Color Me Inspired | Creative Challenge

This week’s creative challenge is very straightforward. Pick a color. Any color. One you love. One you hate. Center your creation around that color. Easy, right? So what are you waiting for? See you back here next week for another challenge!

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3 Tools That Have Made Me a Better Writer

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and I have always thought that it was fun. It is a joy to get lost in a make believe world that exists only in your head, and to make it come alive on the page for someone else. The act of writing itself, […]

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Sex, Politics, Religion | Creative Challenge

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For our ninth creative challenge, I want you to pick a topic that really gets you riled up. One of those topics that are supposed to be off-limits in the public sphere because people get so heated about them, fights inevitably break out. Usually fist fights. Sex, politics, religion, whatever it is that gets you […]

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