Scroll down to see the list! In the time of the Caesars it was not uncommon to smoke the female hemp flowers (marijuana) to “incite to hilarity and joy.” Pipes that had smoked opium and hashish were found in Shakespeare’s family home. When Wordsworth wrote “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” he...
An open letter to an aspiring artist (how to make money doing what you love, and motivate yourself to finish the work).
Creativindie is slowly coming into its own and providing exactly the kind of help for artists and authors that it’s intended to. It’s so exciting that people are actually visiting my blog and getting in touch with me! I got a letter from Jen today, who’s struggling to find a way to get her foot
Disney movies are always great for great for moral lessons, but in the case with Disney’s 2013 Frozen there’s even something for adults: the movie can be seen as a typical “artist’s journey” leading to eventual creative success. In the beginning of the movie, Elsa lets her uninhibited creativity loose, but after...
I’ve just started watching “Saving Mr. Banks” – the story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) acquired the book rights of Mary Poppins from the author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson). At the beginning of the story, P. L. Travers is a control freak, absolutely paranoid that her creation will be modified, changed, ruined. Disney...
The horrible hidden truth behind the Secret Life of Walter Mitty that’s keeping you from your dreams.
On the surface, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie with values I can get behind. A boring photo-processor daydreams about epic adventures because he’s too scared and socially awkward to actually do anything. He’s made fun of, ignored and taken for granted. He’s supporting his mom and his dead-beat actress sister; a
Cheating to win won’t help your book sales: Judging the Author’s Database 2013 Book Cover Design Contest
This month I was asked to be a guest judge on the Author’s Database 2013 indie book cover design contest. It was an interesting experience, both in seeing the quality of what’s out there, and becoming more familiar with my own guidelines for quality cover design. There was a wide variety, and I was supposed
Was 2013 as good as you hoped it would be? Did you accomplish what you had your sights set on? Going into a new year is always a good time to take stock of your life, set goals and make a concerted effort towards real change. Think back over 2013 and ask yourself these questions:
Today I noticed a few posts popping up on blogs I like about doing a 2013 “Year in Review” and mapping out goals and New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. This is something I’ve usually done on my Birthday (Dec. 22nd) or Christmas, or closer to the new year. Setting and achieving goals has been a
A few years ago I was touring “dracula’s” castle in Romania after applying for a Fulbright scholarship to study vampire literature. I republished a translation of an early story that I couldn’t find in the Kindle store, which *should* have been well past the creative commons copyright date. In an unexpected Christmas...
A month ago I gave away a one week luxury writer’s vacation, and I’d like to do it again before the end of the year. (If you’re new here – I bought 20 weeks worth of time shares that aren’t convenient for me to use, so I’ll be giving away a couple every year). How
Recently I finished a guide to book marketing, and discouraged authors from using a free or paid press release service because I don’t think it’s worthwhile for authors or book promotion. But you might want to do it anyway, especially if you A) have a non-fiction book or B) are promoting some kind of business.
This is a work in progress, I plan to update it soon with more plugins and more info. 1. My Book Table A really handy plugin to add in “Buy Now” links to various online bookstores, you really need this. 2. Totally Booked 3. Buy This Book 4. Highlight and Share Makes it easy for