Why not using your time travel powers is selfish and stupid (a review of “About Time”)

I’ve seen a lot of time travel movies over the years, but none have made me seriously consider the issue of time travel until I started watching “About Time.” I think the charm of the movie is watching the disaster unfold as socially awkward, disarmingly frank but also very creepy and strange “Tim” (Domhnall Gleeson) uses this miraculous, super hero …

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The 5 best marijuana strains for creativity and productivity

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 probably had his experiences with laughing gas in mind (something I got to …

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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 in the door and do …

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How to be a successful artist: A creative interpretation of Disney’s Frozen

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 accidentally hurting her sister Anna, her parents tell …

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Why “Saving Mr. Banks” should be required viewing for self-publishing authors

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 has been chasing her for 20 …

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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 duty he took on at …

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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 to choose a first, second …

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The only New Year’s Resolution you really need, and how to make it happen in 2014

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 huge part of my life. …

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How I got banned from KDP (and what happens after your account is deleted).

In an unexpected Christmas surprise, I got some emails today saying Amazon had deleted my Kindle Direct Publishing accounts, I can never publish on KDP again, and they aren’t required to pay me for previous sales. This happened during the height of my new book launch, when I was #1 in all my categories, and just starting to build reviews. …

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