Here's why you cannot be duplicated, ever!

YOU CANNOT BE DUPLICATED

At 12 years old I wanted to be Janet Jackson. It wasn’t enough to watch her videos and dance along in admiration. No. That would be normal. (Never my style.) I  wanted to be her. So what do you do when you want to be someone you’re not? You watch their every move, study them, and try to be just …

Friday Favorites: Writing Tools (for Maximum Productivity)

FRIDAY FAVORITES: 5 WRITING TOOLS FOR MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY

When I first contemplated writing full-time, I loved the idea that I wouldn’t need many tools. As a former nurse, I had become accustomed to entering patient rooms loaded down with all manner of gadgets, without which the job couldn’t be done. I’ve come to realize that to be a productive writer, you need tools, too. They won’t save lives, but they …

The Creative Prompt - The Shortest Podcast for Creatives

THE SHORTEST PODCAST FOR CREATIVES (THE CREATIVE PROMPT)

I spent 23 days feeling creatively blocked. 23. I counted. This was during the earlier stages of my writing career. I’d have days where I was excited to sit and write for hours. Words flowing freely, engulfed in writer’s bliss. And then there were the other days. Do you know those ‘other’ days? I’m sure you can relate. Thick, sticky …

Midweek Mashup: Roundup of articles and videos to help you make it through the week

MIDWEEK MASHUP (1)

(Midweek Mashup: Every other week, I feature a collection of videos + articles from around the web. Some will inspire your creativity, others will make you ponder a topic, smile, or even get up and dance.) It’s the middle of the week and I’m feeling off-track. Timewise, that is. Monday felt like Sunday and today feels like Monday. Here in …

6 Things to Do Before You Write

6 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU WRITE

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln If Abraham Lincoln did this, you should do this with your writing, because well, Abraham Lincoln. But really, you’ve got a lot to write and don’t feel like spending the time to prepare beforehand. I can relate. Hear this: …

MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR STAYING (CREATIVELY) ORGANIZED

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up”.  -A.A. Milne I’ve always been an organization geek (stores like Staples & Office Depot make me weak). But staying organized with my creative projects is an ongoing journey. I’ve tried just about every app + system + tool that’s out …

HOW I CHOOSE JOY, EVEN IN TIMES OF PAIN (+A BOOK OF POEMS)

During times of my deepest darkness, I could sense no light, only pain. Those were my most challenging years. I still have those days but, thankfully, not as often. It’s ironic that part of my first name (Alicia-Joy) has become a guiding principle for my life. I choose joy. (or maybe it’s not irony, but part of life’s magic. Who knows?). I’ve …

paris literary travel adventures for readers

PLANNING A LITERARY TRAVEL ADVENTURE

As a child, books carried me beyond the walls. Beyond the walls of physical spaces and immediate thoughts. I would ride trains of words for hours, lost in a space between here and never been, even to the point of getting in trouble for reading too much (imagine!). I suppose I’m still riding those trains. I find reading to be …