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: …

How to let go at the end of the day with a meditation

HOW TO LET GO AT THE END OF THE DAY (+A MEDITATION FOR YOU)

With unrelenting minds, we clench our writing, our art, our tasks ahead. As if there’s the possibility that if we let go, they’ll somehow slip away from us or float beyond reach. We worry and wonder about what we’ve finished and what still needs to be done, a mountain of tasks and questions about our own work that forever looms …

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 …

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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 …

year of reading slowly yearlong reading list

A YEAR OF READING SLOWLY (+ MY YEAR LONG READING LIST)

I’ve been on a speed addiction for far too long. Thankfully, not the drug but the pace of life. Like most of us, I’ve gotten caught up in the do-it-faster-hack-your-life mode. And it’s necessary. Most times. My to-do list gets longer by the week, as the days get shorter by the year (Eeek! I sound so much like my mom). …

How to discover an endless supply of writing ideas

DISCOVERING AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF WRITING IDEAS

  “Fear wells in me. But nothing seems good enough to defend. So I am going away, I’m going away…”   Those are the closing lines of one of my favorite Dave Matthew’s Band (DMB) songs (“Warehouse“).  Earlier, while on my daily walk, I stopped to look at the warehouses and abandoned buildings along that route I’ve passed so many …

work life balance multiple creative projects

BALANCING LIFE WITH MULTIPLE CREATIVE PROJECTS

  From the moment I entered the restaurant, I fell in love: cozy wooden booths,  deep purple and red tapestries adorning the walls, the air seasoned with cumin, paprika and other warm spices. My type of place.  Except…. To the far right corner, there were two people wearing strange costumes (that can only be found at a circus, I’m sure) and spinning plates. …