Distraction in the Age of Selfishness

At the moment I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I fear that I’m not communicating clearly. As a writer, that just punches all of my anxiety buttons. So today’s post is just going to be a bit of a brain dump, to get a few random thoughts out of my head. Hopefully that will allow me to…

How to Balance Productivity with Self Care

The cascading clusterlove of disquieting apprehension proceeds unabated. It’s exhausting to feel shaky and panicked for most of your waking hours. Especially so when you have a lot on your plate and tight deadlines. By turns I’m overanalyzing things, forgetting what I’m supposed to be doing, and trying to accomplish several things at the same time. My…

Why I Need Creative Accountability

The third criteria for the Make Art Not War 2017 Challenge is accountability. “Pledge to hold yourself accountable to this Make Art Not War 2017 Challenge.” Do what you’ve set out to do, every single day, using whatever metric you’ve decided on — an hour a day, a word count target, one illustration, five photos,…

Anxiety is the Handmaiden of Creativity

The title of this post is a quote from T.S. Elliot. Today I’m trying to take it to heart, because my anxiety level is cranked up to 11. I’m struggling to leverage it into energy and motivation, rather than letting it completely murder my productivity. Reframing my thinking to embrace anxiety as the handmaiden of…

My Love/Hate Relationship with Entrepreneurship

I call myself a writer, or a publisher, because in some circles that’s more respectable than naming what I really am. As much as many people don’t understand what a writer actually does, they really have some warped ideas about entrepreneurs. While it’s the most accurate description of my profession, my love/hate relationship with entrepreneurship stems…