Mystique, Social Media, and Other Distractions
action figures / Amanda Palmer / audience / blogging / criticism / mystique / social media

Mystique, Social Media, and Other Distractions

A week or so ago, I read a post by Porter Anderson over at Writer Unboxed about mystique. At the same time, I was reading Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking. They are two different ways to live your creative life. Very different ways. Amanda Palmer has stripped naked and let her fans draw … Continue reading

Advice Giving and Other Pains
advice / art / audience / criticism / effort / frustration / memory / neurotic thinking

Advice Giving and Other Pains

I don’t like being asked for advice. I don’t want to be asked which job you should take or what you should do about a relationship. I have an opinion (I’m full of opinions!), but I don’t need more responsibility. What happens if you follow my advice and everything goes wrong? Blame is what happens. … Continue reading

art / criticism / Doctor Who / effort / fear / frustration / mistakes / The Plum Tree

The Bees Are Disappearing!

Whenever someone mentions bees, I want to shout, “The bees are disappearing!” If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll understand. But the point now is that I’m illustrating a children’s book about bees. I’ve never drawn bees before, so this is a challenge. This might sound crazy, but most of the time, I don’t actually … Continue reading

criticism / editing / effort / fear / frustration / mistakes / neurotic thinking / novel / plot / The Blue Jar / writing

Perfect Sentences and Other Lies

Some people promise to diet or to exercise every day or to be more patient. Do you do that? Swear you’re going to be different and somewhere between three minutes and three days that is all shot to hell? Mine is that I’m going to be less neurotic. I’ve been trying to come up with … Continue reading