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We’re all small-time artists, but some of us have jobs.

I’m so tired of the narrative that it’s small independent artists versus big corporations.

I get where it comes from, I do. Corporations can produce things cheaply and quickly, they have a massive workforce and a corporate greed mentality, and they more often than not put small creators out of business because the little guy just can’t compete. Continue reading “We’re all small-time artists, but some of us have jobs.”

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You know, it can be both…

Like I’m sure many of you, I’ve been following the Notre Dame fire on and off all day. There’s no denying it’s a tragedy. What I find arguably even more tragic, though, is people’s responses to it. Continue reading “You know, it can be both…”

Writing

5 Things to Blog About When You’re Not Feeling It

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As I sat and pondered and wondered and stressed about what I should blog about—because it’s been weeks since I actually had a blog post that wasn’t part of Writers Weekend—I was coming up with nothing but frustration. I reached out to friends, I asked on social media, I went through my ever changing list of things that I want to write about someday, and still nothing. So, like a runner with a broken toe, I decided to write through the pain. Make it work for me. Take that, writer’s block. Continue reading “5 Things to Blog About When You’re Not Feeling It”

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Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature

It’s a good time to be a reader. Social media allows book lovers all over the world to swarm together and swap opinions and recommendations, with virtual communities forming over a shared love of literature. New releases are waited on anxiously in comment threads, and forget waiting for a bookstore to open to get the next book in a series, Amazon will ship it to your doorstep the very next day if you haven’t already downloaded it immediately to your tablet. Young people are reading more than ever before—in fact, millennials are the most likely of any age group to have read a book in the past year.

But does this heyday have a dark side? Continue reading “Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature”

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Life Update, I Guess

I’ve been feeling down and out and discouraged lately, hence the lack of posts. I have half-finished drafts and a list of ideas and notebook pages filled with snippets scattered everywhere, but I haven’t had the motivation to finish anything. I just don’t care. What’s the point of screaming my opinions into the void? All it does is add negativity to the world, because no one reads the positive posts. And when I see the people who are crazy popular in the blogosphere, I want nothing to do with them because all they do is post inane drivel. Continue reading “Life Update, I Guess”

Life Hacks

Life Hack #452

If you’re going to rant about something or explain to people how to do something, make sure you’re correct. Even if you’re mostly correct and have a really good point, that one little thing you don’t have right will shoot a hole in your argument so big you’ll never be able to come back from it—especially if you’re ranting on social media, where you have the time and ability to check yourself.

How Not to Suck at Everyday Life

5 Easy Ways to Improve Someone’s Life

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No matter how un-self-centered we try to be, the truth is we’ll always be wrapped up in our own worlds, and worrying about other people’s happiness and well-being will fall behind more pressing concerns. It happens. But if, like me, you need a reminder of how you can improve the lives of the people around you—while putting in minimal effort, because come on, we’ve all got busy schedules—this list is for you. Everything on it takes very little time and even less effort, but as a result, you’ll vastly contribute to someone’s happiness and quality of life. Plus, people will like you more. Continue reading “5 Easy Ways to Improve Someone’s Life”