It was a Black Friday impulse purchase. My daughter loves foxes. I had intended on buying a fox oil painting kit and wound up with a fox felting kit in the cart, too. The paints have not been opened.
I read something a long time ago about a mom […]
Every once and awhile I need a break. I think it’s important to embrace those times and let myself recharge, but afterward there’s always that awkward period of starting up again.
I just finished reading Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon and it reminded me that sometimes you have to just start doing. […]
I first learned about Joss Whedon as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, I was a devoted fan. That was back before the Twilight series made it socially acceptable for adults to enjoy vampire stories about teens. People would always ask me, “Why on earth would you watch a show for kids?” […]
Graphic designer and illustrator David LaFerriere kick starts his creative juices in the morning by drawing on his kids’ lunch bags. This makes me wish we didn’t use bento boxes and fabric snack bags.
I’ve been reading a lot about people standing while they work. Treadmill desks are becoming popular. Susan Orlean writes at one. Standing desks are also a thing. Arshad Chowdury has been using one for the past two years.
This isn’t new. Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up. (Wolfe was […]
I want to be a clean desk person.
What a Messy Desk Says About You assures me my cluttered workspace is good thing. Messy desks generate more creative ideas. They inspire you to break free from tradition. They produce fresh insights.
All that is good, but secretly I’d like […]
I love my coffee and green tea. I would drink them all day long if I could. I love the focus they give me while I work. However, it never occurred to me that caffeine could interfere with my creativity. (I know it interferes with my sleep!)
The New Yorker and […]
I’ve been writing on the Internet for a decade. Wow.
The first time I realized people were writing online was in 1999. Back then, there were two styles: weblogs and online journals. I loved them both. I had a full list of bookmarks (remember those? before RSS?).
I moved to Nebraska in September 2003 […]
You know how sometimes the universe feels like it is trying to tell you something? That it’s been trying to tell you something for awhile, but you didn’t hear it until you were ready to listen? Yesterday when I opened Cloth Paper Scissors, I landed on this article and it hit me.