What can the makers of Hollywood sequels teach you about extending the reach of your blog posts?
I told myself I would not jump on the “What can we learn about life (or business or blogging or whatever other crazy thing) from Robin Williams?” bandwagon. That’s crass and gross and manipulative, to reduce his amazing life to a 5-step, self-promotional, how-to blog post. And yet I am devastated, as many of you […]
You may have been writing forever. It’s possible that you can’t even remember when you started. Or, like me (and the main character in that delightful children’s book), you might be a Leo the Late Bloomer. Maybe you were so curious about the world that you had a hard time deciding what you wanted […]
Last November, some people took the 30-day Gratitude Challenge, that is they named one thing they were thankful for every day through the thirty days of the month. It’s a cool idea and I may try it one of these months (I definitely do not have to wait until next November). The thing about these kinds of events […]
Words like “inspiration” and “passion” are slippery to define. It’s almost as if they are thrown around so much that they don’t mean a lot anymore. That is why I was intrigued when Lisa Ahn from the thought-provoking ‘Tales of Quirk and Wonder’ blog asked me to write something for her series, The Hatchery. In […]
I have written about creativity and the mind of the creative genius on this blog before. About the habits I have practiced to inch up my own creativity quotient. About finding your ‘wild thing’ by watching Christopher Walken at work. About what we can learn about storytelling and the creative process from John Cleese. I […]
If I could choose any living person in this world to have dinner with—anyone—it would be the British actor John Cleese. As a writer, I am in awe of his understanding of the human condition, his willingness to push the envelope and his brilliant use of humor to first catch our attention and then to […]
This line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet first squirreled its way into my brain in 10th grade English class. But why does it take so long to learn it? And what does it really mean? The full quote is: “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not […]