Tag Archives: Road Trip

Road to Publication: Committed Now Available for Pre-Order (at Discount!)

So it’s starting to become real. Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is now available for pre-order. Even better, my publisher is offering a 10% discount to Artist’s Road readers; they just need to enter the promo code PREORDER2014 at checkout. You’ll be shipped the book on the day of the “soft-launch” publication, October […]

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Road to Publication: Asking for Help

In my day job I sell people on the merits of my employer; that is what we do in public relations. One of the things I like about PR is that I’m promoting work that is not mine and people who are not me. That is much harder to do when the product is my […]

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Road to Publication: Killing Your Babies Part One

“Your reader will never miss what she doesn’t know was once there.” I frequently told this to reporters in my news-editing career when I would trim their stories for length. Often what I was cutting was their favorite part–their baby, if you will–but it didn’t sufficiently inform the reader on the main point of the […]

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Road to Publication: Fun with Video

With a thousand things to do before Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road publishes this fall, I’ve found it difficult to return my focus to this blog. There’s the heavy-duty editing I’m doing to the manuscript, a final pass-through by me before the publisher takes a shot at it. And there’s crafting my promotional […]

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When the End of the Road is Just the Beginning

I just now, moments ago, finished the first draft of the last chapter of my book-length memoir. I am alone in my basement, full of joy and excitement and wonder, but I am not alone, because I know that the readers of this blog are with me. I still have a ways to go on […]

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Traveling the Artist’s Road

What a delight! Liz Massey of Creative Liberty has interviewed me in a podcast, where she asks me about my return to an art-committed life, inspired by my cross-country U.S. road trip. Liz has a great web site, full of valuable resources on creativity, and it was great fun being interviewed by her. I wish […]

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Creatives in Love

What draws one person to another? Is it true opposites attract, or do we look for a little bit of ourselves in our partners? Any attempt to quantify what connects two hypothetical hearts is beyond me. But I couldn’t help but observe on my cross-country U.S. road trip interviewing creatives that of those who had […]

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Fear of Rejection

Every writer wrestles with the fear of rejection, their finely crafted words dismissed by agents, editors, publishers, readers, neighbors, spouses, children… well, I’ll stop there. But in a guest post I’ve written for Milli Thornton on the Fear of Writing blog, I discuss another case of fear of rejection, one I faced when embarking on […]

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Guest Post: Do the Work, Dispel the Myth of Creative Inspiration

Today we’re featuring a guest post from accomplished visual artist Amy Buchheit. Amy was one of the creatives I interviewed on my cross-country U.S. road trip last year; a profile of her and a short video was posted recently to this blog. Enjoy her post below: When Patrick asked me to write a guest blog, […]

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The Road to Creativity

“I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me.” Perhaps that will be your reaction after reading my guest post, “The Road to Creativity,” currently appearing on the magnificent blog by the @Wordstrumpet herself, the incomparable Charlotte Rains Dixon. I provide a bit more insight than I have on this blog into my cross-country […]

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