July 31, 2011
Through A Glass Darkly by Whisperawish
Through A Glass Darkly, a photo by Whisperawish on Flickr.

Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God’s goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me?

Albert Schweitzer

Good Vibes

July 28, 2011
Neil Simon Theatre by Michael S Burnett
Neil Simon Theatre, a photo by Michael S Burnett on Flickr.

I’ve never been into musicals, but I think that may just be about to change. If you’re looking for a burst of good vibes, check out this clip of Broadway phenom Norbert Leo Butz (a Jersey boy) in the musical “Catch Me if You Can.” Maplewood Patch gives details of his Tony-winning performance. Unlikely marquee name, perhaps, but exceptional talent.

Writing Tip: Read Writers’ Blogs

July 28, 2011

With a blog as good as any book, dark urban fantasy writer Justine Musk packs a lot of punch into her posts.  On her blog,, she riffs off of Todd Henry’s book, the Accidental Creative, and really breaks it down.  Do the work.  Have a life.  Create your own meaning.  This girl can really throw down.

Walk in the Park

July 27, 2011

Colonial Park in New Jersey

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Find Your Forté

July 26, 2011
Not Too Early [Explore] by David Butali (Dylan@66)
Not Too Early [Explore], a photo by David Butali (Dylan@66) on Flickr.

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.

Abraham Maslow

Writing Market: Nature Magazines

July 23, 2011

Inspired by a fluffy little bunny in my backyard, this seemed like a good time to mention some paying nature markets.  Ocean Magazine, National Parks Conservation Association Magazine, High Country News and Environmental Magazine are just a few of the options out there.

Soul Searching

July 21, 2011
Flower bud with water drops by John Hudson Photo
Flower bud with water drops, a photo by John Hudson Photo on Flickr.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

Be a Beacon

July 20, 2011
Lightning Up The Sky by JH Photography.
Lightning Up The Sky, a photo by JH Photography. on Flickr.

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.

D.L. Moody

I’m Not Working for “Frostbite” Either, Pal

July 16, 2011

As a freelance writer, you learn how to cut corners, clip coupons, and stretch meals.  These days, there’s little choice, what with the multitude of alleged “job” listings out there, particularly on CraigsList, that offer positions that pay nothing, but afford writers “exposure.”

Exposure?  Is that a good thing?  Last I heard, you could die from exposure.  Ditto malnutrition from not being able to put food on the table.

I can’t think of a comparable occupation in which you would perform a professional service and not expect payment.  Let me get this straight:  a company will pay the electricity bill, pay a repairman to fix their equipment, but stiff the writer who creates the copy that represents them to the world?  Keep this fact in mind:  you deserve to get paid for the work that you do.

Writing Tip: The Writer Magazine

July 12, 2011

One of the most useful resources out there for writing professionals, The Writer Magazine offers a solid article on their website, 50 Simple Rules for Making it as a Writer.   Some of the bullet points are obvious (“Learn your craft”) and some are subjective (“Pursue ideas with the greatest commercial potential”) but certainly worth a walk-through.