Month: August 2019

unforgettable with love by natalie cole album cover

Unforgettable with Love by Natalie Cole

Back when I was a wee Gilly, my family used to be a member of Columbia House. Now, if you're an American kid who grew up in the 1980s/1990s, you know exactly what I'm talking about here. For the uninitiated, it was a mail-order music club. You could order cassette tapes and CDs. They were sneaky. They reeled you in with some fantastic offers like five tapes for a penny. Buried deep within the fine print is their rules that you joined their mandatory, nearly impossible to unsubscribe from subscription service. My parents and my siblings influenced everything that I…

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29 Ways to Stay Creative

I've been carrying this infographic for ages. I figured it was time to share with my fellow creatives. I know, I know; another list. But truthfully, I have employed almost all of these tactics at one point or another in my writing life, and they've helped. This graphic is pretty though, so that's why I posted it! 29 ways to stay creative Make listsCarry a notebook everywhereTry free writingGet away from the computerQuit beating yourself upTake breaksSing in the showerDrink coffeeListen to new musicBe openSurround yourself with creative peopleGet feedbackCollaborateDon't give up...Practice, practice, practiceAllow yourself to make mistakesGo somewhere newCount…

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my picture of doris duke's shangri la on diamond head

Slanted Suitcase: Do you wanna go to Hawaii?

Originally published August 24, 2013 I was recently able to visit my family in O'ahu, and doing what I do in my day job (concierge in Las Vegas), I planned my whole trip within hours. I used Google and Reddit and tried to stick to things that were near the house so I wouldn't have to go far. If I was going to go far, I made sure a shuttle was provided. This post is going to be my itinerary, along with photos and any tips I may have to offer. When I go on vacation, I like to do…

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How to Build a Writing Bag of Writing

Being a creative person seems counterproductive in our go-go-go world. The recession did nobody any favors. COVID-19 tanked a lot of creative journeys. Worrying about the state of the world may have overloaded your emotional well-being. Maybe you were a college grad turned out right in the middle of the 2008 recession. That was me too. That was not a fun place to be financially, emotionally, or physically. I had a job through the brunt of it, but it came at great financial hardship. I had to drop out of school for a year until I could get back on…

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