Alice Osborn’s Blog

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My 2017 Year-End Wrap Up

By | December 31st, 2017|Creativity|

In 2017 I played more music, wrote less poetry, gave far fewer writing workshops, but gave many tours at the NC Museum of History. I continued writing and editing for Wake Living magazine. Two of my favorite stories I covered was about flooring and Operation Coming Home (OCH). OCH is a nonprofit organization that provides [...]

Are You Ready To Ring In First Night 2018?

By | December 26th, 2017|Performing|

By Brittany Wilkins, Wake Living magazine correspondent If you’re looking to do something entertaining and supportive of the Raleigh community this New Year’s Eve, then look no farther than First Night Raleigh. With almost 100 performances in over 35 venues, First Night Raleigh is an awesome way to explore downtown and jump into 2018 by going [...]

Get Out of Your Own Way

By | November 5th, 2017|Self Improvement|

I was in love at twenty-three years old. With a red Mustang. Palmetto Ford in Charleston had the one I wanted. I drove a white Fifth Avenue Chrysler that broke down inappropriately in Church’s Chicken parking lots or at the Piggly Wiggly. With its terrible turning radius I rammed it a few times into parking [...]

How to Get a Gig

By | July 21st, 2017|Performing|

  I’ve been a musician a very short time, but I’ve been performing, giving talks/workshops and crafting my brand for over a decade. If you want a paying music gig, almost the same rules apply for seeking professional speaking opportunities, which include having a strong website with videos, knowing your audience/platform and constantly invest in [...]

How to Value Yourself as the Awesome Author You Are

By | July 9th, 2017|Creativity|

You feel like an imposter. You hear your inner voice whispering, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” “Why would someone want to read anything I write?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so [...]

Nobody Writes Alone

By | April 26th, 2017|Networking|

Alice Osborn In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, the NCWN recently asked me to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to me and I responded! Here's my testimonial--enjoy! Fourteen years ago, I declared I was writer. It was time to finally go for it, but while [...]

How Irish Dance Helps Me Get Out of My Own Way

By | March 21st, 2017|Performing, Self Improvement|

As a kid, I did ballet and tap, but I wasn’t one of those girls who wore a bun at school or who did pliés while waiting for class to start. Back then, ballet and tap didn’t feel hard at all. I loved the once-a-year recitals because of the costumes, makeup, hair and bright lights, [...]

How To Find the Right Client

By | March 3rd, 2017|Editor|

Photo Credit: Steven Whitsitt When I first started my writing business back in 2006 I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the [...]

How the Right Criticism Can Make You Grow

By | February 23rd, 2017|Creativity|

As a kid I hated getting criticism—it would fill me with shame because I wanted to be perfect and I usually knew exactly what I had done to deserve that criticism. I hated sending thank-yous to my grandma and aunt in France (I’m half French on my mom’s side) after Christmas because I felt that [...]

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful

By | February 16th, 2017|Self Improvement|

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful by Sylvia Inks, author of Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur Preparing for April 15 Tax Day is not always easy or fun, but what happens if you just launched a book and have book sales?  The biggest mistakes that most authors [...]