Posts about lifting creative blocks and fighting fear

Why Is Poetry Important to Our World Today?

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry's strength lies in its ability to shed a "sideways" light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Book Launch, Creativity|10 Comments

Is Balance Even Possible?

Some weeks you just can't achieve any balance—I’m right in the middle of that right now, but you can set a priority of three things you need to accomplish each day. For me, that's editing paid client work, practicing my music (guitar/violin) or dance, and getting my marketing emails/newsletter out (since that's income generating stuff) [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Creativity|6 Comments

Lessons from Boba Fett

Boba Fett is my muse. Why? He’s the best collection agent EVER, he doesn’t try to please everyone and he rocks his style. Josh Shaffer, a reporter at the News & Observer interviewed me about my Boba Fettish and got to the heart of why I write about him and other Star Wars characters in [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Creativity|4 Comments

What Are Your Pain Points?

We all have places of shame, embarrassment, regret and frustration. Crafty entrepreneurs know how to ask a potential client what are their pain points, so they can offer a service or product to help them fix them up. But after we identify our pain points, can we fix them ourselves without having to pay a [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|Creativity|5 Comments

Stop Playing Small: What Are You Going to Do Today?

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and now Glenn Frey. January is a little more than halfway over and we’ve already lost three amazing artists. Like you, I’m sad they’re all gone, but while they were with us they took risks, worked hard and never squandered their God-given talents. They also changed and touched many, many people’s [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Creativity|11 Comments

Fight the Man: What Are You Doing with Your Precious Life?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?” Poet Mary Oliver’s famous words are battle cry to stop wasting your time and get your shit together. In this New Year, we’ve already made promises to ourselves about writing, exercising, blogging, reading, organizing, saving, cleaning (?!) more. [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Creativity|2 Comments

How to Find a Better You in 2016

My comedy class accountability partners, March 2015 I hit the gym for the first time in a long time right after Christmas and New Year’s. Due to having a stress fracture and a crazy travel schedule, I’ve gained five pounds. So I figured I better slog at the gym before I can’t slip [...]

By | January 5th, 2016|Creativity|2 Comments

My 2015 Year-End Wrap Up

How did 2015 measure up for you? At the end of 2015 I made good on all almost of my promises: to get my book of poetry published after three years (Heroes without Capes) and to get Creatures of Habitat published (Main Street Rag anthology about homes containing essays, poems and short fiction). My poetry [...]

By | December 31st, 2015|Creativity|4 Comments

The Secret to Surviving Christmas: Comfortable Shoes

Take heed: these are the very wise words to remember from Cliff of Cheers this holiday season: “If you're not wearing comfortable shoes, life is just chaos. I mean the greatest accomplishments in history have been made by men wearing accommodating shoes. Uh, Frasier, tell me, who do you think is the greatest thinker in [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Creativity|2 Comments

What Would Boba Fett Do (WWBFD)?

by Anton van Dort To know me is to know I love Boba Fett, the most notorious bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy. I write Boba Fett poetry, some of which is published, and of course there's a whole slew of Boba Fett poetry in my new book of poems, Heroes without [...]

By | November 1st, 2015|Creativity|4 Comments