Artist or Creative Entrepreneur?

Artist or Creative Entrepreneur?

I recently read a fascinating article in The Atlantic called "The Death of the Artist - and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur." The article traced how the definition of "an artist" has changed throughout history, and maintained that "the notion of the artist as a solitary genius—so potent a cultural force, so determinative, still, of the way we think of creativity in general—is decades out of date."  Artists were once seen as artisans, then geniuses, then professionals. Yet now, the writer argues, "we have entered, unmistakably, a new transition, and it is marked…Read more …
Book Talk: Pastrix

Book Talk: Pastrix

So I've been hearing about Nadia Bolz-Weber for a while now. Tattooed, liberal Lutheran pastor. Cusses a lot. Runs a church that welcomes anybody and everybody. I follow her on Twitter, and I added her to my Twitter list called "Rebel." As it turns out, a rebel may be what it takes to get me to take a step toward faith again.  I was given Bolz-Weber's book, Pastrix, for Christmas, and I read it in just a couple of days. I guess you could call it a memoir, but it also sort of…Read more …
Timelessness

Timelessness

I went to a funeral yesterday. My great uncle passed away. Three different people spoke at the funeral, including another great uncle. And they all told stories about Uncle Billy. We laughed a lot there, all boxed up in a stuffy funeral home and surrounded by funeral flowers. He wasn't rich or famous; he was a farmer in a small community. But he was everyone's friend. Every time you'd see him, there was a big grin on his face. He and my aunt Flora didn't have children, but they came out and supported all…Read more …

Writing Lessons: Mistakes I’ve Made

Today I'm sharing some mistakes I've made when it comes to submitting pieces for publication. Remember, this is my year of being ENOUGH, so I am not sharing these to beat myself up, but to continue to adopt a fail-fast strategy. I may have failed and made mistakes, but I can learn from them. Also, if any of you are new writers who are beginning to submit pieces to journals and online places, I hope you can learn from my mistakes!   1. Not Getting to Know a Journal/Magazine/Publication Before Submitting So, let's…Read more …

Remnant

I called it a gazebo, but it was really more of a covered porch enclosed on two sides by fancy wooden lattice railing painted off-white. The floor wasn’t the grainy wood slabs or the rough concrete of American porches; it was covered in what looked like peel-and-stick vinyl flooring designed to look like brown bricks. Finger-long lizards like to hide in the corners of the roof, and sometimes one would slip and dangle from a beam until it got its footing again. In the center of the porch was a glass-topped table with…Read more …