Tuesday, December 30, 2014
It is that time of the year again, the holidays are coming to a close and we come to the time everyone starts with the resolutions. Will you do them this year?
I have done them in the past - the most common ones too. You know lose weight, exercise more, be organized. Then there are the ones that I had as an artist - write and published a book, create more art, get my name out there more, etc.
I decided this year I will not have any resolutions - most of the time they do not work out anyway. I decided that instead I am going to use this quote in my studio and try to stay positive no matter what comes into my path.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Since it is near the holiday of Thanksgiving, I am going to support my Native People. I am going to share singers who are amazing. Okay I could have keep going and going, but I am going to stop now. This is amazing talent. Enjoy.
I sing mommy's little guy to my kids at bed time - sometimes.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I have been organizing and cleaning my studio over the last few months. I am building or repurposing items to make my studio function better for me. Here are some projects I did.
So far I am happy with one wall of my studio but I am slowly working my way around the room and soon I will have the studio of my dreams (hopefully - fingers crossed).
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I did a book reading at Black Hills State University last night so I wanted to touch on how to do a great book reading.
I think that I did okay but anyone who says that they cannot improve makes me wonder. I can honestly say I was nervous.
Go here for some great advice.
One piece of advice they cover is talk more, read less. Yeah, I did this one but I think my rhythm was a little off and I am going to blame that on nerves. It was the first time that I did a reading on a stage, usually I am in a room and it is more personal with the audience. My advice to add to this is sit down and make it more personal with the audience and I wished I had did this. Next time definitely.
Another thing is picking your excerpt carefully. I did this but I have watched many authors readings and I have a piece of advice to. You need to give a little background up to the point of where you are starting to read. A little about the story (back of the book) or small details that lead up to this scene. I did this, but this is another area I can improve on.
Say Thank You. It is hard to remember sometimes especially when you are nervous, but it is good to do. In that regard, I want to say thank you to the Reading Club at Black Hills State University for having me. It was a great experience.
It is hard to get in front of people sometimes, I know that most writers are more comfortable in front of a computer than in front of a crowd. However, doing readings and signings are part of the job and a bonus is you get to meet a lot of great people.
Does anyone have any great advice to add to this?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I have been busy cleaning and making my studio more effective for my business. I created this quite easily with supplies I had on had except for the peg board ( which was $5).
1) I found a dyi similar to this on Pinterest.
2) I measured and cut the pegboard.
3) then I used small eye hooks and picture hanging wire to hang the brown paper. (I use this when I am shipping off an order from my Etsy store. )
4) I used the same eye hooks and picture wire on the back to hang it on the wall.
5) I added the baskets to hold the stamps I use.
Note: I want to paint the pegboard white and other things that I use to ship items on the board. I am happy with it for now. Now on to more organizing. Have a great day.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014