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Winning and losing as an artist.

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One thing of the many things I like about art is it’s not about winning or losing, but literally HOW you play the game (or do your art) (I know it’s a stretch; stick with me here). There are contests Read more…


I want to be strange.

henna tattoo, body art, hand with henna tattoo

I want to be a strange person. Have blue hair. Or pink. Or maroon. Or turquoise. I want my youth back. And my figure. I want to take that strange person that I have always been inside and be her. Read more…


Happy places.

Hand on keyboard, cats nearby, coffee cup, iMac

In spite of (or maybe because of) being clinically depressed for most of my life, I have sought and (and, fortunately, found) a lot of happy places. It’s these places we find that keep us together when the not-so-happy things Read more…


Resilience in retrograde.

Image of a person looking at Milky Way, planets, night sky

Rough week at my day job. You can roll your eyes all you want at the whole Mercury in retrograde thing but, man, the communication issues. That’s the difficulty with trying to create art past the hobby-level: all my best Read more…


Social Experiment: Beto T-Shirt

DC Spy Museum Beto

I remember doing social experiments when I took sociology in college. For one in particular, we were asked to stand very close to someone in an elevator. This was probably harder for me than the other person since I’ve always Read more…


Showing up.

show up for your work

It’s 5:00 a.m. on a Tuesday. It’s quiet here now. The remodeling next door went on until well past 10:00 last night. The barometric pressure is crashing so my ears are ringing and my skin feels itchy and raw. The Read more…


Good enough.

Do you work. It's good enough.

Yesterday was a bit of a rough day for me. I dove back into the edits of my fourth novel, the first in the Horologion series, and am posting it, chapter by chapter, on a critique group. So it’s not Read more…


Buzzards and all.

Photography courtesy Robert Stubblefield/TTU Center at Junction I’m back from a work trip to Junction, Texas (for those of you who aren’t familiar, Texas Tech has a site/campus/center in the Hill Country. It’s very cool.) I was dreading the trip Read more…


Go make something. It’s good for you.

be creative

Nearly 7:00 a.m. in Lubbock, Texas. A chilly 29 degrees and it sure was hard to get out of my warm bed this morning, especially with one cat sleeping on my hip and the other one in the small of Read more…


Put on your (creative) habit.

Even nuns are creative.

Thinking about habit today: how hard it is to maintain a productive one and how easy it is to fall idle. It took all my willpower this morning to get out of bed. You’ve heard about my bed, right? It’s Read more…