Leapin’ Lizards!

I hadn’t really thought much about Leap Day this year until yesterday. Perhaps because it doesn’t really seem like an extra day. We don’t get two Wednesdays or anything. There is still work to be done. Life is not pausing to leap about for joy. But I am not letting that stop me from having some fun today! Shiva Nata I am invoking the power of quantum leaps today, and what better to help me with that than Shiva Nata? I usually just do a few minutes in the morning, but I am going to do several sessions today. I have some patterns I have been mucking about in for a long time, and I would love some Hot Buttered Epiphanies to help me rewrite them once and for all. I will be playing with the DVD* and the app, as well as doing some random variations I’ll think up on the spot. Routines I am leaping around these today. I do have things that have to get done, but I also can devote some time to purely fun activities. I can also play with how I do things. For example, instead of pushing myself through a workout that feels more like a should than a want, I will find other ways to give my body the movement it craves. Shiva Nata counts for that of course. Also yoga, mini-dance parties, and maybe a walk. Rules Did you know that rules are not Leap Day-approved? That’s right! This day kind of exists in an alternate dimension, so silly rules like “you can’t have that much chocolate” or “naps are...

Book Review: “Yesterday’s Gone: Seasone One”

Yesterday’s Gone by Sean Platt and David W. Wright $4.99 for entire season, first episode is free, $2.99 per episode thereafter. I read all about “Yesterday’s Gone” during its launch phase. I considered buying it. After all, I could read the first episode for free and the six-episode series was only $4.99. What stopped me was the subject matter: I’m not generally into post-apocalyptic or science fiction. Then I listened to an interview of Sean Platt on The Creative Penn  and became so intrigued by the concept I had to buy the first season for research purposes. I live to serve indie authors, from aspiring to established, so I do my best to stay abreast of the indie writing world. You may be asking why I’m talking about a book like it’s a TV show. It is rather disorienting. Basically what happened is the authors wanted to bring the great things about their favorite TV shows, like “Lost,” to the world of indie publishing. So instead of Book One of a series, you get Season One. Instead of major sections, you get Episodes. At first I questioned how this could be different from releasing a book one chapter at a time. After reading Season One, I have come up with a few answers. The Episodes are longer than chapters. Depending on your reading speed, it takes a good 30-60 minutes to read an episode, much like watching a TV show. The idea is that you read one episode a week, but as I purchased the whole season I could not keep myself from reading everything over a couple of...

One Dumb Belief

I am participating in Danielle LaPorte’s Burning Questions Series; more on that here. What’s one dumb thing that you used to believe in? Similar to Danielle’s belief about their only being one soul mate for each person, I am recovering from the belief that we each have one singular purpose on this Earth. I used to think that this meant I would have one career, one area of study, one thing I did really well. In high school I even identified my Thing: Theatre. I was seriously in love with acting and the whole theatrical universe. I loved the acceptance, the community, the long hours of work to create something good. I loved the history of theatre and all of the elements that contributed to a wonderful production, from the script to the actors to the lights and sound. I appreciated how a set supported the theme of the play, how lighting gave us actors a mood and a chance to shine. I loved dissecting scripts and breaking them into “beats” so that the impact would be powerful. My favorite thing was the energy exchanged between performers and the audience. I loved that a work of fiction, properly executed, could make people think about things they never would have otherwise. Drama can express the human condition where facts and figures fail. After I graduated, I decided a life in show business wasn’t really for me . I settled into a pays-the-bills job and waited for my new Grand Purpose to make itself known. For a while I thought it was education and pursued a master’s in that field. Education...

Love Letter to my First Fantasy (Book)

How’s that for search engine bait? Wink, wink. If you’re signed up to receive Monthly Missives, you already know what this is about. Each month I set a challenge, and this month’s was to write a love letter to one of your favorite books. The Book Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, No 1) by David Eddings The Letter Dearest One, It is hard to imagine that it’s been over 20 years since we met. Yet not a day goes by that I don’t feel your touch in some way. I had been a book lover for a few years already, but you opened me up to a passion that has seen me through the best and worst of times. It began innocently enough. One day in the middle of my fifth grade year, I wandered into the school library looking for something to read. It didn’t take me long to zero in on you. Something about your colors, your name, your shapes caught my eye and I was irresistibly drawn to you. I checked you out and took you home, not knowing just what a treasure I held in my hands. It was love at first word. I greedily ate up page after page, at times laughing, at times holding my breath, but always completely enthralled. I don’t remember how long I spent with you, but I do remember the disappointment which accompanied the end of the story and relinquishing you back to the library shelves. I mooned around for days, weeks, months. I relived the magic and heard the characters’ voices in my head everywhere I went. One...

From Artist to Entrepreneur, Mindset Shift #1: The Definition

And so begins our series on artist-entrepreneurs, wherein I divulge what has moved me from cringing at to embracing the word “business.” The introduction to this series is here. Initial Belief People who own their own businesses went to business school, wear suits, and think in terms of spreadsheets. That’s all fine but it certainly isn’t me. Probably isn’t you either. Mindset Shift You can define what entrepreneurship means to you. One day a few years ago, I discovered blogs. One led to another led to another, and drips of inspiration became torrents. Everything I believed about business was turned on its head. All kinds of people had businesses, from MBAs to hippies (for even more inspiration, look here): Author-Speaker-Educator Jonathan Fields Goddess Leonie Dawson Destuckifier Havi and her business partner, Selma the Duck. Nonconformity Artist Chris Guillebeau Singer-Songwriter-Coach Christine Kane Arts and Crafter Tara Swiger These people were sharing their experiences, mostly for free, and I consumed voraciously. I began to believe that it was possible to become an entrepreneur, and the biggest step towards that was shifting my perception. You can make the shift, too. In fact, that artsy imagination you were born with will be a boon as you stretch your entrepreneurial wings. Create a character that has your talent and also happens to be business savvy. If you can write it, you can become it. Suggested Exercise Make a list of everything the word “entrepreneur” means to you. Make another list like this substituting “artist” for “entrepreneur” (or musician, writer, healer, etc.). See if there is any common ground. Do you have thoughts on this?...