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-Reblogged- BE AN ARTIST
May 19, 2017, 7:17 am
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Sorry for the radio silence, kids! Mama’s been on vacation, and (no offense) that meant vacation from you all as well. But more on that later. ūüėČ

For now, check out this poem by The Naga. It moved me, and I’m guessing it will resonate with some of you also.

The Naga

More than ever, the world needs us, the world needs us now, us artists, be a writer, a painter, a poet, a dancer, a storyteller, a designer, build us the worlds that you have imagined, give life to our madness, show the world that it is not only about making money and children, that there are other ways to live life, to accomplish our goals, give meaning to our existence, because we artists never only live once, we live for every single day, we create, we make, we paint and write our souls and emotions into our creations, more than ever, in this age of war and craze, we need you, the world needs you, to create, to bring meaning and dimension to our reality.

© elancharan

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#FridayBookShare – ‘The War of Art’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

It’s no secret that I struggle with mental illness, and that can put a real damper on the writing I do for myself (and hopefully, one day, for publication): fiction. A friend of mine recommended this book, and while I haven’t finished it, I am eternally grateful that he pushed me to pick it up and start reading.

First line of the book

I get up, take a shower, have breakfast.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor‚ÄĒbe it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Honest
  • Motivating
  • Inspirational

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

book recommendation

Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Above all, creators. Anyone who creates any sort of art, whether it be paintings, poems, biographies, choreography…you get the point.

Your favorite line/scene

There are a bunch of them. So far, some of my favorites include (in no particular order):

the war of art quote 1

the war of art quote 2

the war of art quote 3

the war of art quote 4

the war of art quote 5

the war of art quote 6

That’s it for today, folks. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend…and I hope you consider reading¬†The War of Art, especially if you find yourself facing blocks.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

-Reblogged- P.S. — Lotta Hannerz
February 8, 2017, 12:08 pm
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You know what they say about pictures…. A thousand words and all that jazz.



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Art That Inspires and Makes Your Heart Sing

Inspiration is a funny thing. As a writer, I find inspiration in music, my surroundings, other books, people, outer space…and in art.

Following are just a few examples of art that I find terribly inspiring.

Twisted and Sedona, Taylor Hollingsworth

Full disclosure: I know Taylor Hollingsworth personally. But that doesn’t keep me from getting inspired by her huge, emotion-inducing paintings.

Two of my favorites are Twisted – which strikes a chord with me due to my history of depression and anxiety – and¬†Sedona – which I flipped over because of my recent obsession with the Southwest. I want to step into Taylor’s¬†Sedona.

Ashley James Photography

Again, full disclosure: Ashley is one of my favorite people. But she also happens to be a damn fine photographer. Following are just a couple of my favorites of hers.

Pan II, Cy Twombly

Pan II

I’m a bit obsessed with the blog Bibliokept. And for good reason: there are always amazing pieces of art on display, including literature and song. Bibliokept is the reason I came across Cy Twombly’s¬†Pan II.

I don’t love all of Cy Twombly‘s stuff, but¬†Pan II…it grabs my heart for some reason. It makes me go to a place of anger and passion. It makes me¬†feel. (Isn’t that what we writers¬†strive to do? Make those who read or view our work feel something?)

Graham A. Stephen

I found Graham Stephen’s blog through another blog, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve become enamored with many of Graham’s photographs. Following are just a few.

Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth

On a trip to NYC in junior high, I first saw¬†Christina’s World¬†in the Museum of Modern Art. I wanted to be Christina, lying in a field, away from reality and consumed with her own version of the world. These feelings still arise when I look at the painting.


Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth

Splash of Colour,” IneseMj Photography

This is another photographer I found through a blog I follow, and I have so enjoyed sneaking a peek at her photos. A recent post titled “Splash of Colour” had a couple of images I couldn’t take my eyes off of.

Blue Nude, Pablo Picasso

I lack the skill to articulate how I feel when I look at this painting. Hopefully it will speak for itself.

blue-nude picasso

Blue Nude, Pablo Picasso – Courtesy of

This shit hits me right in the effing feels.

What about you? What artists or pieces of work stir your emotions?

Will Robots Be Better at Writing Literature Than Humans?
July 11, 2015, 2:54 pm
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Update July 30, 2015

According to BuzzFeed, the robots will never successfully take over the world. Their supporting evidence? This:

I gotta be honest…I’m feeling a little bit better about the robot-caused dystopia I had figured out in my head.

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Of course they will. Because robots can do everything. And then they’ll take over the world.

Haven’t you seen one of the many movies or television shows or (God forbid) read a book about exactly this? If not, get on it¬†and deal with the facts.

Robots want to destroy the world.

I kid, I kid. Now let’s try to be serious for a moment.

Dartmouth is in the beginning stages of an experiment with the hopes of discovering if robots can create pieces of literature, music, and/or art that are indiscernible from those created by a human being.

Let that sink in for a second.

Brace yourself. And they want to discover if individuals will actually prefer robot-made creative works to their man-made counterparts.

So, this week’s blog post question is:

robot skeleton

literature and glasses

banjo with soul

humor photo praying mantis

My heart tells me the answer is an emphatic “no.” No, robots cannot do any of these things because they’re made of metal and screws and bolts and circuit boards and other¬†things¬†I don’t know the terminology for.* They don’t have the stuff that makes humanity what it is.

So if computers, androids, robots, what have you Рif they do create breathtaking art, in whatever form, that leads to a series of other, more serious (and existential) questions, including:

  • Can artificial intelligence possess all that makes an individual human?
  • Is humanity the equivalent of a soul?
  • Does this mean androids¬†can have souls?

Holy cow. That’s a little deeper than I’m willing to go without a couple of drinks, a dimly lit room, and some heavy¬†music playing in the background.

So let’s¬†stay away from the above questions and focus on the one at hand:

Can a robot create literature with passion, music with soul, and art with humor? Sound off below.

*Yes, I know I ended this sentence with a preposition. But come on. Sometimes it sounds super pretentious to restructure the sentence, and this was one of those times.

TheDigitel: Three Amigos Ride Again, For the First Time Art Show (May 2011)

Three Charleston artists pay tribute to the classic film ‘Three Amigos’ (click to read full post)

eDrugstore: Famous Penises in Art (January 2011)
June 25, 2011, 12:37 pm
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10 Most Famous Penises in Art (click to read full blog post)

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