The Artist’s Way

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“Art isn’t just a way for me to express my creativity,” says Antonia “Toni” Ruppert. “It’s a way to connect and engage with the community.” Toni fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer, when she was selected to complete a summer art residency in Italy. The JSS International School in Civita Castellana, Italy offered her an intense, ...

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Foolproof Cure for a (Writing) Hangover

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You’ve been binge writing again, haven’t you? No point in denying it — it’s as clear as the nose on your pasty, unwashed face. You’ve been gushing hundreds, maybe thousands, of words at a time. You’re way over your limit, your tolerance isn’t what it used to be, and — is that what I think it is? Have you been ...

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The Writer’s Retreat

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This 2014 illustration from artist and cartoonist Grant Snider, sums it up perfectly. Check out my new stories on ThriveGlobal: Magic Beans - Planting the Seeds of Change On Medium: A Chunk of Time (Write a Novel in 15 minute Bites) Reclaiming My Writer's Voice (It Wasn't Writer's Block. Just Laryngitis.) And Coming Soon ... The Vacation Times    

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30 Days of Crazy, Coming Right Up!

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It’s almost November, and that means it’s time for all the aspiring writers, authors and bloggers you know to go a little bit crazy. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when writers around the world pledge to finish a complete novel—50,000 words—in just 30 days. Sound impossible? Last year, 384,126 writers in over 30 counties ...

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In Fantasy Football, the Future is Female

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I never watched football growing up. A brute’s game, my dad would say. Baseball — that’s a thinking man’s game. I spent half my childhood watching classic baseball with him at Comiskey Park. (Don’t mention the words designated hitter to him. Just don’t.) So, five years ago, when my friends were short a man for their ...

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This Undeserved Life

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Sage Brenner is 21 months old. His brother, Ira, is 16 months old. With only five months between them, they can’t possibly be twins. And since Sage is black and Ira is white, they can’t possibly have the same parents, right? “Yes, they can,” says Natalie Brenner with a big smile. Natalie—a new mom, author and ...

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