Starving Artist

The definition of a STARVING ARTIST is someone who sacrifices material well-being to focus on their artwork. Originally, it was a description of a selfless act. Art was considered the act of creating something to bring meaning and pleasure. The commonly held definition is someone on their way up the ladder, or possibly someone failing to make it happen. There …

Jayne Austin

Not long ago and probably not surprisingly, I found myself at the TRADER JOE’S next to the Grove. I was staring at all of the different Pumpkin Spice products and wondering which one of them I should buy? I can’t drink Pumpkin Spice coffee. Very sad. I am allergic to something in it. I CAN eat pumpkin bread, though. And …

Practicing Gratitude with Beth Isaacs

My friend, Beth Isaacs, is a great writer. She posted a new blog article recently about Gratitude. You should check it out! Read about gratitude here >>

I love me some YouTube.

Headphones on, I’m in my office writing or drawing. It used to be Pandora, of course. You know, just listen to music while you draw. Don’t listen to new music if you’re writing; too distracting. As we closer to the election, we’re on YouTube, just in case it flips to an important bit of news. I know, I should be …

Tolkien’s Influence on D&D artwork – John D. Rateliff article

John D. Rateliff is a terrific writer, editor, and independent scholar. For many years, he worked with the Tolkien manuscripts at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and writes extensively on Tolkien and the Inklings. I have been following Mr. Rateliff’s musings on Mr. Tolkien for some time. In addition, I currently reside in Milwaukee. Thanks to the quarantine, I haven’t had …

World-building, fantasy, and how to plot – Interview with Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle series was marvelous. This is, naturally, no surprise. The author, Christopher Paolini, was heavily inspired by Ursula K. LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien and other favorites. He built a lovely world, and deserves much credit. Anyway, here’s an interview with Mr. Christopher Paolini on the fantastic HELLO FUTURE ME YouTube channel. A very brief biography of Christopher Paolini: Christopher …

Alice Hoffman interview on BookBub

Interview with Alice Hoffman, such an incredible writer… Ah, 1995. I was about 28 years old and living in New York City when I first heard about Alice Hoffman. The city was changing every day, and I was too. Let’s face it, those last few years before 30 are like dog years. I remember walking through the East Village seeing …