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Tomboy, Baby Girl, Jackrabbit

Elijah Sevier | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Elijah Sevier

Tomboy is an awkward rose with red flesh. Tomboy is American summer. She hangs on beehives with callused honeycomb hands. Hive child running wayward and somnolent away from apiary adulthood

What Is it Time to Let Go of?

Shawn Tolleson | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
Shawn Tolleson

Sometimes it can be helpful to consciously assess our lives. Instead of leaving things behind because of circumstance, to proactively choose what activities, people and objects we want to have in our lives now. What our values are now, and then to seek out what reflect those values.

Sierra Leone: The Private Life of War on the Bodies of Women

Fatou Wurie | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Inspired by Susan Griffin's book - The Private Life of War THE BACKGROUND YOU ARE MOST AWARE OF - 11 YEARS OF WAR IN SIERRA LEONE: Birth. I choose to...

Meet Mohamed Omar:'s Managing Editor

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 10.20.2015 | Media
Andrew Benkovic

Mohamed Omar is what some would call a workaholic. But, he doesn't seem to mind the title. The 24 year-old from Cairo, Eqypt has already made a name for himself.

David Baldacci's Never-Ending Love of Writing

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.15.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

David Baldacci has to be one of the most prolific writers writing today. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion pictu...

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Memories of Who We Are

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.

Is There a Book in You?

Darryle Pollack | Posted 10.12.2015 | Fifty
Darryle Pollack

So many of us ask ourselves this question throughout our lives. And many of us try to get that book out, writing a few or many pages that often end up forgotten in a drawer or a computer file, never to be seen or read (unless you're Harper Lee).

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.

Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

Own Who You Are and What You Do

Kali Hawlk | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

Declaring yourself as anything is scary. But if it's who you are, you must own it. Don't avoid it, run away from it, or downplay it.

Elizabeth Gilbert: 'Your History Is Whatever You Choose To Tell'

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 09.29.2015 | OWN

Everybody in my family is a talented storyteller. We can't play team sports, we have a tiny little problem with drinking and we're all pret...

Feel Like Giving Up? Here's Why You Can't Quit

Kali Hawlk | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Kali Hawlk

Insecurity cripples us from doing our best creative work. We've all experienced the sudden jolt of uncertainty that leaves us feeling wary about what we're making or doing.

5 Foods You Cannot Miss When In Austin

Deborah Stachelski | Posted 09.22.2015 | Taste
Deborah Stachelski

If you are visiting Austin, or live here and haven't tried one of these, I urge you to please, put all of your plans on hold, and go try them today.

Kate Winslet: New York, August 29, 2008

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 09.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

In 2005 I am called by director Todd Field to do stills on his film "Little Children." My first day on set I know I am in for a treat, for one of t...

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.

The Rich Employee

James Altucher | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
James Altucher

I'm an employee. I only write about what I experience. I can't stand articles that rant from a pedestal where the author has no experience. Advice is always autobiography. I hope you read my advice. I hope you like me.

10 Things I've Learned as a Debut Novelist

Victoria Namkung | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Victoria Namkung

I have been a professional journalist and writer my entire adult life, but self-doubt is very real when you're stepping out of your comfort zone and writing 85,000 words of fiction versus an 800-word essay.

J.K. Rowling Empowers Writer To Turn Haterade Into Ammunition

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.18.2015 | Good News

J.K. Rowling recently offered a fan some magical words that we can all take to heart.  One of the "Harry Potter" author's fans, Twitter user Haga...

Constructive Tension (Ease vs. Ambition)

Robert Levithan | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert Levithan

At one point about a dozen years ago, I bought oceanfront property on a remote island in Bahia in Brazil. My imagined goal was to live much of the ye...

Daniel Kehlmann: On Facing the Blank Page

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Filling the blank page is agony." The German literary "wunderkind" Daniel Kehlmann, author of the international bestseller 'Measuring the World', p...

Joyce Carol Oates: On Facing the Blank Page

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Award-winning writer Joyce Carol Oates has no fear of the notorious 'blank page', as she simply never faces it: "By the time I come to a blank page,...

5 Practical Tips For Pursuing A Writing Career

Quiet Revolution | Susan Cain | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living

When at age 33 I quit corporate law to become a writer, most people I knew, including my very own self, thought I was nuts. I’d dreamed of being a w...

The Autobiography of Oliver Sacks

David Edmund Moody | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
David Edmund Moody

On the Move is the autobiography of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. Many readers might be familiar with his work: Among other things, he wrote Aw...

How Bloggers and Freelancers Can Maintain Integrity

Rachael Yahne | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Rachael Yahne

As a freelancer, you have to be your own advocate. That means knowing when to demand compensation, when to work for free to further your cause, and when to stand by your original words. Keep your heart and action toward why you started writing in the first place and you'll be able to find a balance.

Confessions of a War Child: A Trilogy

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Chaker Khazaal

For the past three years, I have been writing a series of novels, published as a trilogy - Confessions of a War Child. As the final installment - Sa...