Category Archives: Life as a Creative

Make Ambition Sheets after Conferences

I just got back from the Write the Docs 2016 conference in Portland, and the conference was nothing short of amazing. It filled with with so many ideas for my organization, my professional development, and my personal projects. Something I realized I should do last night, after laying down and being unable to sleep because

How I Got Better at Replying to Email

I used to be really horrible about replying to people. This was linked with my anxiety—I’d get an email I didn’t know how to deal with, and I’d just sit on it until I thought I could give some good news. Turns out that others found my lack of response more nerve-wracking than getting a disappointed

A Guide to Freelancing for Me

For those who want to work for me on making awesome stuff, like upcoming Katanas & Trenchcoats craziness, here are nine super important things to hold in your heart and mind. (I started writing this as part of individual emails, but realized this should be a public post.) In no particular order: One: Time is a flat

Let Some Quiet In

Over the last two weeks, I put aside any attempt or thoughts on non-day job work. That’s part of what lead me to evaluating why I do what I do (which partly lead to the last blog post of 2015, on creator nostalgia). Taking that time “off”—letting some quiet into my life—also gave me a chance to

Creator’s Nostalgia is a Sweet Poison

Nostalgia is a strange sort of beast. It has us celebrating past enjoyments and longing to relive past glory, which isn’t inherently horrible. But nostalgia looks only backward, never forward, so if we hold to nostalgia too strongly we bumble around—not unlike someone who would walk backward throughout the day. I was conversing with an old friend recently,

Being “Right” Isn’t Worth Burning Bridges

One of the more painful lessons I’ve learned—and some would argue that I haven’t really learned it yet—is that being “right” isn’t worth burning bridges. I’ve burned plenty of bridges in the last decade, some personal, some communal, and some professional. And I’ve been on the other side of that. No, really, being “right” is