Travel Photography and Journalism with Megan Snedden

Next in the Inspiration and Perspiration series, I talk with Megan Snedden, travel photographer and journalist for publications like BBC, USA Today, and National Geographic Traveler. Every time I talk to Megan, I leave our conversations inspired to conquer the world. She's overcome tremendous obstacles to create a career out of what she loves and makes the …

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Online Resource Guide for Aspiring Authors

This past week I spent four amazing days at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Everywhere, groups tucked into corners between panels to help each other get ready for the great and scary pitch sessions. Someone mentioned feeling intimidated to come to their first conference, ready for battle in the Hunger Games of aspiring authors. Instead, they found themselves wrapped …

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Why I Write for Kids and Teens

Sometimes, when I tell people that I write for kids and teens, they respond with something along the lines of, "Oh that sounds fun! Do you think one day you'll be good enough/serious enough to write for adults?" I then launch in to all the reasons I love writing for young people. The challenge of …

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Art Modeling and Creating Art with Krystal Becker

Where does inspiration come from? Ask the ancient Greeks and they'd point you to the muses—goddesses with the role of inspiring artists, writers, and scientists. Today we meet Krystal Becker, a modern-day muse (or art model) and an artist herself. Meeting Krystal in person, you'd be unsurprised artists are drawn to her. Her retro features …

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Where do ideas come from?

“Where do you get your ideas?” I’ve noticed that fiction writers tend to answer this question in a tone I’ll call…cutsey sarcastic. “A unicorn brings them to me every full moon.” Cool, cool. The wisdoms of the masters—always super helpful… Don’t get me wrong, I get it. It’s a weird question for fiction writers to …

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Make a 2017 Bucket List

As we approach the end of the year, you know what question is headed your way. “Any New Year’s resolutions?” Does anyone actually stick to these things? I feel psyched about New Year's resolutions for about two weeks before I start dodging people as they ask me how it's going.  So for those who are a little sick …

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Apartment Horror Stories, Part Two: San Francisco and Raccoon Warfare

When I moved into San Francisco, I remember thinking it would be a glamorous, artsy, intellectual part of my life. I would be inspired by the culture and the hustle. I would write. I would learn. I would have experiences. I had some experiences, alright. Now this story is hard to tell without understanding some basics …

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Apartment Horror Stories, Part One: Santa Barbara and the Microwave

My second year of college in Santa Barbara, I moved into my very first apartment. I had an air mattress, a bean bag chair, and a very low bar for living standards. It was the best of times. Granted, when I joyously threw open the kitchen window, I found myself face to face with a painting …

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Create the World You Want to See

I’ve been thinking a lot in the past couple weeks about the subtitle I chose for this blog. Why not, "Story time!" or "Who brought the marshmallows?" or "Why to be careful checking out a stack of books about witchcraft because a student might think you're trying to summon the devil"? (Another story for another time.) See, …

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