self-promotion

The Art of Failure

Last night, I went to an event called The Art of Failure. Three local artists, each famous in their own right, spoke onstage about their failures. The pain. The lessons. The gifts. Lulu Miller, producer the record-breaking NPR podcast Invisibilia, said radio taught her to be a...

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If you want to be a (better) writer…

Ditch your definition of writer, please. :)  Sooooo the dictionary defines a writer as “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.” As a result, you probably think you can’t be a “writer” until you’re making money...

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How to answer the question “What do you do?” without boozing, sleazing, or wanting to die (part 1)

Picture this: You’re standing at a holiday party, bopping along to a festive playlist and piling bleu cheese onto butterfly-shaped butter crackers. You feel FANTASTIC. Maybe it’s the candlelight, the rum punch, or your cute velvet dress. Who knows? Who cares? (Side note: Velvet is BACK, according to...

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Pump up your perceived value with the Glade Candle Method (and discover the benefits of your soulful services)

Walking through Wal-mart the other day, I happened upon a mid-aisle display of pumpkin- and foliage-scented Glade air fresheners. Images of hayrides and color-changing leaves wreathed the cardboard display, which touted the “feelings of fall.” To an outsider, it looks innocuous, a gentle reminder that autumn is...

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