CEFJ #82 Directing, Staying on Code, and Pussyfoot Politicians in Academia (9/17/18)

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OKAY, guys! So it’s been two whole weeks since I’ve been back to give you details on my journey, and boy do I have an earful for you! Some of the more major accomplishments, though, include:

  • learning a whole lot through this directing experience,
  • co-launching a 12-book dystopian box set, and,
  • getting admission into a USA Today aimed box set for urban fantasy and paranormal romance!

But, of course, victory has its vices, and the past two weeks have also been shadowed by some unfortunate political and bureaucratic rainclouds as we try to get the production we’re directing on its feet. And of course, I’ve got something to say about it.

Tune in for the tea, boos!


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Sources Of Inspiration When You’re Suffering From Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is always a challenge for writers; even if you have clearly mapped out the tale you want to tell, there will be moments when the words just won’t come. In an effort to shake writer’s block when it strikes, it may well be worth exploring the following sources of inspiration…

Real-life stories via online forums

When writing fiction, it’s easy to become lost in the world you have created. Sometimes, a return to reality and discussions of the problems people face, and how they overcome them, is just what you need to sweep your writer’s block to one side. Online forums such as Reddit are thriving, active communities that provide insight into the everyday, real-life issues people are experiencing, and browsing these can be genuinely beneficial when seeking a way past your writer’s block.

TV Shows

TV shows are also useful sources of inspiration, provided you are active in how you engage with them. Just watching the show is unlikely to be helpful when it comes to easing writer’s block, but looking at the storylines, and the plots that had to be tied together to create them, can really help you see your way through your own storytelling troubles.

Museums and Libraries

Museums and libraries feature fascinating collections that provide a glimpse into worlds few of us have ever had the chance to experience. Exploring historical or obscure collections, such as those mentioned in the infographic below, can clear your mind and ensure you are able to sweep aside your writer’s block thanks to a fresh, new, inspired perspective.


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CEFJ #81 Divas and Directing Don’t Mix, Boo (9/3/18)

Hoooneeeey!!!

These past three weeks have been really fruitful, but also really cray cray, and I’m literally just trying to keep the ship on course right now. Lots of great stuff happening (TV writing, the upcoming release of a new box set, directing a brand new studio show, and a developing master thesis), but also lots of diva attitudes popping up that are dampening my vibe a bit.

I’m spilling a little tea here, but I’m keeping it classy and anonymous as I guide you guys through my creative journey as an artist and as a director. So stay tuned!


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CEFJ #80 Still Chillin’ Before the Storm (8/13/18)

Not much to report this week, boos. Just more creativity and coastin’ until grad school starts NEXT WEEK! ::lightning strike::

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CEFJ #79 The Chill Before the Storm (8/6/18)

Short podcast today, y’all!

Grad school’s starting up again in 2 weeks, but I am committed to staying as unbothered as possible. Keywords being: AS POSSIBLE. Lol. Strangely, though, the inevitable beginning of the school year has encouraged me to slow my life down even MORE and enjoy the calm, the chill before the grad school storm.

As a result, I can slowly feel myself shifting back to my philosophy of deep focus (sort of automatically), and I also feel myself staying FIRMLY in the realm of self-care. So tune in to hear more!

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CEFJ #78 Cleansing My Creative Palette & Falling Back in Love with My Creative Life (7/30/18)

So last time I came to you guys, I was at a loss. I felt as though my love for writing and creativity was slipping away. But today? I’m feeling AWESOME!!

After realizing that I focused too much on product vs process, I took a well-needed hiatus from writing to explore different creative channels. Specifically… I’m exploring the world of fashion design!

Fashion design is just a hobby at the moment, but by focusing on the playful exploration of doing something new, I’ve REALLY been able to explore the idea of process-oriented learning (as opposed to results-oriented learning). At the end of my hiatus, I was even craving a writing session, and I was able to actually sit down, write more of Hollow Point, and ENJOY it!

There’s more to tell, obviously, but you’ll have to listen to this podcast to find out the tea. 😉


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CEFJ #77 FemmePunk, Enjoying the Process, and Building Brick-by-Brick (7/18/18)

So I’m getting lots of things done, y’all! The Camille will be coming out as its own separate novella next week, The Bohemian Badass is looking very sexy, my TV series development is coming along great, and I’m coining new sci-fi genres to boot (go FEMMEPUNK)!

But while I’m kicking ass on these things, I’m STILL struggling with writing productivity on my prose work. Plus, external comparisonitis from people who are projecting their ideas of author success onto me. So it’s been a struggle to really get into my prose writing, which is a problem being that I’d like to get more novels and novellas out this year.

The solution? Focusing on PROCESS rather than PRODUCT, and I talk a lot more about what that means in this new podcast. Check it out!


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CEFJ #76 Perfectionism, Punishment, and Staying in the Present (7/9/18)

Perfectionism is a BITCH, y’all. And I’m having a case of it for real.

Sometimes I’m the only voice telling myself to keep going. Worse yet, at the same time, I’m also the only voice telling myself that I’m not good enough. LOL. Yes, it feel schizophrenic to be an artist, but I’m here to try and break through all of that with a very real exploration of the emotional rollercoaster that is #ArtLife.


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CEFJ #75 Happy Birthday Gratitudes! (6/28/18)

Homemade breakfasts, cashew ice creams, carrot cakes, novel writing, a BOSS ass workout, and an in-house beauty day? What more can a girl ask for on her birthday?? Today is not only my personal new year, but it’s also a day of gratitude and thanks and life and love.

I am super happy right now, and a lot of that happiness is coming right from within. I briefly reflect on the personal, professional, creative, spiritual, and emotional growth I’ve achieved over the past year, and I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. Feeling super lucky to be here on this beautiful planet, and I want to continue to explore what life and the world has to offer… with my little one and my creativity at my hips, that is!

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CEFJ #74 WOW. I’m a Bestselling Author Now! Successes & Gratitudes (6/25/18)

The 2054 Anthology is now officially OUT, guys! Grab your copy here: mybook.to/2054

So many good things are happening, and last week was AMAZING. The sci-fi anthology I co-wrote with my author team hit SIX Amazon bestseller lists, and in my FIFTH YEAR of being an indie author, I’m now officially a BESTSELLING AUTHOR!! I’m SCREAMING!

I also did some really great work on The Bohemian Badass, and I talk a lot about my vision for The Bohemian Badass this episode. There are so many awesome exciting things happening at that business, and I hope you journey with me to find out just how awesome we’re going to be. 

There are just so many things to be grateful for, and I want to share my gratitudes with you this episode. Tune in!

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