Today I attended a Writing for Comics class taught by the amazing writer Devin Grayson. The class was offered by The Isotope Comic Book Lounge as part of its Isotope University project which offers curriculum that “focuses on practical, real world comics industry knowledge to equip students for success in creating and selling comics.” Grayson’s work includes writing for titles such as Gotham Knights, Catwoman, The Titans, and Black Widow. Her five year run on Nightwing is especially well regarded and is often credited for creating the fan base for the popular character. She is also a novelist, video game scripter, short story and essay writer. Continue reading
“Some days it’s your turn to ask. Some days it’s your turn to be asked.” ~Amanda Palmer
I spotted musician singer-songwriter Amanda Conner on the cover of her new book last week. She was nude with the title painted on her upper chest. I was intrigued but I couldn’t justify spending $27.00 on someone I wasn’t sure I liked. I didn’t get the book.
When I got home, I was haunted by Amanda Palmer’s wide-eyed face. I weighed my nostalgia for her old band The Dresden Dolls versus articles I’d read about her online. I knew Neil Gaiman thought the world of her and I thought the world of him. Shouldn’t I at least investigate her side of things? I capitulated and ordered the book from the library.
In The Art of Asking: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, Amanda Palmer’s voice is raw, direct, and unabashed. She alternates between stubborn and fragile, fearless and vulnerable, yet finds the spaces between. My judgments slid away with each confessional chapter. I read the book in one sitting. Continue reading
Today I took a Mastering Crowdfunding class by comic creator and Kickstarter wizard Alex Woolfson. The event was part of The Isotope Comic Book Lounge’s Isotope University, which offers curriculum that “focuses on practical, real world comics industry knowledge to equip students for success in creating and selling comics. Today’s guest instructor was the author of the yaoi science fiction graphic novel Artifice and the queer superhero series The Young Protectors. Continue reading
“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” ~William James
I’m excited to share a fantastic book with you by psychologist Shawn Achor about changing our approach to success and happiness. In the appropriately titled The Happiness Advantage, Achor explores how “conventional wisdom” states that if we work hard, we will succeed and then find happiness. If I can just get that promotion, find the perfect mate, gain the muscle mass, then I will be happy. Achor says, no, it’s the other away around. This principle reminds me of an anonymous quote I was told recently, “Be happy as you await happiness.” The message is that we must accept where we are, and find enjoyment in the process as we work toward the desired goal. The means must be as rewarding as the result because “happiness is the center around which success orbits” (61).
For over a decade, Achor researched and taught positive psychology techniques to maximize happiness and improve potential. His focus is primarily about how we can raise our effectiveness at work in a corporate setting, but his concepts are applicable to all aspects of our lives. In this passage, he explains we have a choice about how we look at the world: Continue reading
“As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that…That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.” ~Anthony de Mello
“Good government obtains, when those who are near are made happy, and those who are far off are attracted.” ~Confucius
This morning a wonderful friend texted me, wishing me “lots of happiness on this International Day of Happiness” and I totally rolled my eyes into the back of my head. I was like, “Really? That’s a thing? We get just one day to focus on happiness? What’s that about?” Well, I did a little research and it just so happens that the International Day of Happiness is kind of a big deal (and originates from a place where the residents refer to themselves as “Dragon people”). Continue reading
Have you ever met someone whose very being radiated light, bringing a special kind of joy into your presence? That is the power in Tarot traditionally represented by card 19, the Sun. This kind of person’s energy is bright and shiny because they choose to focus on the positive aspects of life. People that channel this high vibration are a blessing to be around and are a source of inspiration to everyone who encounters them! Today I want to introduce you to someone like that in my life, even though I have never met them in person. Continue reading
“If your desire is strong enough, it doesn’t matter what your beliefs are. If you have a desire that is strong enough, that desire will be the dominant vibration, and it will over-ride any other vibration that you have.” ~Abraham-Hicks
You are a powerful creator with the ability to manifest your dreams and desires. That means you are a Magician! For what is magic other than having an idea and making it real? In the Tarot the Magician shows us how to receive power and then direct it. First we must be aware of the power we have in our life. If we are conscious, we can tap into the infinite energy that always exists all around us.
The second step of the Magician is to establish will-power in our chosen direction. We do this by taking action once we are in alignment with our Self. Now that we have found what inspires us, we allow the momentum of our excitement to carry us into its creation. We must, as Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard says, “Make it so!” Continue reading