April 2012

A mostly monthly but certainly occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the hopper. For full credits and details, see this entry. Colleen of the future (stuff I’ll be doing) “Making People Love You Madly” tour for ASMP [May 3: Tucson, AZ; June 7, Seattle, WA] The last two of my “marketing in […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

It seems like every 10 or 20 years, there’s one breakthrough book in the personal development category. The chronological first of the How-Do-I-Get-There-From-Here? books to help me find my way was Barbara Sher’s Wishcraft. It’s gentle and playful in tone, yet still filled with the kind of useful tools and practical exercises that make a […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

There are all kinds of myths surrounding the arts, especially where they intersect with commerce. Myths about working when the muse strikes, as opposed to working to increase the odds that she will. Myths about success (“It’s a mysterious mystery come by mysteriously…plus Twitter!”). Enough myths about money to keep the stick-shaking brigade busy for a […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

I began this series because I was having trouble beginning. (If that ain’t the sound of one hand clapping, I don’t know what is.) I thought that if I kept things small, I could keep things going—I could keep beginning, every day. And damned if it didn’t work, until about two-thirds of the way through, […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

While I’ve been away from it quite a bit this past year, Los Angeles averages 186 days of sunshine per year. On the other hand, my second-favorite city, “the People’s Republic of Portland”, gets a measly 68 days of sunshine per year. This is as much of a reason to visit as any: never, ever do […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones