Wednesday, December 30, 2009
(Video has been removed from youtube.)
Let this serve as an example of one of the many ways to promote your websites for free. YouTube is one medium of promotion. Like you need multiple streams of income, you should also have many sources of promotion working for you. Numerous promotion methods are free. You just need to take the time to put them in place.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A Word of Caution about SSI and Self-employment
Please, give it a read and leave a comment if you have an opinion on the subject.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
By Michael Masterson
A philosophy professor and his student stand in a warehouse. A large tin bucket and several boxes are in front of them.
The professor picks up a box that contains large rocks, each one about four inches in diameter, and pours them into the bucket. The stones reach the top of the bucket, and he asks the student if it is full.
'It is,' the student replies.
The professor takes another box, this one containing stones about one inch in diameter, and pours them over the rocks in the bucket. The smaller stones fill in the spaces between the rocks. Again, he asks the student if the bucket is full.
The student looks and says, 'It is.'
The professor then pours in the contents of a third box, this one containing small pebbles. Again, the student looks in and agrees that the bucket is full.
Finally, the professor pours a box of sand on top of the rocks, stones, and pebbles. And once more, for the fourth time, the student has to acknowledge that the bucket is full.
'The lesson,' the professor tells the student, 'is to do the most important thing first, and each lesser thing in order of its priority. In this way, you will be able to fill up your life four times, instead of just once. If you do the unimportant things first, you'll be filling your bucket with sand... and there won't be room for anything else.'"
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The voting is towards the bottom of the page. If after reviewing the other articles, you feel compelled to vote for a different article, don't feel obligated to vote for mine. I'd rather if the voting was based on merit.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I wrote this article about the method of painting that I use as a coping skill for anxiety and depression. I strongly recommend that people who suffer from mental illness try a creative activity as a coping skill. Unfortunately, art therapy is underutilized due to a lack of insurance coverage. However, I advocate a do-it-yourself art therapy approach for everyone. Even those who do not suffer from mental illness can benefit from creative activities for stress management.
Monday, October 19, 2009
It's free and you can write about anything that interests you.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
My color theory class is focused on the properties and role of color in graphic design. Only circles of various sizes were allowed to be used in this assignment. The first image had to feature a gradiant in hues.
This next image was to feature a gradiant in value while maintaining the same hue.
This image had to feature variations in saturation. I was going for portraying motion. What do you think?
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The art history class was early art history from pre-historic art to baroque. I asked many questions over the course of the class. My instructor, Melissa Jones, took the time to answer all my questions and we had some great conversations.
The drawing instructor, Elizabeth LeGrone, always offered constructive feedback to improve our drawings. The focus of the drawing class was to draw what we see with a wide value scale with either pencil or charcoal.
My next class is on color. It should be very interesting.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here is the rough sketch of my final project for my drawing class. Obviously, it needs work, but I think I got a pretty good start on it considering I got sick several times while trying to draw it. I'll use sighting to fix the proportions and add the appropriate shading and textures.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I hope to be adding more articles to PTSD Central soon!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Do you like my charcoal drawing of the kiwis?
I have been working on PTSD Central. As I get the time, I am going to be adding as many articles about posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias to that website as possible. So, stay tuned for that! Check it out often if it is a subject of interest to you.
Monday, September 07, 2009
This is a charcoal drawing I did for my drawing class. What I liked was the complex shadow cast by the textured, fluted bowl. For those who draw still lifes, I would recommend the trick I learned in my perspective drawing class and place white paper under the still life arrangement. It makes it very easy to see the shadows.
Well, I have more drawing and writing to do...
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
So, I started a new website about PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and other anxiety disorders:
If you do check it out, let me know what you think of it. As I get time, I'll be adding many more articles to it.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Another thing I really like about HostGator is that they have live chat technical help right on their home page. I tried cheap web hosting services before, and it was nearly impossible to get any technical help from them.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I have initiated a schedule to keep my blogs updated more regularly.. look for a fairly constant supply of information on poetry contests, poetry chapbook contests, and any song lyric contests that I can find.
I may have to find a poetry contest to enter myself. It's been awhile since I was published (other than online). I've got way to many projects that are in the beginning phases to concern myself with that now, but it would be a nice goal for next year.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My youngest son helped with my art assignment yesterday. The assignment was to create a symmetrical black and white design. I felt bad because I spent most of the day working on writing for a client, so I let him scan in some of his Pokemon cards and showed him the different filters on Photoshop. He really enjoyed playing with it.
This week, I got some free software- a music production suite. He's anxious to play with that too. My kids and I have always done a lot of creative activities for fun.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Some of the topics covered soon will be how to make money from writing and art as well as issues related to working with a disability.
Path From Poverty
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
The turnout was much better than expected
for a holiday weekend. Thank you to everyone who
came to the show.
If I have another solo show next year, I'll probably
show the series of mixed media paintings that I am
working on that depict the homes of famous people in
a way that reflects their contributions.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Lebanon Art Factory Exhibit Schedule
-check out July 3
I'm finishing some pieces for my next show. I decided to focus on water.. reflections.. all kinds of ways that water impacts our lives. Not many things can be so essential, so beautiful, and so devastating..
Monday, June 15, 2009
Bound Wrists was chosen as the top illustrated poem for January on Literotica. Poems do not win the monthly contests at Literotica, but it means the poem will be considered for a nomination for the Annual Readers' Choice Awards.
My goal last year was to have 2 entries in the Reader's Choice Awards. I had 3. I think I will try to have 3 entries in next year's contest as well.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
This is a sketch I did for my perspectives art class. It feels good to be drawing again. The sketch isn't perfect, but I have enjoyed getting back in the habit of drawing. It's been about 20 years since I've drawn.
I'm loving art school. I'm learning so much already. The best part is that I would pay to learn these things even if I didn't have plans to use it in my career.
I'd like to see the result of future studies on this subject. Unfortunately, playing Tetris only seems to help prevent the symptoms of PTSD, not cure it. Kinda makes me mad that no one handed me a gameboy when I needed it. Do people still use gameboys?
Friday, June 05, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
If you haven't already, please take a minute to vote for my stories at
Thursday, April 30, 2009
So far, I'm finding the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to be impressive. I'm a little overwhelmed by the amount of software that I need to learn including Adobe Design Suite.. including Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator. These are all new to me. There are some quality tutorials from Adobe among others online. Feel free to share if you find some great tutorials.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The Tribal Threat
Two men live with an African tribe in which the women do a majority of the work. The tribe elder is concerned and uses these newly trusted men as examples of how men should treat women.
(Please vote 5 if you enjoy the story.)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Anyone who knows me well enough probably remembers when I took a stand for Vick. I'm not condoning illegal acts. But, DAMN! Can you imagine all your mistakes, breakups, and details of family drama being public domain? Contrary to popular belief, celebs are human. I certainly would not be one to cast a stone.
Some people emphasize that celebs are supposed to be role models. In the age of anorexia and pressure to be perfect, you know what? I don't mind my children having the reminder that people aren't perfect. God forbid that my children should learn that celebs aren't perfect and everyone must pay the consequences for their actions. What a detrimental lesson that is!
Okay, I'll drop the sarcasm. Truth is, I have a special appreciation for celebs. As an artist of a different kind, I admire the tenacity and passion that got them where they are. I appreciate people who share their talent with the world, whether they are celebrities, artists, or writers.
I have a profile on Twitter now, so feel free to stalk.. I mean "follow" me on there. Like at Lit, my username on Twitter is ladynstfreknbed.
Good night and God Bless!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
not that kind of toy! Get your mind out of the gutter. I found a website that I have been playing with in my spare time... what little of it I have. It's Helium.com. If you have ever written anything on helium or got paid for articles you wrote there, please leave a comment here. Let me know what your experiences with that website have been.
My Helium Profile
I'm in the process of creating a zone on Helium that is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe. I'll provide the link when it's up and running.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Sentora Ch. 01
This is the first chapter of a novella about Sentora, a therapist struggling with voids in her own life.
A woman who suffers from depression learns to trust her boyfriend to help her hrough difficult times.