While I have enjoyed writing Cloud of Chaos and love the enthusiasm and support it received from my readers and friends, it became very obvious to me as I delved further into my pursuit of a writing career that what I needed, and wanted, was a blog about writing, a chronicle of my experience as an aspiring writer, what it’s like to leave a career behind to start a new one, the trials and joys of trying to get published, samples of new work, and more.
And so, I introduce my new blog, Plying The Muse With Gin. My hope is that it will appeal to my fellow writers and creatives, as well as friends and others who would like to follow my adventures in writing.
Cloud of Chaos will remain in its current form for anyone to read my past work on fashion, travel, dining, social media, and the other snarky deliciousness for which it was known. But from now on, you will find me Plying The Muse With Gin.
Tonight you’ll find me at Bherd Studios Gallery, where the exhibition Vignettes is opening. Four Bherd represented artists each created a small series of work that tells a story or offers the viewer a glimpse of narrative through a sketch of subject matter. Continue Reading
By now I’m sure everyone has heard that Maurice Sendak, world-renowned illustrator and beloved author of some of the most impactful and enduring children’s books, died this morning in his Connecticut home. The New York Times said he was “widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.” For those of us who grew up with his work, Maurice Sendak is linked inextricably with our love of reading and our most early experiences of feeling “hey, someone out there gets me.” Continue Reading
When astronomers and astrologers alike are atwitter over a lunar event, you know there’s something big happening. Hold on to your hats, folks, and make sure there are batteries in your camera, because tonight we have not just any Full Moon but a “supermoon” in the supercharged sign of Scorpio. Actually, you might want to think about securing more than your hats because tonight some serious shit is going down. Continue Reading
When you are a blogger, you tend to spend a lot of time online and to read and pay attention to the work of other bloggers. And when you also are a writer, your ears (or whatever the online equivalent of ears is) prick up when you stumble across blogs by other writers. Here are a few of my favorites. Continue Reading
In the month or so since I moved to Seattle, I’ve had the great good fortune to meet some of Seattle’s blogger community. A few in person, and others online through the terrific group Seattle Bloggers Unite! For this first Seattle Follow Friday, I’d like to introduce to you a few of my fave Seattle bloggers. (Trust me, there are plenty more where they came from!) Continue Reading
Amazing, hypnotic and deliciously random, “Stupidity captured at 2500 frames per second” is a video montage of two guys named Dumt & Farlight, from TV2 Zulu in Denmark, smashing things and blowing things up. Some highlights: running a lawn mower on carpet, nine litres of paint ignited with fireworks, puncturing a water bed with a giant needle, a rocket-powered drying rack, a bottle of red wine in a microwave, and throwing flour on a candle. These guys are definitely pyros of the first order! Of course, my favorite, given that I’m about to go into birthday celebration mode, is when they blow up a birthday cake with fireworks (scene three at :54). Party trick idea?
Thanks Paper Mag. Your morning funnies are always the highlight of my day.