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Vol. 92, Embodiment

Posted on 30 April 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about embodiment. About how dipping deeper into your inspirations and instincts can be the antidote to artistic paralysis and confusion. This past month, I had the opportunity to see a few live performances that pushed me to further meditate on how full immersion strengthens your art.   One of the… »

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Vol. 91, The Wisdom of the Ages

Posted on 28 March 2013

In many artist circles we are obsessively focused on talent. Who is more talented than who. What less talented artist achieved more fame and notoriety than another more talented artist. Becoming older, I realize the importance of other factors. Hard work is an easy one, but a commitment to completion, a willingness to put your… »

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Vol. 90, Reconciling Fantasy With Reality

Posted on 12 March 2013

These are exciting times. I’m writing a novel. I’m not “working” on a novel, I’m not “restructuring” my novel. I’m not doing some interminably long project, I’m writing a novel. I’ve always deeply felt the limitations to me writing a novel. All of these limitations were real, but underneath my issues was a willingness to… »

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Vol. 89, Secrets to Continuing On

Posted on 6 March 2013

Award Announcement I few days ago, I received the wonderful news that Ancient, Ancient won the 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. award: www.tiptree.org. Part of the prize is all-expenses paid to attend Wiscon, the feminist science fiction conference I went to last year. Last year another Aqueduct author, Andrea Hairston, was the winner of the Tiptree…. »

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Vol. 88, The Rippling Effect of Art

Posted on 27 February 2013

I think as artists, sometimes in our more bitter moments, we might think, what are we getting out of this? If we aren’t get money, fame or attention, we think, what’s the point? But art doesn’t work like that. Art is not linear; it doesn’t have a straight line of cause and effect. It ripples… »

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Vol. 87, Unearthing Hidden Gems

Posted on 9 February 2013

I am a reader who reads across genres and I write across genres too. Now that I have debuted with a book of speculative stories, I have been wrestling with what to do next. This wrestling is not just being done on a logistical level but on a psycho-emotional level as well. Having created a… »

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Proclaiming Your Value

Posted on 11 January 2013

When you promote your work you are creating a clearing for your existence. It is like walking into a forest and finding a good spot to pitch a tent. You don’t just pitch the tent, you clear the ground, and sometimes dig little holes for the stakes, it’s a process. There is so much “noise”… »

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The Next Big Thing

Posted on 29 December 2012

I was tagged by Ibi Zoboi to write a post called The Next Big Thing. At the same time, I recently completed this year’s mega-installment of The Pleasures of Reading, Viewing and Listening for 2012. So I’m going to mush those two together and make a brand-new post. Now we all know how to identify… »

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Vol. 86, Conversations With the Muse

Posted on 24 November 2012

The week of the hurricane brought me an unplanned week off during which I worked steadily on a painting that I was doing for an upcoming auction. I didn’t recognize it as a rich opportunity to write until four or five days had passed. At which point, the muse tapped me on the shoulder. The… »

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Beasts of the Southern Wild—from the perspective of two Southern Writers

Posted on 29 October 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild exploded on the film scene garnering massive praise for the actors, awards and critical acclaim for the filmmakers, and criticism about everything from the lack of storyline to the stereotyping of a community. Kiini Ibura Salaam and Lynn Pitts, two writers from Louisiana, share their thoughts on the film. KS:… »

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