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Amy's Baking Company: Not Endorsed by SantaOn Saturday, I decided to sate my curiosity,
drive the half hour over to Scottsdale to gawk:
Amy's Baking Company, closed
after their distasteful run-in with Ramsey.
I was alternating between giggles and voyeuristic glee
at the closed sign hanging smugly in the window,
when up pulled a late model family van,
off-white and inconspicuous.
The driver's eyes twinkled, his cheeks were rosy,
as he leaned towards the passenger side and said:
"They deserved everything they get, and I'm Santa,"
he chuckled, "well, at Christmastime."
The Pendulum and its Shortcomings
This womans age spots tread
her fleshy cheeks, each one as brown
as she is tired, swaying with the train.
We come to pause on the bridge;
outside the ocean laps the rocks
at Red Hook, its genius not unlike
the ants in the road, in the trees,
my mother's kitchen, which reportedly
You and I measure time
as if it is palpable, as if those crabs
I collected on the beach as a child, placed
in a bucket, and took home deduced
that their scratchings at a stainless-steel sink
was the beginning or the end.
We whisper come November,
come November: it is never
and it is always. Crab apples speckle
my grandfather's lawn, my snoring cats
wake each other in the night. I push back
The train jolts forward and stale coffe
From its dark winters, this is Alaska --
terrain unknown and treacherous, white
blinding with snow, and sky black and filled
with these contraptions --
or so they say. These men and women who
burst at the seams with story. Far below zero,
days at a time, I wait. I watch. The lights
reported here, could they
possibly be natures wrath? That volcano
we all remember, or maybe Aurora sparkling
on the horizon. But pilots, to and fro from Juneau
widen their eyes in fear
to tell me: this is where I saw it. This is where
I knew -- I knew it was real. In the lower 48
flying is different. Intimately, as a pilot myself
I am so aware
of the way we hug the sky with our wings and
engines. A slip proves fatal in these mountains.
Twelve a year die in avalanches here. Those lights,
that glitter, the unidentified --
we risk breath to learn, to certify
what only the Universe can f
Quantum Physics and You
"Quantum Physics and You"
You lay in dark water, so thick
with myth. I found you here,
floating, arms open, eyes to the breeze.
And you said, I cannot travel
in time. And I said In the future
all the stars go out, but we live on.
The water is syrup, the sweet, sticky
tongues of lovers past. Your guitar
is cracked open on the shore, strings
weeping into the sound hole.
And I wanted to throw up and you said,
Let it breathe, let it breathe, like
how the cat sleeps in the red chair.
I wet my ankles with your water,
I wet my knees. And it is you
whose greatest fear is to drown.
How To get PublishedOr be Satisfied when You Aren't
A Beginner's Guide
Poetry publication is awash with literary magazines, internet journals, print-on-demand presses, vanity presses, indie presses, and major publication houses. So many options! It's a lot to navigate. But before we delve into the 'How-To's,' it's important to understand the 'Why.'
I'm talking about the the Big Why, the biggest WHY after 'Why write poetry?' Which is, of course, 'Why are you publishing your poetry?'
"BECAUSE!" I hear you shouting.
But that's not the best answer. You'll be happier, or at least more content with the results of the following advice if you understand your motivations behind the urge to publish. What specifically do you hope to achieve?
How to Succeed in Poetry Without Really Trying
If, for example, you want your poems out in the world, in a place people might read them; if you want to be able to say that you're a published poet; if you're not feeling great a
ProjectEducate: Copyright 1st Publication RiCopyrighting and First Publication Rights
As a part of projecteducate, the literature gallery moderators will be posting a series of news articles about the literature community and gallery here on deviantART, as well as literature in general. We will be covering various topics that we feel deserve more exposure. Tonight, it's time to talk about copyrighting your writing, and what it means to share your writing online if you'd like to get it published too.
Copyrighting your Writing:
The basics of Copyright
All original works on deviantART are the legal property of the artist who submits them. This means that when you submit any kind of writing as a deviation to deviantART, its yours and you retain all rights to it. The site does not own it, nor can anyone use it or repost it without your permission. Basically, all that intimidating Submission Agreement (the lengthy page of writing you agreed to when submitting for the first time)
Submitting to Lit JournalsRough Guide to Submitting Poetry to Literary Journals (by Email)
First thing you need is your poems, naturally; these must be fully redrafted to your satisfaction to have much of a chance of getting anywhere in the world of self-respecting mags. Try out some workshops (there are a tonne on the internet, and plenty in the real world too), ask your friends, but most of all just mull them over for yourself until you're happy.
Do not pad your submission with bad poems, thinking the worse ones might get through thanks to your stronger work. This will just result in the whole bunch being rejected, in all probability.
Next we need to scope out a market. There are numerous ways of doing this. Duotrope is probably the most useful resource around. Check that your target accepts electronic submissions and are currently open to submissions at all. Read their guidelines thoroughly and follow every one. It's amazing how many people completely fail to follow the
PE: Guidelines to Starting your Own Craft BusinessGuidelines to Starting your Own Crafting Business
So you make cute crafts, and probably someone offered you money for them. Maybe you need the money, and if you're like me, you need it to buy more crafting supplies. Whatever the reason, starting your own crafty business is a decisions that you should take seriously... it's not as easy as opening an Etsy account and setting some random prices for your work. There is a lot of things to consider to keep the business going, your money safe, your name clean, and your costumers happy.
By no means this is an absolute guide, merely a few guidelines of things I've found important or questions I get asked often by people interested in opening their own business. Most of this tips are intended for online selling, but they should apply for other ways of selling too. I will probably do more detailed guides in the future, as I learn more myself.
To begin with, don't forget to research as much as you can! If you're rea
Introduction to setting up your storeShameless plug: Use this referral link when opening up your Etsy store and get 40 free listings (and you'll get me 40 free listings too! Thanks!).
Introduction to setting up your store
I have been there, deciding to sell your work is a scary decision. What do I do? How do I sell? How do I accept money? What do I do so that I don't lose money? What if no one buys my work? I went through every emotion and scary thought before I began. Three years after I opened my store I finally feel comfortable giving advice about it. This is a huge topic and I could write tons of info about it, so I'll begin with this introduction and build up on future articles. I will also write a second article about taking commissions, wait for it later this week!
Last year I wrote some guidelines with some more information about selling your work online, please consider reading it too! This article will focus on setting up
PE: On selling artTraditional Art Week
Shopping here, selling there...
The internet provides a great opportunity to not only showcase your art, but also to sell it - so much easier (and in a lot of cases so much more profitable) than art galleries and shops. Here you can find out what some of the Traditionalists' members think about selling art, both on and off-line.
Before you get to reading them, though, here are two questions for you:
If you sell your art anywhere, how would you describe your thoughts about it?
And how about buying art?
What websites or art galleries do you visit for that purpose?
And here are the opinions:
In my opinion its very gratifying when it works. I sell prints, crafts, handmade jewellery, and the occasional original, and in my opinion people giving their money in exchange for my art is a great vote of confidence in tha
Trying Out New Paper
(edited for readability - I made the comparison of papers a list to make it easier)
I got this pad of paper for my birthday last year but I hadn't had a chance to try it out until now.
Now, this new pad is NOT watercolor paper, but since I've watercolored on a few different non-watercolor papers and boards, with results I've really liked, that didn't really make me hold back.
According to the inside cover, this is supposed to be:
("Exceptional") for pencils (lead and colored), pen + ink, charcoal, and pastels
("Good") for markers and watercolors
Weight comparisons with some other weighted papers I've worked on:
Cold-press illustration board, which would, of course, be the thickest
[Bullet; Black] the Bristol paper which I don't have weight data on, would be second-heaviest
A reference guide on bookbinding typesA reference guide on bookbinding types
When I tell people I'm a bookbinder they often think I make only one type of book; the library kind. That, however, is only one of the many ways an artist can create a book. For me, it's a fun challenge to pick the right binding style to go with the purpose of the book. Whether it is a novel that needs to look really classy or medieval, a sketchbook for a graphic novelist or a paper about connections that lets me show the binding. In this article I'm going to tell you a little bit about all the types of bookbinding that I know. I'm not going into details but, if possible, I will link to images and tutorials that do.
If you're here for inspiration: this guide is pretty long. I recommend scrolling through the images first!
To make a start...
The different ways of binding books can be broken down into two general groups: adhesive bindings and non-adhesive bindings. Adhesive b
Surviving Sports PhotographySports photography.
This category of photojournalism is one of the most sought after positions in professional photography. VIP access to pro athletes, frontline seats, locker room interviews, and a paycheck to photograph the whole experience year after year?!!
Sign me up!!
Well, that's how my story began anyway. Years ago, I made the mistake of going to a pro hockey game and within three hours fell madly in love with the smell of ice and the sound of blades. I left the building thinking to myself (and telling anyone who would listen to the ravings of a madwoman): "There has to be some way I can be involved in this for the rest of my life." What actually happened after that night is one of the wildest stories I've ever told and it's still a crazy ride. But getting on that ride and staying on is tricky.
So here's what I've learned so far about actually surviving sports photography
Artist's Toolbox: Social Media WebsitesIn this day and age, with the internet at just about everyone's fingertips, social media is making a big boom and is useful for so much more than just socializing with others. Each day more and more businesses jump on the social media bandwagon to help market and promote their goods. For artists this is no different, as these websites are an excellent tool to market yourself, your skills, and of course your art!
Benefits of using Social Media Websites
Starting out brand new on any social media website can be a bit daunting and building watchers/followers can take time though there are ways to get noticed faster if you are willing to put the time and effort into it. Some time ago I wrote an article about gaining exposure. While the article is geared towards gaining exposure on deviantART, a lot of the same concepts apply to other websites as well. Do take a moment and give it a read.
PE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 2Traditional Art Week
This is the second part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.
The Part 1 introduced some scanning and shooting tips;
This Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.
This guide is meant especially for beginning artists but maybe also more advanced artists can find something new to think about – or maybe you can share your best tips in the comment area of this article!
EDITING YOUR DIGITIZED PICTURES
For editing your scanned or photographed picture you need a software to do that (or you can use the adjustment tools your scanner offers, see Part 1 for those). Adobe Photoshop is a co
PE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 1Traditional Art Week
It looks better in real life...
Scanner ate the colors!
The photo does not do justice.
How many times you have read or typed yourself such notes in artist’s comments, under traditional artworks?
You’re not alone; digitizing our drawings, paintings, sculptures and other traditional, hand-made artworks can be tricky. Of course the work is never exactly same when changing it from a concrete object to a picture on a screen, but a lot can be done to achieve as representative result as possible!
This is the first part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something it is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.
This Part 1 introduces scanning and photographing tips.
The Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.
This guide is meant es
Thinking and talking about constraints I often come back to Mark Zuckerberg. A strange referent, but a productive one. His wardrobe is exclusively the same color of sweatshirt and jeans. He wakes up in the morning and doesn't have to think about what he's going to wear, or spend extravagant amounts of money on clothes. Some may see it as lazy or that he's not exactly sartorially-inspired, but I see it as what some writers refer to as an "enabling constraint"—something that limits the universe of possibilities just enough to make either a definable list of choices apparent or simply to force our hands to make a choice. Given the opportunity, choice is disabling and disarming. As such, imposing an "enabling constraint," which is what each routine and utility at Applied Poetics really is, creates a paradox. You may think that you're taking away freedom when, in fact, you may be encouraging it by limiting the amount of choices you have to make. As I tell my creative writing students, writing is just a habit of making decisions.Consider that you have all of the best words already in front of you; they just need to be manipulated, massaged, and arranged. As Johanna Drucker writes, when called upon, "letters will perform." Instead of asking what the "right" letters are, I encourage you to ask a different question: What will you ask them to do?
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