What Writers Can Learn from The Walking Dead

Michonne from The Walking Dead TV series

Beyond the Zombies … True Horror I have a love/hate relationship with zombies as they are portrayed in American culture. They’re crude and redundant: all they do is stagger around looking for something to eat. They never get full or tired, even when their rotting limbs are falling off. I can’t resist the gory little […] Read more »

Traveling with Joy

Melanie Lamaga with Sequoias by Jose Angel Sanchez Pacheco

 Boost Creativity and Productivity through Bliss Last week I wrote about the book Get High Now (without drugs) and, somewhat coincidentally, this week I find myself blissed out to an extent I haven’t felt in quite a while, and as a result, my creativity is humming. I know it’s probably foolish to analyze this. The […] Read more »

Bitchy Boss, Rebellious Employee (or both)?

Bipolar (before) by Jose Angel Sanchez & Melanie Lamaga

Learning to Love (and Leave) Deadlines Many creatives and entrepreneurs, especially in the early part of their careers, are working for themselves, in every sense. They are working without the benefit of anyone else’s expectations; they are working without the benefit of pay; they are working for their future or for love for the craft. […] Read more »

Perla and the Obsidian Man

Perla, photo collage by Melanie Lamaga

A Short Story by Melanie Lamaga Once there was a poor farmer. His father had been a successful farmer, and his grandfather a rich one; but since those days, the great river that irrigated the family’s land had gone completely dry. The people of the North Country were siphoning off the water, and the delta, […] Read more »

Labor Day and The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness by Melanie Lamaga

Ahh, Labor Day, the day where we do as little as possible. Grilling food, drinking beer, playing frisbee, hanging out… Is that all we strive for the other 250-260 working days per year? As the decades pass, do we comfort ourselves with the vision of retirement, when presumably every day will be like Labor Day? […] Read more »

Attracting Abundance: Be Somebody!

Still from "The Jerk"

To Get a Different Result, Be a Different Person (plus disclaimer and 1970s movie references) This series has been about gaining greater control over your life through subtle shifts in attitude and perception. However, I don’t want to seem like I’m blowing sunshine where the sun don’t shine. So first, a disclaimer. My suggestions do […] Read more »

Self-Editing for Writers

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly Here’s a fun infographic from Copyblogger. The English language is a carnival ride, and even very intelligent and educated people make the occasional error. However, some common errors are easily avoided once you know what to look for. Remember, people do judge you by how you present […] Read more »

Attracting Abundance, Part 1

buddha flower-web

Ask, Listen, Visualize, Feel There is a book out there called The Law of Attraction that may or may not espouse similar ideas to those I’m presenting here. I don’t know because I haven’t read it. Normally, I am a big advocate of research, but there is a time for research and a time for […] Read more »