Inspiration! Roundup: Intentional Art, Animals in Period Costumes, Writing Advice, and Getting Better

This Week's "I want to to go to there": I am pretty obsessed with stillness right now. I want to go be still!
Photo by Paul Morris.


There is something very satisfying about Pawel Norbert's illustration series Intentional, playing with realistic strips of paint.

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100 Useful Things

Speaking of satisfying, how about this simple website, sharing items that are useful? It just feels good to look at.

They Think They're People

Artist Bill Mayer's series of paintings featuring plants and animals dressed in period costumes are so charming and creepy, I love them!

Advice on Happiness

Listen, I am a bit skeptical to take advice on how to be happy from a Richie McRich Kid like Richard Branson, especially when he starts it off saying he's not happy because he's rich but is rich because he's happy. But also, he has a point. Not that being happy will help you get rich, but that happiness not a result of wealth or other trappings.

"So many people get caught up in doing what they think will make them happy but, in my opinion, this is where they fail. Happiness is not about doing, it’s about being. In order to be happy, you need to think consciously about it. Don’t forget the to-do list, but remember to write a to-be list too."

How to Write a Good Story

A quick hit of advice from Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a good short story. I am starting to try to write more narrative and so I certainly appreciate the advice!

Getting Better

I love this Joan Crawford quote: "I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn't get better. You get better."

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