Study Hacks on the “Deliberate Rise of Stephen King”

An old photograph of Stephen King (notice the outdated computer) hard at work on his craft.

The following is an obvious statement: Those of you reading this post probably enjoy reading other blogs too. To prove my theory correct, I would like to submit to you a new blog to add to your reading repertoire.

Cal Newport, the author of Study Hacks, is a Computer Scientist and Assistant Professor at Georgetown who is interested in “why some people end up leading successful, enjoyable, meaningful lives, while so many others do not”. His posts are filled with real life examples of people who have made it in their fields and on techniques for improving one’s productivity. I think it is important as an artist to find inspiration and models of business outside of our narrow field. That is why I really pay attention when I am given advice by a successful person in any of the creative arts–regardless of their medium.

Below is a great post about Stephen King and how he never allowed rejection to derail his goal of becoming a successful writer. Very inspiring!

Painting the Town “Red”

Red-ESPwebLast Friday was an awesome day for me! I got to copy at the NGA then meet up with my art pal Elizabeth Floyd to see the Outwin Boochever competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (more on that to come). Later that night I went out with some more of my talented art buddies, Tricia Ratliff and Debra Keirce for a fun girl’s night out to see the Tony Award winning play “Red” about the life/work of Mark Rothko. The rendition we saw is being put on by the Elden Street Players in Herndon VA. The set & acting were top notch–I would recommend this to all in the area. Hurry now to get your tickets because the play only runs through the end of this week, June 29th. Click here for more info.