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Where Writers Get Their Money: A Brief History Of The Privileges I Have And Have Not Enjoyed Over The Course Of My Career

Where Writers Get Their Money: A Brief History Of The Privileges I Have And Have Not Enjoyed Over The Course Of My Life/Career

“Here’s my life,” writes Ann Bauer on Salon. “My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By the time he’s dressed I’m already sitting at my desk writing. He kisses me goodbye then leaves for the job where he makes good money, draws excellent benefits and gets many perks, such as travel, catered lunches and full reimbursement for the gym where I attend yoga midday. His career has allowed me to work only sporadically, as a consultant, in a field I enjoy.” Bauer admits that this admission might be considered “crass,” but she’s calling for more honesty like this in her piece, entitled “‘Sponsored’ By My Husband: Why It’s A Problem That Writers Never Talk About Where Their Money Comes From.” Keep reading »

40 Scientifically Unproven (But Totally Effective) Ways To Boost Your Creativity

40 Easy Ways To Boost Your Creativity

According to a new study, people who exercise regularly are more creative than those who don’t, and hitting the gym can measurably boost your ability to think outside the box. While we certainly don’t disagree with these findings — who hasn’t experienced a creative breakthrough in the middle of yoga class? — we also know that you need more than a daily elliptical session to stay inspired. If you’re in a rut or in need of creativity boost but don’t feel like hitting the gym (or even leaving your couch), don’t worry, you’ve got options. Here are a whole bunch of weird, wonderful ways to boost your creativity, personally tested and approved not by science, but by us. Hey, whatever works! Keep reading »

Study: No, That Art Degree Does NOT Mean You’ll Be Poor Forever

With the economy in such a dismal state, mocking people with art degrees has practically become a national pastime. After all, it gives everyone else a way to feel smug as they melt into financial ruin at the ripe age of 23. “Sure, things are shitty,” they muse. “It’s true that I have to move back in with my parents and I hate my job at Best Buy, but at least I majored in finance and didn’t waste $80,000 on art school tuition.” (Pats back.)

Think again, bro. Your superiority is a built on a lie. A new study is making that very clear with results that show art degree holders actually do have jobs, and good ones at that. That’s right, the very basis of all the validation you’ve ever had in doing what you’re “supposed” to do is kind of just wrong. Just as the cliches go, it turns out that doing what you love in life really does allow you to thrive. Keep reading »

Need to Get Creative? Dim the Lights

Need to Get Creative? Dim the Lights

If you’re working on a project that demands a burst of inspiration, try turning down the lights. So say German researchers who conclude that “darkness increases freedom from constraints, which in turn promotes creativity,” reports Pacific Standard, picking up on a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The researchers put test subjects in rooms with dim, normal, and bright lighting and found that the first group performed best on problems that required outside-the-box thinking. Read more on Newser…

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Creative Gifts For Artsy Fartsy Moms

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift to match your mom’s unique lifestyle. If your mom is happiest when she’s covered in paint, sculpting with clay, or writing her latest collection of poetry, then you probably have what I like to refer to as an Artsy Fartsy Mom. Here are six gift ideas to delight and inspire those creative mommas out there …

To Be More Creative Make Breakfast Backwards

According to a new study done in the Netherlands, stimulating your creativity is much easier than you thought.  The study found that preparing your breakfast in reverse order can make a person more creative. Like putting your milk in the bowl before your cereal. Researchers found that when participants shook up their breakfast making routines that it helped break cognitive patterns and triggered more flexible, innovative and creative thinking. The same goes for the rest of your day. The study found that any kind of active involvement in an unusual or unconventional event triggers creativity. Not watching an unusual event, but actually participating in one.  I’m so on board with this. Almond milk, you will now come before Kashi. [Miller McCune]

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