Tag: business

Benefits of Play

The Day the Toys Died (An Obituary for Toys R Us and Play)

Toys R Us

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching the declining fortunes of Toys R Us. Well, really I’ve been watching for years. The chain has been in trouble since a leveraged buyout saddled it with billions in debt – money it couldn’t recoup through declining sales. The bloodletting worsened in recent months with Toys R …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Are You an Artist or Businessperson? How About Both?

Artist or businessperson

I recently finished Write. Publish. Repeat., by Sean Platt. It’s a book about self-publishing and being an indie author. It basically asks the question, “Do you want to be an artist or businessperson?” The majority of the book focuses on the business end of things and assumes that “art” is for those who don’t care …

Freelance Writing Advice, Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Making a Living in a Creative Profession


Many people are gifted in the areas of art, music, dance, writing, and acting. However, when it comes time to choose a profession, many choose to pursue something other than their creative gift. “You can’t make money as a writer (dancer, artist, musician, etc.),” they are told. Or the pressure to get a “real” job …

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Stand Up and Be Paid!


I’m a fan of Wil Wheaton. True, I didn’t love his character, Wesley, from Star Trek: Next Generation very much. But as the years have gone by, he’s established himself as a writer, defender of geeks and nerds, a supporter of tabletop board gaming, and advocate/inspiration for those battling depression. Last week he wrote of …

Freelance Writing Advice, Publishing Tips & Topics

Sometimes Rejection Is Your Fault


Yesterday’s post was about how rejection isn’t always your fault. Sometimes you get rejected for reasons that have nothing to do with you or the work you’re submitting. That’s a comforting thought because it may mean that your work is actually good. However, it’s also possible that the rejection was entirely your fault. (Harsh, but …