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10 Terrific Tips for Moving Day (Helpful & Questionable)

I've moved around a lot. The other night I counted.

Since high school I've moved, get this, SIXTEEN TIMES.

I've moved SIXTEEN times since 2004. 

*headdesk*

So many boxes. So many trips. So many apartments. So many houses. So many cities. So many boxes of pizza. So many hours filled with the ear-piercing sound of tape getting yanked off its roll.

So what does one do with all that expertise? Duh. Write a blog post! ;)

Here's my list of ten somewhat helpful yet questionable tips for your...

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If I Were in High School, I'd Want to Go to Tacoma's School of the Arts...

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Full Disclaimer: I Was Homeschooled.

It was pretty okay.

I got to take the classes I wanted to take in the places I wanted to take them from the teachers I liked best. I spent all but one class of my senior year in college classrooms, which allowed me to graduate high school with about 15 college credits. (Possibly the only reason why I have a minor in French.)

Homeschooling through high school afforded me the aforementioned discovery of my LEAST FAVORITE PIECE OF LITERATURE. EVER. and...

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I Have a Case of The Hermit Crabs.

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photo by Fimb 

Allow me to explain...

I spent 10 years (2004-2014) moving a lot.

Sometimes as frequently as every 6 months. College life, new roommates, living abroad, moving to a new corner of the US, new roommates, new neighborhoods, new jobs...

I got really good at picking up everything and moving around based on who I wanted to be near. My artistic and personal spaces have been defined by the people I intentionally surrounded myself with. 

But as I get older, I'm...

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Midwinter Midnights, Vol. 1 is Here!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas!

It's out! It's here! And I couldn't be more proud of this little collection of Christmas gems.

Available Online! 

 

Some really wonderful people deserve my unending thanks...  

This group of people generously stand behind me by pledging a small amount ($1, $3, $5, or $10) for every original song, cover song, or video I release. This small but mighty group...

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Prompt: Puns have become illegal.

This week's (song)writing prompt...

Puns have become illegal.

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Further Prompt Challenge: Puns (my favorite thing in linguistics) have become illegal. Are you a rule follower? Can you withstand the temptation to use one in conversation? Do you use them at home, when no one's looking? If so, who is in your inner-circle of pun-sharing trust? What puns are worth breaking the rules for? What story led to the banning of these?

Check out what the Reddit community came up...

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2014 in Review: Summer & Fall

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Summer

Continuing with the Annual Review, Summer was one of the best. But again, one of the hardest. 

I was coming out of my artistic retreat, returning to "life-as-normal."

It was a jolt to be sure. Financially, I was looking for a day job. Rent had to get paid.

While at The Guild, I noticed that all my strength and energy had previously been spent on keeping myself afloat via teaching a full-time studio of students, etc. I was able to set aside my ego in order to...

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2014 in Review: Winter & Spring

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For the last 7 years I've done what I call an "Annual Review."

I've done it so many times now, I've got it down to a ceremony of sorts. It takes after Chris Gillebeau's version, but with it's own Emily-twist.

It's kinda involved.

I basically look at my entire year financially, relationally, time-wise, artistically, etc. I get out old receipts, look through the whole calendar, scan through emails, and more... 

All the while, I'm asking myself...

"What went well? &...

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Why We Should Spread Creativity Like We're Buttering Bread For The Last Time

When growing up a teenager in Texas, there was this precociously outspoken little 5-year-old neighbor-girl that would invite herself over for early/first dinners at our house.

I loved that kid.

And she loved butter.

She would spread butter on bread like it was humanity's last chance to butter bread.

It was beautiful. Generous. & oh so messy. 

And she seemed totally oblivious to the looks of horror from the adults in the room...

Ira Glass said it best...

"Nobody tells...

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My TEDxTalk is up!

I'm still really honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at this year's TEDxTacoma. :-)  Take a look below!

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