As an Indie Author, I know the struggle of not just creating the art but marketing and selling your work. It’s often said as writers that a good strategy for getting more sales is to write more books. While that is undoubtedly true, I also believe in the power of leading through example.
Pictured to the right is a recent purchase of mine. This b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l photograph was taken my a friend of mine from college. I was lucky enough to join the same business fraternity as him, and through our meeting I’ve been able to see the world through his eyes. And damn, does he capture the world’s beauty perfectly.
For the sake of my phone having terrible picture quality, I’m also attaching below a tiny snippet of the photo in high definition. His portfolio is filled to the brim with breathtaking work, all with different themes that could fit into any room.
I chose this particular piece because I love the mixing of green with red. It reminds me that change is constant, and makes me feel both warm and calm at the same time. There are photographs of greens and oranges, beaches and mountains, sunrises and sunsets, forests and fields.
Excuse my sales pitch, but don’t worry. You don’t have to just take my word for it. Click here to look through more of his stunning art pieces on Instagram!
One of the stereotypes I hate most in this world is its idea of a nerd: someone who only finds adventure on pages or through gaming. While it’s true we enjoy those methods (I mean come on now), why does anyone seem so shocked when they learn we vary just as much as anyone else? Myself – I love hiking and traveling and spending my time working out. Nerds are guilty of this too; I’ve seen people look particularly offended when I’m at a convention (last year I went dressed up as R2D2.. this year it’s the cute version of the Flash) and I mention “that one time I traveled around the United Kingdom.” Well, a dear friend of mine shares a similar mindset to me. She loves not only traveling, but also targeting ‘nerd locations,’ as she likes to call them. If you want to enjoy her travels alongside me, click this link to follow her on Instagram! She recently went to England, Germany, Austria, and Italy, and is about to go to Louisiana for all you American Horror Story fans!
Here’s a picture of my ever-pale self in the Smokies! This particular hike was 2 miles each way, so a total of 4 miles. It was rather flat, but as you can see the scenery was beautiful. It also was quite inspiring! As I wrote a fairy short story titled “Between the Trees” that will hopefully find a home soon!
Today my family is off to visit the Smokey Mountains for a few days. Even if I wasn’t a nature-lover, I would be happy. For three weeks, I’ve been stuck in my house. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve enjoyed using the time to both write and catch up on my reading. Still, I’m going a little crazy here. Hopefully the change of scenery will be inspiring and spark my imagination!
What’s better than working on your latest novel or reading a good book? Doing it OUTSIDE. This weekend I encourage you to find a park or even a coffee shop with outdoor seating. You’d be surprised how it can get your creative juices flowing.