Secret Weapon

My favorite Benatar song and one of my favorite songs of all time. It always seems to come back to me when I need to make some important change in my life. It is really a bit like an omen. Thanks for sending it. It just confirms what I already knew.

Sometimes Silver Linings are Blue



If you’re sticking to your guns, make sure you’re not shooting blanks. 😉


-Carisa Adrienne

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Writing Advice From John Steinbeck

The Politics of Writing

Whether a fan of his writing or not, John Steinbeck has been integrated into the American canon and shaped the way American literature has been perceived, moreso than any other writer has done. In 1962 he was awarded the Nobel prize in literature for “his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” Not only have his works been frequently taught in schools around the country, his books have also been subject to numerous book-burnings  and demonstrations; which is the landmark of any great writer.

At times Steinbeck was hesitant towards interviews, but the Paris Review has recently compiled a mix of different conversations, interviews, and writings about his art. It’s broken up into different sections, such as “On Work Habits”, and “On Publishing” for ease of finding the best piece of advice. But there’s one section in particular that sums it all…

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