Art: Comfort When You Can’t Leave Home

While I still insist we should be expecting less rather than more of ourselves due to the stress and strangeness of life during the pandemic, I also believe that we should keep making things.

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3 Tips That Got Me Through My Studio Cleanup

For two whole years, my studio has been a disaster. Even after I unpacked, there were bins, boxes, and bags all over the room. While there have been plenty of distractions, I finally realized what was really keeping things so messy and unsettled: perfectionism.

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Making Rope Out of Leaves, or Why Simple Projects Are A Must Right Now

I love making things, which is probably why I’m so annoyed by all the people who are insisting that the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to tackle a big creative project or be more productive. I want to be making things, people, trust me. But these are not the best conditions for creating.

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Tolkien’s Defense of Escapist Fantasy

In these troubled times, reading can be a balm and comfort . Escaping into a favorite story is one way to get temporary relief from the stress and anxiety we are all dealing with at the moment. But not everyone approves of “escapist” reading. Since today is also Tolkien Reading Day, I want to share what J.R.R. Tolkien himself had to say about fantasy literature and reading to escape.

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Pandemic: An Introvert’s Paradise? Not For Me.

I am astonished to discover how badly coronavirus mitigation practices have disrupted my life. In a way, things do not … More Pandemic: An Introvert’s Paradise? Not For Me.