At Ink & Alchemy, creativity is kicking ass and taking names.

February Firsts

In January I held my first ever workshop in social media. I'm happy to say that I've continued this theme of firsts right on into the month of February. I was invited to my first exhibition, which promises to be wildly exciting.  You can see the flier below. I was also invited to speak at the El Dorado Arts & Craft Association on the topic of social media for creative people. Another first! I'm very excited about this because one of my favorite art-related activities is to attend the El Dorado Studio Tour, which is being held in May this year. During the tour, I have met many of the artists and look forward to speaking with them next month.

Got braces. Meh. A not-so-great first, and one which I hope doesn't negatively affect my ability to speak. 

I managed to produce a podcast last month, but I will admit, they're harder than I  expected them to be. They take a long time to plan and record. Plus you have to brush your hair. I thoroughly enjoy them, and I believe they are the best way to convey the information I seek to communicate, but it's slow going. And again - braces. So, stay strong, my loyal followers, more podcasts to help you get your social media platform up and running are in the works.

((I have typed and read the word 'first' so many times, that it no longer looks like a legitimate word.))

Stop lying. Yep, you. You know those little lies you tell yourself to justify why you haven't accomplished your goals or made yourself happy? 
 I'm no good at this.
I can't do this.
I'll do it later.
Once I get better at this, I'll be more focused.
Other people's opinion matter.

All lies. Don't let anyone, including yourself, steal your precious time and happiness. If you want to create, then get busy doing it and all the other things will fall into place in their own time. But in the meantime, you will be feeding your soul and discovering new things about yourself. I'm proud of you already!
Do you have a story to tell?

I'm excited to announce a new way to be featured at I&A. I am currently accepting brief written pieces which explore your creative path and processes. I want to share your story with others in hopes that  we can  learn and grow together. We all struggle while trying to find our creative voices. Life is busy. Time is short. Pressures are high. Even if we manage to find that elusive muse, she's slippery and it's hard to keep her or summon her on demand. Please e-mail me if you have something you'd like to share, and we can discuss the details. My website will be updated within a week to refllect this new option.

And of course,this is yet another opportunity to include your links. One more small victory in your effort to conquer the world via social media.
E-mail Robin

More Ink 

I've decided to separate my art & writing endeavors, so that my actions and posts can be more focused. I may experience some slight growing pains as I make these adjustments. Ink & Alchemy will remain focused on art related activities, while More Ink is new and will be geared toward writing. You are encouraged to participate in both if they interest you.  Both groups have similar goals - the encouragement, growth, and inspiration for creative people, and networking & promotion via social media. 
Recommended reading:
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesSteven Pressfield.

You may have seen the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.  Pressfield wrote that book which was then turned into a film, and essentially launched him into a career as a writer. He's also the author of many other books, most of which are highly acclaimed historical novels.Take a few moments to visit his website and prepare to be amazed. This month's recommended book, The War of Art,  was born from decades of  earning a living as a writer; it details his philosophy on overcoming resistance and offers practical advice for those learning how to live a creative life. Although Pressfield is a writer, this book would be useful for anyone interested in creating for a living, whether it be as a writer or as an artist.
For this month only, I have combined Ink & Alchemy and More Ink. This newsletter was sent to my entire mailing list, both Featured Writers and Artists. Beginning next month,when I've had time to develop More Ink a bit,  I will send two separate mailings - each dedicated to its respective topic. 
"It’s messy. It has no rules. No clear beginning, middle, or end. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, and when you’re done you’re not sure if the pig is really clean or even why you were washing a pig in the first place."
Luke Sullivan
A rising tide floats all boats.  Connect with other Inkers on FB, Twitter, or Pinterest. Follow their blogs. Make your creative world a little bigger. If you know anyone who could use a monthly dose of inspiration, (or needs a kick in the pants to get creative), share this newsletter with them. Finally, if you have suggestions for Featured Artists or Writers, please send 'em my way.
All featured artists and writers are automatically included in the I&A mailing list and others may sign up here. Each issue will include a list of features from the previous month, as well as updates, and a collection of useful links and tips.

A permanent, running list of Ink & Alchemy Featured Writers & Artists is maintained on my blog and is updated on a weekly basis.  If you are a featured artist, please take a moment to check your link to ensure that I am using your preferred website.  Contact me by e-mail with updates. 
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