Today's doodle is based upon a child's chalk drawing I saw on the sidewalk while I was on one of my long walks with Dane. The original was oriented ninety degrees to the left, but me being me...I saw it sideways and with a smilie face. It seemed like a good message for today. Sometimes all the focus on what is wrong in the world gets to me. Sometimes it's good to think about what is right. You know? And yesterday, no migraine came to visit. It's the first time since February 7th. I'm hoping this is a new trend.
In other news, the 2015 Nebula Awards Nominees were announced yesterday. I'm so honored to have so many friends on that list. I'm so happy for them. I truly am. It's amazing to know so many talented people. They're all a good influence on my life and my work. They make me want to work harder--to expand and explore in what might otherwise be frightening directions. They also help me think in new ways. In my opinion, that's the great thing about having other creative people in your life. It shouldn't be about competition. (That's one of the biggest reasons I hated art school.) Competition kills creativity. It makes having ideas unsafe and creatives need safety in order to create. It's one of the reasons why insecurity is such a problem among creatives like writers. Creativity is much like play, and there's a reason children are often so much more creative than adults. Young kids just do shit. They don't sit around and wonder if it's good enough. We all have that smashed out of us at an early age--some earlier than others. That's why it's so important to be supportive of one another. In addition, it's important to not make others feel used. Give as good as you get.
And now, I'm just going to add this Muppet video because it makes me happy.
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