Street Art

I think street art is cool. Really cool. Check out this post of Awesome Examples of Street Art for 2013.016a(Street art in San Francisco–not exactly the same, but still vibrant and creative.)

Banksy is doing a month-long art exhibit in New York, adding a new piece each day. Check out his website for updates.

(I love Banksy.)



Who’s Stressed?

Friday Five

Five things to do to reduce your stress:

Knit. People who knit (I’m included) swear that there are times during which we have to choose between knitting something or killing people. Knitting has saved lives. There is something beautifully zen about the repetitive movements. The tactile experience–soft yarn, smooth needles–is grounding. Seeing repetition add up to a finished project is unspeakable satisfying. Really people, learn to knit.

Kill someone. Yeah, I know. Coming after the “don’t kill, knit,” recommendation, this sounds kind of funny. But stay with me. Years ago I had a boss who could have been the template for Stupid Bosses Who Make You Stay Awake At Night Wondering How They Got Hired. She was unbelievable. I wrote her in as a character in my NaNo novel (under a different name and profession, natch) and killed her off quite satisfyingly.

Quit your job and live off the land. Everyone’s doing it these days.

Implement mind control so that everyone behaves the way you want. This could get tricky if more than one person sees this advice. I recommend you act fast and prevent anyone else from reading this. (It will most likely reduce their stress, too, since they’ll have become mind-controlled zombies, so you will have singlehandedly caused world peace. Use your powers to have them award you the Nobel Peace Prize.)

If you’ve followed these four, why do you need a fifth suggestion? You should be feeling happy and relaxed right now.

Friday Five: Writing Inspiration

Today’s Friday Five:

My Five Favourite Websites for Writing Inspiration

Seriously, For Real?
Posts with just about everything: hilarious captions, off-color humour, best “fill-in-the-blank” photos of the year, pics of abandoned locations, and cool places from around the world. For me the best part of it is the mental break and change of pace it provides, but I’ve gotten some new ideas and pics for inspiration boards here.

Natural history, science and design. Animation! Really cool places around the world! Interesting things to trigger a new idea or a take-off on something existing.

Curious HistoryPosts on everything from nature (crazy, dangerous and amazing animals!) to old photos. What I love is that they are interesting but smaller posts, so I feel like I can read them when I have a minute instead of investing a lot of time in each post. Lots of pics to use for inspiration boards, if you do those.

Beautiful Life
Amazing, creative art and design. Things I wouldn’t have come up with of that spark new avenues of thought.

Yahoo! ShineI jump from site to site (iVillage, MSN Living) for articles on life, home and relationships as one site peters out and the next one starts. Yahoo! Shine is my current favorite. For example, in the last week I’ve gotten a recipe for Perfectly Smooth Hummus (all that it promises, too), ideas for what to do with 18 pounds of Boyfriend Squash, found out that I’ve broken all the rules for not being annoying while in love, pondered the health benefits of going barefoot, and gotten a concise guide to watching the Perseids. Nothing is exhaustive or scientifically technical, so it’s a great place to get a smattering of info to research more in-depth later.

What are your favorite sites for writing, creativity or inspiration? Please share!