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Freelancing is a lifestyle that tends to appeal to people who have a somewhat unstructured approach to life (with the exception of my sister, also a freelance writer who  functions gloriously by organizing the unorganizable.) Anyway, I like the relatively free-form dance of my days, but yesterday I went on an usually light journey, just blowing in the breeze, sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Last weekend at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake, NY, I was able to remain in the hall as Juror Anne Diggory judged the entries from 2 days of plein air painting. Anne is one of my favorite landscape painters, so her judgement was especially interesting.

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No matter what your outlet is, you can only work creatively in small bursts. Forcing yourself to write for hours, or to paint all day, or to write a song when it’s just not coming is not only frustrating, it’s COUNTER-CREATIVE. Your juicy little mind needs a time out now and again to be able to do what it does automatically. The river in your brain will naturally take you to where ideas are most fertile. But to do this, you have to stop paddling the canoe.

Stirring Adirondack panorama by Carl Heilman, II, taken from his canoe. Go to http://www.CarlHeilman.com for more.

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One of the most iconic writers of all time passed away quietly last week. The reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger died at 91, leaving behind a surprisingly small literary legacy of just one novel and three books of short stories/novellas. So how is it that he’s so well read, and well remembered more than 40 years after his last original publication ( of the novellas Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour, an Introduction  in1964)? It’s not because of his reclusive nature, since most people probably thought he died years ago anyway. It’s the writing that stands up to new generations of hungry minds that still find him interesting and relevant. Read more

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