I’m Glad Roseanne Got Canceled: Stand Against Hate

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the ABC sitcom Roseanne was canceled following a racist Tweet Roseanne Barr posted. I won’t repeat it here. If you missed it, even though the tweet itself has been deleted, there are plenty of stories about it that you can find out what it said.

I’m glad the show was canceled.

Don’t get me wrong. I know that put other people (cast and crew alike) out of work. I also believe that would make for a toxic work environment. When someone above you — a manager, boss, or the star of a show — endorses such racism, bigotry, and hate, the continuation of that person’s employment is tacit acceptance/encouragement of their viewpoint.

ABC definitely did right by canceling the show.

Not only that, I think it’s past time for people — possibly especially writers and other people with any kind of platform (that means EVERYONE with a Facebook account or other social media) — take a stand and speak out against the current culture of racism, bigotry, misogyny, ableism, sexism, genderism, etc.

This is my stand.

I am legally blind. I have been on the receiving end of ableism more times than I care to count. I fully understand those who require the use of a wheelchair experience it more than I do.

In the past, I have accepted it as “the way things are” and kept on keeping on. That is not to say it didn’t hurt, though.

You know the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”?

That’s a huge lie.

Words matter. They can hurt or (help) heal. It’s way past time we realize the power words have.

For anyone experiencing hate, racism, bigotry, or any other form of hate, I am an ally. I am taking a stand.

This has to stop.

I’m willing to do my part. Are you?

Groups of Like-Minded Creatives

I have a question for you.

Do you belong to a group? Groups online, like on Facebook, are OK, but I mean in person. Are you a member of a group that meets regularly? Once a month? Every two weeks?

It doesn’t matter if the group is small or large, I think it’s important for creatives to belong to a group of like-minded people who engage in a similar or related pursuit.

For example, I belong to a knit/crochet group, a writers’ group, and a stamping group. Two meet once a month and the other meets twice a month. They’re all important for me.

A lot of creative work is done in solitude. Sometimes you need someone to talk to about similar issues. Other times you need someone you can brainstorm with to get out of the rut you’ve found yourself in. And even other times, you just need — or want — a friend who understands what you’re going through as a creative at the end of the day.

Groups can provide education, resources, and camaraderie, among other things. What groups do you belong to?

Happy creating.

What You Need to Know: The Artist’s Way

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I don’t know about you, but this year is zooming by. Tomorrow is August.

August.

That’s not exactly breaking news, but here’s something that is.

I am hosting an Artist’s Way Circle in my Facebook group, Keeping It Creative, Kinda… (KICK). It starts tomorrow. August 1.

Later today, I will be posting a short video about The Artist’s Way. I will tell you about the key concepts of it, the importance of Morning Pages and Artist Dates, the contract with yourself, and doing the assignments.

If you are interested in following along with us and doing The Artist’s Way for yourself, I’d be glad to have you. Feel free to join the group. We will be doing more creative challenges as well. It’s not just an Artist’s Way group. It’s a creativity group where, I hope, you will learn how to tap into and recognize your creativity.

 

Prepare for Launch!

Yes, you read that right.

Prepare for launch!

For several years, I struggled to find planner peace. What’s that?

Well, you know you have found planner peace when you find a planner system that works well for you and you like to use it.

I tried making my own. Then I found the Bullet Journal system developed by Ryder Carroll. Then I started melding my own ideas with that system. Now, while I use a few elements of that, I use mostly my own.

And I wrote a book about creating your own planner system.

Create Your Own DIY Planner.

It launches on Wednesday, which is, not coincidentally, also my birthday. Wednesday evening, I will have a launch party on Facebook where I will give away an e-copy. Print copies will be available in mid-June.

Watch this space for more updates about the book, launch party details, and more!