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Illustrations and "Eyeballs"

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Design Deposits?

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Artist Website

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Suggestions for a beginner in painting

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Comment by David Weiss yesterday

Just finished a huge project I've been working on for months. It's been a lot of fun but I am glad to be moving on… Here is one of the five clips. PLease don't spread this around too much. It's really simple animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-RQYKdXlA4

Comment by Melissa AuClair yesterday

Thank you so much Chris- the week flew by, I saw your comment earlier this week in my inbox but I kept forgetting to come on and say "thank you." I continue to be humbled and amazed at Dan's (and Deby's) generosity. Their generosity helps me to pay it forward to others.

Who's working on their art on our extra long weekend? I hope you all have some time to squeeze in some time with your writing or brushes or music- or spend time relaxing to return to it next week. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend :)

Comment by Chris Callen on August 25, 2014 at 7:03pm

Congrats on the book Melissa!  I heard Dan mention your name on the podcast. 

Comment by Melissa AuClair on August 20, 2014 at 3:34pm

John, thank you for including the link. I don't currently have a Kindle and I use Amazon's apps for my phone and computer. 

Thank you Billie! I appreciate your encouragement!

Comment by Billie Wells on August 18, 2014 at 5:50pm

Thanks John!

Comment by John Chang on August 18, 2014 at 3:32pm

That's one of the misconceptions - that you need a Kindle device to read Amazon ebooks. It's actually a platform.

Here's Amazon's page with all the devices supported.

Plus, if you're a Prime subscriber, you can read anything for free. Meanwhile, authors STILL get royalties!

Comment by Billie Wells on August 18, 2014 at 3:19pm

Hi Melissa, I love the cover! I don't have a kindle - is there a way to order for kindle-less folks? And I would love to share on facebook.

Hey, I can also see a burnout book for single moms - that's huge!

Comment by Melissa AuClair on August 18, 2014 at 2:49pm

Billie, I LOVE the website- you have come a long ways! 

Deby, my latest book is on burnout- I geared it specifically to nurses (my day job) but I'm thinking of writing one specifically for creatives. (I've listened to some stories). Burnout is near and dear to my heart- I didn't plan that, but I've experienced the frustration of it for a long time. If you've experienced burnout as a creative, I'd love to listen to your story.

The book just came out and it is FREE :) between now and Thursday on Amazon.  Would love for anyone who is interested to download it. 

Here is the link: Cure Burnout: The Nurses Action Guide from Moving from Overwhelm to...

Comment by John Chang on August 17, 2014 at 3:18pm

Looks great, Billie - I'd love to have a look. You can email me at jycmba@gmail.com or share with that address, of course.

Comment by Billie Wells on August 17, 2014 at 10:22am

Hey Gang,

I have taken a book that was in the public domain that I love and have rewritten it. It's Dorothea Brande's "Wake Up and Live." The language was a little thick and archaic. Before I do another rewrite, I would love to have anyone take a look at it and tell me what they think as a reader. Is it confusing? What works and what doesn't. Any any comments, good or bad.

It's Dorothea Brande's philosophy of learning how to live our lives as if it were Impossible to Fail and thus we open us possibilities.

If you're interested in looking at it, email or message me. It's on google drive or I can send a pdf. (I have to work Sunday today so it might be later tonight or tomorrow before I get it to you)

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