Arts

Straight talk about Art & Artists. Weighing Creativity. Finding Humanity.

Episodes

In this lengthy episode we explore the good, non-art, and bad parts of money in the arts. Can an artist or writer make a living? Should an artist or writer want to make a living doing art? These and other questions and factors are discussed:

Submittable

Editors for Hire

Vanity Presses

Submission Fees

Contest Fees

Stage Rental Fees

 

 

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This is the fourth in the series of podcasts sharing emails sent from listeners or readers in conjunction with the show or the art journal Ariel Chart.

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In this episode I discuss the possibility of using guidelines as inspirational gifts to writers.  Basic research and a positive outlook make a major difference for those who successfully publish versus those who blindly submit without rhyme or reason.

 

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Did you ever notice in your writing or writing in general that positive themes were not as well written as darker toned material? I believe there is a perceptional even emotional problem with one's worldview that causes this unhealthy imbalance. 

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Have you ever thought about a philosophy for your writing? Is a philosophy necessary to be an artist in the 21st century? These and many other questions along this line is discussed and possibly answered in this episode.

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The true value of art is measured in how it can reveal, restore and revolutionize matters in our lives and in the world.

 

1. Art as Therapeutic Medicine Against Depression

"Art is a line around your thoughts" --- Gustav Klimt

 

2. Transcending Bad Behavior Through Art

"I shut my eyes in order to see." ---- Paul Gaugin

 

3. Art Informs the Human Condition / Human Condition Major Catalyst for Art

"Creativity takes courage."  Henri Matisse

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In the second interview with Arizona-based poet/writer Donald Dean Mace, we pivot into an evening event with a reciting of his popular essay "The Romance Writer" which speaks about the overlooked romanticism school of thinking and writing. From Poe to Hawthorne this philosophy brought the world a more realistic offering of viewpoint,

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This episode will focus on positive or negative personal traits in writers that help or hurt their writing efforts. The "character" or core personality is key to translating internal thoughts into literary works and communicating those to an editor and audience. 

We will touch upon:

cover letters, short bios with balance priority, dangers of waiting, having a basic creative plan, and practicing what you write.

 

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This episode allows us to revisit the fundamentals of poetry composition necessary to construct viable poems in the modern era.

1. Titles Matter

2. Structure and Flow

3. The Beginning

4. The Ending

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From the ancient days of Egypt, Greece and Roman to the Bible stories, Renaissance period of art & idea expansion to the modern writer -- alcohol has played a major role in the arts. In this episode we will explore the good and bad of this phenomena.

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Welcome back folks to another exciting rock episode of Metal Future. On this episode we are honored to have as a guest, rock biographer, James Curl whose has completed the first biography of both Ronnie James Dio (ex Rainbow, ex Black Sabbath, solo singer and lead singer for Heaven and Hell) and the incredible metal band Dokken.

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Self as an Obstacle deals with the ups and downs of the creative world which are already a challenge, but the burden increases with artists who allow themselves to be the greatest threat to their success. Are we our worst enemy? Do history and perception and personal shortcomings ruin our chances to be better artists?

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Welcome to another interview with an interesting creative artist, Ethan Goffman is a poet, a teacher and author of "Words For Things Left Unsaid" released by Kelsay Books. He is also a podcast host of a literary and environmental matters "Poetry and Planet" on Earthtalk.org.

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In this episode we tackle some interesting topics within the context of the crisis.                                  

1. When Pushing the Envelope is Too Far

2. When Editors Allow or Have to Reign in Writers from Going Too Far

3. Creativity in Coronaville --should we all write something on the crisis just to be "relevant"?

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In the final installment of the Peculiar Instrument series, I explore animals as characters used in literature to not only entertain but to enlighten. The animal characters of Aslan. Moby Dick, Hedwig, Charlotte and many more are explored.

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Tonight we discuss Art in the Age of Corona. We converse about current events as related to the corona crisis as well as art past and present during epidemics and how it often changes the course of society's outlook on religion, faith, recovery, death and the afterlife.

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In this in-depth episode I interview New Jersey-based poet, author and writing instructor Michael Griffith on the merits of editorship, authorship and deeper thoughts about literary writing.

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In the second installment of Peculiar Instruments we explore how ghostly figures and events are used as characters to illustrate or perhaps voice certain things to heighten a story or transform into a catalyst to complete the plot.

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This episode brings us back full circle with Kansas-based (but Texas born) poet and fiction writer Linda Imbler. She was my first interview for the podcast in Jan 2019. In this segment Linda will speak out her past, present and future writing projects as well as her moments in the writing life.

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This new series Toying With Tangents will explore Horror writings from Bloch, Poe, Jackson, King, Barker, Blatty, Shelly, Stoker and Wells. In the weeks ahead we will explore Fantasy and Science Fiction too.

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In this second, more revealing interview, John Patrick Robbins, poet, writer, editor, humorist and podcaster, recounts his achievements, publications, nominations and work during the past twelve months.

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Time to have some fun with grammar and those who grump about it like the world is ending. Let's worry about the coronavirus; not the comma-virus. 

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Welcome back to the interview segment of the show. Phyllis Dodge is our next interview subject. She is a novelist and her novel "Why" takes an unique view on military veterans and all they must contend with on and off duty. 

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We discuss the timely subject of music concerts in the late 21st century. Are they worth going to anymore? The lip syncing, the expense, the age, the health, the sound, the half the band is dead or kicked out -- why is this experience still a draw?

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In this first installment of the Peculiar Instruments Series -- Houses as Characters play a vital role for artists to create a compelling atmosphere, metaphoric setting or special voice that often is best done by a nonperson.

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