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Appendix 1. Your Artist Plan

Eric Maisel New World Library ePub

Appendix 1

YOUR ARTIST PLAN

You are an artist — and you are also a project manager. You are obliged to create plans and schedules, to set goals, and to monitor the state of your creative projects, your creative career, and your creative life. Before we turn to an examination of you as project manager, let’s summarize a bit. The following are seven key ideas that summarize the material we’ve been covering:

1.   Understand what you are up against. Our personalities produce difficulties, the creative work we attempt produces difficulties, and the world we live in, which includes our society, our relationships, and the art marketplace, produces difficulties. Fully acknowledging the extent to which our life is a project beset by this array of difficulties and shadows, and that it will always be beset by this array of difficulties and shadows, is better than hoping and pining for the facts of existence to be different. You are not easy, writing your novel is not easy, and selling your novel is not easy. So be it.

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5. Team Spirit

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel New World Library ePub

Humans, by their nature, are social beings; they need support and interaction with other people on their journey through life. When you encourage others, it rewards both the giver and the receiver and creates a circle of support that you can count on during tough times. Those who have experienced that kind of support and love from their family and friends are fortunate. Others may have never experienced this, or felt it only sporadically. However, all of us need to practice our teamwork. When it’s game time, we need to know every position is covered and everyone knows how to play together.

Who is on your team? Do you need more players? Are you showing up for other team members when they are troubled? A team needs to work together for the common good. Each member must be willing to listen to the others and be available in times of need. It can be easy to become self-involved and forget that others are relying on us as much as we are relying on them. Open up to friends and family about your life, and listen to them about theirs, and you will increase your mutual understanding and intimacy while building team spirit.

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Menu 19. BOMBERS AND BREAD BOWLS

Brian L. Patton New World Library ePub

M

E

N

U

19

R

unning

a

close

second

to

edible

utensils

as

my

favorite

things

in

the

world

are

ed-

ible

bowls.

And

this

dip

is

served

in

one.

I

used

to

go

to

a

local

place

called

BJ’s

when

I

was

in

college,

and

it

had

something

called

Bongo

Bongo

Dip

its

signature

creamy,

cheesy

arti-

choke

and

spinach

dip.

I

wanted

to

re-create

it

as

best

I

could,

and

I

think

this

version

is

even

better.

BJ’s

also

served

a

drink

called

the

BJ’s

Bomber.

It

came

in

a

giant

chalice

and

con-

tained

eleven

shots

of

various

alcohols

and

a

splash

of

a

sugary

fruit

juice

all

poured

over

ice.

That’s

all

for

one

person.

It

had

a

round

slice

of

orange

floating

on

top

of

it,

which

was

piled

with

sugar

and

set

ablaze

with

Bacardi

151.

And

as

if

eleven

shots

of

booze

weren’t

enough,

we

would

have

“Bomber

races”:

twelve

newly

21-year-old

jackasses

and

jackassettes

slurp-

ing

giant

red

drinks

through

straws

as

fast

as

we

could,

stopping

every

so

often

to

cringingly

stave

off

brain

freeze.

Winning

was

inconse-

quential,

as

we

were

all

shitfaced

within

eight

minutes.

I

swear,

I

did

go

to

class

in

college

.

.

.

and

I

actually

got

kind

of

decent

grades.

L

I

B

A

T

I

O

N

R

E

C

O

M

M

E

N

D

A

T

I

O

N

I

thought

I

would

re-create

the

BJ’s

Bomber

to

go

with

this

menu,

but

then

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8. The Curious Cyclist by Deb Greco

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Deb Greco

Biking is my favorite way to get to know a new neighborhood. I don’t own a car, so driving is out as a means of exploration. I enjoy the easy pace of walking, but it’s a little too slow when I’m not sure what the payoff might be. I’m not likely to trudge up a big San Francisco hill just to see what’s at the top, because walking down is no more fun than walking up. But on my bike, the ride up is worth it for the downhill alone.

So I wasn’t deterred by the BFH (big f — —ing hill) I had to tackle when I moved to the Richmond district of San Francisco. My new neighborhood is perched on the edge of the Presidio, a former military base turned urban park, with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.

I used to ride to work downtown along the well-wheeled bike lanes of the Panhandle, the Wiggle, and Market Street. These are popular bike-commuter routes because they skirt the larger hills. I always see someone I know on this route. Once I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a decade and rode away with his old surfboard. This could only happen in the bike lane.

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Chapter Three: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Len Saputo and Nancy Faass New World Library ePub

Nancy Faass, M. S. W, M. P. H.

Jean was a busy manager in a large insurance company. The week before annual reports were due, she came down with a nasty flu. Her response was novel and effective — twelve hours of sleep a night. Rather than taking the whole day off, she came to work each day, but only worked until 3:30 in the afternoon. She made it a point to be in bed by 6:00 every night that week. Her energy was good and she was able to keep up with her work schedule (with some intelligent modifications). Although she was tired by the afternoon, the extra sleep enabled Jean to fight the flu successfully and still meet her deadline.

Got Sleep?

There is total agreement that sleep is vital to your immunity. Yet we also know that sleep requirements are highly individual and vary greatly from one person to the next. So to stay as healthy as possible, we’ll want to find our own ideal balance of sleep, rest, and activity.

For anyone fighting off an illness, it’s even more important to get the sleep they really need. Quality sleep has a number of beneficial effects. It obviously provides a chance for the body to rest and repair. In addition, when we’re awake and active for a shorter period of time, the body builds up fewer metabolic toxins. Now studies from the National Institutes of Health provide compelling evidence that the immune system doesn’t become fully activated for at least 9½ hours of sleep or more.1

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