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All authors dream of getting their work out there, being recognized, getting published. For some it’s writing the next best seller, for others it’s an article in their favorite magazine, for some it’s e-publishing.

Recently I submitted a short story and just received word it was accepted. It’s my first national gig. Please check it out, here’s the link:

http://voices.yahoo.com/shrink-wrapped-12362313.html?cat=44

New creative outlets

To all my writer friends out there I issue a challenge. Try something outside of your creative box this month. What does that mean? In my case, it was Painting With a Twist.

Yes I know exactly what you’re thinking, “But teschoenborn, I barely have time to write, how am I supposed to do something else creative?” Trust me, those thoughts and guilty feelings flooded through me as well. But I decided a few hours of my time was a small price to pay for a creative recharge.

Okay, so what is Painting With a Twist? It’s a company specializing in a fun painting experience. You show up with your snacks and wine, yes I said wine, where an instructor walks you through a predetermined painting, step by step, no previous experience required. Thank God, because this was my first painting experience. The instructor was wonderful, the atmosphere relaxing yet fun, and I left feeling satisfied as well as recharged. Oh, and the bonus? I took home a painting to hang on my wall!

Painting with a twist #1

teschoenborn:

I don’t know about you, but I could really use some extra help updating my wall colors. I mean is white even a color? I don’t think so.

Originally posted on We're Your Painters Inc.:

We all know that adding color to the walls in your home is a great way to reflect our taste and personality, but there are many more benefits to applying paint to your interior walls.

It will make old decor look fresh and new. Such as that piece of artwork that you purchased but just doesn’t look right on the wall. This may be a result of the wrong color behind it.  We’re Your Painters Inc. can help with your color choices to make that piece of artwork become the focal point that you were hoping for.

New interior paint also presents a great opportunity for a clean, fresh look. Dust and cobwebs can collect on the texture in those high and hard to reach places. Hiring We’re Your Painters Inc. is the best way to avoid climbing those tall ladders yourself. The cobwebs and dust will be removed as part…

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Walmart Parking Lot

teschoenborn:

Okay, I just have to share this. A whole story could be written surrounding this interesting mode of transportation.

Who drives it? Where do they live? Which item did they attach first? What if they drove this to attend a PETA convention? What would be the repercussions?

I await your imaginative responses.

Originally posted on Duck Duck Gray Duck:

About right…

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“What the hell kind of noise is that?” Jim mumbled to himself as he made his way through the thick underbrush. Over forty years hunting in these woods and he’d never heard nothing of the sort…..

Here’s your challenge. What will Jim find? I have no idea. Do you? Finish this short story and post it in the comments or on your site with a link in the comments below. I look forward to reading all your responses!

Homeward bound…

If you, or the things around you aren’t changing, hold a mirror up to your mouth to verify you’re still breathing.

Change happens to us all, sometimes in small increments, other times in tsunami size waves. Sure, you might stuck where I am now, hanging to the top of a tree waiting for the water to recede, but don’t worry, the ocean will eventually return to its bed.

As for me, I’ve just moved from Oregon (where I’ve lived my whole life) to Texas, and yes, it’s hot here. I’ve also been forced out of a company I founded by people I once trusted, leading to all sorts of issues; unemployment, sense of betrayal, etc. However, this seemingly negative event has set in motion certain positives. Such as starting a new ‘day job’. I’m now a Realtor! As you can imagine, I could use everyone’s help getting started, so if you are planning to buy or sell, send me a message so I can refer you to a good real estate agent in your area.

Okay, enough plugging myself for now….

The fog blanketed the trees as I made my way along the trail, alone in the wood. Different than my past river trail run along the Deschutes, but just as satisfying, I jogged watching my breath puff out before me adding to the mystic of the morning. The temperature hung just above freezing and ice clung to the evergreen limbs lining the path.

Insulating.

Ice and fog, like a frigid shroud.

Eerie or peaceful, depending on your perspective.

Huh. The key to life discovered on a morning jog, and isn’t that just the way of the world?

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