Compulsory Podcast, Episode 6: Joel Watson

Joel Watson is a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as “a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to...

Quick Note About Editing

Happy Monday! (Or, if you’re me and your kid woke up briefly at 5AM and you couldn’t get back to sleep after, screw anyone who says happy Monday.) Just popping in quickly to mention that I’ve had some projects shift around, and so I have some...
#yearofmaking #2: Week 3

#yearofmaking #2: Week 3

Over the course of the third week of my second year of making, my days ranged from one extreme on the make-o-metre to the other. On one day I spent a couple of hours making soap; on the next I spent a few minutes cutting that soap. One day I made cookies with my kid....
Homemade Deodorant, Part I

Homemade Deodorant, Part I

It’s a slippery slope, you guys. Once I started making soap, eventually everything I put on my body seemed like a no-brainer to just make myself. I no longer buy soap, obviously, or shampoo, or lip balm. I’m getting there with lotion, too. For quite a...
#yearofmaking #2: Week 2

#yearofmaking #2: Week 2

I’ve spent this week pretty much hibernating in a vaguely introverted stint of recuperation after a month of houseguests. I didn’t think I was making very much, given that I’ve also been working and I read an entire YA trilogy, but after collecting...

“The project itself brings immense amounts of meaning to our life. It’s become the things we do for fun, the creative outlet that we pursue together. But sharing this story with others also gives us a sense that we’re contributing to some form of greater good. There’s a level of higher purpose there.”

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Bullet Journal Update, One Year In

Bullet Journal Update, One Year In

Last January, the Bullet Journal started making the rounds on Twitter, and along with loads of other people, I thought this is amazing. I finally understood how always keeping a notebook with me – the oft-cited single-most-important thing for a writer to do – could...

Compulsory Podcast Episode 5: Isaac Watson

Isaac Watson is a project manager, grand-scale organizer, and maker of things like jewelry and homes. In 2014, he launched Maker’s Nation, a nonprofit educational program and community platform for independent creative entrepreneurs. He’s also the production...