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Posted by Kelli Kehler

Owning a creative business and living a life centered around an artistic trade is a romantic notion, a dream for many who yearn to make one-of-a-kind goods with their hands. But to really make it as a creative entrepreneur is not an easy feat, and as a business with untraditional practices and methods, the path to success inevitably comes with its own unique set of challenges.

Design*Sponge’s own Erin Austen Abbott knows the tales of creative makers through and through — after opening her Oxford, MS shop Amelia in 2009, she became enamored with the stories of the makers whose goods she stocked on her shelves. She continued to admire and document the journeys of these small businesses through an Instagram series over the years, and Erin spent most of 2015 traveling the country to photograph and interview 25 of the creative industry’s successful business owners to write her newly released book, How to Make It: 25 Makers Share The Secrets to Building a Creative Business.

Today Erin is sharing with us about commonalities she’s observed in creative entrepreneurs, what she learned from the trials of these makers, and what touring with bands and selling merchandise has to do with all of it. —Kelli

Photography by Erin Austen Abbott

Image above: A scene from the workspace of Tennessee-based handmade ceramics shop Paper & Clay.

A Mary Sing-Along

Jun. 26th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by The CW Team

(In case you need a refresher:)

 

Iiiiit's....

Stupid-gobs-of-frosting-turned-into-a-scene-of-grossness

Can’t the wreckerators tell when something looks atrocious?



This is not a cake that would be served by any hostess!

Stupid-gobs-of-frosting-turned-into-a-scene-of-grossness!


  So many times when I buy cakes I find it quite absurd


 How often bakery frosting can look like a pile of turds


Or oozing sores…


 or vomit piles… 


or glistening, ruptured spleens

I just want a dessert that won't turn all of my guests green!

Oh…..

Stupid-gobs-of-frosting-turned-into-a-scene-of-grossness

 


Can’t the wreckerators tell when something looks atrocious?



This is not a cake that would be served by any hostess

 

Stupid-gobs-of-frosting-turned-into-a-scene-of-grossness!


(Move that away a little, I'm gonna die)

(Move that away a little, I'm gonna die)



Thanks to Kelly C., Paul W., Caitlin & Nanoo, Sue W., Jennifer S., Greg K., Dylan W., Lisa T., Heidi B., Jennifer H., and the always-amazing Sharyn for the song re-write!

*****

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Raksura and Other Stuff

Jun. 26th, 2017 07:15 am
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Yesterday was the anniversary of the day I found out The Cloud Roads sold to Night Shade, after two years of visiting and being rejected by various publishers.

So I posted: https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/162255829557/something-else-ive-been-meaning-to-post-the The entry on the Three Worlds from Worlds Imagined: The Maps of Imaginary Places Collection for the Cushing Library exhibit.

I got my author's copies of the trade paperback of The Harbors of the Sun on Friday, so it should start showing up soon. The hardcover will probably be a week or so later, and the ebook will drop on July 4.


***


Murderbot got a really nice review on The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/25/15837368/all-systems-red-murderbot-chronicles-martha-wells-book-review

Our protagonist got its name after killing a bunch of company employees on another planet a couple of years ago, but while it has a bit of a bloodstained history, this isn’t Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a dour security bot that likes to watch steamy soap operas, and would rather be left alone. After its murderous rampage, it hacked its own governor module, not wanting to fall victim once again to hardware manufactured by a company that cuts corners to save a buck.


Ann Leckie also liked Murderbot:

http://www.annleckie.com/2017/06/23/recent-reading/

I’m not kidding, I can almost guarantee that my readers will enjoy this. I have already pre-ordered volume 2, which is out in January.


***


The Authors Auction for the victims of Grenfell Tower is going until June 27. My item is https://authorsforgrenfelltower.com/2017/06/23/signed-copy-of-the-murderbot-diaries-all-systems-red-by-martha-wells/

and the whole list of items is

https://authorsforgrenfelltower.com/items-for-auction-2/


***


If you need a quick break today, "Night at the Opera" is still free at Podcastle in text and audio:

http://podcastle.org/index.php?s=night+at+the+opera

It's a prequel to The Death of the Necromancer


***


I'm doing a signing with Rachel Caine at Murder By The Book in Houston, TX, on Saturday, July 15, at 4:30, and you can order our books and get them signed and personalized and shipped to you: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/wells-caine
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[tumblr.com profile] sashayed: It’s Not That Bad to F— Up While Calling Your Senator About Something Important

To prove this point, she presents actual transcripts of messages she left on her senators' voicemail, with her reaction gifs.

Sample:

Hi, uh, Sen. [Name]. And staff. [Nervous laughter.] My name is [Rave Sashayed] and I’m a constituent from [place where I vote]. I just wanted to call to thank you for standing up against the AHCA in the Senate. I–it’s an incredibly cruel and stupid and – and vicious bill. You know? And I’m not, like – a person who used to call her Senators all the time! know? I’m, like, a normal person! [Nervous laughter] But this – it’s crazy to me that this bill could become legislation. It directly affects me, it directly affects the people I love. I mean, it kicks millions of people off of Medicare for a tax break for – I mean. You know this. You’re. Uh. A Senator. So. You’ve read the bill. Um.

I would like to remind people that I phoned my MP's office and actually stated (completely incorrectly and randomly) that I lived in a place which said MP does not represent, had this pointed out to me and had to correct myself. AND YET (like Sashayed) I LIVE.

Right now, it looks like the Senate is wavering. Republican Senators are saying they "just don't know" if they've got the votes to pass the AHCA.

If you can't do phoning, you can't do phoning (I am sometimes a person who can't do phoning). But if you can, now's the time. IT IS OKAY TO PHONE AND FUCK IT UP. As long as you can communicate that you are opposed to the AHCA, that's enough.

Also, have some MOTHERFUCKING ICONS (photos of the ADAPT protestors being arrested during their protest at Mitch McConnell's office).

Monday 26/06/2017

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:01 am
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1) Clean fresh bedlinen

2) Comforting hugs from boyfriend

3) Nothing planned this evening. Lazy evening, leftovers for dinner, I don't even have to go grocery shopping. And early night in. 
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I can't believe it's taken the show more than fifty years to use that title. Teaspoon has ... okay, only four fics using it. That's less than I expected.

Anyway.

'No, dear, those were spoilers.' )
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In the last four weeks, there have been two works added to the New Year's Resolution collection. Enjoy!

Works in Back to the Future (Movies) and Killjoys (TV) )


Challenge information )
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Description: Have you ever read a story and wondered: What an amazing story! But what if…? Well here's your chance to take a crack at that what if. This is an anonymous remix challenge for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Vixen.

Key dates:
  • present-July 15: DC Multiversity Remix is open for sign ups

  • July 16: sign ups close

  • July 22: fanworks are assigned to everyone who signed up for the challenge

  • August 5: first check-in

  • August 26: second check-in

  • September 9: remixes due (complete and posted to the DC Multiversity Remix collection on AO3)

  • September 24: DC Multiversity Remix collection goes live

  • October 1: authors revealed
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Dragonriders of Pern

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:51 pm
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75 Dragonriders of Pern icons over here.

Dragonriders of Pern

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:48 pm
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75 Dragonriders of Pern icons over here.
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Hello,
As is customary I did Flaneurs bus challenge I. (c) from the same stop as before with an unchanging n of 6.
In exciting news I managed to finally cross the river and in fact ended up at Tottenham Hale. I covered about 30 miles on buses on the hottest day of the year. The routemasters were hellish.


* Map
* Google Photos or Flick Photos depending on what you prefer. Includes lots of video.
* Twitter thread


I'm currently uploading the videos to youtube and may make a longer video of them.
Talking of which I often post videos of my bus journeys on my youtube channel
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I went to bed last night around 1 am but couldn't sleep so I ended up getting up and writing about 2000 words of a sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating. I am sure it's not the epic sequel some of the commenters asked me for, but it's the emotional conversations I am interested in. It's also multiple POV, which I generally don't like to do, but in order to capture everybody's !!!! responses, it seems like the way to go. I haven't reread what I wrote yet, though, so hopefully it makes sense. *snerk*

I finally took a benadryl at around 3 am and slept until 8:45 so I guess I'll call it a win. Then I stayed in bed and finally read 84, Charing Cross Road, which [personal profile] innie_darling lent me the other night as it doesn't come in an ebook yet. What a darling little book! I highly recommend it.

And I just finished watching this week's Orphan Black: Beneath Her Heart. Alison once again proves she's the stealth MVP of clone club, and also who knew it would ever be possible to love Donnie so much? What a great episode!

spoilers )

Now I am getting ready to meet L. for boozy brunch so I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.

***

Sunday Sweets: Wedding Wonders

Jun. 25th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Shaped and themed cakes are awesome, of course, but I still drool and dream over more traditional wedding cakes, too. After all, they've come a long way from just simple tiers with flowers - even the simple tiers with flowers!

(By Sweet Life Patisserie)

Love this SO MUCH.

 

And take a look at this amazing "fabric" pleating:

(By Delectable by Su)

Hard to believe those tufted pinwheels and embroidered borders are all sugar. It's so perfect!

 

And check out the string work on this engagement beauty:

(By Hana of A Piece of Cake)

I love the curls on the top tier, and the piping on the bottom lace collar and upper level strings is simply awe-inspiring. Skill like this always renews my faith in cake artistry. :)

 

Here's a sweet dress-inspired design:

(By Jackie Nelson)

Look at the design at the bottom of the skirt ruffles!

 

And how's this for a modern twist on a classic?

(By Elizabeth's Cakes)

If you've never stacked or tried to support cakes in the shape of a ball before, let me assure you: it's hard. And all that detail! Totally swoon-worthy.

 

Another rounded design:

(By See-Through-Silence)

See that lace border on top? Someone piped that. Yeah. Respect!

 

And speaking of mad piping skills:

(By The Cake Gallery)

Whoah. This reminds me of the Victorian-themed Grand Floridian resort here in Orlando. Frills and bows and hand-piped lace, oh my!

 

Or, for a more modern touch:

(By Fleur de Lisa Cakes)

This has been one of my favorite designs since before I even started CW. I love the swirls and the bold flowers.

 

Or, how about John's favorite?

(By Sugarbelle Cakes)

WOW. Just...wow.

 

And finally, the cake that had me scooping my jaw off the desk:

(By Susan Trianos aka Peecheekeeno)

That's all *cake*, guys. Look at that tufted tier in the middle. LOOK AT IT. Now, tell me: how the heck do they DO that? Not to mention the perfect corset lacing, the bows, the ruffles, the porcelain-perfect gumpaste roses...seriously, I think I could stare at this all day. Just. Gorgeous.

 

Happy Sunday!

*****

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