Posts By: Jess

How to bust through your fear of the blank page

The flashing cursor. The snow-white screen. The slowly mounting terror. When you sit down to write, the fear of the blank page can be incredibly overwhelming. Whether you’re writing a novel, an essay, a blog post, or simply a letter to a friend, that endless expanse of nothingness can make it very hard to get… Read more »

Confessions of an email bankruptcy

“Every new technology will bite back. The more powerful its gifts, the more powerfully it can be abused.” – Kevin Kelly, founder of WIRED magazine. Apprehension, anxiety, unease, dread, flat-out fear… That is what my inbox was doing to me. Every time I opened it up, my stomach sank. My emails had well and truly… Read more »

When bad people make good art

There’s a Cee-lo Green song that I love. It’s actually a cover of a Buddy Holly song, and without exception, when I hear it, it makes me smile.   (Seriously, I dare you not to find the above insanely, heart-swellingly, adorkable.) But in the past few weeks, Mr Green revealed himself to be… well, not… Read more »

Why you should be making kefir

I love making my own fermented foods. Even though most of the people around me aren’t so enthused (Why are you eating stinky cabbage? Why are you drinking off milk?) they’re simply the BEST way to pump up the good bacteria in your gut. And gut bacteria? Uber-important. The reason fermented foods are so great… Read more »

How to have more creative energy

One of my biggest takeaways from this past year of writing my butt off has been this: creative energy is a finite resource. This might sound obvious, but to me, it’s been a revelation. See, in the past, I’d always had enough creative energy to see me through. Back in my corporate days, I could… Read more »