We're No Stinkin' Outlaws — writing

| Danielle Vincent

The Actual Final Day of the IBN 30 challenge

DANG IT DANG IT DANG IT I was so excited and proud, but it turned out I jumped the gun on the end of the 30 day challenge, and so TODAY is the actual final final actual final final day. I think that's worth an interpretive dance, don't you?

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| Danielle Vincent

The Final Day of the IBN 30 Challenge

Here we are on the last day of what has been one of the quickest months I can remember. Every day for 30 days, I have written at least one entry in this here blog, in addition to my regular duties of writing newsletters, writing product descriptions, filling orders, and generally running our business. (see my first entry here) What have I taken away from this?

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| Danielle Vincent

Breaking through creative blocks: How to draw inspiration from a stone - WARNING: strong language and a playful representation of Jesus

Or maybe not a stone… maybe that metaphor doesn’t work. I don’t know. It’s 4pm and I’m working on this doomed piece of blank screen so I can make my deadline for the blog post and publish it by 6am tomorrow. The irony: It is punching me in the face like a mighty fist piston. Lori asked about what I do when I have creative blocks. Here I am, at nearly the 11th hour, showing you exactly where it’s at: I’m working anyway. My creative window is between...

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| Danielle Vincent

10 Quotes to Inspire Great Work

We believe in the importance and value of diligent work. Our business requires it and we're (usually) happy to roll up our sleeves, pull up our gloves, and get stuff done. These are quotes that inspire us as we do our work. If they also inspire you, we hope you will share them.

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| Danielle Vincent

How I became a person of adventure.

Note: Ugh. I've gone back and forth about this post and whether I should even write it. I mean, how frazzlin' arrogant to call myself "a person of adventure." But Russ told me he was reflecting on how he saw me before we hooked up, and, he said I was kind of legendary to him. I've never been legendary to me. From my perspective, it's just one disconnected adventure and then a completely separate adventure. It's just stuff I do. But anyways, the truth is that I've gotten a reputation as a person of adventure. And here's how that started out.   My childhood wasn't normal....

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The Good, The Bad, and Ugly: Exploring the wild West of Scents

Did you know you can make anything smell like anything? When we first started our handmade soap business, we weren't remotely tied to traditional scents. As long as they didn't smell bad, we were open to anything! We started ordering samples en masse, collecting these single-oz bottles of smelly stuff by the boxload. So we have smelled A LOT of things I thought weren't possible.

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I waited my whole life for this moment: The Ultimate Tribute to my Favorite American Hero

He may not be everyone's idea of a hero, but he sure is mine.Why is Hunter S. Thompson my hero? No, it isn't his reckless lifestyle, ample consumption of bourbon and cigarettes, wildly enthusiastic use of fast vehicles and powerful firearms, or confusingly potentially-lethal quantity of mind-altering substances. Sure, those are all admirable on some level, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of deadbeats on Hollywood Boulevard pursuing that heavy dream.Thompson is my hero because of his vision and his writing. Because of the relentless and ruthless dedication to the truth.After his coverage of the 1972 Presidential election forRolling Stone, McGovern's campaign manager called his reporting "the least factual, most accurate account" of the election.His writing reflects the same kind of hopeless optimism and grim resignation that we see today in "The Daily Show."He covered a time when America was recovering from slap after slap in its patriotic face. Our...

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| Danielle Vincent

The 30 Day Blog Challenge: striking flint until we get fire.

 I've been writing pretty regularly for about 20 years, and writing casually before that, always with the intention of honing my craft. Unfortunately for me, I found writing only gets harder the more I do it... mostly because as I get better, I have less tolerance for my own bad writing. For example, this blog post is now two and a half sentences long and I've spent about 15 minutes on it, deleting and re-writing and re-wording it. And even still, I'm not happy with it, so we're just going to have to move on.

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I made writing painless and easy WITH THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK

I've spent a lot of time working on how to write, and the only thing I've learned in my 30 years of focused practice is that it only gets harder the more you practice. Why do so many highly practiced writers talk about how hard it is? As I was...

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