Love is simple, unless you have a hero complex

Invincible poster ASU premier 2013

Invincible, the musical:

Love is simple, unless you have a hero complex

Composer Drew Nichols is an amazingly creative and artistically prolific person.  (Full disclosure: I brought him into this world and raised him—and he’s one of my best teachers!)

If you’re in Arizona May 31 – June 1, catch the premiere of his first musical. It’s hilarious and touching, and that’s just the inspiring collaboration of the talented cast and crew. Wait until you see the show.

ASU’s Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

May 31, 2013, 7:30 pm

June 1st, 2013, 2 pm

June 1st, 2013 7:30 pm

Tickets are free, but you need to reserve your seat:

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More info is also available here:

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Write Your Book This Year: Give Me Ten

Are you waiting for your retreat, vacation, sabbatical, or retirement to write your book? Uninterrupted time sounds luxurious, and then it can be overwhelming. Whenever I reserve a day for my own project, I celebrate, then usually flounder and remember Julia Cameron’s metaphor, comparing uninterrupted time to a bolt of antique silk. It can be hard to cut into.

As I thought of that recently, I remembered a PBS show, Sewing with Nancy, featuring “10-20-30 Minutes to Sew.” Nancy showed viewers how to create even a fully tailored jacket in tiny pockets of time. She recommended identifying each step, prepping materials the way a chef preps ingredients, and systematically advancing a project day by day.

Sewing with Nancy 30 Years screenshotAnd get this: Nancy is still on the air. It’s the longest running sewing show ever. Teaching her audience to fit hobbies into busy schedules must be one key to her success, and this approach probably renews her own creative stamina.

For her McCall’s patterns, Nancy says, “I don’t have hours to spend sewing every day. Just a few minutes here or there can quickly add up to a finished project!” Go, Nancy!

Few people would wait for a sabbatical to piece a quilt. You don’t need one to write a book either. So drop everything and give me 10, only 10.

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Text © Gwyn Nichols 2013. All rights reserved. WritersResort.com

Screenshot of Sewing with Nancy from Wisconsin Public Television