It’s Okay To Be Seen

Don’t Be Ashamed… I’ve read a couple different things recently that have really made me think about something women face their entire lives, something that we don’t even maybe realize we are doing to ourselves: This idea about women being ashamed to take up space. To be loud. To make themselves seen, heard, and known. …

5 Questions For a Creator: Robert Geronimo

This week I had the pleasure of chatting with writer and artist Robert Geronimo. Robert is a published illustrator, writer, and comic creator, known for his dark fantasy series, Blood Realm. JL Metcalf: What is your number one tip to creators (new and old) on how to best market themselves in today’s world?  Robert Geronimo: The …

Storytelling and Communication

This week I wanted to touch  on something that’s been bouncing around in my brain for a while: How we communicate. It comes up on a regular basis, and maybe I am becoming older and more ornery, or else what’s actually happening is that in this world of connectivity we are communicating less authentically.  I …

5 Questions For a Creator: Keith Gleason

This week I had the honor of asking my 5 questions to Keith Gleason. Keith runs the upcoming (July 13th!) Plastic City Comic Con in Fitchburg, MA, along with working in comics such as his own creation Mighty Mascots among other exciting projects! JL Metcalf: What is your number one tip to creators (new and …

5 Questions For a Creator: Peter Simeti

This week I had the opportunity to ask Alterna Comics mastermind, Peter Simeti, my 5 questions. Peter Simeti is the founder and publisher of Alterna Comics. To learn more about Alterna Comics, please visit alternacomics.com. JL Metcalf: What is your number one tip to creators (new and old) on how to best market themselves in …

I love “America’s Got Talent” So What?

I admit it, I am hooked America’s Got Talent (AGT).  When my fiancé Frankie suggested we watch the show I scoffed, thinking it would be dull and stupid. And it is sometimes, but beyond all that is a real hope. A hope that America and beyond isn’t hopeless, that we can be strong and creative …

5 Questions for a Creator: Amy Short

Welcome to 5 Questions for Creators! This is going to be a regular feature on the blog where I ask the same 5 questions to different types of creators to get their tips and ideas on the business part of being creative. The stuff that maybe we don’t want to talk about, but we need …

PVD Fest and Once Upon a Sign, Thank you!

A short while ago in this galaxy I saw a Facebook post about an upcoming event for the PVD (Providence) Fest that happens in early June. A group called Once Upon a Sign was asking for submissions for PVD Fest! When I looked into it, it seemed an easy win-win. Write a short story, and …

The Beginning of Things

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring *** Welcome to The Life of the Literary. The name may …