Brown leather-bound note book

Quarterly (Self) Review

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Earlier this year, I made a decision that involved what I call "jumping off a cliff." I left my conventional day job for a life of free-lance writing and photography. There was (and still is) a lot of risk involved, but my personal risk isn't the subject of…

Pickup truck and other vehicles driving on wide suburban road

Concentrate Your Fire

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been reading Dr. Maxwell Maltz's 1960 book Psycho-Cybernetics. While the book occasionally strays into the neighborhood I call "crackpottery," there is a lot of useful information. I'm not a fan of the term "self-help," but it's the term that's commonly accepted, so we'll go with that. If…

Many runners in half-marathon event

Rest Like LeBron James

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I'll acknowledge up front that I'm not a sports fan. I'm not a sports fan to such an extent that I would barely know the difference between a 5-iron and a cricket bat. However, I appreciate that athletics have a lot in common with the creative arts. Success…

Urban bicycle race

Go the Distance and Wear Sunscreen

It's the time of year when schools all over are sending new graduates into the world. Even though it has been centuries years since I graduated from college, this time of year always calls to mind some of my favorite advice for graduates. Most people first heard this as the Baz Luhrman production "Everybody's Free…

Section of Moral Compass novel cover by Bradley Bravard

Self-Publishing Experience #2

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Last time, I recorded a few thoughts on my experience self-publishing my novel in paperback format via CreateSpace. I also published the book in digital format via Kindle DIrect Publishing (KDP) and wanted to share a few thoughts on that, also. In 2017, I self-published a short business…

Black and white photograph of New York City street scene

Work the Good Shot

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I'm not a big sports fan, but I do love the 1986 movie "Hoosiers." On the surface, it's about a high school basketball team and a coach with a troubled past. Of course, like all good films, it's about interesting characters, their relationships, and the choices they make.…