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Be Mused by Susan M. Brackney
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Be Mused! Creativity & Writing with Susan M. Brackney

Susan M. Brackney
Susan Brackney Interview
Susan Brackney is a freelance writer and beekeeper in Indiana, and the author of Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet.

Susan M. Brackney is a freelance writer, beekeeper, and the author of The Lost Soul Companion: A Book of Comfort and Constructive Advice for Black Sheep, Square Pegs, Struggling Artists, and Other Free Spirits and its sequel, The Not-So-Lost Soul Companion: More Hope, Strength, and Strategies for Artists and Artists-at-Heart. Artists, writers, musicians, and creative types of every stripe are invited to ask Brackney for tips and tricks for taking the road less traveled. Questions are answered via the SusanLand blog , which also chronicles Brackney's latest projects in her garden, apiary, and, of course, the art studio, too.

Susan Brackney's Be Mused Columns

California Dreamin'Be Mused, a Q & A column by Susan M. Brackney offers inspiration and good advice for anyone looking to live their dreams — no matter what they may be. Be Mused is a complementary project to Susan's ground-breaking book, The Lost Soul Companion (read excerpt: Creativity and Poverty).

All the Lonely People
For so many years I dreamed of making a living by doing what I love — my art!

Before It All Comes Crashing Down
What do you do when there are a million things pulling you in different directions?

California Dreamin'
I'm a writer — a screenwriter ... in Indiana — not exactly a hotbed of Hollywood goings-on.

Claiming Your Copyright
I've written a manuscript for a book, and I'd like to protect my work by obtaining a copyright.

The Day the Music Died
Seems like whenever I write music, my songs/compositions never get finished!

Finding the Side Door to Success
I love my day job as a postal carrier, but would like to make a living from my creative talents.

Five Steps to Unsmothered
I'm self-employed and work out of my home.

Happy and Productive?
I'm a sculptor and writer. I've found that heartbreak and anxiety is the best thing for my art.

Hiding Behind Wordsworth?
How do I deal with people who hate art and don't at all understand me or my dreams?

Just Keep Pushing Already
I have created an educational product that is both artistic and fun.

Lost: One Muse; Juicy Reward Offered
Whatever my muse used to be, it's gone now and I can't seem to get it back.

Make Genghis Proud
I have so many creative projects that progress on each seems painfully slow.

Many Hands Make ...Well, You Know
There are not enough lifetimes for me to accomplish all of my creative goals.

One Poet, Many Possibilities
Everyone thinks I should write cards or put together a book. I don't have a clue if they really are worth pursuing or if people are just being kind.

Preserving the Artist's Mystique: Don't Bother
I was thinking of putting parts of my artist's sketchbook online at my art website, but my friend thinks that this would be a mistake.

Putting Off Those Pink Slips
Whenever an editor rightly or wrongly criticizes me, I fall apart and question if I am doing the right thing.

Retraining the Brain
Some think that creativity is inherited, while others believe that we can be taught to be creative.

Self-Discipline: a Science and an Art
After my "work day" I feel drained and unable to apply myself towards creativity.

Some Refreshing Honesty in Order
As a supposedly creative person, I am stuck feeling that everything I do is wonderful AND that everything I do is crap.

Stuck in the Middle
For the past year I've been writing a book. As I come toward the middle of the book in its revisions, I'm getting stuck.

Tick, Tick, Tick Save Time, Make Time Priorities, Grasshopper
How to balance needs of creative expression with demands of full-time jobs, family, spouses, exercise, etc.

Time to Start the Freedom Fund
I can't figure out what to do with my life. Nothing I do seems to satisfy me.

Will She be a Zombie on Paxil?
Could you explain how well Paxil works, and what the side effects are?

Your Parents are Right (Sort of)
My parents are concerned that I won't be able to make a living as an artist, and they're encouraging me to be more "practical."