Playing well with others….

Those who know me well, know that I am not a big fan of belonging to co-op galleries, or anything that involves going to meetings..  You could say that I’m not really a team player, and no wonder…I was always the last to be picked during any mandatory sports torture while at school, so I come by my reputation as a lone operator honestly. (Well, also the reputation as a cranky curmudgeonette, but the pandas are helping with that.)

So fast forward…um…a whole bunch of years to today, where we find our heroine agreeing to be part of a group effort to help launch a young writer’s new book on writing. Why am I doing this?  Through a process of this, that, and the other, I answered a call to take part in some mutual guest blogging here and there, and Dana Sitar was one of the people that invited me to play on her blog.  Of course I brought the panda kindergarten along.  I, in turn, invited her to come and write something for the Panda Chronicles blog, my celebration of all things panda.  

A panda point of view on the idea of bucket lists.

A panda point of view on the idea of bucket lists.

Some funny things have been happening in the last few years, and one of them is that I’ve been doing a lot of writing.  What once was torture is now fun. Could a group activity, like helping someone with the launch of their new book be fun? Well yes, it certainly could be.  Dana Sitar’s new book, A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket, is kind of like having your own private creativity coach, sitting on your desk at the ready, to help you embrace your inner writer and jumpstart your creative spirit.  I’m taking part in a blog hop to launch the book.

Here’s what Dana says about her book:

A Writer’s Bucket List is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer. Instead of another how-to on any kind of writing, this book is a“Why not?” for the writer’s life. The list is a combination of the unique steps that have formed the author’s career and bolstered her creativity, and the things she still plans to try. The book offers some conventional and some unconventional steps on the path through a writer’s life, why they matter, and advice for getting started.


A Writer’s Bucket List challenges you and strengthens your creativity, encourages you to forge your own path, find your own education, and discover the type of writing life that’s Just Right for you. 99 tasks from the life of a writer help you get started in your unique journey, and step-by-step instructions, tips, and resources guide you through the toughest steps. Inspiration and bits of advice from top writers and bloggers in the industry are thrown in there, too, to fan the flames of your creativity!

Dana is young…young-enough-to-be-my-daughter-young (I should be so lucky) but she has an impressive list of accomplishments already to the credit side of her life ledger.  Perhaps she is continuing from a previous life, so that she is way ahead of where most of us are at her age. No matter how old you are, if you are at the beginning of your creative journey (and quite frankly, this book has valuable lessons to be gained for visual artists as well as writers,) you would not go wrong by buying a copy of Dana’s book and trying some of the exercises. Even some that seem hard to you.  Especially those that seem hard to you.

Her book launch takes place this week. You can pick up a copy here

Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing. She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.

Dana has written for Writer’s Market, The Daily CardinalThe OnionBaystagesSF Weekly,Laughspin, and Maximum Ink; as well as dozens of writing and career blogs, including The Creative Penn, Make a Living Writing, and Brazen Life.

Anne Belov paints, writes, makes prints, and is the founder of The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire. You can find her paintings at the Rob Schouten Gallery, her cartoons on The Panda Chronicles, and her new book here. She will be teaching beginning egg tempera at the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in April. for more information: contact WIFAS  She also writes regularly for The Whidbey Life Magazine, a free journal of art and culture on Whidbey island.


13 thoughts on “Playing well with others….

  1. Thanks for joining the hop, Anne! Such kind words *blush* – I love the Panda take on the bucket list, and I’m so happy you’re enjoying the group. I’m also traditionally poor at playing well with others, but between writing the blog, working with readers on this book, and especially the Launch Team, my eyes have been opened a LOT. Looking forward to more.

    • It’s really been fun, and I’m learning some stuff I really needed to learn, so that I can get my own book out there better. Win win all around. (see? I’m even learning to play well with others. Huzzah!) And I’ve had more visits to this blog than in…well, let’s just say “a while”

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