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How to Use Skinny News

If you’re new here, you may want to take a moment to check out our quick introductory video simply by clicking the image above.  We’ll give you a quick tour of the site and show you how easy it is to share your stories with us!

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How to Write When Life Sucks

Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?

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I Don’t Care About Your Materials

Your techniques, materials, and process don’t necessarily “speak” to your potential collector. The “WHY” will.

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Photos, Perhaps, Show a Rare Glimpse of Gauguin in Tahiti

A German art dealer is displaying what he says are the only known images of the artist in French Polynesia.

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Student’s iPhone 6s Photo Makes the Finals of NatGeo Photo Competition

A grad student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is receiving some recognition and praise from National Geographic itself this week … over an iPhone

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10 counterintuitive habits that will make you more creative

As I’ve pored through the research, I’ve adopted several creativity habits that let me approach my work differently—all backed by a wealth of research.

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Why you should never try and get your books in bookstores or libraries

The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries.

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An Ethereal Rainbow of Thread Fills a Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art

Mexican-born mixed media and installation artist Gabriel Dawe produces rainbow installations that appear as refracted light beams, ethereal works composed of thousands of multicolor threads.

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25 Sites for Finding the Best Remote Jobs

If you’re a freelancer or are looking for a great remote job, check out these 25 best sites for landing high-paying, meaningful remote working positions.

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Animal Sculptures Comprised of Densely Rolled Newspaper

Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama deftly creates textured sculptures of animals using a technique involving rolled strips of wet newspaper.

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Networking Strategies for Creative Introverts

Are you introverted, yet need to get out there and network to promote your small business? Drew Kimble offers some practical tips.

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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

When astronomers spot a new planet that’s too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

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MAG-LEV Audio Levitating Turntable

The world’s first levitating turntable spins records using a frictionless, zero gravity magnetic technology drive system.

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Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare’s co-writers

Dramatists to appear jointly on title pages of Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three in the New Oxford Shakespeare after analysis by team of 23 academics

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Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day

The next time you want to interrupt yourself for a quick glance at your inbox, don’t.

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Are These The 10 Most Influential Poets In History, Or Nah?

We have questions.

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Powerless Structures: Elmgreen And Dragset At The Tel Aviv Art Museum

Elmgreen & Dragset, the world famous art duo, have brought their unexpected and fascinating exhibition to Israel.

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Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain™’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills

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Ingenious Hack for Sketching with Two Point Perspective Using an Elastic String

This quick video demonstrates how to use a long elastic string anchored at the horizon of a canvas to sketch a drawing with two point perspective. With as many art and drawing classes I’ve taken, I’ve never seen this method used before.

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A Levitating Wireless Speaker in the Shape of a Storm Cloud

Richard Clarkson Studio (previously) has teamed up with Crealev (previously) to produce a miniature floating cloud, one that hovers indoors while both playing your favorite music and lighting up in tune to the beat to replicate a storm.

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How Artists Can Work with Interior Designers

Four experts in interior design share insights on what artists need to know to work on residential and commercial design projects.

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Calling all women artists: the Brooklyn Museum wants to take your picture

Kim Schoenstadt takes her idea for a group portrait on the road from Los Angeles to New York

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A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds — from William Shatner to Kesha — have been inspired by Dylan’s words.

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7 Ideas to Inspire Your Creativity

Feeling a lack of creativity? Try these 7 ideas to help you spark it and get back shooting and being creative again.

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The stunning geographic divide in American creativity

Where America’s most creative people live.

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Is Fidgeting A Productivity Tool? These Designers Think So

Click. Tick. SLAP.

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The game is up: Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think

Australian academic David McInnis claims literary bias by first editors of OED has credited Shakespeare with inventing phrases in common Elizabethan use

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F Scott Fitzgerald’s last unpublished stories to be released in 2017

The collection I’d Die for You contains works The Great Gatsby author was unable to sell in the 1930s because of its unexpected subject matter and style

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The secret DNA behind bestsellers

Is it possible to predict whether a book will sell well? Former publisher Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockers, of Stanford University’s Literary Lab, built an algorithm to find out

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Indie bookshops turn a new page to fight off threat from Amazon

Spate of openings of ‘destination’ stores as owners offer drinks, performances and crafts to tempt customers away from Amazon

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The long, steady decline of literary reading

An American Tragedy. Even though we are better educated than ever, we are reading fewer books

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Artist Olek Covers a House in Finland with Pink Crochet

First a playground alligator, then an entire locomotive, and now artist Olek reveals an entire two-story house covered roof to floorboards in pink crochet.

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This Long-Exposure Photo Captures Marin County in a River of Fog Lit by a Full Moon

Two weeks ago in the middle of the night, Italian photographer Lorenzo Montezemolo climbed Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California and waited for what he knew would be the perfect conditions for a spectacular long-exposure photograph.

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How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines – The Ultimate Guide

So you want to make money writing for top magazines? Read this step-by-step guide by a professional writer who knows what it takes to get published – and paid.

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Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year

Last year, I got rejected 43 times by literary magazines, residencies, and fellowships ”my best record since I started shooting for getting 100 rejections per year. It’s harder than it sounds…

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Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers

96 books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.

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How to Make Museums Fun

In an effort to increase visitor engagement at our museum, we’re pleased to announce a few new policies…

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Pizza Hut Introduces New Boxes That Actually Work As A Turntable

Using conductive ink, they printed two scratchable decks and controls for playback, pitch, volume, and crossfading right onto the serving apparatus.

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Vibrant Tattoos by Peter Aurisch Incorporate Elements of Cubism and the Natural World

German artist Peter Aurisch continues to captivate with his bold application of color and thick lines that incorporate aspects of cubism.

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Why You Should Pretend to Work on Projects for Someone Else & 4 Other Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Creativity

Use these unconventional methods to be more creative every day.

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How to Translate Unhelpful Client Feedback: What 11 Phrases Really Mean

Learn how to translate your client’s most confusing comments into actionable feedback…

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Can the Arts Be Standardized?

Schools across the U.S. are trying to save visual-arts and music education by assessing them with uniform exams.

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Holding On to What Makes Us Human

Defending the humanities in a skills-obsessed university.

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The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

We’re listening to more songs than ever thanks to YouTube. Why that isn’t necessarily music to the ears of Taylor, Bono, and the big labels.

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Vinyl destination: who is actually buying records?

YouGov says middle-aged men – not bushy-eyed millenials are fuelling the record renaissance. We hit the stores of Soho to test their data…

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What Motivates Your Collectors?

People buy art for many reasons. Knowing what motivates your own customers gives you valuable insight to increase your art sales.

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10 Women Photographers Who Are Changing The Way We See The World

Women have been fundamental to the art of photography since, well, there were photographs.”

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Secrets to a Successful Creative Road Trip

7 reasons why you should strike out on an adventure ASAP.

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Why You Should Pretend to Work on Projects for Someone Else & 4 Other Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Creativity

Use these unconventional methods to be more creative every day.

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How to Translate Unhelpful Client Feedback: What 11 Phrases Really Mean

Learn how to translate your client’s most confusing comments into actionable feedback.

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3 Reasons You’ll Never Write That Book

You didn’t do it. You said you were going to. You thought about it, dreamed about it, imagined what people would say when you finally did it. But here you are, still having not written a book.

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10 Easy Tips for Better Sales at Your Next Art Fair

A sales strategy for artists that isn’t forced, unnatural, or makes you into a push salesperson. Guest blogger Mckenna Hallett shares her techniques.

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If Writers and Poets Billed By the Hour.

Monday, July 13 (7.5 hrs.) 0.3 hrs. Reviewed/analyzed last week’s output; discarded all but half a page. 1.1 hrs. Existential crisis. 0.2 hr…

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