No, that's not the word of the day. If I was to pick a word for myself, that word would be slacker. After all my big promises I've been a real slacker when it comes to this blog. All I can do is promise to try to do better in the future.

Today's word was Oak

Oh, the mighty oak. Favored of druids and fairies alike. My favorite park when I was a child had a forest of oak on the other side of a river. We had to cross a bridge to get to the forest and we'd always stop to collect acorns to throw off the bridge and make a wish.

Write Every Day

Today’s topic: Your friend—a struggling artist—wants to quit. You feel that he/she is talented and know he/she could succeed. Talk him/her out of it.

You've wanted to be an artist every since we were introduced to finger paint in kindergarten. To even think about quitting now that you're on the brink of success is insane.

Or is that why you're having second thoughts? Are you afraid to succeed? You know you have talent - friends have told you, teachers have told you, even the art critic who was invited to the student showing said you were the only one there who showed promise.

I know it can be scarey, the thought of being successful. You start thinking about the obligations of keeping up with the demand for your art, trying to make the next piece even better than the last, feeling like you're letting everyone down if you don't do a brilliant piece every time.

But you can't think that way, it'll only paralyze you. Instead, remember why you first picked up a paint brush. Remember the joy that creating gave you. Don't paint for other people, paint for yourself. In the end, yours is the only opinion that matters.

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