What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done?

As 2012 drew to a close, we asked you to declare your creative New Year’s resolution; we heard from more than 100 people ready to write, dance, build, play, and perform. We follow-up with these four throughout the year:

      → Michael, cellist

      → Ariel, woodworker

      → Charlie, graphic artist

      → Linda, author

We hope their creativity and ambition is contagious!

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At The Finishing Lines

Monday, January 06, 2014

December Update: Here is the last story, titled "Meteorology". It is getting there, but needs a real going-over. I look forward to a lot of rewriting in the new year. Thanks for all your support. I hope your new year is full of rewarding experiences ...

Read Linda's short story for December: “Meteorology”

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Video: Inking an Epic

Monday, December 30, 2013

Charlie Capp pledged to draw a comic book adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 2013, and he’s poised to finish it. At 144 illustrated pages, that's about one page per stanza.

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Creative New Year’s Resolutions: A Recital Realized

Friday, December 20, 2013

Michael Relland teaches music at an elementary school near Phoenix, but a year ago, he decided that 2013 would be his year to learn. He resolved to play his first public cello recital — a concert for friends, family, and his community — that would run the gamut from Bach to Shostakovich ...

Bonus Track: Michael Relland, Beethoven’s “Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major”

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2013 Resolutions: Final Chapters

Friday, December 13, 2013

In the final weeks of 2012, we asked Studio 360 listeners for their creative New Year’s resolutions. We followed up with a small group, promising to gently pressure them into following through on their artistic ambitions, including writer Linda Brewer and visual artist Charlie Capp ...

Slideshow: Charlie Capp's illustration of Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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A Woodworker’s Work Is Never Done

Friday, December 06, 2013

In the final weeks of 2012, we asked Studio 360 listeners for their creative New Year’s resolutions. We followed up with a small group, promising to gently pressure them into following through on their artistic ambitions. Ariel Lautman from Silver Spring, Maryland resolved to master her circular saw ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Making Fun

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

November Update: This is a silly one — sorry. December's will be nice and grim. I'm going to get started on it tomorrow because I'll be traveling up to the north country this month. If I could think of all the story elements and their right sequence and what they mean, right at the beginning of the month ...

Read Linda's short story for November: “WWJLD?”

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New Goals

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Update: The woodworking project took a major leap forward in the spring and early summer when I started working on a screened-in porch for our back yard. This is my most challenging project to date. I took measurements and used Skitch (an application that lets you ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Returing to Cascadia

Thursday, November 07, 2013

October Update: I think I figured something out about writing this time, but the ending still isn't right. I blame it on windows 8.1 — why did I download it?! Anyway, I wanted to pay homage to Cascadia, the region I'm from ...

Read Linda's story for October: "Brambles"

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New Year's Resolution: Running Into Ideas

Friday, October 11, 2013

When writer Linda Brewer feels stuck, she runs, hitting one of a few favorite parks in Tucson. “When I’m running I mull it over and I always get some ideas,” she says. Brewer is one of four listeners who made creative New Year’s resolutions at the end of 2012, and pledged to keep us updated ...

Read Linda's story for September: "The Desert Has a Beauty All Its Own"

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Seeing the Big Picture

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Update: This is really fun, people: choosing music, location and a pianist collaborator for this recital, which is December 1. The closer I get to the event, though, the more complex these feelings of fun. I am in more command of the notes on the page, but less sure what to make of them ...

Slideshow: Michael's photo journal

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Long Story Short

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I spent a couple of weeks on a longer story but set it aside and did this one instead. It has been a challenging month in many ways. It is still very hot and humid, and we are all waiting for that first morning when the temperature is under 70 degrees. I did have fun working on this story ...

Read Linda's story for August: "Everest"

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Write What You Know

Thursday, August 01, 2013

July Update: The process for this month's story was: use some of the work I actually do for a change, and some of the experiences I have had as a mom and write something short. I had started the story a few years ago and gave up on it. This time I persisted with it. Many yellow sticky notes ...

Read Linda's story for July: "Reduction"

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New Year’s Resolution: Page by Page

Friday, July 26, 2013

It’s July, and you’ve long given up on the bright shiny resolutions you made at the end of 2012. But a few Studio 360 listeners who told us about their creative resolutions are sticking with them (aided, perhaps, by our persistent nagging). Charlie Capp is keeping good on his word to turn ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Halfway Home

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July Update: At the year’s halfway point, I’m about halfway through illustrating the poem. I had some pretty good momentum going during most of June, cranking out about a page a day, but lately I feel like I’ve been suffering from the effects of my first major obstacle: summer travel ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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How Does It End?

Monday, July 01, 2013

June Update: Quickly done, needs work as usual. I kept wanting to look this story up on the website so I could see how it ended, and then realized I hadn't finished it yet. I am determined to start July's story tomorrow — no more mad dashes the last week of the month. Thank you ...

Read Linda's story for June: "Mr. Q: A Memoir"

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The Teacher Goes Back to School

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June Update: Choosing the music has been so confusing. After deciding to tackle an entire chronology of the cello, I quickly realized how much work that would be. I decided to take some cello lessons. Crazy, huh? I mean, that I could even be a cellist without taking any lessons for the last ten ...

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Stumbling With Style

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May Update: I've always been fascinated with the idea of Northwest Coast tribes' potlatches and how they might play out in our time. I have family in Bellingham, a beautiful town, and wanted to put that in. I think the story needs work, of course, but later ... I just am not very good at straight-ahead ...

Read Linda's story for May: "Potlatch"

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Friday, May 17, 2013

May Update: The shelf is designed to help Ezra see the books’ covers and select the one he wants easily, though Ariel acknowledges that as a toddler, Ezra “is going to take all of the books off the shelf no matter what.” The project came off rather smoothly. “I’m of the ‘measure twice ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

May Update: The weather has definitely made it easier to get outside and work. I have two projects in the planning phase at the moment right now — screening in our back porch and a secret gift for my husband. I am finding that it is hard to keep up with the actual doing of my resolution ...

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The Short Story That Would be a Novella

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Update: I grew up in the Eugene, Oregon area and my brothers and I sometimes discuss our tree-clad upbringing on the Siuslaw River. I wish I'd been able to develop that story as it seemed to request, but no time. Still, this thing kept wanting to become a novella. I wrestled it ...

Read Linda's story for April: "Covered Bridge"

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