Learning to Live Again - the first album

Learning to Live Again is essentially what the title says. The songs were written during the most crippling time I’ve ever known, but also a time where something amazing was happening to me; it creates an interesting mix when you’re being torn up from the inside, both out of pain and out of happiness. But mostly this album was about finding life again, about, indeed, learning to live again.

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Karen & The Art of Being a Little Bit Crazy

Karen is the main character in my first book, The Art of Being a Little Bit Crazy. Would you believe her if she told you she lives in two worlds? Would you believe her if she told you she's not crazy? It actually didn't start with Karen. When I was a teenager, I had this idea about a girl who during the day lived a normal teenage life but at night lived a whole different kind of life in her dreams—both very different, both very real. I had a basic draft done, but after the story fizzled out, I put it aside, thinking maybe one day I'd come back to it. And I did.

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How to actually self-publish

First things first, I'd like to say how much I hate the term 'self-publishing'. Or rather, it's not the term I hate but the way it's perceived. Self-publishing is indeed the correct term if you decide to put a book out yourself, but today it has a certain negative ring to it, as though anyone who self-published has automatically created a book riddled with mistakes, printed unprofessionally and been rejected by a thousand agents and publishers. No. Just...no. Let's change that, shall we?

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What is artcardium?

There are two artcardiums: one with a capital 'A' and one with a small 'a'. Artcardium is my company; artcardium is a noun. I explained it on my Artcardium page this way: “I've always been curious about the feeling one gets when submerged in art, be it looking at a painting, reading a book, listening to music... If in presence of art that truly hits the right chord, it can transport you to another place, make you be overcome by this strong feeling, one that will sometimes even stay with you long afterwards. It's one of the most powerful things I have ever felt and yet never knew a word for it, so I invented one and named my company after it.”

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Introduction to the blog and to myself

Hi there, Heloise speaking. I decided a blog was in order. Why? Well, not only does today mark the publication of my first book, The Art of Being a Little Bit Crazy, and I felt like doing something to commemorate it, but also I realised I have learnt a lot in getting it out into the world and felt others might benefit from my endless—emphasis on the word 'endless'—mistakes.

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