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August Niehaus Posts

A long overdue update!

This isn’t a studiolog proper, but… I needed to freshen up the content here a little bit while I’m spooling out new projects on the regular… Since the last time I checked in on this blog, I’ve been involved in the following: Not Bad – we did it. FOR REAL. We made an EP. It’s called ATROCIT-E and there is a big ol’ story behind that name that I will probably never type out for…

(Un)structured learning

This is going to be a post about creating a structure for your children’s education at home. But before we go any further, I want to point out that structure is both over- and underrated. I appreciate structure myself. I’m a big to-do list person. I’ve used every piece of organizational software I can get my hands on. I enjoy having a schedule and a routine. But ultimately I prefer to apply simple, flexible systems…

Before you start homeschooling…

Well. Here we are in, a very different world than the one we lived in when I last posted. Now I jump on a virtual watercooler call on Monday mornings instead of standing around the real one, and today, instead of asking my opinion of the latest feedback from a partner team at work, one of my coworkers asked me for homeschooling advice. I’m uniquely positioned to give insight into that life, because I was…

Micro-magic (again)

His guitar was magic. He always found the melodies when he played for someone who was sick. The iceberg was magic. Penguins who leapt to the safety of the floating frozen mesa found themselves in possession of plentiful fish and predator-free seas. Their entryway rug was magic. For decades it kept out his professional enemies and her family. Her bookcase was magic. Every book she placed on it was richer the next time she read…

For the child

Inspired by a coworker’s wonderful Halloween costume this year… I must kill Snow. For me, and for the child growing inside me. The huntsman will regret his betrayal. He will never know his baby, his daughter or his son, and he will soon understand why I am believed to be a witch, though I have never pretended to understand how such power flows through me nor claimed to have mastered it as an art. It…

Storytelling Sessions: Drawing on your exes

Oh-ho-ho, what have we here… everyone’s favorite topic? Who doesn’t love to hate your exes?! Well, in this Storytelling Session (it’s like a guided meditation, but a writing session), you’ll draw on the character traits of your exes to flesh out a new fictional fling. Check it out! What did you think? I changed up the music, but not much! What kinds of prompts would you like to hear? Happy writing, friends!

Studiolog: Week of October 7

What have the Shames been up to this week? I’ve given this website a refresh — installed a new WordPress theme, and went back through the core content to make sure it’s up to date. To be honest, I’m still not entirely sure what I want the purpose of this site to be, so I’m still figuring that out, small update by small update. At any rate, it’s got a new look! Speaking of new,…

Storytelling Sessions: Trying something new

I’m in the business of dabbling. I do a bit of this, a bit of that… What works, I stick with, and what doesn’t, I discard. You’ve seen this happen if you’ve been around on my blog much. Today I’d like to share something new I’m trying: a guided writing session, kinda like a guided meditation session only for when you want to sit down and write (not quite by yourself) for ten minutes! You…

How I use Habitica

I used to be really bad at staying hydrated. So bad, in fact, that my elbows were rough and angry all the time because they were too dry. Now, as of this writing, I have consumed at least 60 oz of water for 270 days straight. Thanks, Habitica! I’ve mentioned Habitica before, but I wanted to devote an entire post to how I’ve used it since December 2018 to build positive habits and improve my…

Studiolog: Week of September 30

With fall now well here, it’s time for vivid energy with the vivid leaves. What have the Shames been up to? We had an incredibly productive (and long overdue) studio meeting, where we talked about what was working, what wasn’t, what we’d like to do more of, and how to move forward on all of it. It was very motivating! Meetings can be used for good! Meanwhile, my book of structured-unstructured prompts, “Promptly: Write Fast,…