Author: Laryssa

Children Challenge Your Creativity

True creativity is born from an insatiable need for self-expression. Have you ever thought about something creative that you might like to do? That you would do if you had more time? Would you cook an improvised meal? Would you knit a warm-weather accessory? Would you draw a graphic novel?


October 6, 2009 2

The Thrill of Being Able to Share

One of the most exciting things about working on Too Shy to Stop is knowing that I have a little corner of the Internet where I can gather and share stories and photographs by like-minded young people. I’m thrilled when someone wants to match the Too Shy to Stop mission and vision.


September 28, 2009 0

The Great Pumpkin Is a Great Teacher

The fact that I couldn’t find canned pumpkin actually turned out to be a good thing. I would make homemade pumpkin puree instead; this would require me to purchase actual pumpkins, remove the seeds, and bake the pumpkin segments. I learned a valuable lesson: just because a shortcut exists doesn’t mean you should take it.


September 24, 2009 1

New Media Generates New Genres

Since “new media” is a fairly broad and nebulous term, I would like to create a point of focus for this post. I am going to discuss: NEW GENRES OF WRITING (dun dun dun). Some of my favorite blogs contain never-before-defined genres. A blog is a venue for writing, but the content within the blog…
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September 3, 2009 0

Sustained Creativity Energy in a Can

I would like to find an energy drink that I can chug whenever routine life drains my creativity. Spending just a few days away from Too Shy to Stop can throw me completely off course, and I usually need a full day or two to find my way back. Today, I had some free time…
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September 1, 2009 0

Translating Personal to Universal Language

As an online media outlet, Too Shy to Stop competes with blogs and online newspapers/magazines. We don’t really fit into a genre, and we’re kind of tough to define. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, but we do want to offer a unique product with content that readers can’t find anywhere else. Personal essays…
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August 25, 2009 1

If I Can Make It There…

A few days ago, Bill Wasik, op-ed contributor to The New York Times, wrote a thought-provoking piece about the Internet’s role in creative pursuit and ambition. Today, when living in New York City is basically a financial joke, many ambitious young artists and writers are finding new ways to market and promote themselves. Who better…
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August 4, 2009 2

Storytelling and Serious News Stories

Take a moment to consider the Harry Potter series.  Before Harry Potter, young people rarely became excited about books.  Can you remember the last time one book made such an impact on an international level? (Pictured at left: Media is cool again, by Noël Zia Lee) Everyone, young and old, had to read Harry Potter,…
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July 20, 2009 0

Appreciating Creative Professionals in Your Neighborhood

I spend almost as much time seeking new clients as I do working with them.  Any small business owner or consultant will tell you that finding the next client, customer, or project involves effort and time. I frequently search Craigslist for business owners seeking writing and/or marketing services, and I respond to them in a…
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July 14, 2009 4

Q&A with Alyssa Royse of Just Cause Magazine

Alyssa Royse, President and Editor-in-Chief of Just Cause, a magazine available online and in print on-demand, contacted me because she noticed a reporter query from Too Shy to Stop writer Eui-jo on Help a Reporter Out (HARO). Alyssa was intrigued by our model, and I was intrigued by her magazine, especially since I have immersed…
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June 19, 2009 0