--Professional Artist Magazine
"[Abel's] writing voice is very confident, very capable, very conversational, but not sloppy. You always feel like she's in control of her voice. It doesn't have to be that well-written because the advice is all very good, but it's such a pleasure. I was really impressed."
--Sonia Simone, Copyblogger.fm
"If you have creative work but have been unable to make it happen, I highly recommendGrowing Gills. It is practical and down to earth, and it is realistic. Whether you are blocked by illness, disability, job, money, fear, or family, this book will help you take an honest look at where you are, where you want to be, and chart a path between the two."
"[Growing Gills is] about prioritizing creative processes over all the other stuff that can get in the way of success, in pinpointing priorities in the creative life, in time management, and in taking the steps needed to bring big, beautiful projects to fruition."
From the Back Cover
Go from overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck, to consistent, clear, and in control of your creative life.
You're a creative person. Even if you have a hard time calling yourself a "writer" or an "artist" in public, making your creative work is core to who you are and how you see the world. You may be nurturing a big, ambitious idea for a project. Possibly a lot of them.
And it's killing you.
You lie awake thinking about it. And then in the morning you're exhausted, and you can't believe you "wasted" more time on this stupid idea. You try to shove your idea away. But your creative work is what keeps you sane. You can't not do this. So you live with guilt and anxiety all the time.
Maybe you've tried to borrow time-management tips from the business world, but the problem isn't simply getting "things" done, it's allowing yourself to devote precious time and attention to the vital, self-generated creative work that builds toward your vision for the future.
But the life you're living is already full. You've made a lot of promises, to yourself, your family, your friends, and your community, that you'll be there for them. Where, exactly, can you find that mythical Creative Focus Unicorn?
Growing Gills takes you step by step through the process of pinning down exactly what's stopping you from finishing your beautiful, inventive, and potentially game-changing projects, and overcoming those obstacles.
In Growing Gills, you'll discover that the power is already within you to make your work.