"Kick-Ass Creativity" Book

Did you know Mary Beth wrote a book?
Lots of people have found it helpful and cool to read. 
If you're active in creative work (or would like to be), you might like it too!
Please check it out at your favorite retailer, ebook source, or library.

An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative Professionals."  

(Hampton Roads/ Red Wheel-Weiser-Conari Press).   

Check it out or purchase from:  
Hampton Roads
 Barnes and Noble  
 or your favorite local bookseller
or independent bookstore : )

Feedback on "Kick-Ass Creativity":

"Kick-Ass Creativity is a lively and personable guide to higher creativity.
Spirited and spiritual, Mary Beth Maziarz is both muse and guide.
This book will catalyze all levels and types of creativity. Candid and
good-humored, it is a bright lantern on the creative trail."
--Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way

"You know that best friend you wish you had? The one who always tells you
the truth and she's so funny and smart and right-on? This book is that
friend. This book asks all the right questions. This book meets you right
where you are. This book is a firecracker, a cheerleader, a spiritual
adviser and the creativity coach every artist needs.

If you've got projects that have been just sitting on the shelf, or maybe
you're a mid-career artist thinking, 'why aren't I more successful?', Mary
Beth Maziarz is the tonic for you. Thought-provoking - and more importantly
to us procrastinators and perfectionists - action-provoking - Kick-Ass
Creativity will wake you up, shake you up and set you right!"
-- Samantha Bennett, The Organized Artist Company


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Shine Shine Shine This song was inspired by the power of women when we uplift and empower each other. Perhaps we all need a little help shining up our rougher diamond edges from time to time. 4.26 MB
The Good Life Riding in a convertible, top down, on a beautiful summer day...hanging out reading on the perfect shady porch...enjoying a great meal with wonderful friends and laughing all night...these are the elements of 'the good life' as we tend to see it -- and this song was inspired by the vibe of what really makes us feel thankful and free and light. 4.79 MB
Be Better There are, for most of us, periods that weigh you down, trip you up, mess with your idea of who you are and who you believe you can be. This song came from a deep consideration of the very hard work it takes to emerge from those down times. Finding the faith, the desire to 'be better', seems to drive the ability to move forward and reclaim life after depression, addiction, abuse, or whatever the cause. 6.61 MB
We've Been There A dear friend has told me such great stories about her family over the years. . . I'm constantly laughing and shaking me head with amazement at their adventures and faith and depth of devotion for each other. As she approached her 27th wedding anniversary, she asked if I'd consider writing a song for her and her husband integrating personal stories from their lives. This one emerged, and like so many special moments in writing, kept me hanging til the LAST second to see how it was all going to tie together. (I whooped from the living room with relief and delight when it clicked into place!). I swear sometimes I'm just a witness, not the writer. I hope to be able to share as full and loving a memoir of marriage and family when the time comes. 7.01 MB
Cover of "Close to You" by The Carpenters This song is such a treasure. . . it always felt kind of heartbreaking to me -- sung upbeat and with a smile by the ever-graceful Karen Carpenter, who later was revealed to be suffering so much privately through most of her career. We recorded this take on a reel-to-reel and were about to run out of tape when we decided to try to get this track down. Thankfully it clicked 'off' RIGHT after the fade of the last note was coming to an end. Though I was in a pensive, reminiscent mood while recording it, upon some listens it has a little bit of a spooky stalkery vibe. Which is always interesting :) 3.02 MB