When I first started writing, I was told writers write. Everyday. I’ve been told the same thing about exercise and meditation—have a daily practice. My guitar teachers over the years have insisted on the same thing. Yoga and stretching as well. And so it is with any task of import: when I decide to … Continue reading Displaced Priorities
Over the last few weeks, as I’ve been working to better organize my time. The fight that I’ve been waging is largely one explained in the documentary “The Social Dilemma;" the fight against distraction. But that’s not quantifying it correctly. It’s the fight against media that’s designed to demand my attention and engagement. It … Continue reading Warding Off Distraction
I was speaking today with creative friends about out work today. We’ve each rolled around to where the work is a drag. One friend is feeling dried up. Another is struggling with back pain; it’s literally painful for her to sit. Me? I’ve been feeling worn down, dried up, and a bit overwhelmed. … Continue reading Intentionally start and intentionally stop
I’m a big fan of the HBO’s show The Leftovers. A couple nights ago pulled up the penultimate episode to watch with my wife. (A main character becomes the president in it—it felt relevant). But it’s the antepenultimate, or third to last episode that’s my favorite. I ended up googling the episode yesterday. Looking … Continue reading The Leftovers of Laughter
I was asked the other day something like, is there courage involved in doing your Work, your writing?Thinking about it I said, I don’t know, I don’t think about it that way. For me that word courage is asking my writing to mantle too much. I don’t know if I can be brave, but … Continue reading Is it Courage?