This morning I drank my coffee* outside. Usually I like to start my day by getting right into it. I wake up, go through my workout, eat breakfast, drink coffee, and then I turn on my computer. This morning I added an extra step: pause. I sipped my coffee while listening to birds chirping. I… Continue reading Setting the table
Artists work with constraints. Boundaries and limitations give artists a challenge. You can't draw 4-panel comic strips with 6 panels. Limitations tell us what something is. The same is true of life. Artists of life work with constraints: boundaries and limitations make artists of life more courageous, tough, and resilient. The limitations of our lives… Continue reading Fun to play with but not to eat.
I'm selling stuff online for the first time. It's hard. Here's what I've learned. You own stuff because a mastermind group of expert storytellers (a group you will never meet) convinced you that stuff is worth owning. Strange how anonymous people can persuade you into giving away your time and attention. When you market a… Continue reading Sparse thoughts on sales
Listen on Spotify | Listen on Apple | Watch on YouTube | Trailer I choose to publish my daily reps, whether they're bad or not.Craig Burgess This conversation blew my mind. Craig Burgess is a graphic designer, illustrator, writer, and podcaster from the UK. Craig epitomizes the definition of prolific: he creates something every. single.… Continue reading Craig Burgess — The Most Prolific Creator on the Web Shares His Habits, Routines, and Mindsets for Unlimited Creative Output (#38)
Will this work? No clue. Can we work our best self into it? Always. Hey we're here is much different than Hey we're doing this. Hey, we're doing this means something's happening. We're moving pieces. We're building tension. We're gathering around a shared goal and we'd love to have you join us. Hey, we're here… Continue reading Podcasting: Like Learning How To Read Again
The food on your plate and the water in your glass and the sound of your lover's voice should make you feel more grateful than how happy you get when someone likes what you wrote on social media. That your next inhale will not be dedicated to the regime of some psychopathic dictator should provide… Continue reading Note to self: be grateful you idiot
Some teachers of writing teach their students that writing leads to wealth. These teachers are correct. Yes, writing can lead to wealth. That is one thing that writing is capable of doing. If you're very, very good at articulating your thoughts, people will eat out of the palm of your hand. Some teachers of writing… Continue reading Splitting Sentences: You’re Not A Writer Unless You’re Pissing Someone Off
It's 11:11 pm. I can't sleep. My favorite cure for insomnia? Talking to you about how I make stuff. This is how I designed the musical sound clippy intro thing for Nate Kadlac and Reza Saeedi's podcast It's Gotta Be The Mic. (Oh and by the way, if you're a creator and want to learn… Continue reading How I Design: Creating A Musical Sound Clippy Intro Thing for It’s Gotta Be The Mic Podcast
Write 250-500 words to a friend. Tell this friend how much you appreciate them. Share what you wrote with no one else but this friend. Don't talk about it on social media. This is between you and them. You don't need to get all lovey dovey mushy wushy. Write about what you see in this… Continue reading This is the toughest writing challenge.
Most authors stick the acknowledgements behind the last page of the book. Most directors cut to the credit roll after the final shot of the film. Most waiters expect the tip to come at the end of the meal. Canonically, gratitude is something we save until the end. But, we think, always ready to provide… Continue reading Gratitude can wait, just get to the good stuff!