Good sandwich, bad sandwich

Focusing on what matters feels like the riskiest thing to do.

You want to cover all your bases.

Diversify! Everything!

But it’s like this:

You have a loaf of bread. Those are your possibilities. One slice of bread = one possibility.

And you have a big spoonful of peanut butter and a big spoonful of jelly.  That’s you. Your resources: time, energy, money, attention, ability. A couple… Continue reading

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Security people and freedom people

It’s one thing to be a little crazed because of your unique creative inner self.

It’s another entirely to go crazy because someone else’s going-doing-scheming-dreaming-unpredictability-inner burn sent you there.

You want to maintain stability and guard your own creative space while also allowing this important person in your life to have freedom, encouragement, and support.

Let’s start with two ground rules.

1. The fact that someone in

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Quit writing open letters

Dear people writing open letters:

Please stop.

We all know that your open letters are not really letters to the “designated recipients.”

We all know that you’re really writing to us, the public, the masses, the mindless scrollers of newsfeed loops, the social media followers, and that you have thoughts. Opinions. Valuable opinions to share about this latest thing, this story, this whatever-the-hell happened.

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Writing is a myth

Writing is a myth. No one’s writing. No one knows how. No one can get it right, ever. Writing is folklore, witchcraft, uncensored heart bleedings and all that. Nonsense. Trivia.

Writing comes from the blunt parts of things, the edges, the rough-cut, hand-sawn wood ends that get thrown into the reject pile. The scrap yard, that’s the place for writing. It’s a heap of fodder, a heap of refuse… Continue reading

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