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How to Marie Kondo your creativity—part 2

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We could have saved sixpence. We have saved fivepence. (Pause) But at what cost? —Samuel Beckett, All That Fall Real world aside, this experiment is paying off. It took a week to complete Day 1 (Writing—digital), but I feel the difference every time I sit at my computer. For instance, I never realized how much […]

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How to Marie Kondo your creativity—part 1

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What happens when you lay your creative work out on the bed, hanger upon hanger, sweater upon mismatched sock? I’m not talking about the whole of your creativity, just the part you’ve expressed in some tangible form—all the stories,  paintings, set designs, half-finished orchestral scores, and that one note on a napkin about the couple […]

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Creating an attention paperweight

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An actual paperweight. My friend Julie sent me a great piece about Mary Oliver’s essay “Of Power and Time,” that counsels on protecting yourself from distractions in order to write. This comes up a lot for me when I’m journalling, which is pretty much the starting place for any other kind of writing I do. […]

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Story Report: First Trip to The Moth

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Moth storytellers gathered

I don’t like the competitive aspect of The Moth but last night there I was, wondering if my name would be called and simultaneously hoping I wouldn’t embarrass myself and also that I’d win. I did neither. The host, Peter Kim, made us laugh and then pulled a name out the bag and it was […]