I get to do the easy part: giving people advice on how to be more creative.
“Just do it this way,” I’ll tell them. “Think of it like a metaphor. Look at it through this lens.”
“Give a person a fish, and they’ll eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and they’ll eat for a lifetime.”
What’s missing from this pithy two-sentence parable is this:
Parables are neat and clean, but living is messy and human.
or how to read George R. R. Martin’s staggering, cumbersome epic without getting traumatized by the torture, rape, incest, and murder, thwarted by the medieval language, lost in his vast, invented world of strangely named cities and surrounding geography, muddled by the epic history and mythology, confused by the excessive cast of characters, or bored by the details of custom and culture.
CAUTION: There are some minor spoilers below, but they are worth it if I can get you to visit these books. Besides, you’ll forget about them as soon as you get into it.
HOW TO READ GAME OF…
I had an idea and now it is gone.
If I spent every moment lamenting lost thoughts I’d be a professional mourner, a dream widower.
If you love something, let it go. Set it free. Let it die. Or whatever.
Honestly, I don’t run an idea zoo here. I can’t keep everything locked up in my head.
If it’s going to go it’s going to go. Good riddance. There’s a lot more where that came from.
Right? Right? [Nervous laughter]
Every morning there is a magical moment between when I hit snooze and when I fall back to…
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This week I’ll spare you any Bo Burnham thoughts or discussions, except to say that That Funny Feeling is still playing on repeat in my head. But moving on!
I’m stumbling a bit to keep up with my ambitious publishing schedule. No Picobooks or articles were written this week, and even my mind/share project had a few no-shows. However, I did a lot of thinking about the Creative Compass and my six Creative Modes. It’s coming along, but not publishable yet. Please be patient!
I currently live…
To me, they look positively prehistoric. When they are eating crickets or frogs, I imagine them as feathered dinosaurs. Noisy, messy, deadly.
Chickens have been around us for a dragon’s age. They are an incredible source of food, laying one egg a day, on average, for years. Humans are so used to living with chickens and observing their behaviour, that we have concocted many sayings related to these fowl birds:
(This is much funnier when you have chickens)
Can you think of any more? Add in the comments…
What started as a simple photo of cotton candy clouds at dusk quickly devolved into a vague commentary on Disney’s treatment of the Star Wars franchise. It’s clunky and inelegant (allegory!)but there are some elements I really love that will carry over into improving future collage work: