This Too is True

A common theme in my creative efforts these days is granting myself permission. For example, I grant myself permission to hold two opposing concepts as true. Yes, I’ve been easily distracted lately. But I’ve also been writing interesting material. I may not be dedicating a lot of time to perfecting what I make, but IContinue reading “This Too is True”

Dumpster

I couldn’t begin to tell you how much junk I’ve accumulated. I don’t mean physical stuff, though maybe I should examine that as well. I mean the overflow of words that didn’t make it to their intended projects. Many notes are piled on top of each other, virtual and otherwise, each containing thoughts and ideasContinue reading “Dumpster”

Tell Me More

I can’t possibly know everything. Yet I catch myself pretending I do all the time. One thing I’ve never quite understood is people’s (read: my own) lack of curiosity when they encounter contradictory information. We tend to get a bit too set in our ways, don’t you think? Of course it’s one thing to argueContinue reading “Tell Me More”

Rigid Needs

I’m learning to be easier on myself for having particular needs during the creative process. I find I write best on Saturday nights, usually after 10pm. I love this quote from President Barack Obama, pulled from a recent New York Times interview. He’s also a fan of late-night writing: “I find that the world narrows,Continue reading “Rigid Needs”

Paying Attention to Change

So much of art-making, I find, involves deep and focused listening. When we are hyperaware of the environments and people around us, we pick up on the intricacies of existence and articulate our discoveries to others more effectively. Such intense awareness is a skill to be practised. I also wonder if the most effective listeningContinue reading “Paying Attention to Change”

Seeking Questions

One of my intentions with this blog is to look for more questions. I’m learning that curiosity is key. When I find I’m uninspired or generally down in the dumps for whatever reason, continually asking myself “why?” typically unlocks something useful. Sharing that gift of curiosity with others can be revolutionary. I don’t believe theContinue reading “Seeking Questions”

Bold Purpose

Here’s a book recommendation: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. I’m sad that my copy is stuck in the city I left a few months ago. It contains so many well-articulated arguments for giving a clearer purpose to any type of gathering we host. The lessons in the book are particularly important now, whenContinue reading “Bold Purpose”

Authenticity in Blog Posts…?

As a theatre artist I’m passionate about immersing myself in artifice. I’m a firm believer in finding truth in fiction; often an experience can be made to feel even more authentic and relatable by playing pretend. So writing these posts can seem pointless and even phony to me. What am I trying to say, exactly,Continue reading “Authenticity in Blog Posts…?”