Mind your own business

“There are only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God’s.” ~ Byron Katie Today, I had the urge to write about something that I was outraged about. I was annoyed  about a particular internet  art star. I wanted to be the kid in the crowd who cries out that the emperor has no clothes. But […]

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Phew!

I am working on my play again after a couple of months of avoiding it. I feel like I am standing in front of a house with no door– and I am trying to figure out how to get back in. Today I am going for a long walk around Trout Lake with my characters. […]

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Accepting uncertainty and living the questions in life and art.

  “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Live in the question.”    Rainer Maria Rilke I love these words. I try to call them up when I face uncertainty   I am in the middle of developing an idea that is slowly forming in my mind. I don’t know if it is […]

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Preparation and effort–Ideas as tools.

“Creativity is not a gift from the Gods bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it.” Twyla Tharp. I love this quote and I believe it– I am perhaps a little more of the mind that magic […]

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On Moths and purpose and creative process and such

Metamorphosis: a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the moth. If you know me or if you visit my blog, You know that I have been working on a play. I am […]

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Creativity and Anxiety and Fearlessness and other humorous topics.

Last year at this time I decided to be fearless– and do something that I had wanted to do, for a very long time. I learned that deciding to be fearless, does not mean conquering fear. It means to go ahead despite fear. Deciding to be fearless, actually increased my fear. It was like a […]

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Magic cures for writers block- Day One. Ask good questions.

In this post I am going to address the notion of writer’s block. In all honesty I don’t actually get full blown writers block. I write every day. I am always journalling, blogging, scribbling, pondering, musing, reflecting, or working out something on paper. Writing is how I clear my mind, and make sense of the […]

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keep going

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” Samuel Beckett I am not a person that likes to make mistakes in public. And I am squeamish about the subject of failure. But here I am publicly declaring that I have failed more than a few times. I have given up, quit, […]

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How to begin.

Why do we avoid sitting down and writing? It’s so strange isn’t it. There is a lot written about how fear is the enemy. It’s more than fear. Writing is difficult. It is not easy to build a well made stage play–or a work of fiction. It takes work and courage and a thick skin. […]

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My writer’s process

Sometimes writers will talk about process. They will describe their process very specifically sometimes. Here are some random things I have heard writers say: “I always create an outline” “I never create an outline” “I write the last scene first I have to know where I am going” “I never know where I am going, […]

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