Before COVID-19, I’d occasionally think about renting a vacation cottage somewhere, or booking a hotel room on the other side of town, and locking myself away for a few days to write. I’d daydream about another (quasi-)spontaneous weekend away, getting lost and taking photos and not thinking about anything else. A DIY creative retreat, with nothing to do but make art.
Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in May: making meaningful change, photographs of confinement, the importance of the Doctor, the failure of productivity, and more.
Still stuck inside. I’ve been: sorting | going | baking | discovering | finding | admitting | finishing | starting | watching | making
Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in April: what might happen to the novel, film vs. digital, journalling and goalsetting, Norman Rockwell, and more.
Over the last few weeks, one of my writing friends and I have been talking (emailing) about trying to do creative work right now, in this world. About how difficult it is to get into the flow of it, and how deep work is almost impossible. Routines are shot to hell; writing time is being swallowed up by new chores. Money’s tight, and art feels a bit frivolous. Tempers are fraying, ennui is setting in, and it’s just really hard to think of good stories right now, ok?
Still stuck inside. I’ve been: thinking | sitting | eating | having | setting | trying | falling | making | using | starting
I’ve only left the apartment once in the past two weeks. I’ve been: daydreaming | brainstorming | finding | getting | wishing | reading | tackling | trying | loving | starting
So… things kind of fell apart over the past two weeks, didn’t they? I’ve been: regretting | cutting | realizing | wanting | trying | feeling | finishing | wishing | keeping | ordering
I finished a draft of Violet Lane last week. (I say ‘a draft’ because at this point, I honestly don’t know how to number the drafts of this thing. Is it the first draft? The third? Yes and yes.)