Retreat / Advance

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.

Snapshot #149 | 10 Things for 22 March 2020

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

2020 in Preview

The year—the decade—isn’t even two weeks old and it’s already testing my optimism. I keep sitting down to write this post, and I just stare at the blinking cursor, trying to figure out what to say about my goals for the new year, trying to figure out how to say that I’m still hopeful. That despite everything, my goals for this year are more ambitious than they have been for the last few.

Project366: #261-270

Less than one hundred days left to go in this particular project, and I’m starting to wonder what comes next.

Inspired | January 2019

Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in January.

Snapshot #108 | 10 Things for 26 August 2018

The last two weeks have been interesting. There’s a lot of introspection going on. I’ve been: drinking | thinking | finding | making | trying | starting | getting | having | stalking | daydreaming

Inspired | June 2018

Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in June.

Inspired | January 2018

I thought that this was going to be a new monthly feature for the blog, but it’s really just a revamp of one that I let slide two years ago. This time, instead of sharing one cool thing every week, I’ll be doing a monthly roundup of all the things (articles, videos, et cetera) that I can’t stop thinking about. Enjoy!

Snapshot #93 | 10 Things for 28 January 2018

Another two weeks! They’ve been interesting. In a (mostly) good way. I’ve been: feeling | wearing | rethinking | discovering | learning | preparing | trying | waiting | getting | debating

Sketchbook #20

Let me start by saying: February was a strange month. It was filled with schedule disruptions (so much snow), and motivational lulls, and the weird feeling that comes with being between writing projects (I’d forgotten that that feeling even exists.) It’s one of those months that feels like I didn’t accomplish anything at all.

My goal for the month was to prioritize my creativity. And… I’ve done that, as much as those schedule disruptions could allow. I’ve stopped checking news and social media before my work is done for the day, and that’s been nothing but good. It was really difficult for the first few days, but that was it – I’ve successfully broken the habit, and when I do read the news or check Twitter, it’s intentional. It doesn’t interfere with my work, and I’m not spending all day simmering with anger over the latest outrage.

(That said… I’m not posting to Twitter quite as much as I’d like. But that’s probably unavoidable.)