write. play. repeat.

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J.

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Locked In With Your Fears

I recently started doing Morning Pages again, for the first time in many years (with any regularity).  I have used mornings as my most productive writing time for a while now, but it’s been years since I did this exercise in the way intended by  The Artist’s Way. If you are unfamiliar with Morning Pages, here’s a link to a brief video interview with Julia Cameron where she discusses them:
Julia […]

Thursday Poetry: Introduction to Poetry

Today’s poem is by poet Billy Collins. I adore his style and often read his poems whenever I need a lift.
This poem is perfect for the former frustrated poetry teacher or student. It serves as a reminder that poems are not only meant for deconstructing and analyzing. First and foremost, they are meant to delight us.
Wishing you delight on this day!

Introduction to Poetry
BILLY COLLINS
I ask them […]

Why Aren't You Famous?

I’m going to get a little ranty for a bit, which is something I don’t like to do, but I feel like I need to clear some air on the matter of my (lack of) fame.
I get asked this question, or a variation on it, more than you might think.
I understand that people mean it as a compliment, as in, you are so good, I wish that everyone knew about […]

Falling in Love with No

I’ve talked a lot about creating space for your creative force, about opening yourself up to inspiration, moving forward despite fear… all of those things are really critical for living a creative life.
Even more recently I’ve started talking about boundaries, specifically my lack of them.   I want to stress that while I try to remain constantly open in a lot of ways, the reason I feel able to do that […]

Fingerprints

In my last post, I talked about how, for the past year, I have actively sought out meaningful performances rather than gigs.  I’m not playing as often, but when I do play, I generally feel great about it.    Most of the time, these are paying gigs.  Sometimes they pay less than what I’d normally ask, but they make up for it in other ways.   Recently, I […]

Meaningful Performances, Not “Gigs”

Gotta getta gig.  Gotta keep gigging.  Had any good gigs lately?
The word “gig” has the same connotation as the word “job” for me.   It’s something you do to get by, something you do just for the money, not because you love it or find meaning in it.
If you have a “job”, chances are you need to do something else in your free time to instill more meaning into your life.  […]

Thursday Poetry: Mending Wall

Thursday Poetry is on Friday, again!
I really need to spend some quality time with my Google calendar again so we can re-establish our relationship.
Anyway, coming out of yesterday’s post, I thought I should share Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” with you today, in case you’ve never read it, or you haven’t read it since 8th grade English class.
Mending Wall
ROBERT FROST
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under […]

Out here with no walls.

Last week, there was a small feature about me on the Ourstage blog.   Being written up there was a nice surprise and it really made my week.   The post itself also got me thinking.
The post draws attention to the fact that I am out there, way out there, for you.  This made me wonder why this isn’t a more common approach, and also made me think about why it seems […]

Make, make, make!

I keep coming back to the idea of cyclical creativity.   That, rather than “blocked” or “not blocked”, there can be times when we’re just naturally feeling more like creating than others.  Sometimes, I’ve made sure that there’s nothing specifically impeding my momentum,  and I’m still showing up to the page every day, but nothing feels like it’s really there.    Other times, there isn’t a way to get ideas down fast […]

Thursday Poetry: April is Poetry Month!

Yes, I know that it’s Friday, and not Thursday. This post is late because yesterday was April Fool’s Day, and you can’t believe anything you see on the internet until April 2nd. 😉
So,
April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. !
Poetry month is always full of great poetry-related events, like speakers, workshops, and readings.   Check out your local independent bookstores for any poets that may be stopping […]