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What Will You Make Your Life About?

Always be arcing back towards what you want to be known for, for your heart’s desire, for what gives you the most joy. LETTER EIGHTEEN Finding your purpose sounds like a really daunting task, and I have run away from that phrase for my entire life. But figuring out what my life is going to […]

Reconsidering the Purpose of my Apple Watch

So I’ve been a bit disillusioned of my 38mm Apple Watch lately. (I’d Sell My Apple Watch, But… I’m Still Dreaming of a Killer App) This morning after writing the scathing review of the LINK I had a slight epiphany. I loved playing with the Apple Watch faces. And while the palette is somewhat limited, you […]

The Creative Impulse: Easy to Contain, Easier to Kill

LETTER FIFTEEN It is much easier to ignore our creative impulses than to indulge in the craft of trying to bring them to life. That’s a real problem for a writer, painter, or musician. The little spark of an idea must be captured and fanned until it catches fire and becomes a story, painting, or song. […]

How Streaming Music Sucks the Life Out of Music

Caveat: Let me be clear. It’s not the streaming that’s the issue. It’s the royalties paid primarily to the BIG artists and almost zero to the small artists. Stream OK, but BUY THE MUSIC YOU LOVE. Support the musicians themselves and not just the mega-corp labels, lawyers, and streaming companies. +++ I know it’s an […]

Pointing Your Arrow: The Artist’s Way to Happiness

LETTER FOURTEEN It’s not the success that I’ve had that gives me joy. It’s not fame or fortune that pleases my soul. For me, it’s the perfectly struck chord, the phrase that captures exactly what I’m feeling, the letters scattered across a handwritten notebook that please ME. That’s the important part to remember. It is […]

Solitude and the Artistic Temperament

Pass through the darkness. Embrace the dark nights of your soul as they have arrived to tell you something. LETTER THIRTEEN We’ve got to talk about the dark side for a moment. If you’ve got a handful of guiding artists that you look to for inspiration, you’re likely to have a few that succumbed to […]

Survive & Thrive: First Find Your Congregation Within

When the money runs out, my inspiration get’s pretty desperate. Entire creative cannons in motion and lit up begin to crumble as I doubt myself. And trying to push into the creative as an income stream, for me, has never worked. I’m not interested in being a starving artist. So one of the first struggles, […]