Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success. Sheila Chandra

I was taken by the Guardian Review of this book, bought the book and it is great.

Sheila Chandra an international level singer writes on organizing for creative success. She clearly introduces her approach to managing a successful creative life. It is a great read and I plan to pass my copy onto my daughter and son, both are looking toward creative entrepreneurial careers. There is plenty here of use: Lets start.

“Good artists are smart and hardworking. Its going to take some serious strategy, good infrastructure and copious amounts of hard work for you to win those elusive moments of creative and public glory.”

What I like with this book is how clear and practical it is. Start by organizing your space, then your head, and then onto the world. Moreover, this is clear – look after yourself, don’t make decisions when, “Tired, hungry and cold.” Have fun, write-it-down; task-map, prioritize and plan. All standard advice but absolutely useful and clearly developed.

Buy this book – use it.

Art doesn’t have to come out of chaos, as it did for Van Gogh. Former Monsoon star Sheila Chandra and Stik explain how they learned to defeat disorder

Source: Singer Sheila Chandra and graffiti artist Stik on why ‘the dysfunctional genius trope’ is a myth | Books | The Guardian

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Why the Greatest Work of Your Life Will Require A Compass, Not a Map | The Creativity Post

The piece is on finding your way through life; different from the norm. It challenges me in ways I struggle to put into words. I am ready for a change but I don’t have a direction. And I feel stuck.

This is a normal response and an important step in the creative process but it is a frustrating time for me.

In any case, read this, it’s a little longer than normal; think deeply, maybe you need a compass.

When thinking on an image to use I thought of Outward Bound, I attended as a 24 year old shortly before I resigned from my position as a technician and travelled to study toward my postgraduate science degrees. I felt stuck then too.

If we use a map for long enough, we lose sight of the fact the entire journey was based on a plan someone else had for us. We stop questioning it at all. It’s safe, it’s secure, it’s easy, and guaranteed to get us where we’re going.

Source: Why the Greatest Work of Your Life Will Require A Compass, Not a Map | The Creativity Post

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What Does It Mean To Be Human? | TNTM – YouTube

What makes us human: art!

We have evolved to create and to appreciate art.

After all, this blog gives me the opportunity to curate material I find, to photograph, write, and to explore. And I play guitar and I am a storyteller. All of this is creative artistry and an important piece of who I am.

That is an important thing to remember.

Many of us find creativity expression central to ourselves. Natural selection would not result in the need for creative expression if there is no survival value in it. So… art must have survival benefits as we evolved physically and culturally. Presumably, artists are attractive mates and supportive partners. I find that encouraging.

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We Should Explore Mars So That Our Students Will Keep Dreaming Big | Janet Ivey | LinkedIn

I remember the growing up with the excitement of the Apollo program. I would have been nine in 1968 and I remember keeping a news paper folder of all the missions. Exciting. Wonderful. Motivating.

Between Apollo and Star Trek, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut. In real life I studied science and earned a PhD in chemistry.

As a species, we have evolved with open spaces; frontiers. Humans to Mars, is a dream we need. Most especially, our youngsters.

This article explains much better than I can.

Huffington Post, October 11, 2016, by Janet Ivey Why send humans to Mars? Because as Gene Roddenberry said, “We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are.” As a space science

Source: We Should Explore Mars So That Our Students Will Keep Dreaming Big | Janet Ivey | LinkedIn

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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study | Society | The Guardian

Rather than writing this morning, I though it appropriate to walk Bart, our dog.

This is Bart before we left. He was covered in mud when we returned.

Lovely day after a storm.

Remember the health and well-being benefits of a walk in nature, even in the mud. This article sets out some evidence. But we know walking is fun.

Source: Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study | Society | The Guardian

Before our walk

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Do we all need a little time simply to sit and think? | Aeon Essays

“Do you ever take time just to stop and think? And do you think it is important?” These are the questions, posed to us in this article.

In my view, taking/making time to think is essential. That has been my experience and, interestingly, that is what time management and self-management gurus tell us. They ask, “What are your values, your long term goals, who are you?” “What is important to you?” But without time to think, how can we expect to answer?

This is a longer article, and fascinating. The author explores taking time to think and makes a number of thoughtful comments exploring the University. Hint, She thinks that, “all too often, universities are hothouses for organised idiocy.”

It is worth reading this article, fascinating.

Not busy-work, ticking off to-do lists or keeping-up-with-stuff. Just sitting. And thinking. Is it so hard?

Source: Do we all need a little time simply to sit and think? | Aeon Essays

Please take time to think.

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Silence and powerlessness go hand in hand – women’s voices must be heard | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian

I was not aware, until a student questioned me, that I did not notice the footprint of power.

When I began exploring around power, one of the Wikipedia entries made the point that silence is often a consequence of the misuse of power. Powerful people are heard and suppressed people are silenced. I understood that, history is written by the victors but had not connected that to my current life.

In this essay Rebecca Solnit explores this point.

This is another essay from her book, “The Mother of all Silences’, which I heartily recommend.

In this Being unable to tell your story is a living death. The right to speak is a form of wealth that is being redistributed. No wonder powerful men are furious

Source: Silence and powerlessness go hand in hand – women’s voices must be heard | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian

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Words That Matter: Ursla Le Guin

This book is a collections of essays, reflections and book review by Ursla Le Guin. Ursla is one of those authors I loved but did not know it.

Many years ago, when I was six my teacher, Miss Lambson began reading a story which she never finished. School was over for the year. Many years later my son asked me to read The Wizard of Earthsea. That was the book. I have since read much of Ursla’s writing and and enjoy and respect her work.

One review of note: Salman Rushdie’s Two years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight days. The comment, “Contemporary sophistication declares the peace is boring, moderation is bleh, happy is sappy… But it is also, I think, a capitulation to the idea, so powerful in 20th century literature that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real, than the catastrophic dramas of destruction…”

Ursla is right, That is one of our most pervasive and destructive myths. Peace and creation are hard and boring; destruction easy and exciting. What a sick idea.

I find that kind of insight in this book. I recommend it.

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Our Humanity

From Tumblr: Our Humanity

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What’s the point of sex? It’s good for your physical, social and mental health

Generally speaking the more knowledgeable we are sexually the less children we have. This is a clear sustainable step forward.

This article from Fiona Kate Barlow and Brendon Zeitsch of the University of Queensland outlines the: physical, social and mental health benefits of healthy adult sexuality. They outline benefits that are: building relationships, is a healthy physical activity, leads to creativity, (and its fun). A thoughtful and interesting article.

Source: What’s the point of sex? It’s good for your physical, social and mental health

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