Month: October 2015

Olio – October 24, 2015

olio2Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things

So much fascinating stuff to see, read, hear, enjoy …. so little time. Passing along some of what I’ve found to you.

The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed – If you’re any kind of writer, artist, creative person, you need to read this, then you need to figure out how to build a network of support.

Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It’s the last privilege of a free mind by Gaytri Devi –  My children would have thought I was out of my mind had I said that to them when they were young and whining to me that they were bored. Instead, if they came looking for me to solve their boredom, I told them I could find work for them to do. Suddenly, they were no longer interested in being bored.

“I Am Dust” by Gary Numan – Remember Gary Numan? If you were a teen in the 1980s, you should. His song “Cars” was all the rage. Guess what? He’s still making music, including a fabulous album called “Splinter” that he released in 2013. It’s industrial and angsty and very, very good. I’ve linked to the video for “I Am Dust,” one of the tracks from the album.

5 Ways Creative Work Is Like Working Out – A friend sent me this article after reading my blog. It’s pretty apparent that I have a thing for creativity and I’ll read darn near anything about the subject, even though I’ve read a metric crap ton about it already, because new articles give me new perspectives on the process. This article makes points that I’ve heard before, but the one that sticks out is that THE GOAL MATTERS. Lots of people writing about creativity stress, stress, stress that the process is important. Let go of the end goal because it seizes you up and makes you less creative. Yet, working toward a goal, a specific finished piece, is a critical part of the process. I could puddle around endlessly putting random words on a page, but there is nothing so satisfying as telling a story or making a point with a finished article.

Worms that can eat plastic could save us from destroying the planet. Yes, that’s a link-baity headline, but it also gives me hope that we can find a way to deal with Styrofoam, which has been notoriously difficult to recycle.

What interesting things have you found online? Please share in the comments.

YOCR #14 – The Art of Non-Conformity

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

In my Year of Creative Reading, I’ve gone away from my original goal of reading all 37 books on BuzzFeed’s creative reading list. I’ve gone so far afield that I’m now actively seeking alternate books on creativity, conducting searches for creativity and innovation on my library’s online catalog.

“The Art of Non-Conformity” by Chris Guillebeau is one of the books I found this way. Being the sort who tends not to conform, the title attracted me. For those inclined to conform, the book’s subtitle might draw you in: “Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World.” I mean, geez, who doesn’t want that?

The book is an easy read, with the author providing examples of alternate forms of education, travel, and careers based on his own life experience. The book reminded me of Young Son Number 2, who is an unconventional sort that wants to travel and figure things out on his own. I recommended he read it, but he’s not much of a book reader, so he might get more out of Chris Guillebeau’s blog, which he can find here. (The rest of you non-conforming individuals can check it out, as well. 🙂 )

Guillebeau provides a lot of encouragement for living an unconventional life in his book, but he doesn’t stay in the Lollipop Land of Sugarcoated Affirmations. I appreciate that. He says, “All things being equal, we generally resist change until the pain of making a switch becomes less than the pain of remaining in our current situation.” (pg. 49) In other words, a bad situation can provide the impetus you need to work toward the life you want. Negativity can turn into something positive. (If you’re not sure about this, read “Constructive Wallowing” by Tina Gilbertson, which I featured in my last Year of Creative Reading post.)

“The Art of Non-Conformity” definitely gets a place on the creative reading list I’m compiling.