On the subject of my current favorite T.V. show

Watching British Baking Show, it occurs to me that most people have no idea that they’re disqualifying themselves from the running by committing some grave error because they’re unaware they’ve made an error. It’s a blind spot—you can’t know what you don’t know. Mostly, they’re shocked, if not totally horrified. Only a couple of times do you see anyone say, “Screw it; I’ll be lazy/stupid here.”

It also occurs to me that writing is very, very similar. No one *knows* how they’re screwing up until they’ve already done it, and somebody points it out. Then, forever and ever, the mistake is emblazoned in your brain.

Life’s the same. All of it. You have to try over and over to make enough mistakes to be excellent. Go make mistakes.

Strategies For Creating in Chaos: an Interview with Author Robert Duff

Today, I’d like to welcome psychologist and self-help author Robert Duff for a chat about self-management and stress. Hi Robert, and thanks for joining us here! 🙂

What role do you feel creative expression plays in fostering mental health? 

I think that it plays a very important role. I often see the world in a yin and yang sort of way – creation and destruction. Often when we are depressed or having other mental health issues, we have to go through a sort of grieving process and we have to allow the life we expected to have (free of these issues) to die. In my opinion, one of the most helpful things for overcoming a loss is to create something new. The definition of creative expression is pretty broad in my book. That could be creating physical art, writing something, or even just cultivating new friendships or hobbies. Continue reading

Of exhaustion and summer breaks

Being a disciplined writer while raising kids requires a sort of fanatical, dogged commitment (if you ever want to accomplish much). You have to be kind of ruthless with your spare minutes. It helps if you have a crazy gleam in your eye at all times. It lets people know you’re mat as a hatter, and that they shouldn’t invite you to social functions. You have important ish to do.

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