I wish I were in Brooklyn, NY to visit Kara Walker’s exhibit: A Subtlety, or The Marvelous Sugar Baby. Opening a dialogue about slavery, race, gender and various cultural bias and stigma, Walker’s sculpture has dug its claws deep into the psyche of Brooklyn and the world.
The work is striking. Walker and her crew erected a Sphinx out of 80,000 lbs of refined sugar. Once the exhibit closes on July 6 2014, the sugar will be recycled.
If you are in Brooklyn, visit Kara Walker’s exhibit inside the Domino Sugar Factory. You have to see this amazing feat of genius. Visit Creative Time now to watch a short video about Walker’s project.
I would take the red pill to learn every language in the world. I’d still learn how to play instruments. By learning from instructors that speak in their native tongue, I’ve got the best of both worlds! What would you do?
My friend Jake is a well-known and respected man in Austin, TX. Ours has been a long-standing friendship, tested by college nights littered with up-til-dawn parties and bleary-eyed Sunday mornings.
No matter how fond you are of a person, when they appear in your dreams you have to evaluate what their illusory presence meant. I’ve always admired my friend Jake because he’s smart and cool and friendly, but my mind may have taken things a bit too far.
I’ll let you be the judge.
Supermodels Love Him: Dream Jake
Written to Jake upon waking Tuesday, June 24, 2014:
“You were a part of a dream I had early this morning.
I went to your house party where everyone was required to wear costumes. I don’t watch baseball, let alone give two poops about the Boston Red Sox, but I was wearing the team hat. You had a Yorkshire Terrier (goodness knows why), which you loved dearly and forced me to give up my hat for… I was kinda sore about that.
Then, the party ended around daybreak… I couldn’t find you in your house.
A score of young people materialized and said, “Oh, Jake? Yeah, he’s over at [blah blah blah] restaurant.”
I followed the directions they gave me, found you holding that damned Yorkie, laughing and having brunch with supermodels – not surprising.
I was all like, “Hey, man! Can I have that hat back?” and then you turned into Ryan Gosling and said, “Ha ha, G! You’re so silly.”
We left the restaurant with your supermodel girlfriends and you were still Ryan Gosling. I was laughing hysterically at how much of a wizard you were, disguising yourself so cleverly… as which celebrity (the “Jake” or the “Ryan”) I may never know.
So, thanks for being playing a major role in my dream. It was very entertaining.”
Jake is Ryan
You may have seen him around Austin, TX but you had no idea that those Ryan Gosling “sightings” were actually Dream Jake using his skilled sorcery against you. The illusion is powerful. Now I have to tell my mom that my friend Jake is a warlock posing as a celebrity during the day… she’s going to commit me.
Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience, but instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens.
It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before yours eyes, but it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those Laws.
It gently runs its fingers through your hair and lulls you away from every great idea you’ve had.
It’s always there. Taunting you. Sitting next to you on the sofa, filling your head with thoughts of “I’ll get my writing project done tomorrow” instead of today.
This friendly, unproductive ghost is your No. 1 Enemy, and its name is Procrastination.
5-Point Death Kill: How to Combat Your Attention Span’s Arch-Nemesis
After years of being beaten down by freelance writing project deadlines, I decided to make changes in my professional practices to kill Procrastination.
Everyday I pick up a ball-point pen and put it to lined notebook paper, writing down every goal I’d like to accomplish in one day. After 10 minutes of creating this daily task and projects list, I get things done like a BOSS.
Listed are my 5 killer points of attack:
Eliminate distractions before creating your project list. Freelance writers possess an intellectual table of information and creativity. Before they are able to share the wealth, writers must quiet their minds by eliminating distractions to the writing process. By turning off television sets, music apps and letting the dog out, freelance writers must work within the silence. Let go, find your “mind palace” and start writing.
Create daily freelance writing project lists, prioritizing the most deadline sensitive items first. Every freelance writing job seems like a top priority. The reality is that some projects are more pressing than others. Distinguishing the most important writing assignments from the lesser ones help freelance writers manage time efficiently.
Concentrate on one project at a time. Competing for your attention and time, writing jobs need to be addressed with concentration. By approaching each job, one at a time, freelancer writers are able hone their talents with care.
Time your time. A freelance writer’s time is valuable. Don’t waste it. The best way to gauge freelance writing productivity is with www.online-stopwatch.com. Keeping smart phones on silent or out of reach completely helps freelance writers focus on the tasks at hand. Social media maven Sue Rostvold impressed this upon me years ago.
Give yourself a break. Freelance writers must develop a belief in the power of naps. After an hour of work, I take a 10-15 min writing break to do whatever I want… usually, it’s stepping outside for a breath of fresh air and gentle aerobic movements, take a nap or meditate. Get back into the groove of work immediately after the break is over.
Givin’ Up The Ghost
As freelance writers, we’ve all experienced an overwhelming lack of focus. I’d argue that no one is immune to deficits in concentration. The mind wanders. Ideas shift.
Don’t be ashamed of the silent enemy. Fight back.
I’m not an expert on the subject of attention spans or deficits. I can only speak to my experience. If you need to consult your family physician for ADHD or other disorders, please do so today. I mean it – this blog post might be fun but if you need a doctor, you’d better get your hot crossed buns over to one.
If you’re a freelance writer, you’ve probably come across content mills… and you have a strong opinion either for or against them, I’m sure. If you’re rolling a ball of yarn around the possibility of becoming a freelance writer, inevitably you will come across content mills.
Get Paid to Write
Keep in mind that not all content mills, or “writing farms”, are created equal. It’s best to do your homework when searching for gigs that pay decently and often. Research the pros and cons the most popular content mills on the Internet by visiting Freedom With Writing.
For freelancer writers that are transitioning from a regularly paying j-o-b to the freelance industry, Content Mills are a good place to start earning income. They are also great for practicing your writing skills and to manage deadlines efficiently (because who doesn’t struggle with the dread deadline).