A Light in the Darkness

Going straight into winter on the tail of November’s election upset didn’t bode well for those of us in Northern climes, especially if you happen to suffer from a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder or vitamin D deficiency around certain times of year. ‘There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing’ we like to say here, knowing that the worst thing for Winter blues is to let them keep us holed-up in solitude. To beat the soul-sucking cold and grey, the best thing to do is to willingly go out into it. Light a fire, embrace the ice and don’t let it win. This is why we celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, and why those who haven’t experienced this trial don’t understand it’s great value as a galvanizing force.

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The Veil

There are worlds within this world. Everyone is capable of experiencing places where the border realms collide, but most won’t share these stories out of fear of being publicly shamed for having them. These moments exist in our shadows, and are often some of our most emotionally charged memories. At this point on the calendar wheel, we celebrate the thinning of the veil between worlds. Now mostly lost in a flurry of costumes and candy, the potential to reach across the divide is still intuitively understood, though hidden in plain sight. Echoes of ghosts can be encountered across the web as well, as we begin to hit digital memorialization and the effects of developing AI.

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Chaos Theory

I am a compulsive list maker. I don’t do digital, I need paper and pen, analog all the way. Once a week, I condense last week’s list with the coming week’s calendar, to give me an idea of what the docket looks like. My desk is littered with various binders and notebooks, full of documentation pertaining to projects in the works. At any given time, there’ at least a dozen things jostling around in the hopper, but only so many can come out at once, and what will emerge completed from the mix is a combination of planning and happenstance. I have maybe 4 hours of usable time a day, it’s a battle.

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Resisting the Fear

“I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”…

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Productive Cycles

Ramping-up daily production ahead of deadlines is both energizing and fatiguing. It’s good to clear all channels, opening her up on the straightaway of maker space. Increasing production also beckons production schedules, accounting software, SEO (throwing up in my mouth) and more. These too can be creative exercises, challenging values and resources. The greatest of these, however, is keeping the focal point of all this effort on the art. Toward which quarter is it growing, pulled by the light of creative imagination?

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