Do you have a special hat you put on to paint? A candle that helps you write? We discuss the rituals and habits we create around our art – and what to do when those rituals don’t, in fact, trick the muse into showing up.
A listener email has us talking about the differences in getting ready to do BIG projects and smaller ones. Does the giant mountain start to feel smaller after you climb it once?
Julia talks to writer and podcast neighbor K. Tempest Bradford about being a creative, teaching people how to write, and whose stories get told and by whom. (Content note: There is discussion of racism and some of the less pleasant things that can happen to women and minority groups in literature, especially sci-fi and fantasy.)
We take on a listener question about feeling like you’re not doing your hobby right and producing worthy things, and how that can make you hesitate to even do it at all.
A whole room? A rented space? A tiny corner? There are lots of ways to set up a studio for the stuff you make. Not everything will work for all people, but there are a lot of things that can be good to think about.
When do you give up on things? Or entire crafts? Basically, we try to answer the fundamental question: ”What IS fun?”
We follow up on leaning into pretention, and then try to figure out how to accept compliments gracefully. Or at all.
Photography! We talk about Tiff’s path to becoming a capital P photographer - and, of course, if photography is Art. Also why pictures with that white frame around them felt so much more fancy when you were a kid.
”Your brain is infinite, but your space is limited.” Tiff gets deep when we talk about organizing your materials. By function? By craft? By color? Bye bye?
It’s time to dream and plan for 2020. Not in hindsight. Foresight.
Also: How do you find a new hobby?