#356: A Year of Finishing
Following a year of joy.
I’ve been writing this weekly newsletter since 2013. It’s evolved a bit over the years, but some underlying themes are: creative work, tools, technology, renovating an old house in Detroit, and generally being an artist/human. I send it out most Sundays (but sometimes Monday morning).
Following a year of joy.
On wintry Camelots.
A short observation for 2021.
On challenges and obstacles.
And a few manga titles I’ve been enjoying.
On understanding and making comics.
Brief travels to New Orleans and Austin.
And other lessons from the course.
On rediscovering golf.
Reframing writer’s block.
An update from revisionland.
On Ted Lasso and Bo Burnham.
A different approach toward balance.
Slow approaches and new unions.
Work, Gamification, and Samuel Delany’s Nova
That time I was a Lyft driver.
A short, interstitial update.
A few post-pandemic questions.
Or maybe just pandemic-fatigued reminders.
Revisiting Vincent Chin; an interview with Paula Yoo.
Bike maintenance and fond writing memories.
Or: Is consistency overrated?
Presence, and old drafts and puzzles.
My recent post for Imagination Soup.
An update on my new year’s un-resolutions.
Or when not to strive for mastery.
Three things I’ve enjoyed in the first months of 2021.
Or, what I learned about creative routines from my dog.
The simple joy of seeing friends again.
On reading The Annotated Wizard of Oz.
A new podcast for a new (lunar) year.
On strife and joy in stories.
Distance-running, creative types, and a DNA test.
Being a steward for creative projects.
The first of several member-backed projects in the new year.
On letting go of pain-oriented attitudes toward work.
On the systems around resolutions.
On rules for adopting new technology.
Buffy reruns and Antonioni’s China.
Notes from working the polls.
Thoughts on developing film.
Late-summer book progress.
Time in West Michgan; Michael Pollan in the woods.
Weekend perspectives; diversity dialogues.
On the discomfort of watching outdated representations.
Writing relevant stories when the world around you keeps changing.
Words accompanying a photo series in The Detroit Free Press.
On eternal vigilance, and my debt to Black Americans.
Hara’s knives, Steinbeck’s pencils, and more thoughts on exactness.
On balancing structure and spontaneity in my work schedule.
Finding camaraderie in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden journal.
Garden work, technological toolkits, and revisiting story charts.
Building raised garden beds as I start a new manuscript draft.
The rediscovery of a favorite poem.
Positive compounding in everyday life.
Who gets to define your art?
Thoughts on obsession and art.
What I tell students at the schools I’m visiting.
Lessons from fermentation.
Building the (fictional) house.
Learning the virtues of yard work.
Words of love and comfort from Seamus Heaney.
Downsides to a hyper-optimized life.
Weddings as funerals, and the 35th Anniversary of the Vincent Chin killing.
On working with what you have.
To myself on my thirtieth birthday.
Dispatch from a round dwelling in the Catskill Mountains.
What Twin Peaks and Girls have in common.
On criticism and identity.