A little "corner" of my workspace. The painting and bird are by Vanessa Valencia. The globe is Napoleon III, the basalt candlestick holders are Empire and the books are 18th-century French.
I am dealing with a family issue that is causing stress and wreaking havoc with my concentration. Will answer your email and catch up with your blogs soon. Meanwhile, I'm trying to remain calm, keep an objective outlook and an open heart. My friend Julie has posted some lovely San Francisco photos for me today. See for yourself!
Thoughts on creativity and deadlines
From Julia Cameron's The Sound of Paper:
"...Many of us set an impossibly high goal of productivity for ourselves. We want to finish the novel by next week and if we can't do that, we're a failure. We want the energy to work all night, to burn the candle at both ends, no matter how exhausted and burned-out such behaviors leave us. When we set our creative jumps too high, we often refuse to jump them. "Not today," we say and defer our creativity one more day.
"It is better and healthier to set our creative jumps within our creative reach. Take pen in hand. Is there an arena in which you set your goal improbably high? Write about this. Having done a thorough inventory of your creative self-sabotage, set a new creative quotient that you will be able to meet with some ease. Take your creative goal and plan it out. What do you want to have done a year from now? Six months from now? One month from now? One week from now? Working "backward" in this way allows you to set realistic creative goals."
Where's the real story?
San Francisco Chronicle readers have to go elsewhere for the real story behind the newspaper's perils. Read David Cay Johnston's insightful piece in the Columbia Journalism Review.
And the Rocky Mountain News is the latest longtime newspaper to bite the dust.