Mossy trees on San Juan Island
Last week we finally got out of the house and rented a cabin on San Juan Island. The island isn't very far from Seattle but just being in a new environment broke me out of a rut. There's something about getting out of my regular routine that makes me think about things differently.
During the pandemic I had time to experience a slower-paced life and realize how fast things used to move. I wrote a blog post called the slow burn that explores the creative benefits of slowing down.
- I'm still on a kinetic art kick. I revisited the book Kinesthesia that I got as a gift a while back. It has some excellent examples of mid-century kinetic art from Latin American artists.
- Some standout artists from the book are Martha Boto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Jesús Rafael Soto.
- I enjoyed the book Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. The book mentioned the Dalí key trick that took me down a rabbit hole of learning about hypnopompic and hypnagogic consciousness. I find that I come up with some of my most creative ideas when waking up from a deep sleep.
- If you love 80s synth music, check out Answers 2 Trouble by Lauer.
- The Nevers is a crazy-good combo of strong Victorian women, time travel, and aliens.
- I like how Dickinson depicts Emily's writing process and how she overcomes her family's disapproval. It's worth watching just for the Death scenes.
I allow myself a half hour’s conversation . . . between my conscious and unconscious self before getting out of bed.
Naps are essential to my process. Not dreams, but that state adjacent to sleep, the mind on waking.
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