Hobart Tower

Hobart Tower: Plein Air in Vernon, California

Finding a subject by geolocating Last month, I was shooting on location, and on the drive back from the hotel, the freeway backed up and Waze took me off the interstate and put me on some backroads. I got fascinated with the industrial landscape I was driving though, and as I passed a giant bunch of railroad tracks, I saw…

Djerassi Resident Arts Program

Live Like You’re at an Artists’ Residency

During my last artists’ residency, I had what I thought was a breakthrough realization: I wanted to live like I was at an artists’ residency all the time. Well, who wouldn’t? At an artists’ residency, my primary responsibility is to write. I leave my home and my daily grind and travel to a place where the focus of each day…

Jetty

Choose a Creative Talisman

By now, you’ve seen the primary image on my website many times, the picture above with the pier, the hut, and the ocean. You might have been wondering, what is this picture? Why is it here and what does it have to do with writing, art, or creativity? Actually, it has everything to do with writing and creativity, because this…

Ink Shelf

Ink Tower: Visit My Writing Space

This week I was going to talk about cooking and recipes with nurturing, nutrient-dense food, but instead, I’m posting about another source of nourishment: the space to create. Today I’m going to take you into my writing space and show you where I work and also some cool organizational tools I’ve discovered to make a limited space pack more punch.…

To Do Books

Plan the Day Part 2 – From List to Action

When Am I Going To Do This? From List to Action: Scheduling Out a Day In Part 1 of this post, I talked about repurposing the To Do List to represent Soul Work as well as The Grind. Now I want to talk about how to make it happen. In my day job, we have a saying, “Block, Light, Rehearse,…

To Do Books

Plan the Day Part 1 – Pay Yourself First

What’s on Your Plate? The Dreaded To Do List! This is Part 1 of a 2-part post, with the details of the planning process in Part 2, “Herd, Weed, Block, Shoot.” I got a fun comment mid-week on my Instagram teaser photo for this post. It was a picture of my day’s To Do List, half way through the day. Most…

Journals: the march of time

The Journal: Vehicle to the Past or Future?

I started keeping a journal at about age 12-13. I began numbering them in college, retroactively assigning early journals negative numbers, so that time stretched backward and forward from the zero of freshman year. By now, they number in the 50s, the current journal being LIII (because journals should be counted in Roman numerals, of course.) Growing up, my journals…

THE pen for German schoolchildren!

Why Fountain Pens? A Love Story

I have a vague memory of my dad describing how he had to carve his own pens out of bamboo in order to have a writing implement in elementary school. Of course, this may be the Punjabi version of, “When I was your age, I had to walk 5 miles in snow to get to school,” but even if so,…

The reward for getting up before the sun.

Paradise Lost: A Little Hawaii in Your Life

Every single day on Maui, an amazing thing happens. As evening approaches, drivers pull off to the side of the highway and stop their cars. Why? Because the sun is setting. They interrupt the journey they’re on, cut the engine, and sit and watch, occasionally with their car poking into the road! Some days the line of sight to the…