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Episode 401: Here

Episode 401 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — a book stack and a combination draw along and fieldnote talk on the morning of the first day of a new year

In this episode of the CMP, a noteless (and thus fieldnote-style) show with a draw along chaser, plus, a swig of coffee or two. I’ve got an eye on the clock in this episode, but there is plenty of wide-ranging talk, including some jigsaw puzzle musings and a last-hour book stack drawing (a la Bibliophile — or at least inspired by Bibliophile). The book stack had been on the original list, but it was paired with another library task that COVID-19 rendered impossible. I’d removed the book stack “to-do,” too, and then decided at the last minute to go ahead and do it. I didn’t paint it. I didn’t do any Herculean drawings. I even messed up. It’s a very simple line drawing of the stack, but I’m really glad I did it. It was a perfect thing to do to wind down and close out the 50 Before 50 year. I’ve talked about several of these books before, and some of them I’ll talk about in the future. I’ve carried several of them around, and some of these I’ve checked out numerous times even if I haven’t read them. One of these books took me by surprise a few days ago, brought me to tears on a day when I felt completely emptied by the whole process, by the ending and the letdown of it all. All in all, it’s a powerful (and personal) stack, even though many of the titles are also random library checkouts as I follow one cookie crumb trail or another. The 19 I included represent about half of the books out from the library right now. I really need to find more time to actually read through the stack. In this moment, the stack is still sitting across from me, and it’s just pretty to look at.

The second half of the show is a 15-minute timed draw along.

Thank you for joining me in the last year and for giving me a listener today as part of the morning of my birthday. It was an important part of my day.

The Book Stack

The books in the stack:

  1. My Favorite Thing is Monsters (which Kate first pointed out to me during my ballpoint phase)
  2. Aesthetics: A Memoir
  3. The Doodle Revolution (mentioned many times in our Sketchnote discussions, but I haven’t sat and read it cover to cover)
  4. Bibliophile (Episode 348)
  5. The Art of Vanishing
  6. Presto Sketching (the book that I’ve carried along on meandering dog walks)
  7. Over Easy
  8. The Magic of Memoir
  9. Fast-Draft Your Memoir
  10. Excuse Me
  11. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (important discovery in the 50 Before 50)
  12. Honor Girl
  13. The Singer’s Gun
  14. Draw Your Day (Episode 352)
  15. New Kid
  16. Are You Listening
  17. The Art of Memoir
  18. Fetch
  19. The Sound of Paper

(Having now done this and made this list…. I think this may need to be a routine thing for me….. I think back to the year of library visits and snapping book stack photos of each wandering trip….. I am reminded again how I enjoy seeing those. I tend to discount the “checked out” stack because there are so many randoms and non-sequiturs. But I’m rethinking that. I think I’ll add this as something I do this year.)

We are still in a pandemic

It can be easy to get weighed down by everything going on, by the anxiety and the uncertainty. But there are silver linings and gifts. I encourage you to look for them.

(The looking, in and of itself, offers a different mindset. You might find that the act of seeking and discovering helps shift your perspective in meaningful ways.)


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A note about Trello: I’m feeling really productive with my reading and my “To Read” list this year using Trello. I use Trello for other things, including tracking my 50 Before 50 list, but I am finding new book lover’s peace this year with Trello boards set up to help me keep track of books I want to read, Kindle books I snag on a deal, books I hear about in groups or on other podcasts, and then the books I actually am reading or listening to. If you haven’t tried Trello, you should! (It’s free!)

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