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Jan 21, 2014
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Le Corbusier’s split personality

Fun fact: the architect Le Corbusier spent his mornings painting in his apartment, and then in the afternoons, he’d go to his office and practice architecture. He said, “Painting every morning is what allows me to be lucid every afternoon.” But even though his work as a painter fed his work as an architect, he took great care to keep the identities separate. He signed all his paintings with his birth name, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret. Supposedly, a journalist once knocked on his apartment door during painting hours and asked for Le Corbusier. LC looked him right in the eye and said, “I’m sorry, he’s not in.”

Jan 13, 2014
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I write weird stories. I don’t know why I like weirdness so much. Myself, I’m a very realistic person. I don’t trust anything New Age — or reincarnation, dreams, Tarot, horoscopes. I don’t trust anything like that at all. I wake up at 6 in the morning and go to bed at 10, jogging every day and swimming, eating healthy food. I’m very realistic. But when I write, I write weird.
Haruki Murakami, echoing Flaubert

Jan 12, 2014
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My hangovers are scheduled a year in advance.
— John Waters on his routine

Jan 05, 2014
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It’s so dumb it doesn’t even seem to be worth talking about. If you’re a runner and you want to be a better runner, you say, well, I’ll run every day and mark an X on the calendar every day I run. I can’t believe this was useful information to anybody! “Really? There are people who think, ‘I’ll just sit around and do absolutely nothing, and somehow the work will get done’?
Jerry Seinfeld on his “Don’t Break The Chain” calendar method

Dec 29, 2013
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Something small, every day

I wrote a little something for today’s newsletter about how I work:


  Every day, no matter what, I make a poem and post it online. Most days they’re mediocre, some days they’re great, and some days they’re awful. (Jerry Garcia: “You go diving for pearls every night but sometimes you end up with clams.”) But it doesn’t matter to me whether the day’s poem was good or not, what matters is that it got done. I did the work. I didn’t break the chain. If I have a shitty day, I go to sleep and know that tomorrow I get to take another whack at it.


Read it here.

Something small, every day

I wrote a little something for today’s newsletter about how I work:

Every day, no matter what, I make a poem and post it online. Most days they’re mediocre, some days they’re great, and some days they’re awful. (Jerry Garcia: “You go diving for pearls every night but sometimes you end up with clams.”) But it doesn’t matter to me whether the day’s poem was good or not, what matters is that it got done. I did the work. I didn’t break the chain. If I have a shitty day, I go to sleep and know that tomorrow I get to take another whack at it.

Read it here.

Dec 28, 2013
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Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the battles of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives us mad. It is the remorse or bitterness for something that happened yesterday or the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.
— Richard Walker, Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Dec 19, 2013
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Forget setting goals and commit to a process

Great article over at Entrepreneur magazine on why goals are overrated, and why we should replace them with systems:

If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week…

If you completely ignored your goals and focused only on your system, would you still get results?

…I just added up the total word count for the articles I’ve written this year. (You can see them all here.) In the last 12 months, I’ve written over 115,000 words. The typical book is about 50,000 to 60,000 words, so I have basically written two books this year.

All of this is such a surprise because I never set a goal for my writing. I didn’t measure my progress in relation to some benchmark. I never set a word count goal for any particular article. I never said, “I want to write two books this year.”

What I did focus on was writing one article every Monday and Thursday. And after sticking to that schedule for 11 months, the result was 115,000 words. I focused on my system and the process of doing the work. In the end, I enjoyed the same (or perhaps better) results.

This has always been the way I operate: I never had any kind of goal with my writing, only a daily routine that I followed. And the work just piles up over time.

Dec 18, 2013
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You go diving for pearls every night but sometimes you end up with clams.

Dec 05, 2013
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“Life goes on. Every day is a new deal. Keep working and maybe something will turn up.”
—Harvey Pekar, American Splendor #7 (via)

“Life goes on. Every day is a new deal. Keep working and maybe something will turn up.” —Harvey Pekar, American Splendor #7 (via)

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Bought a new sign for my studio.

Bought a new sign for my studio.

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