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Two years ago, I self-published a poetry chapbook. I partnered with a close friend who painted beautiful pictures for each poem. My dad passed away that year, and it was through writing these poems that I processed my grief. The book will always be close to my heart—for that reason and for being my first.
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Fiction is society-scale exposure therapy. We create simulated crises in the form of drama. Which paradoxically helps you to live in the face of potential calamity. If you find the world scary and overwhelming, you should read more fiction. Preferably something really depressing and horrible.
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Weird things are always more interesting.
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View of the aurora from my backyard in Minnesota.
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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about writing pace. Much writing advice boils down to the same idea: go fast. But pace, like voice, is individualized. We unconsciously inherit a pace (usually set by a platform or a publisher), but reconsidering how quickly or slowly we write might unlock our best work.
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We are immersed in too many words. The proliferation of text makes it hard to hear yourself. Writers should embrace silent, wordless activities. Some good ones: walking, cooking, cleaning, yard work, listening to music (no lyrics).
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Does anyone know how to set the frame when sharing a Zora mint on Warpcast? I created a text NFT, but the frame is all wonky when I try and share it. From what I can tell, the frame pulls a thumbnail image, but how do you set that for a text-based NFT? Any thoughts?
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Which book should I read next?
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Gloom is our natural state. We were not made to be happy. We were made to survive.
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I really enjoyed the Dark Forest Anthology. @yancey @vgr There was a subtle pleasure in reading internet essays about the internet … but in print.
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Honored to be quoted in this beautiful piece by @danicaswanson. It’s a lovely ode to failure and the surprising things that can come out of it.
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New story on The Unnerving about the Apple Vision Pro. Check it out: (note: this is not actually a review; it is creepypasta) https://open.substack.com/pub/unnerving/p/visionary
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I wrote up a review of the Apple Vision Pro. I don't usually write reviews for tech products, but in this case, I had to. It's better than anything I could imagine. Better than looking at the real world. I wear it all the time—even when I sleep! https://open.substack.com/pub/unnerving/p/visionary
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Instead of craft, focus on play.
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A lovey poem about the passing of time. @debbie
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This is exactly why writing is slow. If you only measure time spent hammering out words, you’re missing most of it.
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My newsletter is live on @paragraph I reposted my manifesto where I lay down my beliefs on writing: slowness over speed, rest over hustle, exploration over goals, obscurity over fame, difficulty over ease, failure over success, and silence over noise. If you believe in this, too, I'd be honored if you subscribed.
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I've launched a Paragraph newsletter! 🚀 At @danicaswanson’s urging, I've reposted my manifesto and launched The Driftless: a place to host my thoughts on writing, creativity, and the shifting "creator economy." Check it out—read, mint, subscribe: https://paragraph.xyz/@driftless/against-the-creator-economy
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Happy Easter. Spring always brings me back to the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
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I wanted to share this piece here. It feels relevant to some good discussions recently with @danicaswanson @les @markmcclure.eth and others about writing pace—the virtues and benefits of going fast or slow. https://open.substack.com/pub/countercraft/p/on-productivity
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