The machinery is always going.

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If you sleep. If the gears keep you awake, eventually they turn slower and creakier and heavier and more labourious. So the noise and the effort adds to the lists of things that go bump in the night and that keeps you from real rest. … but I would rather go mad from sleep deprivation than stop the works and walk around empty.

You should care.

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I agree with the sentiment that there is no real originality left, that there is nothing new under the sun. But I do believe in authenticity. When you work on something that is your own, you’re being authentic, even if it’s been done before, you can still own it. If you rebrand what you can get from real creatives, try hopping onto the newest trend, or obsessively chase “going viral”, you are exactly what fatigues the creative impulse and industry. Luckily that kind of desperation is easy to spot. Creatives can be naive and idealistic, so beware of charming snake oil salesmen, or in today’s common tongue, “the promise of exposure”. With the vast opportunities the internet has to offer it’s likely that you could market yourself better anyway.

Passing through or moving in?

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A handy guide crammed full of top tips and quite interesting nothings such as:

  • Bat Country gained independence in the late 1950’s – it’s highest tourist figures were recorded in the following two decades.
  • Upon arrival each visitor is greeted by a vague sense of familiarity.
  • Although all the locals are lunatics, they’re very hospitable and incredibly creative.
  • The national animal of Bat Country, is not a bat as one would assume, but rather a white rabbit.
  • Weather is known to switch between extremes very quickly and without warning,
  • Jim Morrison teaches a popular cooking class on Tuesdays.
  • Tom Waitts and Nick Cave collaborated on the country’s anthem.
  • Does not perform well at international team sport events.
  • It is common place for doctors to prescribe books and albums instead of/in conjunction with pharmaceutics.

… and many other useful bits of information, sure to improve your trip through fantasy, fear and loathing.

Inspired by the life of Hunter Thompson and the work of Ralph Steadman, who was brave enough to illustrate Hunter’s insanity.

Not for sale to members of the public.

She made it work.

weirdppl_smlShe was being modest.

“I’m just doing what I wanted to and what feels right and not settling for bullshit and it worked. How can they be mad at that?” – Janis Joplin

“She’s got an opinion about everything and states it forcefully, astutely, originally. When she really gets going she can weave her sentences into a stunning cascade of words that overwhelms anyone who disagrees with her.” – John Byrne Cook

“Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.”

Making the most of your mood swings.

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Today’s doodle is inspired by a Basquiat quote. Basquiat’s one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century… that’s a lot of anger. Sometimes being able to paint/draw is a blessing for the artist, what would he have done with all that anger if he became an accountant? It would have done what it wanted with him instead! Maybe if more people try to draw through stuff the world could be a friendlier (if not only a prettier) place.

I don’t know ANY.

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But, “Dissatisfaction is a symbol of ambition” (Mad Men, Season 5) So the cliche of the perpetually tortured artist isn’t necessarily a symptom but a function of creativity. You get better when you’re unhappy, and if you’re not happy then you get even “more better” (as my two favourite students would say).

Random Acts of Creativity #12

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Silly is super sexy, so set the mood with the Valentine’s edition of Random Acts of Creativity this week. My movie pick, Moonrise Kingdom, is a charming tale of young love.

For mood music I highly recommend you download every track by PHFAT ever from their Soundcloud stream.

“Love is all I know.” – Egodeth, PHFAT

Everyone loves pancakes, and the recipe’s really easy! If you don’t have a romantic target this year, don’t despair, feel better about your sad self and make a stranger smile by making some sandwiches for the less fortunate. Extra karma for adding an encouraging note ^_^