The Writing Record

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The Writing Record is a place to unpack the creative process, content links to jumpstart creativity, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from. Produced by J. Alejandro | Check out cruzfolio.com for more creativity podcasts and original content!

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Hi friends, It pains me to do this. It pains me to let go of projects I enjoy doing so much, but oftentimes, life is a lot to accommodate and a decision had to be made. I'm cutting down on a few creative things to make sure I can deliver awesome episodes of Arts Calling and Creative Drive! I'll be sharing behind the scenes updates in another fashion, but for now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to listen. You really are quite awesome. Make art. Much love, j Visit cruzfolio.com for podcasts on creativity, writer showcases, and more original content!

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Nov 19

3 min 10 sec

Hi there, Back on track! I've been thinking this month of not only spooky things, but how to be more actively in my local creative community. This is when the soapbox comes out, while I desperately watch the words out of my mouth slip down my chin like a river on its way to the delta of clarity. Anyway, here's a few things to start writing about: Turnip Jack-o'-Lanterns Are the Root of All Evil - Atlas Obscura https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/magazine/dorland-v-larson.html And I saw two scary movies I'm highly recommending: La Llorona, an outstanding film from Guatemala. Red Dragon, one of my favorites. Make art. Much love, j Visit cruzfolio.com for podcasts on creativity, writer showcases, and more original content!

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Oct 29

20 min 7 sec

Just working on things. And processing. Much love. j cruzfolio.com/descheveler

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Oct 9

15 min 46 sec

Hi there, We made a film a while back. I think it's time I celebrate my friends' performances in this project. I am forever grateful they helped bring to life a culminating piece in my Idlewind stories. That film project is called The Tumble, featuring characters from several of my stage plays, and I'll be re-releasing it this year with some corrections and sound updates. I talk about some no budget lessons I learned during shooting the project when my son was 8 months old. Sometimes you need the trust of your loved ones, your ensemble, and a little bit of delusion, to have a learning experience. Much love, j More podcasts and original projects at cruzfolio.com PS, sign up for our Cruznotes newsletter on Substack and I will send you ONE awesome email a month!

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Sep 24

22 min 9 sec

Hi there, Here's a few things on my mind and some links to get the creative brain jumpstarted: Norm Macdonald passed this week, and it's a bummer. The joy of watching the Fredward Song, by Cory Mcabee. He's a true and singular force of art. This amazing timelapse had me thinking of patterns and nature and our place in the world we live in. This excellent video about why Bible accurate angels are so creepy! Takes me back to my early days learning Bible stories as a child and letting my imagination run wild. And this extra one: This NPR article about some folks wanting to bring back the Woolly Mammoth. Let's give that a shot right? (smirks in Dr. Malcolm). Come and see us at cruzfolio.com for more podcasts and other stuff too! Hope you find some time this weekend to make some art. I will try to do the same. Much love, j PS, sign up for our newsletter so I can send you ONE email a month! Cruznotes Newsletter sign up!

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Sep 17

16 min 58 sec

Hi there, Here's a few things that jumpstarted my creativity this week: The Matrix Resurrection trailer is here! A few thoughts about it as well as reminiscing about the original Matrix film, and how it informed the way I think about storytelling. Kickass! *Quick Correction: I said William Goldman when I meant William GIBSON as the author of the massively influential Neuromancer. I am tired and I don't edit this podcast because I am working on my public speaking. Sorry about that folks. This reddit thread about a courageous bird and its predator in a moment of truce. Something to think about. I stumbled upon information about Japanese woodblock artist from the early 1900s, Goyō Hashiguchi. Check out his wonderful work! I was really taken by the color palette of each painting. It blows my mind how they used to create such amazing work. True artists to learn from! Make art. Much love, j PS, sign up for our newsletter so I can send you ONE email a month! Cruznotes Newsletter sign up! Lots of stuff happening, come and see us at cruzfolio.com for more podcasts and other stuff too! Much love, j

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Sep 11

21 min 57 sec

Hi there, Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Mervyn McManus' death. I found out about it on the anniversary of his passing. He was a musician I found on myspace long ago. I wanted to share a few words and celebrate the work of someone I never met in person, but whose music made a difference in my life. Here's what I could find on Merv: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/MervMcmanus/ http://indiemusicpeople.com/songs.aspx?SongID=52587&ArtistID=84269 Much love, j

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Sep 3

16 min 39 sec

Hi friends, Here we go! Let's talk about the following 3 links, because they inspired me plenty. Teslabot announced. Celebrating portraitist Hung Liu. This poem by Kahlil Gibran Also, I want to talk to you about making the very difficult choice to do nothing. Also also, I would like to talk to you about a particular moment I had recently that made me reach for religion, and has me thinking about the spirituality of my work. I thought art was my religion, is that enough? PS, sign up for our newsletter so I can send you ONE email a month! Cruznotes Newsletter sign up!](https://cruznotes.substack.com) Lots of stuff happening, come and see us at cruzfolio.com for more podcasts and other stuff too! Much love, j

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Aug 27

34 min 6 sec

Hi there, here's a rant for creatives! I talk about my love and hesitation to collaborate with technology. I wonder if the Storybot Writing Prompt App is any good, and I also talk about making poetry with Google Translate. During this, I discussed how I use the CLOSAT system (character, location, object, situation, action, theme) to catalog all of the ideas and details I gather from life and everything else. Also had a dream about repressing creativity. This hard times article about a bag in a bag of bags. I wrote a poem about this snail because I had to, inspired by this picture. And here's the poem: https://www.instagram.com/p/CScbxbsLx-Y/ Macbeth at the Folger Theater, free on YouTube! Check out this amazing list of bilingual children's books! The Nowhere Inn, a mockumentary+weird thing starring St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein, looks amazing! Hope this helps, make art, much love! j Tell me what you’re working on, I’m on Twitter! @cruzfolio Join us at cruzfolio.com for more arts podcasts and ways to share your work! — Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Aug 13

30 min 44 sec

Hey everyone! Welcome to the new and improved Writing Record! I feel there is purpose in the air. Check it out! I'd like to share a lesson about not deleting your super important files. Unless you're looking to have an existential sense of atonement for that which is gone for good. Also, along with project updates and observations about craft, the new thing I'll be doing on this show is sharing content I have found online that resonates with me and could potentially make a difference in your storytelling. So enjoy a few links and a couple of rants about Marriage Story! An Sundress Blog interview with poet Alina Stefanescu. She writes outstanding poetry. The Portland Cello Project has some good writing music for you. American Theater Magazine article about an old controversy that left me thinking. This Paris Review episode. Excellent read about dancers saying goodbye to their craft. Something to think about. This article about Rod Serling. What a boss. Make art, and much love! j Tell me what you're working on, I'm on Twitter! @cruzfolio Join us at cruzfolio.com for more arts podcasts and ways to share your work!

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Aug 6

33 min 46 sec

Hi there, I am pleased to announce Arts Calling is now available! A new podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities. https://cruzfolio.com/arts-calling-podcast/ I'm processing some of the changes this will cause in my podcasting output as well as the reason behind this podcast. Much love, j

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Jul 31

14 min 22 sec

Okay, here’s a long overdue Writing Record about where I’ve been the last month. My sincere apologies for the delays on the current projects. I hope you’re well and much love, j — Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Jul 7

22 min 18 sec

Hello there, Today I'm talking to myself about my first #pitmad event on Twitter. This leads me to wonder whether what publication means to me now. And I was also reminded that the best way to connect with others is by being genuine and eager to serve in a positive way. All we can do is try to get ourselves out there to make connections with other creatives! Much love and have a great weekend! j -- Visit us at https://cruzfolio.com/podcasts/ for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Jun 4

19 min 19 sec

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! So here we are friends, I am relieved to be done with the week: Schedule change threw me for a loop and it seems the post-Covid19 era has begun for me. I got to interview my friend Trevor recently, and it is opening the floodgates of excitement to begin a new phase of podcasting with the interview format! I'd like to share a few words of optimism for you. I suppose these words of optimism are for me as well. Hang in there, folks. Much love, j -- Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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May 28

18 min 25 sec

Hi there, I'm trying something new. Episode 1 of what may become a limited series in the next week or so. Today I have the pleasure of chatting with my pal Trevor Lutz about life, the cosmos, and how he approaches his craft as a writer. I may be wrapping up the Writing Record in favor of this. We shall see in the coming days. Much love, j https://cruzfolio.com/

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May 25

57 min 17 sec

Lunchbreak episode where I decided to experiment with Bandlab during a podcast session, to test out a feature on my Zoom L8. And so today you get a very weird podcast about: Clubhouse, it finally made it to Android and I ramble about that. Embracing the short form on the Creative Drive Podcast. UFOs. Researching and looking into the Benny and Betty Hill abduction story, as well as a few thoughts about the movie Prometheus. Literally just farting around on Bandlab throughout. I'm not sure if this will stay up, but a worthwhile experiment nonetheless. Much love, j www.cruzfolio.com

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May 14

34 min 11 sec

Hey there, I'd like to talk to you about a few things: -How this audio play is helping me discover my writing stasis. -Every day poetry is helping me get through busy days once again. -Maybe it's time to start planning for that epic one person show I am scared of creating. Much love, j Come and see what we're up to at https://cruzfolio.com/ Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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May 8

18 min 19 sec

Hi there, I am working on an interactive audio drama, so I was thinking of spectacle this week. Specifically, I was thinking of how its tools can help us create works that are timely and thematically important, while providing a point of entry for a general audience. Does the magic and wonder help us tell difficult stories? I liked thinking out loud about this. More to come on spectacle intersecting with theme. A few bits of content I talk about: Scary Stories Documentary on Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/516691/scary-stories Lovecraft Country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEvK1Zwi9XY JoJo Rabbit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL4McUzXfFI -- Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Apr 30

19 min 5 sec

Hey friends, This week I've been haunted by Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness. It is a masterful documentary on the aftermath of the oil fields in Kuwait in flames after the conflict. I had to talk about it, so I'm going to do it here, and hope to learn a few things from this meditative and heartbreaking work, as I need to pack a lot of tone and hopefully mood into my latest work: a new interactive audio play. Check out the film for free here: https://shoutfactorytv.com/werner-herzog/lessons-of-darkness/54ebc59569702d04cb7a0c00 Much love, j Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Apr 16

16 min 23 sec

Hi there, let's talk and reminisce from the heart: Today I finished the draft of Erin's audio monologue! Is it me, or do you have to eat a big bowl of cereal before finishing a draft? Also, let's go down memory lane and how audio memories get me in the right mindset to make stuff. And I think I started a musical project for my dad What a weird, honest episode. I liked it. Hope you come along, my friends. Much love, j Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Apr 10

23 min 42 sec

Hi there! I'm testing the Zoom L8 to look into podcasting in our living room. I ran the file through noise reduction through Audacity a few times for minimal post and this is what we got. We'll see what the living room recording process looks like in the future, but for now, this is what we have to work with. Excited to record this way! Today, I go on a little ramble about outlining projects prior to starting, outlines in general, and how this has helped me through the last two weeks or so. I'll keep talking about this later so consider this part 1 of many... Make art. Make haste. Much love, j Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle Store

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Mar 29

17 min 2 sec

Whoa I'm back at it again! Thanks for your patience as I come out of this allergy fog to start recording again! I want to talk to you about my close call during our recent snowstorm, our toilet deciding to ruin everything, as well as how I hope to turn some of these experiences into narratives or short pieces. I hope this helps if you're trying to do the same. So good to record once more! Stay tuned for more Creative Drive episodes coming soon! If you'd like to support our writings and recordings at cruzfolio.com, support Maddie and I by purchasing my poetry collection now available on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D4L7BQ5/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_50G9H5FA3R5AQMEN4062 Make art. Make haste. Much love.

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Mar 22

26 min 19 sec

Back at it again. Moving forward with audio only versions of these ramblings. I meditate on my hesitation to keep growing the Write/Rec Lab. I am relieved to vent about this, because I don't want to let any of my collaborators down. Sometimes, if you take on too much, you need accept breaks. I may record this again to get to the point faster, so definitely don't listen to this. This is actually a rambling I'm proud of, so I'm going to let it live out here in the open. But before you go, just remember I believe in you and your creativity. Your creative soul has worth, and we need it now more than ever. Much love, j https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/ Subscribe today! https://pod.link/1515661200

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Jan 29

19 min 16 sec

Hi everyone, I recorded an episode last week but I hated doing it on my phone (now posted on youtube), so here's a better recap of 2020, what I've learned three months into the Write/Rec Lab, as well as some words of encouragement to any of you about to start on your creative journey. Let's kick ass this year! Much love, j Check out https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/ to subscribe and review the podcast, I would greatly appreciate it!

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Jan 5

18 min 54 sec

Hello friends, here's what I was reminded of this week: This week I challenged my workflow. It is hard to impose or question the way you do things, but being objective is half the battle. Break the week apart to see what you can get done on certain days. This may vary depending on your work schedule. Read to your partner. Have them read to you. Build something with your kids. Much love, j Let's connect! https://www.instagram.com/writerec https://twitter.com/jwriterec https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/

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Dec 2020

24 min 31 sec

Hello all! Welcome to The Writing Record, a creative journal in podcast form where I share lessons I am learning along the way as a working class creative. I am here to write, record, and remind you that I believe in you and your work. This month has been tough, but I am walking away with some fundamental guidance to become more effective as a writer and creative collaborator. If you don't want to listen, here's the gist: Walking the talk is way harder than I thought, but doing it is pure joy, especially when you commit to helping others with their creative work. Champion yourself. Believe in what you have to offer and say. Don't be like me and half ass things for years. You are built to share your art with the world. Also support these creative endeavors and check out my debut poetry Collection, Flame to the Watering Hole! Make art, make haste. Much love, j Let's connect! https://www.instagram.com/writerec/ https://twitter.com/jwriterec https://cruzfolio.com/writerec/

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Dec 2020

22 min 18 sec

Came down with something early last week and it derailed my podcasting plans. Feeling a bit better, so here's this week's show a few days late! On this one I'm talking to myself about being accommodating to my awesome friends/collaborators, the perils of shifting expectations, and once again, project no budget setbacks. You know, the stuff working class creatives have to deal with. Much love, j https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/

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Nov 2020

20 min 16 sec

Hello all, If you hate listening, it's cool, here's the what I've learned this week: Projects may be postponed, things may take longer than you expect, it's a bummer sometimes. Instead of moping or getting in your head, just PIVOT. We don't have time to lollygag, just move on to the next project, or in this weekend's case, focus on family if you have the extra time. It's okay to refine your organization system. No matter what it is, you need a system in place to manage the various areas of your life. Don't over-complicate it. Keep the organizational approach lean, and keep assessing what works and what doesn't! Much love, j I am writing and collaborating here: https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Oct 2020

21 min 39 sec

Hey all! I recorded this on Friday 10.16.20 because the schedule was a little wonky, but alas. I've had a week of deep thought and realignment. Have you ever felt like things were going swimmingly only to realize things are actually the opposite of that? This week has reminded me to never forget my North Star, my family, over work or art. Things are good, but I can do better. Be honest with yourself and own up to your shortcomings so that you can fix them. Mine is time management. I can't serve myself, my family, or my friends/collaborators this way and I have to work harder at it. Much love, j This is where we collaborate: https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Oct 2020

17 min 4 sec

Happy Monday folks! Here's a fresh rambling on the most recent barriers to creativity. Also, I don't want to do a video version of The Writing Record so I won't be sharing the video version on the blog. Sadly, I don't have time and it's not bringing anything to the YouTube channel. Here are my reminders to myself this week: Planning is important. Not getting distracted may be even more important. Weekends and days off are for rest. But they are also there for you to get shit done. Don't make a mistake like I did and let your days off fly by. Much love, j https://idlewy.blog/ https://www.instagram.com/writerec/

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Oct 2020

16 min 17 sec

Trying out video once again for this episode of the Writing Record, if you want to subscribe to our podcast, https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/ Thanks! j

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Oct 2020

21 min 4 sec

Experiment time! I recorded a video episode! You should probably watch it instead as I am not sure if the audio only version makes sense on its own, sorry! Trial and error happening at the moment! Check it out here: https://youtu.be/KuUzBIBc3zg A chaos weekend of creativity unfolded and this is the aftermath. This is how I plan to handle multiple projects. Looking forward to working with my friends on so much fun stuff!! Much love, j https://idlewy.blog/

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Sep 2020

35 min 5 sec

Hey friends! Please forgive the allergy voice, I am working on getting that taken care of. I just had such a great week and weekend that I couldn't wait to record my thoughts on it. I feel the wheels are in motion and I have been vindicated. Here's a few things I was reminded of while I worked on my collaborations this week: Step out of your own shadow. Get out of your head. Self-doubt is the creativity killer. Kill it with sun: Be vulnerable out in the open. You don't have to be a magnet to keep people engaged in your project. Let the project be the magnet. Be of service. Give to your collaborators. Facilitate their excellence. https://idlewy.blog/writerec/

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Sep 2020

27 min 51 sec

Hey, Here's what's coming. I'm excited. https://idlewy.blog/2020/09/11/music-and-bootstraps/

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Sep 2020

21 min 29 sec

Hello all! Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you don't want to listen, here's what I am affirming for myself today: Bite-size projects are the great guinea pigs not only for your creative drive, but also for collaboration. Thanks to these small endeavors, I am confirming my belief that you can indeed pave the way for your creative fulfillment by starting small, and by elevating your friends and collaborators. It's working! Keep your to-do list and tackle what you can handle, but please keep your eyes peeled for inspiration lurking all about. Yes, you must continue to move forward and get projects done, but don't forget to GATHER. I was fortunate to find the key to outlining an old screenplay thanks to YouTube. The breakthroughs are coming for me, and for you too! Much love, j I'd love to hear from you on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jwriterec. https://linktr.ee/jwriterec

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Sep 2020

26 min 4 sec

I love it when this podcast becomes a confessional. It has helped me sort a few things over the last couple of months, and hopefully, it will help you as you ask yourself similar questions! For those of you in the TLDL (Too Long, Didn't Listen) Crowd, here's my two cents: You're a better hyphenate artist if you have ONE medium that guides your work. This is your North Star. I dabble in everything, but it's taken me this long to realize all I have done, informs my writing. Therefore my writing is priority number one. This means I have to stop committing to shit that doesn't move the writing forward. I can still create in other mediums and forms, but I have found that I work best when I bring the lessons from other artistic endeavors into my writing. It takes time to find your North Star. Go easy on yourself. I just found it after being a wedding and event videographer for seven years. Say hi @ https://twitter.com/idlewy and here: https://idlewy.blog/

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Aug 2020

20 min 24 sec

Hello all! Some off the cuff thoughts about my week off and how it helps to just calibrate what's important in life and art. Creative Community is essential for success. Find your cheerleaders and champion them too. Start small. I'm putting this idea to the test. Much love, j If you're a creative with a day-job, I'd love to hear about your projects! Say hi on Twitter at @idlewy, and visit idlewy.blog for more content by and for working class creatives!

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Aug 2020

23 min 26 sec

I cut down the children's book to 1000 words! I am humbled and grateful by this project. I'm tired, but I won Monday. Much love, j Go here: https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Aug 2020

16 min 26 sec

Happy Monday All! Come along as I discuss a few attempts at self care this past week, as well as the tangle of projects in need of problem solving. So in a nutshell: It's okay to read your work and be proud of it. Doing that got me through the beginning of a busy week. The creative life is plentiful with stories and projects to get done: a children's book, a songwriting collaboration, podcasting, a new story idea, and a master list of pending projects waiting for me! But what else is new? Prioritize! We all have a lot going on, in work, life, and the creative pursuit: Sometimes, chilling out with your friends and loved ones is ok. Much love, j If you're a creative with a day-job, I'd love to hear about your projects! Say hi at @idlewy Visit idlewy.blog for more content by and for working class creatives!

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Jul 2020

21 min 44 sec

The hardest part about opening up about writing and how I problem solve, is finding the humility to vocalize my errors out loud. That's why I'm making it a point to not edit a damn thing. Here's the latest Writing Record, on some updates on a little project, that is helping me prepare for the big projects. Much love, j

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Jul 2020

14 min 25 sec

Hi people! I wanted to breakdown a massive breakthrough I had while writing the third draft of my children's book from scratch once again. I talk to myself about the method I used to solve the problem when the previous versions were completely void of dramatic momentum. Also, thanks to my amazing wife, the poetry manuscript is complete! A quick update on the roadblocks of self publication and what is left to do before I get to publish! I'd love to hear how you stay creative with a dayjob! You can find me here: Twitter and Instagram! Much love, j

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Jul 2020

28 min 25 sec

I talk about this old script I brought back from the dead and submitted to a competition. You learn a lot about how far you've come when you actually look back. Poetry collection in its final stages! And the emotional lessons of not sharing anything. Keep sharing your art. We need it now more than ever. Much love, j

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Jul 2020

21 min 37 sec

Hello, I had something come up and I am working on it: Reformatting my play "Videotape or Lupe at the End of the World" for a play contest. Etc. Be well and make stuff. j

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Jun 2020

17 min 38 sec

I had a fun filled weekend: Massive road block with Charlie Bird, should have googled it sooner. Poetry breakthrough Rode Podcasting Competition, fun stuff! Much love, j https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Jun 2020

20 min 26 sec

Can you tell I'm home? I get to record at lunch with ease, so many episodes! Typing up Charlie Bird from the handwritten draft. Publishing options and research. How do I market myself when submitting the children's book to publishers? Just a few thoughts on hyphenate problems... Much love, happy writing! j https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Jun 2020

16 min 3 sec

I forgot a few things about this weekend: Poetry Rejections, keeping me humble and putting me in the right path to learn what poetry actually is today, in a contemporary world. I'm really good at distracting myself. So I went back to my old film The Tumble, and it reminded me of the joy of creativity and collaboration. And a few words of encouragement for us working class creatives. Much love, j https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Jun 2020

17 min 38 sec

Poetry Chapbook Progress. I took this week to gather my poems to put together a chapbook to self-publish. It was time. Billy Collins Masterclass. Thank you Billy Collins for existing and for sharing your wisdom. Back to Charlie Bird. The children's book will be my main priority now that I got a week off from it. I recorded this minutes after I woke up this morning, I may have to go back and listen to what I said. Much love, j

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Jun 2020

21 min 42 sec

While the children's book draft is in the rearview mirror, I take to assembling my first chapbook to self-publish! Starting to keep an eye out for places to submit poetry. A great learning experience in the making. The Act of Gathering. Why we need to collect and document our findings to keep making good shit. I'm working on it... Much love, j Check out the blog, more podcasts, and subscribe here: https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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Jun 2020

23 min 4 sec

I finished the draft of the children's book the day I recorded the previous episode. Now what? Drafts to make the text amazing. Must find an artist to illustrate the thing. Publishing is scary. Will pursue anyway! That's it for now. https://idlewy.blog/the-writing-record/

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May 2020

20 min 2 sec

Charlie Bird is coming along! Theme is a naturally occurring thing. A memory of when I didn't recognize my Dad when I was six. The things I do at lunchtime: Feeding my cats, podcasting, and maybe lunch!

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May 2020

15 min 3 sec