I'm in the process of refocusing this project and figuring out what I want to create. I'm equally excited and scared to switch things up and write about things I've been thinking about for awhile. In the meantime, I'm revisiting this favorite list from a Brain Pickings article.
How to be an Explorer of the World (via Brain Pickings)
- Always be looking. (Notice the ground beneath your feet.)
- Consider everything alive and animate.
- Everything is interesting. Look closer.
- Alter your course often.
- Observe for long durations. (And short ones.)
- Notice the stories going on around you.
- Notice patterns. Make connections.
- Document your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways.
- Incorporate indeterminance.
- Observe movement.
- Create a personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it.
- Trace things back to their origins.
- Use all of the senses in your investigations.
I'll wrap this up with one of my favorite quotes about writing: “Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” - Stephen King in On Writing.
Here's to shoveling shit.