Thursday, June 28, 2018
Well, this is two months late. Here's the interview that Andrea Johnson did with me for Apex Magazine in the May issue. We talk about my story in that issue, Stars so Sharp They Break the Skin, my writing process, coming up with ideas, Beware the Hairy Mango, podcasts in general, and Cerberus. Enjoy!
I've been off of social media for maybe three days now, inspired by Cal Newport's book, Deep Work. It's about cutting down on distraction to better handle the types of work that benefit from concentration.
Bigger thoughts have been filling my head this morning. New story ideas, long range plans, a sort of overview of my life. I think it's because I'm out of the news cycle at the moment. Something big happens and a news outlet grabs it. All the others join in with different angles, then all your friends share it and put their two cents in, people fight and the whole thing goes round and round.
In that sort of atmosphere, you're always reacting to everybody else. The subject of the day is always determined by someone else. Consider pulling out of that and finding out what your own thoughts are once they can get out from under the pile of everyone else's thoughts.