Day 344: The Devil’s Party

December 9 (1608)  Birthdate of English poet John Milton.

“The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he Wrote of Angels and of God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.” -- William Blake





December 9, 2012 | 366 Days

Day 343: Grieve

December 8 (1980)  John Lennon is shot outside his New York City apartment building. He dies at 11:00pm; by 2:00am, 15,000 people have gathered in mourning.

Paying tribute to creative forebears can itself be an act of creation. Such an opportunity allows us to connect with what they did that was so special, and to keep those emotions, techniques, and attitudes alive.

December 8, 2012 | 366 Days

Day 342: Run Away

December 7 (1960) Bob Dylan runs away from home for the last time.

Home, at least our ancestral home, is often not where the heart is. Besides, if you run away, you can always go home again...






December 7, 2012 | 366 Days

Day 341: Do Some Research

 December 6 (1768)  The first edition if the Encyclopedia Britannica is published.

The last hard copy edition (published in 2010, before the enterprise moved entirely on-line) has about 40 million words on half a million topics. We’re guessing that somewhere in there you can find some factual tidbits that can spur your imagination and ground your creative energies. Look it up!

December 6, 2012 | 366 Days

Day 340: Play It By Ear

December 5 (1934) Birthdate of American novelist and literary critic, Joan Didion.

“Grammar is a piano I play by ear.” -- Joan Didion. While it is useful to learn the rules of comma splices and verb-tense agreement, it is often more useful to ignore those rules when you are in pursuit of a higher reality.




December 5, 2012 | 366 Days