I used to be a big doodler — all over the production schedule in staff meetings, on the message pad by my phone, around the edges of the crossword.
Lately it seems I rarely have pen and paper in hand. All of my schedules are virtual. Phone calls have become texts. I read the [...]
I first learned about Joss Whedon as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, I was a devoted fan. That was back before the Twilight series made it socially acceptable for adults to enjoy vampire stories about teens. People would always ask me, “Why on earth would you watch a show for kids?” [...]
My daughter is the kind of girl who loves math and science. She loves building things with Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and anything she can find in the recycling bin. When I heard about GoldieBlox, the engineering toy for girls, I ordered one immediately. She asked to watch the Kickstarter video over and over, [...]
‘I’m probably not going to write anymore.”
A few months ago I read an article about Alice Munro’s retirement and decided I should read more of her short stories. One of my favorite books of all time is Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, and was given to me by a dear friend. [...]
I have a love-hate relationship with photo retouching. I think those who do it well are amazing artists, especially those who work on people. Skin and body proportions are so easy to screw up — and so terribly obvious when wrong. At the same time, I’m not comfortable with the retouched reality in which we [...]
Graphic designer and illustrator David LaFerriere kick starts his creative juices in the morning by drawing on his kids’ lunch bags. This makes me wish we didn’t use bento boxes and fabric snack bags.
I’ve been reading a lot about people standing while they work. Treadmill desks are becoming popular. Susan Orlean writes at one. Standing desks are also a thing. Arshad Chowdury has been using one for the past two years.
This isn’t new. Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up. [...]
Growing up I was into all things rainbows and unicorns, but I don’t remember any of these characters. Maybe they were a little bit after my time? Lisa Frank is making a comeback, though. Urban Outfitters is now selling a line of vintage items that have “been hiding away in Lisa’s own [...]
I want to be a clean desk person.
What a Messy Desk Says About You assures me my cluttered workspace is good thing. Messy desks generate more creative ideas. They inspire you to break free from tradition. They produce fresh insights.
All that is good, but secretly I’d [...]
I love my coffee and green tea. I would drink them all day long if I could. I love the focus they give me while I work. However, it never occurred to me that caffeine could interfere with my creativity. (I know it interferes with my sleep!)
The New Yorker and [...]