I’ve been telling myself all sorts of stories lately; I’m caught in my head, living in what-ifs and imaginary (usually terrible) futures. I do this, naturally, when I’m stressed, or standing at an impasse. I’m probably never a better story-teller than when I tell myself stories of the potential catastrophes of my life.
I’m working on shifting the energy I spend catastrophizing to spending it on writing myself into better stories. So, this week’s dispatch is about story.
I dig what Brian Bailey and crew are doing to build Uncommon, a new type of “slow web” online community. “The goal is to make it a refreshing stop whether you visit each day or once a month. It’s also designed to be limited…We like to say Uncommon is a trampoline, not a rabbit hole.” I can’t wait to hang out on the front porch. – Finally, A Social Network That Won’t Turn Us Into Addicts–But How Will It Thrive?
Ohhh this is too good. – How To Respond to Criticism
“I believe our stories can change the world.” I usually cringe at these sorts of platitudes, but I believed it when Dustin said it. – Creative Spark: Dustin Lance Black
On Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age and Why You Should Write
I’m stripping away tools I don’t use. From apps to makeup & clothes to books, I have been editing all of these “tools” down. In no particular order, these are the tools I’m using right now on a daily basis: focus@will, Evernote, Muji pens + Storycraft Day Sheets, shoes for long walks, my new Public bike, my iPhone & iPad mini, Get Pocket + Feedly, tea kettle, candles, my Bible, words, fresh flowers, Hourglass blush, and thesis research books.
“Why don’t you use our best tool? Language.” – No New Tools
On how to solve (software/technology/project/life) problems. – First Principles
One of my favorite tools. – The Surprising History of the Pencil
All the articles on this new site. – The Cramped – The Unique Pleasures of Analog Writing
I recently adopted an amazing piece of art from Ali. (This one). The piece, Starfragments, has cast a light on things in my apartment that include stars: other pieces of art, doodles on scraps of paper, even pieces of jewelry. I hadn’t noticed my star pattern until now. (And I like it!)
On our patterns of connection—with our technology, with each other – This, and then this.
If you use your beliefs as a blunt object—even if those beliefs are factually correct or “right”—you’ll alienate those you’re most eager to convince – Why most internet activists don’t change any minds
Methods of movement – The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action
The peacock pattern is my favorite – Animals Drawn with Moiré Patterns
A beautiful blend of poetry, film and path-crossing. Chills. – The Bombay Highway Code