I’m working and living in Singapore. While I’m here, I’m learning how to balance my creative life with a full-time job.
I’m defining my values and areas of focus in my life. This involves a tree, roots, clusters, leaves, music, reading, writing, photography, authenticity, compassion, loving kindness, and more. I’m developing a graphic representation of this which will help me feel grounded, centered, and focused as I work on projects across my many areas of interest.
Speaking of areas of interest, I have struggled to center the dozens, sometimes hundreds, of ideas that come to me daily. Recently, I had abundant time but little focus. But now I have minimal time, and I’m forced to be focused. I tried one project at a time, and it doesn’t work for me. Instead, I’m allowing myself the space to explore while learning how to concentrate and set realistic daily goals.
Over time, you will see this site and my other projects merging together as I bring in my four curiosity clusters together in one place.
My plan for now is to have a project in each cluster:
- Continue to grow my Siesta Doors collection.
- I love modern Japanese literature and have recently revisited my favorites like Murakami, Mishima , and Kawabata. I’ll be focusing my study by reading the twelve essays in Ōe and Beyond: Fiction in Contemporary Japan and will read a book(s) associated with each essay.
- In a 2001 keynote address, Ray Bradbury said that we can build our intellectual writing blocks by reading one short story, one poem, and one essay per night. “At the end of a thousand nights…Jesus God, you’ll be full of stuff!” So slowly, I plan to make my way through Ray’s 1000 Day MFA. Now, I’m reading Hemingway’s The First Forty-Nine Stories, too many poetry collections, including Sylvia Plath, Frank O’Hara, and Dylan Thomas, and I’m reading David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster and these most anthologized essays of the past 25 years.
- For my spiritual and emotional growth, I will concentrate on Buddhist and Stoic readings. Now, I’m reading The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh, Why I Am So Wise by Friedrich Nietzsche, and The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.
- A study of Rachmaninov’s solo piano works, starting with all pieces from Rachmaninov plays Rachmaninov. I’ll be using this guide from FSU to guide me and will find other essays and writings during the journey.
- Snapshot Haiku based on my photography
- A couple of articles for The Imperfectionist each month
- Essays or book reviews and notes inspired by my inputs under the Read. and Listen. clusters.
Updated: August 6, 2017