Well I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to keep up with recording my new daily podcast for the Sustainably Creative One Thing a Day in May challenge so far (the rules stipulate 5 days per week).
I did however have to drop the daily blog updates as it was taking too much time.
So for those of you who haven’t spotted these on my various social media accounts (take your pick from SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook & Tumblr) or if you simply missed one or two or more of these, here’s a handy round up of the week’s recordings.
A Tricky Balance
It’s been a funny old week in many ways – I’ve been keen to see more of my friends but that ended up involving a little bit too much booze, and that hasn’t been too great health-wise.
I’ve taken the opportunity to share a couple of my past creative efforts but hopefully these haven’t ended up being too self-indulgent as I also share quite a few insights into the creative process.
A big thank you to everyone who has shared, commented or emailed me with kind words so far – it’s much appreciated (I’m a bit behind on my emails but if you did get in touch I will try to reply soon).
Maybe there are too many artists, or too many bloggers, or podcasters or guitarists. What’s the point?
With reference to Julia Cameron and Julian Summerhayes.
As a solo freelancer working from home it can be easy to become isolated. Today I talk a little bit about how making time for friends is essential even if you’re overloaded with work, and try to explain the Eurovision Song Contest.
I talk about how tricky I’ve found it to get back into the fiction-writing mindset, and share some writing tips from a recent interview I did with Glaswegian author Anne Donovan:
The main message I took from her was that there’s no wrong or right way to go about your creative work so that’s the theme of today’s podcast.
The podcast reaches double figures, and I celebrate another significant date with my first guest, Mr Douglas Anderson. We talk about the song we created together which is all about the famous TV detective Columbo and why his encouragement was needed for it to happen, plus his new audiobook.
Columbo & Coffee: Milomclaughlin – Columbo-and-coffee-by-douglas-anderson-and-friends
Dougie’s audiobook, What to Talk About When There’s Nothing to Talk About: Mr-douglas-anderson – What-to-talk-about-when-theres
An excellent article on the blog Shatner’s Toupee on why 70’s Columbo outshines the 80’s version: shatnerstoupee.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/co…-grey.html
Dougie’s interview on Clear-Minded Creative: www.clearmindedcreative.com/clearminded…s-anderson/
Dammit, I’ve got a cold, making today’s podcast a reluctant recording session.
Through a stuffed-up nose I talk about the negative effects of boozing with pals and how hard it can be to change the socialising habits of a lifetime.
Okay, it may just be a mild man-flu, but having a cold and having to work anyway is another reminder of how being a freelancer means less separation between work life and home life.