Monthly Archives: July 2013

85 John Anealio

***I received the following in an email and it is posted on John’s blog. It is posted here as well with permission from the writer. Please visit his site to enjoy more of his words and his wonderful songs. ~Sue***

I Quit

I’ve been plugging away at this particular phase of my artistic life for about 7 years now. I’ve spent the majority of this time trying to write good songs and to get people to listen to them.

Songs like George R.R. Martin Is Not Your Bitch, The Millennium Falcon For Christmas, Summer Glau & Steampunk Girl found niche audiences and helped me to obtain whatever notoriety that I have. It’s been great. Those songs are the reason that I’m able to communicate with you right now, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

But there’s a dark side…

For every song that got a lot of attention, for every write-up on or io9, for every opportunity to open for Paul & Storm and Molly Lewis, it left me wanting more. It left me feeling like I deserved more. That’s a dark place to be.

So, after months of consideration, I’ve come to a conclusion:

I’m quitting.

Let me clarify. I’m not going to stop composing and performing music. I’m quitting the race. I’m getting off the nerd music ladder. I just don’t want to be in that head space anymore.

I’ve come to the realization that in regards to my artistic life, there are only two things that matter to me:

1. Enjoying the act of making new music

2. Talking to you about the creative process

That’s it. I’ve gotten so much out of all of the little conversations that we’ve had via e-mail/Twitter/Facebook. I want to focus on that as much as my music. I’m almost more proud of the fact that I’ve helped to facilitate conversations about creativity in this community, then I am about my music.

With that being said…

Where are you at in your own creative life?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Creativity Guest Posts


2nd Annual “Create Something Day”

Mark your calendars!

August 6, 2013 is the 2nd annual “Create Something Day”

The post on how I decided to do this last year is here.

And, the post on how that day went last year is here.

I’ve decided to do what I did last year again. That is, to declare my birthday to be “Create Something Day”. Because, it’s my birthday and I can do what I damn well please (provided I don’t break any laws). And, just because.

I try to not ask for much from people. This is one thing I am asking for though. Mark your calendar and on August 6, 2013 create something. You probably will anyway without really even giving it any thought. If you’re reading this, odds are you’re a person who is attuned to their own creativity already. But, I want you to be mindful of that creativity. Just for one day. Purposefully set out to do something creative. Anything. That’s all I ask.

If you want to let me know what you did, that would be great. You can use the comment section or drop me a guest post.

And, as always, if you are in the mood to share your thoughts on creativity, art, or inspiration, guest posts are always welcome. Instructions on submitting a guest post are on the Contributors page.



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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in My Essays, My Writing