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Musings on the Roots and Growth of Creativity

Musings on the Roots and Growth of Creativity


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Musings on the Roots and Growth of Creativity






Season 2 Episode 2: Place

In episode two we do a deep dive into the concept and impact of place. At first we take some time to talk about space vs. place, then we get into how much energy a change of place can take up, and the effects on our everyday life (mental and physical) including creativity. We tackle […]


Season 2. Episode 1: New/Re-Starts

In this episode we dive into restarts. We both are coming back to larger projects, and creative life in general after the summer season, asking big questions of ourselves and our work. What does it look like to come back to projects that you’ve put on the back burner? What has changed? What have you […]


Episode 12: Distractions

Episode Twelve starts off with a quick announcement: we’re taking a summer break! This episode concludes Season One. We’ll be back in autumn, full of ideas and topics and creative pursuits. The episode itself is all about distractions: what we’re distracted by and how we bring our attention back to focus on the job at […]


Episode 11: Cycles

Episode Eleven: Cycles In this episode we do a deep dive into cycles and seasons. We discuss our creative cycles and flow and how they line up to seasonal cycles within the year. We touch on depression, seasonal affective disorder, and chronic pain, and how we can use knowledge of cycles, factors, and correlations as […]


Episode 10: Doubts & Drafts

In this episode we’re talking doubts and drafts. We get into how to find joy in the mess to help counter the doubts that come up in early drafts and stages of projects. We discuss sacrificial offerings to the creative gods, get a little bit woo about the process, talk about uncovering the story and […]


Episode 9: Time & Space

In this episode started out talking about time management but shifted into more project management. Our conversation meandered from prioritizing projects to setting up a life conducive to making art, being honest with ourselves about our situations and limitations as well as our goals. We talked through breaking down projects, and how sometimes the lines […]


Episode 8: Rambles II

In this episode we chat about what we’re both up to work wise. We talk about Corinne’s progress with her current first draft, and what Toby’s been working on in his studio and beyond. Other topics we touch on are getting out of slumps, collaborations, commerce and art, and the colors Toby chooses for the […]


Episode 7: Tools

In this episode talk tools – what we use on a daily basis, how our tools push us as creatives, and inspire our work. We’d love to hear from you! What are your tools of the trade? Do you have favorite items that you use regularly, or do your most prized tools get saved for […]


Episode 6: Inspiration

In this episode we talk about inspiration, starting off with what types of tea we drink to sustain us, and diving into what inspires our creative output, and what inspires us as an artist and writer in general. We’d love to hear from you! What’s your beverage of choice while working? And what inspires your […]


Episode 5: Rambles I

In this, our first of probably many episodes of ramblings, we cover everything from what we’re both working on now, to procrastination vs. letting ideas marinade, to prejudices within the art community and writing community in terms of certain genres and methods of work. We’d love to hear from you! What projects are you currently […]


Episode 4: Exercise

In this episode we talk about the ways in which we exercise our skills to keep our creativity fresh and at our fingertips, and how we take care of our minds and bodies so we can sustain our creative lives. We’d love to hear from you! What are some exercises you use to keep your […]


Episode 3: Beginnings

In this episode we talk about how we each get started, both on work days and on projects in general. Heads up if you have little ones around, occasionally some colorful language slips into our dialog. Thanks for listening! Notes & Links: Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons Episode 207 “Living […]


Episode 2: Failure

In this episode we spend some time probing further at the idea of failure. We dig into the differences in system failure vs. personal failure, how to keep them separate, as well as how the concept of failure plays out differently in concrete vs. objective projects. Heads up if you have little ones around, occasionally […]


Episode 1: Why

In this episode we dive right in and talk about how and why our podcast was created. Our conversation also touches upon our backgrounds, what we’d like to discuss in upcoming episodes, and the big F word: failure. Heads up if you have little ones around, occasionally some colorful language slips into our dialog. Thanks […]