Saturday, October 15, 2022

‘Show Your Work’


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Dream the Rogue Planet episode 6 is out!! Go forth and listen to this project-of-my-heart!

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What else has Ivy been up to? Well, I’ve really been enjoying Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work* – and have been looking for ways to use his ideas in what I do. The whole book (the whole trilogy) is so damn full of wisdom that literally half of my book is highlighted, but here’s a sampling:

Artists love to trot out the tired line, “My work speaks for itself,” but the truth is, our work doesn’t speak for itself. Human beings want to know where things come from, how they were made, and who made them. The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work affects how they value it.”    [emphasis mine]

Oh…oh, well then! I know this to be true – I knew it’s true because I’ve been on the internet, being an über-fan of many things and adoring seeing how the sausage is made in every respect from ‘how did they do that costume??’ to ‘what the heck made that ‘squish’ sound in the foley? OMG IT WAS YOGURT? HOW DELIGHTFULLY GROSS!”

So if I know this to be true, and I love to connect with people who like what I do…my question is: what would y’all like to SEE? what would y’all like to HEAR?

In the spirit of this idea, I have made a fun ‘join me for my morning audio work’ youtube video, for those who want to come along 🙂  (embedded below the post)

The upshot is, I’m basically throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. I’m doing some silly screencaps of written ‘things I learned/things I love’ about what I do – on twitter and insta. I’m going to adapt small bits of my very young video career into insta and tiktok length pieces. I might do really short insta and tiktok phone-vids on ‘what I’m doing today’ wrt my creative work.

Just…trying all the things!

These books are SUPER inspirational though guys – you should get them and just start highlighting the shit out of them. I start every day reading a couple pages, and by the time I’m done I’m like, ooooOOOOOOKAY! LETS GET THIS AUDIO SHOW ON THE ROAD, SHALL WE? WE GOT BEAUTIFUL ART TO MAKE AND PUT OUT IN THE WORLD, IT’S BURNING A HOLE IN MY POCKET!!

Be well, take care of yourselves, wear your masks, and I’ll see you next time,



*Use for your online book shopping needs! Not only is it the convenience (or if you’re homebound, the necessity) of online ordering of books, ebooks, and audiobooks** – but ALSO whenever you purchase, you are giving actual real cash money to your local brick-and-mortar store, helping indie bookstores in your home town stay in business! Local bookstores do so much more than sell books, and by gum we NEED them. Support them – use and abandon the big ‘A’ overlords!

** audiobooks are either subscription or one-at-a-time, just like [shhh] audible – but better because LOCAL BOOKSTORE $$

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