What I’m Doing Now
Last Updated – 2021年02月09日
I’ve been in isolation/quarantine in London since March 9.
I’ve stopped doing freelance work and devote all my time to writing and artistic practice.
I’m rethinking the kinds of things I want to offer you on the online store
I also use social media, especially Twitter, and increasingly Clubhouse, to draw attention to those how those ideas intersect with trends in the world.
Creation In Quaratine
I’ve accepted CGP Grey’s quarantine mission – to return better than I left. So, I’ve been focussed on making these months of isolation a positive creative experience. I’m baking bread everyday. Laying the groundwork for new projects in 2021. Putting constructive, evidence-based thoughts out into the world through my blog and social media. Continuing to stay fit with online classes from Erika Bloom Pilates in New York.
It’s also been a season of learning. I’m did Building A Second Brain (again), the Notion Mastery course, two course from Santa Fe Workshops, and my first course on Coursera, The Science of Well-Being from Yale University And I;m working through Skillshare’s Crafting Personal Essays with Roxanne Gay.
I also like to support the yearly theme with a seasonal themes and for Winter 2021 it is Make A Map 2020.
I write every morning for around two hours. I do this before any reading, before checking email or social media, and if possible, before talking to anybody. Much of this writing finds its way into blogposts on this site, which are my gift to my creative friends and everyone who is trying to give voice to their artistic dreams. Some of it into occasional creative projects like my zine.
During this pandemic I’ve found deep solace returning to my first creative love, playing guitar. Armed with a new Tascam Model 12 and a small stack of pedals I’m playing and recording music every day.
The Digital Age is not turning out the way many of us had hoped and I’ve radically scaled back the time and effort I put into social media by embracing Digital Minimalism. Right now I use Twitter to explain the way my ideas interact with cultural trends, GoodReads to share what I’ve been reading, and Instagram to explain why I make photos and what captures my visual imagination, and Instagram stories to document my daily creative interests.
I’m also experimenting with Social Audio and Clubhouse in particular.
I only do email on Mondays and Fridays. That said, email is still the best way to reach me because I don’t answer phone calls and typically ignore most DMs on social media.
Like any sane person I have notifications turned off on all my devices for anything other communications from my immediate family.
I’m not getting any younger and functional mobility is increasingly an important focus. This includes weekly pilates, a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, standing where possible, and daily stretching and rolling.
Food isn’t fuel, it’s fun, family and freedom. I home cook at least two of my meals everyday. I bake sourdough bread, make pickles, smoke salmon and bacon.
Father, Son & Lover
Family is a cornerstone of my life and I’m committed to vibrant, vivacious, and vulnerable relationships with the small number of people I hew close to in life.
Why Is This Page Here?
Inspired by Derek Sivers I created this page to make myself accountable for the most important projects in my life and by extension to make clear the things I won’t be doing, in order to have the time and focus for the important stuff!