Creativity, sketches

A ghoulish morning

I haven’t been writing much, but this last week I connected with people I haven’t seen in years. I’m talking close to seven years since I last saw some of them, some of who I never thought I’d be catching up with.

I may not have posted about these experiences, but I count this time spent with them as part of the creative process. Just as you let things simmer in order to intensify in flavor, so does conversation and interaction feed the work you’re doing, sometimes without even knowing it.

Talk is the exercise ground for writing. It is the way we learn about communication—what makes people interested, what makes them bored… Talk is a way to warm up for the big game—the hours you write alone with your pen and notebook.

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones (84).

To keep the flow going, I’ve lined up a few more conversations for this week, mainly with other artists. I’m excited to see what comes of them.

Also, for kicks, here’s this morning ghoul in boots, inspired by an artist I once met in Chapultepec, MX. I felt like keeping the ghoulish theme going.

Inspired by @mcfly.


I literally just got back from California a couple hours ago. I think the word “exhausted” definitely captures what I’m feeling.

I sat next to a lovely couple and their baby. The man and I began chatting about our time in California and what was waiting for us back home in Boston.

He was a banker and his wife a part-time nurse. Their baby was 10 months old and a relentless flirt.

They both listened as I shared about my job and how I’m reconsidering what I want to do long term. Something in the creative field, I said. But I’m not too sure what that looks like.

Grad school? A possibility. Studying design? I’ve thought about it.

I shared this New Yorker cartoon with them that sums it up quite well:

They heard me out and a few things the man said stood out to me:

1. Everything you add on to your life (i.e. getting a dog, buying a house, having a baby) makes it harder to make a career switch possible.

2. Although what I want is very broad, it’s an exciting time to figure out what it’s going to be.

3. He feels the same way when he sees his wife — she has a set career path as a nurse but he never really knew what he wanted from the start.

It was comforting to hear that he understood where I was coming from.

It was encouraging to see how he interpreted my standing as a good thing.

And I think all of this was another push to get me going in the right direction.