Essays and Stories
I used to write a lot. Not so much lately–at least not the kind of pieces I used to write. Here are a handful of samples from my misspent youth.
Ghost in a Glass House A short story published in Gargoyle
Stealing Little Girls A short story published in the wrong magazine and never paid for
Danger and Delight An essay about meeting Harlan Ellison
Don’t Stand on Buried Chicken A brief list of rules for life
Mental Health & Creativity
PsychCentral offers an article about the link between mental health and creativity. I lifted these these two interesting quotes:
“We have studied the brain and the dopamine D2 receptors, and have shown that the dopamine system of healthy, highly creative people is similar to that found in people with schizophrenia,” says associate professor Fredrik Ullén from Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Woman and Child Health.
“Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box,” says Dr. Ullén about his new findings.
Perfectionism, Good or Bad?
Also from PsychCentral and in keeping with my article on procrastination: Good Perfectionism vs. Bad Perfectionism. If perfectionism is behind some of your creative procrastination, it might be worth a read. Here’s the conclusion:
What we’re aiming for, then, is to harness our perfectionism in a way that can allow us to stay in the moment, and experience the wonder born in imperfectionism.