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Finding Your Creative Flow


Dear Friend,

Whenever I'm having trouble getting words to flow out of my brain regions and onto a screen, I like to try some things to re-establish the energy. Feel free to use any of these in your own creative predicaments, whether they be with the making of words or the knitting of bespoke dog sweaters or anything else. 

Sit at desk. (Sometimes traditional is best.)

Lie on the floor on your stomach. (Pretend to be a yogi. Or a dog.)

Turn on loud music. (High energy! Drown out your conscious thoughts! Make room for unconscious! Dance!)

Stand at desk. (Always good to change up your position. Remember: sitting is killing us all.)

Try desk again. (Standing can't be very good for us, either.)

Take dogs outside. Reflect on nature. (Damn grass needs mowing.)

Return to desk with new mindset. (I wonder if writing on the couch would be better today?)

Decrease volume on the music to soft listening. (When did my music become so boring? Has it always been this way? Who am I?)

Shower. (Warm water is good for synapses. Also, when did that bruise happen on my stomach? Am I dying?)

Couch. (Sometimes relaxing positions are best.)

(Twenty-minute nap.)

Wake confused. (Sometimes disorientation can help with creativity.)

Make coffee. (Re-establish synaptic connections.)

(Oh my god this fucking music. Enough already.)

Try couch again. Place the gold cushion behind my back. Purple cushion. (Variety is good.) 

Play the rope game with dogs. (Remember that "play" and "improvisation" are the keys to creativity.)

Smoothie. (Don't forget you need sustenance!) 

(Ok, both: Try both cushions! At same time!)

Hammer out a few random words. Maybe a sentence. Doesn't matter how crazy or completely out of nowhere it is. ("Jake stood before the mirror and wondered where that bruise had come from. Am I dying, he thought?")

Mow the lawn. (Good to take breaks!)

Beer.

Once you've tried all of this and written some great stuff, you'll need to relax. So have a read of the Weekly Atticus below. It's a really good one this week. We've been receiving some great stuff, and our editors are getting it up as fast as possible!

We're glad you're here.



THIS WEEK AT ATTICUS

FERAL TOWN
By Adam Gustavson

BESS
BOOK REVIEW: HAVING A COKE WITH GODZILLA
By Dewey N. Fox

"Let me start by admitting a mistake: When I first glanced at the cover of Kazumi Chin’s new poetry collection, Having a Coke with Godzilla (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), I somehow skipped over the crucial one-letter article and the title registered in my mind as Having Coke with Godzilla. I thought, that’s a funny way to phrase it. Shouldn’t it instead be Doing Coke with Godzilla? The title, however, is not about sharing drugs with a monster; it is a recasting of Frank O’Hara’s paean to earthly pleasures, “Having a Coke with You."

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FICTION: RECLAIMED WOOD
By Maureen Langloss

"I watched the red river curl through a tube from my arm into a bag. I thought about all it contained. Water. Iron. Traces of me. You’re giving life too, the river said to me. I took extra vitamins and ate healthy, unusual foods like daikon radishes to make sure my blood was good, interesting blood."

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POETRY: TONGUE, ENDANGERED
By Sarah Escue

I sit in the corner with unswept / sunlight & spiders, hungry // for your voice. I am one word / too many, a bruise factory, // unapologetic for the noun / of my body. My hips, // parenthesis.

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CNF: BRAIN CHILD
By Paisley Green

"What I don’t like to mention is that in the two years before being tricked into my stay at Aurora, I’d been cutting my upper thigh with a razor blade every day and had attempted suicide twice. What I hate is that my dramatic comment wasn’t so dramatic. What I hate is that my mom claims that she never knew I was going through a “hard time,” never knew about the depression."

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MIXED MEDIA: LOVE'S RIVER OF ERRORS
A video poem by Dave Richardson 

"Death is. It is. And that's enough for me.

These memories used to feel like gifts, but now they interrupt my meetings at work, they grab hold of me in the grocery line, and they crawl into the folds of my dreams at night."

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FROM AROUND THE INTERNET

An interesting segment on NPR's All Things Considered, during the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 LA Riots, about cultural touchstones, and how a piece of art or writing or music can touch lives from widely-varied backgrounds.

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