For the past month Franco and I have been holed up in Julian writing a book—working title, WHOSE MIND IS IT ANYWAY.
It’s no exaggeration to say we are somewhat over the moon about this.
Do you have something you love to do more than anything?
This is it for me.
But it’s still challenging right? Not just stringing 176 pages together to be printed for all time, or whatever your deal is.
But wrestling with the creative spark. Knowing when to wait. When to push. And when to drive to California’s largest lake/toxic waste dump that is the Salton Sea because you’ve hit a wall (Sunday’s road trip.)
What better time to read Steven Pressfield’s, THE WAR OF ART.
A warm, funny and wise kick in the pants for whatever stage of the creative process you’re in.
The best book I’ve come across on how to overcome creative blocks.
(He doesn’t go into dead fish.)
Here’s a favorite passage of mine (there are so many others!)
He talks about Resistance—the sneaky things your mind does to try to stop you.
And offers generous solutions for beating it.
I made a “thank you, Steven,” card.
We left our little mountain town (Julian, CA) yesterday, and are back in LA, organizing our little apartment into a book writing, image creating factory.
I was going to go into detail about what furniture we moved where, but instead, here are some pics of our month stay in the mountains.
Until next week,
Where to start … all the roads into town were amazing. And all were different. This is one:
And another …
On a drive into town for stationery supplies we came round the corner and found this.
The view from our beloved deck
The Anza Borrego Desert was a 30–minute drive away.
With the Salton Sea on the other side.
The Salton Sea is fascinating. If you’re interested in the California water wars and/or ecology and the human condition (think Dr Seuss’s, THE LORAX) check it out.
Those are dead fish. And the wee shells that look like sand are ground up bones of millions of dead fish.
Here are some horses that wandered past every Sunday.
And our two bird friends who visited every day.
They spent the day flapping about the car, trying to get in.
Then there was the day it snowed!!
But most of the time we worked.
This is a self portrait Franco took to help him practice perspective drawing.
(Sexy legs, Love.)
Action shot of desk.
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