Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.
“Oh yes, of course, art simplifies.”
In Austin Kleon’s latest book, Show Your Work, he challenges artists to show their “cabinet of curiosity” by answering these questions:
Where do you get your inspiration?
What sorts of things do you fill your head with?
What do you read?
Do you subscribe to anything?
What sites do you visit on the Internet?
What music do you listen to?
What movies do you see?
Do you look at art?
What do you collect?
What’s inside your scrapbook?
What do you pin to the corkboard above your desk?
What do you stick on your refrigerator?
Who’s done work that you admire?
Who do you steal ideas from?
Do you have any heroes?
Who do you follow online?
Who are the practitioners you look up to in your field?
Minnesota is delivering writing & networking & learning opportunities for children’s writers in spades this year. We’re hosting the AWP Conference (April 8-11), the Loft Literary Center’s Children’s and Young Adult Conference (May 1-3) and the NCTE Annual Convention (November 19-22).