The Art of Nothing

Nothing, Facebook Live, a Pot Sasquatch, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”There is a time in a person’s life where they realize they will never be a unicorn. At that time, it’s ok to cry. The world needs donkeys too.” - The Distracted Philosopher

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Everyday of my entire adult life I have written something; short things, long things (not novels — I don’t have the focus for that), fiction, nonfiction, rants, poems, thoughts, dreams, and things I can’t categorize (and probably shouldn’t).

I’ve filled journal after journal, published on websites now defunct (remember Tripod?), published on my own sites (some of which are also long gone), written for others sites (who knows what’s happened to some of them), self-published 2 books (for which I have SOLD copies which means I’m what you call a professional), written / produced my own weekly audio podcast for the past 10 years (well, 10 years in June), and I’ve written untold amounts of stuff that may never see the light of day.

What I’m trying to say is I write A LOT OF STUFF! Because of that, I tend to repeat myself time and again, cover the same topics, write similar fiction or poems. I find it actually impossible to keep creating completely unique content. But when I do repeat something, my hope is that I have gained insight and knowledge and will present it with a fresh perspective.

But eventually I get to the point where I ask myself … what am I going to write now? What’s this weeks podcast going to be about? What am I going to Facebook Live next?

And then I think about Seinfeld — the TV show back in the 90’s for those younger people who may have never heard or seen it (and those people exist). Seinfeld was famous for being a show about nothing where a key story line was characters Jerry and Duckman (not his real name) were trying to produce a TV show that was about nothing.

Nothing sounds like nothing, but in reality it’s something. It’s a lot of something. It’s life. It’s a stream of consciousness. It’s something that happens that’s not really planned out (aka real life).

I approach my writing the same way. Much of the time I’m writing about nothing. I’ve not planned anything. I don’t have any notes to go on. I’m just writing without thinking. Just letting it flow.

This podcast episode (or this blog depending on if you are listening to or reading this) is about nothing. I started with nothing, just being in the present, not thinking but letting thoughts flow. It’s a meditative experience. Sometimes thoughts get in the way of creating art.

So take a deep breath, relax, and go do something. Stop thinking for a few minutes and just be. You’d be surprised what can happen.

You can find links to all the distractions from the show (and some not in the show) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

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This is episode s10e06(371) for Monday, February 13, 2017 and clocked in at 14 minutes, 10 seconds