Thursday, November 27, 2014

another book from austin kleon

some of you may recall that one of my favorite books is *steal like an artist* by austin kleon. we were cut off the same bolt. and somehow, i managed to stumble across his blog and discovered that he has written another book called *show your work*

it's all about sharing and not keeping all your work under wraps. i am so proud of the people who found my blog and then sent an envelope to me. i should ask austin for permission to re-post this from his blog, but i suspect it is just fine with him. he is still young and has many years ahead - to pursue his career. i'm old and just trying to tidy up my desk before i keel over. so, maybe he'll let me post this without going through the whole permission thing.

here it is, an excerpt from his post about his book:

In ten tight chapters, I lay out ways to think about your work as a never-ending process, how to build an audience by sharing that process, and how to deal with the ups and downs of putting yourself and your work out in the world:
  1. You don’t have to be a genius.
  2. Think process, not product.
  3. Share something small every day.
  4. Open up your cabinet of curiosities.
  5. Tell good stories.
  6. Teach what you know.
  7. Don’t turn into human spam.
  8. Learn to take a punch.
  9. Sell out.
  10. Stick around.
This book is not just for “creatives”! Whether you’re an artist or an entrepreneur, a student or a teacher, a hobbyist or a professional, it’s time to stop worrying and start sharing.

end of excerpt.
i was pretty happy to see his list.
i sorta think i've done all those things.
all the punches have been metaphorical. i assume he wasn't asking me to go to the gym.

i need an image for this post.... the left part is from dear, sweet grasshopper-finn, it's a postcard he made for a 29-faces exchange (faces/clock face - get it?) and the right side is from karen - who wrote about using envelopes to occupy herself while she was doing time in some waiting rooms.  thanks to both finn and karen and all my other envelope buddies :-)

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