Some musing on creative work…
Time is our basic raw material. Time is functionally infinite (from our perspective) but OUR time is limited, hence the boundary around it. Focus determines how we make use of our time. Only some of our time is functionally available (see Cal Newport and his theory of time boxing etc). Some of our time will be given over to maintaining “state” (sleep, health, socialising, spiritual/religious observance). Whatever’s left is the time we have available to “work”, hence the boundary around focus within time. Focus helps us to make best use of a given amount of time.
As creative freelancers, we work for different reasons from many other workers. Yes, we have bills to pay, and having money affords us more time to do our real work in relation to the time that’s spent meeting the costs of living. Our real work is to create products or experiences. In this way, we convert time into meaning. The ideal nature of the meaning we create is profound, i.e. valuable to people more than just ourselves. This is our true currency.
Darn it. Got “prohibitively busy” again. Hm. One month down, and the new map already doesn’t properly reflect the landscape. Time to reboot. All change, please. All change.
Currently in Birmingham, spending the weekend working on a poem with twelve poets from around the country. The final poem will be installed in the Olympic park. Deadline tomorrow, 4pm. Spent part of this afternoon exploring a form for the piece - very important with twelve poets to hand where each one should have some input in the final piece.
Note: the “turn” bears Michael Theune’s theory of structure and surprise in mind.
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