Making Space

First, some good news: A few weeks ago, I saw that Niji Art, owned by Yasutomo, had an open call for a Design Team. Having demo’d their Splash Inks and liked them, I applied. And I was one of the designers chosen! For the next six months, I’ll be asked to use their products to design and create projects, then do the tutorial. It’s exciting–this is something totally new for me.

Second, poetry news: There are still places open for Jungle Gym for Monkey Mind, the online poetry class. It starts this Sunday and is not a traditional class. You’ll be writing poetry from emotions, experience, and your imagination.

Making Space: This afternoon and evening, I cleaned my workspace. I’ve let paperwork pile up. I’m a piler not a filer, but the piles were starting to mutter and threaten me. One of the benefits of being a piler is that when you sift through the piles, you can often throw out most of the material that other people would have neatly put in filing cabinets.


Art from discarded papers, from

As I sorted and threw papers our, put other papers in folders, I realized that my creativity needs a good sorting, too. I had ideas I wanted to follow up on, ideas that were half-baked, the beginning of the poetry class notes (it sure has changed in the six months I’ve been working on it!) ideas that had no legs and no motion. And like the papers I threw out, I cleaned those idea out of my mind.

The ideas might come back as something else, or they might stay gone. But not every idea is worth nurturing, and not every bright idea will light the way to completion. I carried an armload of papers to the recycling bin, with the idea of starting in the studio tomorrow.

This wasn’t some sad, “I have to let go of this” good-bye, there are six new ideas on index cards in my “development” slot. They are the best of what I’ve been planning, broken down into steps along the way. Cleaning up is also cleaning out, and it feels great. Almost like summer’s oppressive heat is blowing out.

-Quinn McDonald has designing ideas.

12 thoughts on “Making Space

  1. Dunno about msnbc; have no TV.

    I don’t know if this will make you feel better, but 107F is only 42C. Of course, on the other hand it’s 314K.

  2. Congratulations on…well I’m not sure what it is, but it sounds pretty good!

    Right, I’ve heard of “filing cabinets”; they’re those prep schools for trash.

    I’ve been accused of being the cause of cleaning around and failing to clean under, but if cleaning up is also cleaning out, what about cleaning over and cleaning in?

    I’m glad to hear your oppressive summer heat is blowing out. Probably just in time for your oppressive autumn heat to arrive. Here in New England, of course, we don’t have oppressive heat. Most things here are repressive instead.

    • I’ve heard of Cleaning In, it’s a show on MSNBC. I love prep schools for trash. The oppressive summer heat is not blowing out, it will be 107 today, but we’ve had evenings that go below 85 and that is miraculous. Also, the humidity dropped. It’s only a “dry heat” when we have tourists and they leave in late April and don’t come back till November.

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