6:49PM

An interview on stories (& life, of course...)

This was an interview I did with an English student, Margo Enz, from Augsburg College in Minneapolis almost a year ago. She just mentioned it a moment ago on twitter & reminded me that it was sitting here on my computer. Since I've just started working on a new book on Creativity, I thought I'd see if any of it still made sense.

It does. See what you think...

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1:50PM

The TumbleCloud Manifesto.

There are only a few people who know that I've been working on a new project lately (beyond Zen Bandit :-)). It's an Internet startup named TumbleCloud. We've explained it lots of different ways, but the one I've settled on is this: we're building a new communication platform that will change the way we view ourselves & the planet. Moving from data to meaning. With tools that will help us remember that we're all creative & beautiful & alive. Tools that will help us remember who we are.

We're making a new world together & it is a world that can work for everyone, no exceptions.

After a year of preliminary work & conversation, we're moving forward rapidly on it. I thought now was a good time to show you what we're doing & invite you to imagine along with us. There are some things that come along in a lifetime that are so compelling that there is no real way you can say no. They demand a yes & not just any yes, but a yes from the bottom of your heart. This is one of those things for me. Take a look at our current manifesto. I think after you read it you'll see why we know now is the time...

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11:45AM

The daily sketch. May 21.

On forever loving this exact moment. Click to see full version...

8:00AM

A very short story.

OK, I put this up a bit ago on the StoryPeople blog. It's when I first started blogging, when I had this idea to take things directly out of my journals & show them to you all right away. Pretty quickly, I discovered that some of my favorite fun stuff I couldn't put up on StoryPeople. (Why? you may ask. Well, it's basically for the same reason Ellen has always (gently) suggested that I keep some of the stories quietly to myself. At least for a little while. Like maybe until after I was dead. Child of America as I am, with a personal practice rooted deeply in instant gratification, I couldn't wait that long. So, I jumped merrily into Zen Bandit & it's been a long, downhill slide ever since... :-))

Anyway, here's one of the few stories that has made the crossing from StoryPeople to Zen Bandit, very little the worse for wear...

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12:48PM

My favorite story.

Bouncing around the world as much as I do, I run into this question pretty often: Out of all of your stories, which is your favorite? When I get this question, usually they are referring to the short, short stories I do for StoryPeople. Not a lot of people know that I used to do performance stories & monologues & plays (actually, used to isn't quite right. I still do. I just have to fire up for it more than before, now that I twitter. Lately, I'm in the habit of getting in & out of a story in fifteen seconds, or less :-))

Anyway, THIS is my all-time favorite story. (It actually reminds me of my (much) shorter story, Cultural Fable. They're both about Art & being courageous, even in the face of the scariest of things. About Death & how that's our best excuse to really live. Ultimately, about Being Yourself. Which is the whole point anyhow (if you ask me).

I call this story Marguerite the Potter. I hope you'll see why it's my favorite...

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