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I need to learn #22 but I’ve got #27 down!

32 ways to stay creative

There are probably way more than 33 ways but this list offers up some great ideas. This summer will be extra busy as I prep for a writing lab/intensive to make certain my prospectus (essentially a breakdown of my master’s thesis) will be in decent shape by the time I start my second year (this fall). Essentially, I’m conducting lit review for the next few months! This process entails reading, research, and a sh*tload of writing (crappy writing for the most part but this is what editing is all about!). I’m going into some really interesting directions, for sure. If you can believe it, I have yet another virtual space dedicated to my observations and experiences about school. But I have yet to update that space since the Fall 2012 semester. I’ll definitely share some academic stuff (i.e., favorite readings from my first year and the top 10 things I’ve learned).

For now, enjoy the list and get creative!!

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, race and technology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

6 replies on “I need to learn #22 but I’ve got #27 down!”

Thanks, Michelle. It’s funny because “being someone else’s perfect” is not possible. Everyone has their own idea of perfection. I remember taking guitar lessons years ago and my guitar teacher at the time would say, “Progress NOT perfection.” THIS is so true because the imperfections and failures in my life make the perfect life for me…for Dorothy and nobody else. BUT I think it is especially challenging because we always want to be better than we are and, sometimes, mistake this for “being someone else’s perfect.” Thanks again for sharing and engaging.

(Maybe you picked the Number 33 on purpose.) You’re already creative, don’t forget the magical power of love, and the one beside you.

Reminds me of musician Wendy Haas, “Just what is this strange new feeling, that possesses me this way. I’m in love with lovely feelings, and they come from…everywhere! 🙂

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