It’s not what you think

The First Ten Words by Rich Larson

Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone.

For two days, I’ve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and it’s been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this it’s because I’m staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. That’s not the problem this time. The problem is I have way too much to say.

I’m not going to sit here and claim to have been a huge fan of Soundgarden. I didn’t dislike them, I just had to take them in small doses. I was a fan of Cornell. I love “Seasons,” the solo song he had on Cameron Crowe’s movie, Singles. It’s a droning acoustic song about isolation and the…

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The Science Of Waking Up

Love this idea. Hate time and clocks anyway, and mornings are the worst. It would totally be worth a bit of extra attention to local time if productivity and health improved.

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Maria Konnikova presents research into “sleep inertia” – the reason why we’re all so miserable in the morning – and what can be done about it:

When [neuroscientist Kenneth] Wright asked a group of young adults to embark on a weeklong camping trip, he discovered a striking pattern: before the week was out, the negative sleep patterns that he’d previously observed disappeared. In the days leading up to the trip, he had noted that the subjects’ bodies would begin releasing the sleep hormone melatonin about two hours prior to sleep, around 10:30 P.M. A decrease in the hormone, on the other hand, took place after wake-up, around 8 A.M. After the camping trip, those patterns had changed significantly. Now the melatonin levels increased around sunset—and decreased just after sunrise, an average of fifty minutes before wake-up time. In other words, not only did the time outside, in the absence of artificial…

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And this is also on the new year to-do list.

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Good advice, from the inimitable Nephele Tempest. Happy New Year!

Writing and Rambling

January is all about goals and aspirations for the year to come, but for writers one of the hardest things can be to find a balance between forming good writing habits and falling into a rut. There’s a danger in sitting down in the same place every single day and approaching your project with the identical mind set. You can become too rigid about your writing habits to the point of placing undo pressure on yourself; an attempt to hone your personal style and voice can result in repetitive writing, over-used vocabulary or catch phrases, or predictable descriptions; seeking your niche can give you tunnel vision, or a limited scope, and books that all start to sound the same.

So how do you keep things fresh? How do you develop a steady writing practice while still allowing your imagination to run free? What do you do to make sure that…

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