Inspiration! Roundup: Become As Good As Your Ambitions, Thread Painting, Imagining Fun, and More!

This Week's "I want to go to there": Give me a cozy corner full of books, and I will give you a relaxing holiday!
Photo by Clay Banks.

As Good As Your Ambitions

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
–Ira Glass

Thread Painter

Russian artist Vera Shimunia makes miniature paintings out of embroidery. Also, some get animated. I am hypnotized.

If it Were Fun

Love this Lifehacker tip: when you have to do a boring or mundane task, ask yourself what it would look like if it were fun. Answers can range from listening to a podcast while you sweep the floor to making a random errand into a catch-up date with a friend but will almost always help you enjoy things a little more.

Don't Be Used

Sometimes, I need this reminder. Maybe you do, too. I haven't been able to track down the original source of the image, so if you know it, let me know!

Better Tomorrow

This art show called It Was Better Tomorrow caught my eye. Not really for the art, to be honest (not that there's anything wrong with it, it just doesn't appeal to my aesthetic), but the title.

Mundane Costumes

Have you heard of this? Jimi Halloween, a subculture in Japan where people get together for Halloween parties and wear super mundane costumes. So mundane, they need to wear name tags that describe their costumes. Things like "guy who grabbed a cart but didn't buy much", "woman who forgot to take out the trash", and "photo assistant whose job is to make a child laugh."

I truly want to throw a Jimi Halloween party.

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