On Storytelling by Ira Glass

Creativity, flow, focus and inspiration are great concepts but sometimes hard to achieve when you get caught up in a myriad of projects and deadlines. This is one of my favourite quotes because it reminds me that good things take their time, all we need to do is keep going.

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 its 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.

by Ira Glass

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Reading list: picks for the month

The books that will keep me busy this month:


  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This one was highly recommend by some friends. The movie is said to be released next October.
  • Jab Jab, Jab Right Hook from the one and only Gary Vaynerchuk – It’s a Gary’s book. Enough said.
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek – An interesting perception on how teams can function at their best.

There is no such thing as enough knowledge.

#readit #thinkit #feelit

Looking for inspiration? If you are going to read anything this week, read this.


“We’ve grown used to spending weeks on one idea only to have it thrown away at the last minute. If we opened up this process to more sharing — among ourselves and our clients — we’d have more time to build and evolve better ideas.”

Read more at AppliedArts


“There is no settling down without some settling for. There is no long-term relationship not just putting up with your partner’s flaws, but accepting them and then pretending they aren’t there. We like to call it in my house “paying the price of admission.

(…) Any long-term relationship that’s successful is really a myth that two people create together … and myths are built of lies, and there’s usually some kernel of truth…”

Read more at Brainpickings

Have a great Monday!

Paris in Color – the book

Uma sugestão de leitura para os que gostam de andar por aí, a ver mundo…

… a gastar a sola dos sapatos, a passear, a fotografar, a escrever, a desenhar, a comer ou a simplesmente a conhecer gente. Aos que têm fome de léguas e sede de novidades. Para quem acredita que o mundo é vasto mas ao nosso alcance. Para os que viajam e que, mesmo quando o seu corpo não viaja, a mente viaja por ele e foge para lugares longínquos. Para os que (eu incluída!) mesmo quando estão por casa deixam a mente vaguear, fica a sugestão para ler, apreciar e partilhar com os amigos.
Paris in Color é uma compilação de belas fotos da sempre irresistível cidade de Paris. Atrás da lente, Nichole Robertson, a escrever em Little Brown Pen, é uma escritora e fotógrafa de Glen Ridge, NJ que em 2009 decide mudar-se para Paris.
É a cidade de Luz que reacende a paixão pela fotografia e que a leva a deambular pelas ruas parisienses para capturar os seus detalhes e as suas cores.
Este é mais um bom livro para juntar à coleção, ótimo para inspirar as próximas escapadinhas culturais.

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