Creative productivity workshop! Come with your chaos, leave with a plan

You know how sometimes every waking moment feels like chaos incarnate?

Like it’s a quiet Saturday morning and you’re dying to work on your art, but first you really need to make yourself some breakfast. And before that you need to find the kitchen underneath all the dishes. Which reminds you that you never returned your neighbor’s tupperware, and — oh right — you’re out of paper towels and so you might as well pick up potting soil for your jade plant because you promised you’d make a cutting for that friend. And as you’re emailing your friend you see a note from your boss, or a client, or the electric company — and how the hell is it Monday morning?

Where’d your time to do your art go?

It got caught in the chaos.

It happens to all of us.

If the above scenario didn’t resonate with you, high fives. Go off and live your awesome productive life.

But if it did, you’re not alone.

It’s so, so easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life, being buffeted around so hard that you lose sight of the thing that really mattered to you in the beginning.

Your art.

Your writing.

Your business idea.

Your family time.

Your dream.

I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out how to get rid of the chaos of everyday life, only to realize it’s not going anywhere.

But you can lessen it, you can tame it, and you can organize it.

I figured out a way that works (mostly) for me, and I interviewed and learned from a bunch of other creatives about what works for them.

My goal: help you figure out what works for you.

So I wrote a book.

My book on creative productivity, From Chaos to Creativity, is now out from Microcosm Publishing. To celebrate, I’m doing a reading/creative productivity workshop at the Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, Monday, July 29th.

From Chaos to Creativity, a talk with Jessie Kwak

Come chaotic, because I’ll be leading the audience in a series of exercises from the book to help you get a bit of a handle on the chaos of everyday life and find time to do your most important work.

I’ll also leave plenty of time for questions and discussion, because honestly we’re all in this together, and there’s nothing I like better than helping people brainstorm ways to get their creative work done.

Sound like a plan?

Sweet.

I’ll see you there!

Introducing Space Cocaine: an Anthology Reading

TL;DR version:

What: A reading with Jessie Kwak, Grá Linnea, Andrew McCollough, and Mark Teppo
When: May 17th at 7pm
Where: Belmont Books (3415 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR)
Why: Because it could be done

A couple of months ago, my local sci-fi writer-friend mastermind group (the Tiara Club) decided we should do a reading.

Mark Teppo, an overachiever, decided that we should produce a physical collection of the short stories we’d be reading in order to sell at the event.

He started coming up with poignant literary covers. They were lovely.

But I was starting to get a little nervous they would give readers the wrong idea about, well, how high-brow the stories were.

“I wouldn’t want people to get confused when they read my story about space gangsters and space pirates fighting over space cocaine,” I wrote on Slack.

And Mark came back with this:

Space Cocaine anthology cover: Image is a dramatic dragon breathes fire behind a hooded sorcerer standing on a mountaintop with a glowing orb in his hands. The title reads Space Cocaine.

Perfect.

Introducing Space Cocaine. From the back cover:

It’s not literary. It’s not a themed anthology. Though, it definitely staggers across all sorts of interstitial slip-streamed speculative fringes.

Look, there are space pirates. There’s cocaine. There might be dragons. And stuff blows up.

You’re welcome.

On May 17th, the four of us (me, Grá Linnea, Andrew McCollough, and Mark Teppo) will be doing a reading from this ridiculous collection at Belmont Books in Portland.

(My story is from the Durga System universe — it’s titled Rogue and is currently only available to newsletter subscribers.)

The anthology will be available to purchase at the event.

Will it lead to other, equally ridiculous anthologies?

Don’t tempt us.

See you there.