Hits of Wisdom: Shut. The F**k. Up.

Yo!

The last few episodes of the podcast, plus the one that’s coming out next week…

Well–they taught me something. But…OK, I gotta tell you a little about next week’s episode first! I talked to

Brennen Matthews: Author of Miles to Go: An African Family in Search of America along Route 66

Creative Ops is a podcast for creative people, by creative people.
Creative Ops: a podcast for creative people, by creative people.
Brennen Matthews, author of "Miles to Go: An African Family in Search of America along Route 66", and guest on Creative Ops

Brennen Matthews joined me for a little over an hour. Brennen is the editor of ROUTE Magazine, a leading national American bi-monthly magazine that focuses on the fascinating human stories behind US road travel, Route 66, and classic Americana. ROUTE’s vibrant website can be found on www.routemagazine.us.

He also wrote Miles to Go: An African Family in Search of America along Route 66. Click the link to pre-order/order (depending when you see this) right now!

It’s a wonderful book about family, America, Route 66, and the interconnectedness of history and people. It reads smoothly like good fiction, but is, in fact, a true account of an African family traveling America’s highway. The conversation was fun, informative, and enlightening. I hope you check it out on CREATIVE OPS, wherever the podcasts hide out.

Back to it…


Shut. The F**k. Up. And live your life.

All these podcast conversations have kinda put me in my place. I’ve been acting like a know-it-all with writing and promoting, but if I knew it all, I wouldn’t be pitching my novel about teens in 1996 who get pulled into a time travel war against their adult selves, who are fleeing the future because of a deadly parasitic fungus that is wiping out humanity in a slow, gruesome way. I won’t keep talking about it. Here’s the link if you’re like, “Bruh…tell me more. I like stuff that reminds me of The Goonies, Back to the Future, and has kind of a Stranger Things feel to it.”

Which, by the way, I’ve been told. A lot. I wasn’t trying to do that, but it got did. So…one last chance to click the link.

Oh. So–I’ve been getting upset about people doing the “wrong” things. Or people who have “misplaced focus” or whatever. But what people keep telling me is that this is ALL part of the ride. Don’t act like you know what you’re doing. Just do what you think is best, stay in your lane, and let people be happy in their own lane. If someone asks, give advice. Otherwise…

Shut. The F**k. Up. And live your life.

My vision is my vision. My hopes and dreams are my hopes and dreams. Leave everyone else’s alone. Tend to my own.

Be happy. Be creative. Be you.

Live at your own speed and love every friggin minute of it. Or die trying!

That’s all I got…

-CT

Christopher Tallon is the author of the dark, adventurous, time-travel novel Switchers.

Row row row your boat / Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily merrily merrily / Life…is but a dream

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Ep.89 | Mallory Shotwell – Founder and Director of CULTIVATE on local art, community, ”making it”, & marketing Creative Ops

As a former Montessori teacher, Mallory Shotwell's interest in art and business make her a great person to start a group like CULTIVATE, a collection of artists, teachers, and industry folks. With the acquisition of their new space in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they'll be able to highlight contemporary artists and teach community-based art & business classes, while also serving as a "traditional" art gallery for art shows and installations. Get the HOLIDAY GUIDE: http://www.cultivategrandrapids.org/2022-local-artist-holiday-guide Keep an eye on the CULTIVATE Facebook and Instagram pages for events and fun info! Learn all about CULTIVATE at their website: http://www.cultivategrandrapids.org. And check Mallory out at http://www.malloryshotwell.com and on Instagram via @mallory.shotwell
  1. Ep.89 | Mallory Shotwell – Founder and Director of CULTIVATE on local art, community, ”making it”, & marketing
  2. Ep.88 | The End of Creative Ops(?) – w/ commentary by his holiness, Kirk Ross
  3. Ep.87 | Brennen Matthews – Author of ”Miles to Go: An African Family in Search of America Along Route 66”
  4. Ep.86 | Josh Adams is funny as f–k!
  5. Ep.85 | Andrea Shaner – How to Be on TV!

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