Discomfort You Say? We Call It GROWTH!

Hey folks,

I write for a podcast called Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. Blogs, not episode content. The blogs are inspired by the episodes, either the guest, an experience, a mental health issue, self care, whatever…

Click the link for an article about finding growth in discomfort!

Source: Discomfort You Say? We Call It GROWTH!

Later!

-CT

Christopher Tallon -  writer and host of the podcast Creative Ops

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Behind “The Process”: Writer’s Must Find Their Place (Literally)

I don’t mean it like find your place in life. Or even the writing game.

It’s me we’re talking about–what could I possibly offer in that regard?

I’m here to talk about…

Finding a Place to Write

I know. You’re probably gonna be all, “Writer’s can write anywhere.”

Fine. Whatever. You’re not wrong. But I still don’t like you. (I’m sorry baby, I didn’t mean that.)

So, if you haven’t already observed as a faithful reader of my blog, I’m a stay-at-home dad. I work while I’m home. (If writing counts as “work” (ay-ay-aaaay, I’m on vacation, every single day…).) I work on my new novel, put together some short stories, write my blog, and write some other people’s blogs. Could be a lot worse.

Get to the point, a-hole…

Yeah, yeah. So I used to do a big chunk of my writing in the upstairs living room. But then I started a podcast. Have you ever listened? I had a TV producer guy, academy award winning special effects dude, comedians (one of whom is taping a full hour special soon!), musicians, artists, business people, digital creators, and more. It’s only for people who don’t suck at everything. Do you suck at everything? Well, you do if you don’t listen to Creative Ops (a podcast for creative people, by creative people), so…

Creative Ops | Ep41 | Christopher Tallon: Imposter or Bad Motherf**ker? Creative Ops

  1. Creative Ops | Ep41 | Christopher Tallon: Imposter or Bad Motherf**ker?
  2. Creative Ops | Ep40 | Joe Bockheim – vocals/guitar for The Legal Immigrants
  3. Creative Ops | Ep.39 | SOLO: Cops, Tickets, and F*cked Up Audio (PLUS a Bonus Musical Track!)
  4. Creative Ops | Ep.38 | Joshua Marsella – Author of ”Scratches” and ”Severed”
  5. Creative Ops | Ep.37 | SOLO: Art Festivals vs. Art Contests, ADD, Leave a Review, & I Love You
  6. Creative Ops | Ep.36 | Andrew Smith – Why We Left Teaching…
  7. Creative Ops | Ep.35 | Christopher Tallon solo: Video Games, ADD (always), Education
  8. Creative Ops | Ep.34 | Peter Spaulding AKA "ReTeP" – Twitch Gaming (And Other Forms of Internet Creativity)
  9. Creative Ops | Ep.33 | Mike Logan – ADD & Homegrown Weed
  10. Creative Ops | Ep.32 | Creativity 101 w/ Professor Tallon

OK, that’s it. I’m leaving if you don’t get to–

OK! Geez!

Before my podcast, I did almost all my at home writing (here) in my living room. But I set up a desk in the basement for all my podcasting shit. The idea at the time as that I would just do all my shit at that desk.

But then I realized something. (Months later.)

I. Hate. Writing. Downstairs.

Can’t put a finger on it. Not as much light? Wrong energy? Maybe it’s haunted by an ancient spirit that thrives on the anxiety of sexy bald guys?

Or maybe I just can’t mentally separate my podcasting from my writing without having separate places for each activity.

Whatever it is doesn’t really matter I suppose. The important thing is that my creativity is flowing much better up here. I wrote the beginning of a new short story, revised the intro to the book, and wrote this. So, until kids come around and ruin everything again (I’m almost 100% kidding) I’ll keep working up here.

Then maybe I’ll live off the land in the woods in the summer…(?)

In Closing:

If you feel stopped up creatively, find a different location. See if that doesn’t do it. At least try that before saying, “Dang it all to poop…I QUIT!”


Talk atcha later you creative sonsabitches!

-CT

Christopher Tallon -  writer and host of the podcast Creative Ops

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Creative Ops | Ep41 | Christopher Tallon: Imposter or Bad Motherf**ker?

Promo from my IG @tallonwrites (I’m @tallonwrites on all SM)

Hey folks,

Thanks for stopping in. My last blog was similar, but is fun in so many different ways. Like…um…you have to read it. I dunno.

Here’s the show notes from this week’s Creative Ops (A Podcast for Creative People, by Creative People):

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-kh9ev-110965b

Creative people (if not all people) deal with imposter syndrome. I talked to Alexis Flakes about it for next week’s episode and it really got me thinking. I wrote a blog about it the other day (on wwww.christophertallon.com/blog) and decided to continue the trend here on this: the podcast for creative people, by creative people.

Find out about imposter syndrome, what it looks like, where it comes from, and a few strategies to help you stay calm and keep creating.

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There’s some original music by yours truly, a little music from last week’s interview with Joe from The Legal Immigrants, and a tiny snippet of my next guest. Hope to see you back for that one.

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Good people of Ontario, Canada. I meant to say Thanks eh! on the show and forgot. Lots of love to the Canadian listeners. (Michigan is so close that I consider us cousins!)

-CT

Christopher Tallon -  writer and host of the podcast Creative Ops

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I’m Either an Impostor Or a Bad Motherf****r

Haha. My weird little brain can’t tell which. Which may be a reason for my higher-than-normal anxiety levels the last few days. It’s not that bad, just feeling tight in the neck and stomach. Not sleeping great. But I’ve been coping with some of the tools I learned writing for Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered’s blog. (It’s a cool podcast that I first guested on, then later took an SEO blogging gig with.) But that’s neither here nor cheese.

I’ve been driving myself a little bit crazy. I’m anxious about my creative work, mostly that I have more stuff that I want to do than I realistically have time to do. I want to get it done now, and I always feel like I should be working faster. And being a creative person (maybe…) I struggle to fairly assess myself sometimes. Maybe you’ve met a person like me, someone you know pretty well, who asks you for validation. Whether it be How do I look?, How did I do?, Are you sure I’m doing this right?, or some variation. Inside I want to know if what I’m doing is good because I want it to be good, and if someone doesn’t tell me anything other than, No, that’s terrible, I don’t believe them. (Elle O’Elle.)

So What Am I: Trash or Class?

To help in my quest, this questant who may someday need Questran, took his questions to the internet where I found this questionnaire: a Gifted or ADHD test. Since I was diagnosed ADD back in the dizzay, I took the test. I hit between one and three ADHD, and the rest were gifted. And no, there weren’t 4 questions. (Get the f**k outta my face with that!)

But answering mostly in the gifted column on the self-assessment could me I suffer from the Dunning Kruger effect. (If you don’t wanna read the link: it’s when people who aren’t good at something truly believe they’re gifted. Can be sports, art, politics (ugh…), you name it.)

Hopefully someone would’ve told me by now that my writing is unreadable and my podcast is un…listen…to…able. Or…shut up!

Assuming in the meantimg I don’t have Dunning Kruger, let’s see what the f**ks at Healthline (relax, f**ks means folks this time. Gotcha!), you might develop imposter feelings if your parents:

  • pressured you to do well in school
  • compared you to your sibling(s)
  • were controlling or overprotective
  • emphasized your natural intelligence
  • sharply criticized mistakes

I definitely score between 80-100% here.

So maybe I ought to give myself a break, stretch, breath, separate the physical feelings from the mental reactions, yadda, yadda, yadda, and just be happy that I’m regularly putting out a podcast that features creative talent from all around the US, that my book is coming out this summer, and that–

Oh ya, my book is coming out next summer (2022). So in the coming months I’ll most likely be sharing more on that. (You f**ks better pre-order it when the time comes…)

Anyway…I ought to check myself as I sit here, like a fool, wrecking myself. Creative shit doesn’t just BOOM happen. It’s a process. A journey. But only if we keep putting one foot in front of the other.

So next time I go too long without putting out a blog, I might just be in a bit of a f**k. (I didn’t even want to write that sentence but I wanted to make you guess another F-word.)

Let’s keep encourage other creatives, and give ourselves credit where it’s due. Beating yourself up don’t do a f**king bit of good. (Yep, I meant it that time.)

What did we learn today?

Imposter Syndrome is something creative people (if not all people) deal with. But we gotta deal with it in a healthy way. Just as the fine f**ks who wrote that Healthline article I mentioned earlier. And get ready to pre-order my novel in a few months. And listen. To. My. PODCAST!


See you f**ks later! (Take it how you want, haha.)

-CT

Christopher Tallon -  writer and host of the podcast Creative Ops

Christopher Tallon writes, podcasts, and…wait a second. Are you actually reading this? High fiveFollow me:

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Creative Ops | Ep40 | Joe Bockheim – vocals/guitar for The Legal Immigrants

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ea9jd-110059a

Joe Bockheim was kind enough to invite me to his house for a sit down. We talked about music, home ownership, having kids, and all kinds of fun stuff.

Check out The Legal Immigrants here:

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