Creative Ops | Ep.47 | ”Cannabis & Creativity” and ”Our Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes”

Creative Ops | Ep.47 | ”Cannabis & Creativity” and ”Our Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes” Creative Ops

Check out http://www.christophertallon.com and check out the blog for the Creativity and Cannabis blog post, as well as the post with the top 10 most downloaded for a complete review, links, and all that shnazzy jazz. POST LINKS: Cannabis & Creativity Top 10 Shows  

Check out www.christophertallon.com and check out the blog for the Creativity and Cannabis blog post, as well as the post with the top 10 most downloaded for a complete review, links, and all that shnazzy jazz. I wrote the blog post Cannabis & Creativity, which I nearly read verbatim. Nearly…

The Top 10 Shows blog has all the quick links so you can listen to all of them (or parts of all of them, anyway) all in one spot.

Thanks for stopping by. If you listen to the podcast, please leave a review and rate it. Gracias!

-CT

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Creatively Affecting Change

Marcel "Fable" Price
Marcel “Fable” Price

Fable the Poet (aka Marcel Price) became the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI in 2017. At the time, he was GR’s first black PL. He was the first PL to not graduate from college. On top of that he was also the youngest PL in city history. Now he works with The Diatribe, mainly focusing on improving the south side and educating people about GENTRIFICATION and REDLINING. Check out The 49507 Project.

On the podcast he talked about growing up, becoming interested in writing, coming up as a public performer/speaker/storyteller, and getting into the non-profit game to change his community.

Listen now:

Creative Ops | Ep.46 | Marcel ”Fable” Price – Creatively Affecting Change Creative Ops

Check him (and his organization) out on the interweb:

Marcel “Fable” Price: Instagram, FacebookTwitter

The Diatribe: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, SUPPORT!


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-CT

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Creative Ops’ Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes

Hey folks!

I’m excited to write to you today. Not just because this will be fast and easy to write…but mostly that.

If you’re new to the show, welcome. Either way, please rate AND review the show wherever you listen from. Pretty pretty please. And thank you!!!


So let’s get right to it, shall we? Let’s shall!

I wanted to share with [anyone who will listen] what’s been going on with the podcast from time to time. And the show is now old enough and has enough episodes in the bank that doing a top ten doesn’t seem like nearly as stupid an idea as when I only had 15 episodes. Right?

Top 10 Episodes of Creative Ops

10. (TIED)

Creative Ops | Ep.15 | Drunken Podcasting w/ Justin D'Autremont – Host of Drunk Conspiracies Podcast Creative Ops

Creative People! Justin D'Autremont (host of Drunk Conspiracies Podcast) joined me from across the great state of Michigan after I recently did an episode of his show. We talk about all things podcasting, what got him into it, how he does it, and what his plans are moving forward. We also talk about the pros/cons of life in the north vs life in the south, and other random stuff. (Alcohol may or may not have been in play on this episode…) Justin's a talented young man (I can say that, he's younger than me), and I'm excited to watch his podcasts grow. Please download DRUNK CONSPIRACIES PODCAST wherever you get podcasts! Follow his show on Facebook and Instagram. . . . Thanks to Hey Guys Media Group (my technical overseers), as well as River Town Adventures and Baby Farm Soaps. Looking forward to doing some fun promotional stuff (ie. giveaways, contests, river events!) in 2021. Stay tuned for that, and follow what's going on with me (Christopher Tallon) and the show at http://www.christophertallon.com, and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Litsy (a cool spot for avid readers).   -CT

Creative Ops | Ep.8 | Brandon Scott, Author of "Vodou" and "Sleight" Creative Ops

Brandon Scott is an amazingly talented (and very nice) guy. He joined me from North Carolina to talk about his books, style, influences, publishing projects, and writing process. His book Vodou was #1 on the Amazon charts at the time of the interview, and his sequel Sleight just arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I started it, it's AMAZING, can't wait to finish it. Check this guy out–he's the real deal, people! You Can Order Brandon's Books on Amazon, then follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook. Thanks for checking out the show. Follow Creative Ops on IG, FB, and Twitter, too! Go to ChristopherTallon.com for show info, to contact the show, and just because it's the right thing to do. Last but not least, the sponsors & supporters: Baby Farm Soaps – The. Best. Soaps. Other great products, too!!!  River Town Adventures – Best outdoor experience in mid-Michigan. Award winning, locally owned. Hey Guys Media Group – They helped me make my podcast; let them help you make yours!

9.

Creative Ops | Ep.11 | Mike Breymann – Visual Effects Artist, Software Developer, Freelancer Creative Ops

Hey Folks! I talked to renowned visual effects artist Mike Breymann, who has worked with influential artists and filmmakers all over the world. To name just a few projects: Mike made the island and background shots for Jurassic World, recreated Paris for Benjamin Button (which won an Academy Award for visual effects), developed worlds (real and fictional) in virtual reality, and creates software that more easily allows himself (and others) to do what he does. A fun and fascinating guy. If you want to see his portfolio and get a deeper dive into what he's up to, visit http://www.michaelbreymann.com! . . . Thank you to Hey Guys Media Group, Baby Farm Soaps, and River Town Adventures for supporting the show! I love you all. . . . On a personal note, thank YOU for listening to the show. If you rate the show, leave a review, AND tell me about it at http://www.christophertallon.com, or on FaceBook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, I'll give you a shout out in the the next show opening! (Pinky swear.) Holla. -CT 

8.

Creative Ops | Ep.1 | Paul Brogan of River Town Adventures talks small business & conservation Creative Ops

I sat down with my good friend Paul Brogan, co-founder and owner of the award-winning small business, River Town Adventures, a staple of the outdoor recreation scene in Michigan's capital city. Paul is also the driving force behind the Lansing Earth Project, which organizes volunteers to clean the local waterways. We talked about starting and growing a business, getting active about conservation, and more. Check out http://www.rivertownadventures.com for more info about Paul, River Town Adventures, and waterway conservation, or check them out on Instagram @rivertownadventures or on FaceBook @RiverTownMI  Learn more about Creative Ops at my website http://www.christophertallon.com, and reach out on social media: Instagram | @christopher_tallon FaceBook | @TallonWrites Twitter | @TallonWrites Enjoy!  

7.

Creative Ops | Ep.19 | Peter Taras – Surf Photographer, Storyteller, Wine Reviewer, & Fun Dude Creative Ops

Peter Taras is an icon in the world of surf photography, starting in the profession at a young age. With his magazine days behind him, Peter continues to tell stories with his amazing pictures on Stellar Storytellers, and has fun with his wine reviews on his Instagram. He has collaborated with Jonathan Freeman on the Ultra Core Surf Hour. Hilarious. He's also part of the Kook of the Day series. Also hilarious. Go check him out! Thanks everyone! http://www.steller.co/petertaras http://www.instagram.com/petertaras/ http://www.instagram.com/jonathanwaynefreeman/ http://www.christophertallon.com http://www.instagram.com/christopher_tallon/ http://www.twitter.com/TallonWrites http://www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops

6.

Creative Ops | Ep.3 | Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri Teach Me How to Make a Podcast Creative Ops

If you've ever thought, I should start a podcast, then listen to this show! (Or, if you just like podcasts and wanna see how one gets made, check it out.) Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri were my guests, and they are in the podcast game. Together they host a really cool show, Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. Separately, Ben has his own show, The Root of All Ben, and Jason co-hosts GR Rideshare Adventures, and produces two podcasts – including this one! It was a lot of fun hanging out with these guys on my show for a change, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Listen to Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered, and check em out online: Instagram – FaceBook – Twitter – Website Learn more about Creative Ops, read my blog, and check out fun random facts at my website www.christophertallon.com, and reach out on social media: Instagram | @christopher_tallon FB | @TallonWrites Twitter | @TallonWrites Enjoy!

5.

Creative Ops | Ep.5 | Fresh Coast Seed Co. Creative Ops

Wanna know what goes into making award-winning cannabis? Oh good, because I packed up my podcast gear and drove into the wilderness of northern Michigan to record–on location at their grow facility–with Ross from Fresh Coast Seed Co., a medical marijuana and seed company. He has an interesting backstory–including time on an Alaskan fishing boat–and got into the cannabis industry first and foremost to help people. Fresh Coast is well known in the marijuana community, especially after taking gold at the 2019 Detroit High Times Cannabis Cup for vape cartridges. This interview is informative on an easy to understand level. I hope you enjoy it. Check out Fresh Coast Seed Co. on Instagram, and order seeds from The Bean Lodge. For more info about Creative Ops, go to http://www.christophertallon.com, or check out my social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  I would LOVE IT if you rate the show and left a review. It helps little shows like mine get some traction. Thanks so much for listening, and good luck with your creative endeavors! -CT

4.

Creative Ops | Ep.33 | Mike Logan – ADD & Homegrown Weed Creative Ops

Got to sit down with the Ice Cold Comedian, Mike Logan…IN HIS HOUSE! (He's got a bad leg at the moment, so I came to him. You'll hear some neighborhood noise in the interview.)  I named this one "ADD & Homegrown Weed" because those were the main obstacles early in our conversation. But once it got going, Mike and I had a great talk. We, of course, covered creativity and the creative process, but we got into all kinds of other stuff: moving from place to place, racism, goal setting/changing goals as you age, classic art, how the media tries to convince us we're divided when, in Mike's opinion, we've actually been brought closer together in the last year and a half.  Mike tells stories from the entertainment industry, does a few impressions, cracks me up, and shares his fascinating perspective on a wide variety of topics.  Follow Mike Logan on all your favorite social media platforms @icecoldcomedian for updates on performances, a daily dose of wholesome, and some hard-but-necessary truths. Follow the host of Creative Ops at http://www.christophertallon.com and as @tallonwrites on all social media!

3.

Creative Ops | Ep.18 | Mike "Auggie" Augustine – Escape Rooms, Games, & Experiential Design Creative Ops

Auggie is a brilliant mind and great guy. In 2016, Auggie placed 5th world-wide in the Dyson Rethinkers Challenge. Then in 2018, Auggie won the Red Bull Mind Gamers Quantum Challenge. In 2019, his team placed 10th in the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship. He's designed multiple rooms, including one in a hotel at the world championship for the competitors to play, that the hotel didn't even know about, haha! He also had a hand in the SYGNYL podcast that I talked about on Ep.17!  Check him out on social media @okapikid, and get in touch with him. He also has a website with a game built into it…www.okapikid.com. . . . If you like the show, BUY ME A COFFEE! Thanks to Jeff M. for the cup this morning!!!!! . . . CHECK OUT OUR SPONSORS: Irie Kitchen: http://www.irie.kitchen River Town Adventures: http://www.rivertownadventures.com Baby Farm Soaps: only at @BabyFarmSoaps on Facebook Hey Guys Media Group: http://www.heyguysmediagroup.com If you want more, go to: http://www.creativeops.podbean.com http://www.christophertallon.com I'm @christopher_tallon on IG @TallonWrites everywhere else I'm on Litsy and Goodreads, too

2.

Creative Ops | Ep.25 | Jonathan Wayne Freeman – Professionally Silly on Instagram Creative Ops

Jonathan Wayne Freeman is a funny funny man. He didn't find his niche until he was in his late 30s, but now he's posting funny stuff on IG daily, and getting paid to endorse cool stuff. He's an inspiration and always good for a giggle. Go check out @jonathanwaynefreeman on Instagram and peruse the JWF online shop. ——————————————————– Go to http://www.christophertallon.com if you don't have anything better to do right now. ——————————————————–   Friends of Creative Ops: River Town Adventures, Baby Farm Soaps, Six Coast Soil, Fresh Coast Seed Co. Buy me (Christopher Tallon) a coffee!  

1.

Creative Ops | Ep.17 | Jeff Hull of Nonchalance – Participatory Arts & Situational Design Creative Ops

Jeff Hull joined me, via the magic of the internet, to discuss literature, culture, Nonchalance, and his latest project–a revolutionary podcast–SYGNYL. Listen as we discuss past and present projects, how how created and implemented them, and how the lines between art and reality can blur to create something unintended, both in our art and, as we've seen recently, in our culture. That blurring, as Jeff puts it, "can lead us to chaos or meaning." Join us and try to find the meaning in the chaos. If we can't find it, we'll make our own. -CT . . . LINKS: GUEST Nonchalance: website | IG | Twitter | Tumblr SYGNYL: website | IG | Twitter | FB | YouTube SHOW Christopher Tallon: website | IG | FB | Twitter | Goodreads | Litsy | Buy Me a Coffee Sponsors: Hey Guys Media Group | River Town Adventures | Baby Farm Soaps

Have you listened to any of these?

There are some that are just too new to be in the running, so check out the most recent episodes, too. They have the best production, and will probably move up on that list over time…

Creative Ops | Ep.46 | Marcel ”Fable” Price – Creatively Affecting Change Creative Ops

Fable the Poet (aka Marcel Price) became the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI in 2017. At the time, he was GR's first black PL. He was the first PL to not graduate from college. On top of that he was also the youngest PL in city history. Now he works with The Diatribe, mainly focusing on improving the south side and educating people about GENTRIFICATION and REDLINING. Check out The 49507 Project. Marcel Price / Fable the Poet: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter The Diatribe: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, SUPPORT!

Thanks for stopping by. Check out http://www.christophertallon.com for more, and follow me on social media with the links under the handsome bearded guy.

-CT

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Cannabis & Creativity

Cannabis makes you more creative(?)

Hello. If you’ve ever listened to my podcast you may have heard a guest or two talk about how good the weed we smoked before we sat down was. (I don’t smoke with all the guests, but when I do–it’s some fantastic s**t.) Click on the show’s logo to get a list of all the people I’ve spoken (and potentially smoke…-en…) with.

Available everywhere podcasts are available!

Anyway, here’s a post for any of you folks out there wondering…

Cannabis Makes You More Creative…Right?

Being that I like cannabis and also host a podcast centered around creativity and creative people, I thought this a topic worth investigating. Not only do I think it could be an interesting read (you’re welcome) but I thought it might help me figure out…I dunno…if I’m using it the right way to max out my creative potential in the time that I have most days. So this is for you users and non-users alike. But more than that, it’s for me.

Ha.

So I got into some scholarly stuff–no “pro-weed websites”– to help me address one thing:

  • Does cannabis make you more creative?
    • Why or why not?

I chose to put this study first because it’s important to know that “cannabis with low potency does not have any impact on creativity, while highly potent cannabis actually impairs divergent thinking.” It suggests that even convergent thinking is negatively affected by cannabis. So maybe being high in-and-of-itself isn’t the prime time to try to be creatively productive. So that helps me with the is there an amount one should use? You can use a low dose, but that wouldn’t appear to impact creativity. So…

Convergent Thinking: thinking that occurs when

the solution to a problem can be deduced by

applying established rules and logical reasoning.

Google

I should mention that the study does acknowledge that “chronic [sic] users” (which they mean chronic users of chronic, hehe) aren’t affected as much as irregular/non-users. So if you’re gonna smoke, do it like they prescribe in the song?

“Smoke weed every day.”

Nate Dogg at the end of “The Next Episode”

So then…is using cannabis at all worthwhile as a creative tool? I kept searching and came upon another interesting study, focused on users vs non-users, measuring the creativity of both in sober states. The findings seem to indicate that cannabis users were more creative in sober states than non-users. But this was ultimately attributed to cannabis users being more open to new experiences than non-users, rather than something the cannabis magically produces by itself.

I actually talked about this a little with Chanel Ali (best comedian of 2020 (NPR)), and she said that cannabis helps her be open to things a lot of people would say no to, which ultimately gives her material. So she isn’t funny onstage because she’s high–she’s funny because of her high experiences that she recaptured and worked on in a sober state. (Check her out on Episode 29 of Creative Ops.)

Creative Ops | Ep.29 | Chanel Ali – Comedian with the Best Comedy Album of 2020 (NPR) Creative Ops

Chanel Ali is a standup comedian, writer, and actress living in NY. Chanel was honored as a “New Face” at the 2019 Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and she can be seen on the Starz series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks on TruTV. In 2020, Chanel appeared on the CC Stand-Up/Refinery 29 series Taking the Stage and Speak Up. Chanel was also featured on the dais of the Friar’s Club’s Roast of Gloria Allred, where she is also a member, and she recently wrote for the @NetflixisaJoke social media accounts. Chanel released her debut comedy album CHANEL NO. 1 on 800lb Gorilla Records in June 2020, which NPR named "the best comedy album of 2020". Twitter: @chanel__ali Instagram: @chanelali Christopher Tallon is a fiction writer, professional blogger, and hosts this show–Creative Ops. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Litsy, and Goodreads. If you want to show support, you do so at buy me a coffee (.com). Friends of the Show! Hey Guys Media Group – Podcast production services for anyone ranging from tech geek to noob. River Town Adventures – Award winning outdoor recreation in the Lansing, MI area. Baby Farm Soaps – The best soaps, bath, and hygiene products out there. Fresh Coast Seed Co. – Award winning cannabis. Possibly the best in the solar system.

Yet another study of creativity in cannabis users vs non-users (maybe my favorite of them all) focused on coming up with new business ideas. This study found that cannabis users had more original ideas, though they were less feasible. Non-users thought more logically but struggled to come up with anything truly original.

There was one other thing this last study took into account: interest and experience in entrepreneurship. It says that the originality of the ideas was linked to how much interest/experience in entrepreneurial stuff people had. So folks who were already geeked about business got a little more outside the box with stuff they were passionate about. As a fiction writer, not feasible isn’t really a concern. So depending on what the real world implications are, it may or may not assist your work directly. Not in the moment of the high, anyway.

So what does all this mean to me?

It means that people who use cannabis are more open-minded. Literally. And that open-mindedness transcends the experience of being high, stoned, lifted, baked, fried, or whatever you call it. Whether it’s new experiences or a slightly different POV on things, it might help you think outside the box. The late great George Carlin, said that he liked to write sober and “punch it up” after taking just a few hits of a joint.

In the end, cannabis is good for creativity. Maybe don’t do all your creative work high, though. Some athletes, painters, musicians, chefs, you-name-it swear by the stuff. Others don’t touch it. Perhaps balance is the key…

And just like that, all the stoners’ minds were collectively blown. (Everyone else was like, Meh…)

See ya next time, squares and stoners!

-CT

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Self-Publishing: A Beginner‘s Guide w/ Joshua Marsella

Creative Ops | Ep.45 | A Beginner‘s Guide to Self-Publishing w/ Joshua Marsella Creative Ops

Hey folks! My writing buddies who are farther along in their careers are helping me out with some publishing DOs and DON'Ts. As I get good advice, I'll share it. Here's bits of a phone conversation I had with the amazing Joshua Marsella. So listen up if you're thinking of self-publishing, or if you're curious what goes into it. Follow Joshua Marsella on social media @JoshuaMarsella on Twitter, @joshua_marsella on instagram, and buy his books on his Amazon page! Thanks everyone. Happy Thanksgiving! (Even to the Canadians!)

I did another one with Joshua Marsella. This one was shorter and more focused on the HOW-TOs of self-publishing. Here’s the notes:


Hey folks!

My writing buddies who are farther along in their careers are helping me out with some publishing DOs and DON’Ts. As I get good advice, I’ll share it. Here’s bits of a phone conversation I had with the amazing Joshua Marsella. So listen up if you’re thinking of self-publishing, or if you’re curious what goes into it.

Follow Joshua Marsella on social media @JoshuaMarsella on Twitter, @joshua_marsella on instagram, and buy his books on his Amazon page!

Thanks everyone. Happy Thanksgiving! (Even to the Canadians!)


For his long interview:

Creative Ops | Ep.38 | Joshua Marsella – Author of ”Scratches” and ”Severed” Creative Ops

Joshua Marsella is an Army veteran turned stay-at-home dad and horror author. His books "Scratches" and "Severed" are making a lot of noise on the indie horror scene. We talk about his military experience, struggles and triumphs with mental health, and OF COURSE his creative process as a writer. Books, films, adaptations, Stephen frigging King, military stories, dad stories, being a creative writer, and lots more. Such a nice guy. I hope you enjoy the interview and decide to check out one and/or all of his books. Lastly, be on the lookout for his collection HUNGER FOR DEATH when it becomes available on Halloween 2021 (mwah-ha-ha!). . . . SOCIAL LINKS Joshua Marsella on: Instagram Twitter Amazon Links  

Thanks for stopping by!

-CT

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