HUBRIS 4 April 2021: Minimalism and Big Ideas

This is Hubris: 4 April 2021 Edition, the newsletter where I think I’ve written something worth reading. Today I want to talk about minimalism and big ideas. I also want provide some project updates!

Minimalism and Big Ideas

This week I made one big change to my life. I stopped working in after dinner. Now I have made the commitment to spend my evenings reading. No screens, no music, just a quiet room and a book in my hand. I’ve started a new category here on the site, Ideas, where I will be periodically posting quotes from whatever book I’m currently reading, along with my thoughts about it.

The books I’m reading have been sorted into two stacks. One I’m calling Minimalism, even if the authors and publishers don’t consider the books to be such. These books have ideas and concepts that are in alignment with simple living. It includes titles like Greg McKeown’s Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs, and Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule.

The other I’m simply calling Humanity, because it spans everything from behavioral science to analyses of popular culture. They’re all books about where we are as a society, how we got here, and where we’re likely headed. This stack includes things like Chris Hedges’ Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Charlie LeDuff’s Sh*tshow: The Country’s Collapsing… and the Ratings Are Great, and The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

Projects Projects Projects

Other than that, everything has been centered on the three big projects I have going on right now. All of them are actually buckets of related projects, rather than one distinct things. The distinctions center on the end goal of each project, so there are three large objectives that I’m trying to achieve. That’s the easiest way for me to explain it. Boiling it down to three projects, rather than a lot of little projects with dozens of moving parts, is the only way for me to keep things straight in my head. It’s a lot less overwhelming.

Project Mushroom Update

Partial Reveal: Project Mushroom has to do with Katie and I finding new studio space. We both need a better arrangement in order to grow our respective businesses. It’s far more complicated than that, and there are a lot of moving parts, but that’s the basic gist of things. As for why we need the space, that still needs to remain under wraps for a while. We don’t want to set expectations when fulfilling them is contingent upon getting the studio.

Project Acorn Update

Partial Reveal: Project Acorn is a major initiative for my lo-fi publishing company, Dancing Lights Press. By the end of this year, I want to take the business to the next level. What that means, exactly, is something I want to wait to reveal until all of my ducks are in a row. Too many things are tenuous at the moment, and I want certain aspects to be finalized before blurting out what’s going on.

This, of course, has contingencies related to new studio space. That will not only impact what our capabilities are, but the timeline for settling into that space will affect the timeline of this project as well. That’s why I can’t commit to any exact dates; we don’t know when we’re going to move, or how long it will take us to get set up again in the new space.

Project Beauty Update

Partial Reveal: Project Beauty has to do with this site. There are a few interrelated projects in the works, all of which spin off from here. All of them are related to minimalism. I wanted to do a soft rollout this week, with the limited capabilities of my current workspace, but I needed to focus on Project Mushroom.

Again, a lot of this hinges on the new studio space. It impacts how I’ll be able to implement aspects of this project, and getting set up in the new studio space will affect the timeline for rollout.

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