Our Kid’s Asleep Podcast #62 – LuLaRich Doc, HBOs The White Lotus, Generation Wealth Documentary

Once the kid’s asleep, Jaime and Maddie sit down to podcast over a glass of wine to tink their glasses to three things: Movies, TV, and/or pop culture nonsense. It’s a mixed bag and we love it. This is Our Kid’s Asleep Podcast!

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Hi friends, here we go:

Thanks for stopping by!
Hey, want to support the show? We got SWAG like a bunch of sellouts!
More designs coming soon! If you want to help the show, we’d appreciate a review and don’t forget to share with your friends!!

Air your grievances at ourkidsasleep@gmail.com

Much love,

J&M

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The Writing Record Podcast 9.17.21 – RIP Norm, 3 links to inspire you, and quantum tunneling on my mind

The Writing Record is about unpacking the creative process, gathering inspiration from around the web, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from! Produced by J. Alejandro.

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Hi there,
Here’s a few things on my mind and some links to get the creative brain jumpstarted:

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Hope you find some time this weekend to make some art. I will try to do the same.
Much love,
j

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Poetry, Fiction, and performing your own work with Daniel Damiano – Arts Calling Podcast Ep. 5

Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.

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Hi friends,

Today I’m arts calling my friend Daniel Damiano to discuss the many facets of his creativity! He is an actor/writer/inspiring human being and I’m thrilled to have him on the show. Let’s learn from his insights today!

Daniel Damiano is an Award-winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Poet and Novelist based in Brooklyn, NY. His plays have been performed throughout many areas of the U.S., as well as London, England and Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. His acclaimed play DAY OF THE DOG premiered with St. Louis Actors’ Studio in 2013 and subsequently transferred to 59E59 in NYC in 2014. It was a 2013 St. Louis Critics Choice Best Play Nominee, and was published by Broadway Play Publishing in 2018. Other more recent productions of his work include HARMONY PARK (“4 Stars” – Detroit Free Press, with Detroit Repertory Theatre), THE LEPERS (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC) and his acclaimed solo play AMERICAN TRANQUILITY (which has been lauded in both NYC and Washington DC). His new play THE WILD BOAR was a 2019 Finalist for both the Woodward/Newman Award and the Janet & Bruce Bunch Award. He was a 2013 Nominee for the Pushcart Poetry Prize and a Finalist for the 2012 Arts & Letters Prize for Drama. He recently completed his first novel, THE WOMAN IN THE SUN HAT, in addition to 104 DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC, a book of poetry. His poetry has been published in Crooked Teeth Literary Magazine, Newtown Literary Journal, New Voices Anthology, Cloudbank and HotMetal Press.
His poetry release, 104 Days of the Pandemic, now available on Amazon!
Also check out Daniel’s novel, released this summer, The Woman in the Sun Hat!
Please visit www.danieldamiano.com for more information.

Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show, review and share the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and other stuff too! Make art. Much love,

j

If you make art to better your community or if you believe art heals, I’d love to talk to you! Contact me at https://cruzfolio.com/

I made my own weekly planner from scratch.

I refined my weekly planner from scratch again, as I search for an organized approach to life, art, and not being garbage.

No need to write a whole paragraph on this once again but I think I got it this time, so here we go: I struggle with organization. In the last two years, I have bounced from planners, and bullet journaling, as well as checklists. I can’t overstate this enough: I only have successful weeks when I follow a system. Most of the time I use one weekly checklist for everything or schedule tasks on a planner based on areas of my life. Regardless of how I do it that week, I see clear success and more completed work on those specific weeks. The contrast between successful weeks and passive shit weeks is stark and depressing. Experiencing these differences week to week is such a wake-up call, and it led me to discover the most important day of the week for me is Sunday. If I can’t bring myself to spend two hours on Sunday evening to plan my week, I may as well turn the railroad switch of my productivity train straight to a hellmouth.

Obviously, as you can see in the ‘Momentum’ section, working out is my passion. That is a lie. But it’s nice to see a reminder of some practical things. I literally just needed the planner to remind me to get off my ass. Sad, but necessary. The ‘daily approach’ section allows me to think about my day in sections and it becomes less daunting. I have to compartmentalize the day or it just gets out of hand and I become a moonfaced deer prancing around my problems instead of actually doing anything.

Last week went well. Wasn’t perfect, wasn’t crap. Just okay in terms of executing on desired goals. I was fortunate to have a four day weekend (thank you unions), which allowed me to take some time last night and try to crack what I need to be more effective. So I went to work:

  • I am planning on paper. Regular old college ruled loose leaf paper. My phone doesn’t help me organize. I now accept that I need to see my life on paper, and my obsession with the physical act of writing, allows me to focus my short attention span on what’s in front of me, rather than the whole of the human experience online. Distraction feels good to me, so I have to minimize distraction when I am planning my week. It also makes me feel like crap to see everyone have their shit figured out except me (I dunno about you, but that is the impression social media gives me). The best way for me to do it is to put the phone away when I plot some of my life out.
  • Begin with morning pages to clear the brain. Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages is synonymous with productivity and self-development. Brain Koppelman had an outstanding interview with Julia Cameron that finally sold me on trying the practice regularly this summer. From writing a few stream of consciousness pages at the beginning of the day, you foster a facility with your own creativity. This allows you to clear your mind and expel the things that are blocking not just your writing, but your state of mind as a whole. I’m hoping I can continue to write 3-5 pages if I can get up early (and weeping Jesus on the cross, that is the hardest part of this whole thing. I struggle greatly with that alarm clock).
  • I know what’s important to me, so I have designed my own weekly planner. At this time, after trying an endless number of planner variations, I have reached the conclusion I need to make my own. And I did! I love planners and stationery. I have tried a variety of journal tools over the last few years, and so I’m borrowing pieces that I like to fashion my own templates. I find I am fond of a weekly spread, but I have made adjustments to include a weekly checklist alongside the days of the week, so that I can incorporate new things that come up, or tasks that haven’t yet been assigned to a day. One of my favorite things to include, are two boxes at the bottom to jot down what worked, and what needs improvement. This will prompt me to assess before moving on to the next week.
  • Drafted a Custom Monthly Sheet. This sheet includes bills/expenses section to monitor regularly, a monthly creative project section, assessment section (what works/needs improvement), and notes to write down family goals for the month and family oriented goals. I also printed a  monthly calendar as well so I can visualize the month from a bird’s eye view. This sounds like I’m going overboard, but I need this degree of prompting and cataloguing to remember where my proverbial trail is, so I don’t get turned around in the forest of my absentmindedness.
  • Maintain a Future Log. I really love this aspect of bullet journaling and other forms of long term planning. It’s not something I knew about growing up. Coming from a working class family, I find that I have a tendency to live in the now, solve today’s problems, but keep a head down to disregard tomorrow. It’s tough for a lot of us to look forward, and start thinking about what kind of life we want. The only way to change today is to figure out where we want to go. So this will help me in the long-term aspect of things.
  • 3 Ring Binder is the only way. For me, it makes sense to go back to using loose leaf paper. I grew up buying ruled paper in bulk and having the flexibility to take my notes with me without lugging around the binder is essential to me. So moving forward, my three ring binder is the archive, but the stuff I need for the month is in a more portable padfolio.
  • Tagging each task with a custom system. I designed a few planners last year when I was tinkering with low-content publishing, and found that I needed a tagging system to keep track of the various parts of my life. And all of the tasks in my weekly spread will have this shorthand alongside it. Why? Because we need to remind ourselves of the why. If what you’re doing doesn’t align with your values or who you are, why would you want to keep doing that? I need help remembering that too. The pivotal areas of my life, in my thinking, are as follows:
    • Build the Self. Personal Development/The Calling
    • Care for Love. Family and Strengthening our Quality of Life.
    • 🡅 Maintain a Home. The practical aspects of running a home and preparing the future (bills, chores, home maintenance, figuring out how to save for retirement).
    • Work to Serve. To nourish our support systems of friends and extended family, and serving others through my job and my creative calling.

The various pieces listed in this rant have made a tremendous difference in my life at one point or another. Now that I have fashioned my own templates and made a FRANKENPLANNER™ (this product was in no way inspired by or named after Al Franken, though I can’t stop thinking about calling my planner AL FRANKENPLANNER™). I’m looking forward to this challenge of eliminating all excuses. I’ll check back in a month to let you know how this is going!

Much love,

j

The Writing Record Podcast 9.10.21 – What The Matrix taught me about writing, links to inspire you, and Matrix Resurrections trailer

The Writing Record is about unpacking the creative process, gathering inspiration from around the web, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from! Produced by J. Alejandro.

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Hi there,

Here’s a few things that jumpstarted my creativity this week:

*Quick Correction: I said William Goldman when I meant William GIBSON as the author of the massively influential Neuromancer. I am tired and I don’t edit this podcast because I am working on my public speaking. Sorry about that folks.

Make art. Much love,

j

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Much love,

j

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Inspired stage adaptations and writing wisdom with playwright Alvaro Saar Rios – Arts Calling Podcast Ep. 4

Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.

Arts Calling now streaming on Apple, Spotify, and wherever else you listen to podcasts, links to subscribe are here!

Hi there,

This is Jaime Alejandro and today I am arts calling playwright Alvaro Saar Rios to talk about his origin story, creative process, and so much more!!

Alvaro Saar Rios is a Texican playwright living in Chicago. His plays have been performed in New York City, Mexico City, Hawaii, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. He has received playwriting commissions from various organizations, including the Kennedy Center, Chicago Children’s Theatre, First Stage, Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Houston Community College, Zoological Society of Milwaukee and The Rose Theater. Rios’ award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing. Other plays include On the Wings of a Mariposa, The History of Mexicans in 10 Minutes, The Day the Music Came Back and Carmela Full of Wishes. He holds an M.F.A. in writing for the stage and screen from Northwestern University. Rios is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and playwright-in-residence at Milwaukee’s First Stage. He is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Alvaro is currently adapting Matt de la Peña’s bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes for the stage. It will premiere in Omaha, Nebraska in January 2022 and in Chicago in April 2022. Visit www.alvarosaarrios.com for more information. Follow him on Twitter @realCrazyMex!

Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show, review and share the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and other stuff too! Make art. Much love,

j

If you make art to better your community or have been healed by art, I’d love to talk to you! Contact me at https://cruzfolio.com/

The Writing Record Podcast 9.3.21 – Rest in peace, merv.

The Writing Record is a place to unpack the creative process, sharing links of inspiration from the web, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from. And some content links to get your started! Produced by J. Alejandro.

Hi there,
Yesterday, when I found out about it, was the one year anniversary of Mervyn McManus’ death. He was a musician I found on myspace long ago. I wanted to share a few words and celebrate the work of someone I never met in person, but whose music made a difference in my life.

Here’s what I could find on Merv:

https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/MervMcmanus/
http://indiemusicpeople.com/songs.aspx?SongID=52587&ArtistID=84269

Much love,
j

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Creative Drive Podcast #63 – Power Outage Musing Number One (and Zero) | A poem by Jaime Alejandro

Creative Drive is an international podcast featuring poetry and short fiction from all walks of life. Submit your work today!

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Hey friends,

Creative Drive is back in action! I wanted to share some music and poetry experiments I have been working on recently. This is the first of a few more to come, and I hope I can keep sharing original work every now and then on the podcast. This is a reading of a poem with original music, from my debut poetry collection, “Flame to the Watering Hole.” I wrote that poem when I worked at the cemetery. Check it out if you can, I would greatly appreciate it:

https://www.amazon.com/Flame-Watering-Hole-Poetry-Collection-ebook/dp/B08PQCMK9H

Looking forward to reading your work, send your rejected works today! Make art. Much love,

j

Produced by J. Alejandro

Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets and writers from all walks of life. If you have a sec, please SUBSCRIBE AND REVIEW this labor of love, and don’t forget to tell your writer friends! For more information, visit https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-podcast/

Our Kid’s Asleep Podcast #61 – Visiting Maine, Thoughts on Afghanistan, Woodstock ’99 Documentary

Once the kid’s asleep, Jaime and Maddie sit down to podcast over a glass of wine to tink their glasses to three things: Movies, TV, and/or pop culture nonsense. It’s a mixed bag and we love it. This is Our Kid’s Asleep Podcast!

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Hi friends,
Summer is ending, but not to worry, we’re still tinking our wine glasses so bring your drinks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hey, want to support the show? We got SWAG like a bunch of sellouts! More designs coming soon! If you want to help other ways, review and share this recorded program! …And yes, our eight year old son created our theme music on Bandlab and we love it.

Air your grievances at ourkidsasleep@gmail.com

Much love,

J&M

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The Writing Record Podcast 8.27.21 – 3 links to inspire you, choosing to do nothing, and that time I reached for religion the other day

The Writing Record is a place to unpack the creative process, sharing links of inspiration from the web, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from. And some content links to get your started! Produced by J. Alejandro.

Hi friends,
Here we go!
Let’s talk about the following 3 links, because they inspired me plenty.

Also, I want to talk to you about making the very difficult choice to do nothing. Also also, I would like to talk to you about a particular moment I had recently that made me reach for religion, and has me thinking about the spirituality of my work. I thought art was my religion, is that enough?
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Lots of stuff happening, come and see us at cruzfolio.com for more podcasts and other stuff too!
Much love,
j

Hope this helps, make art, much love!

j

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