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Mad Art Cast: Staying Creative

A new podcast is up! This week’s episode is a continuation of the fascinating discussion about creativity we shared on last week’s episode.

We have an update on the pronunciation of Pluto’s moon Charon. Never fear, it still sounds like the female antagonist in a 1980s teen movie.

A shares some fantastic life lessons and advice from author Anne Lamott: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” This quickie also starts a heated debate among the co-hosts about whether or not dark chocolate is terrible, which is less a value judgment than a clear fact.

Then we get into the dark side of creativity. How do you get over doubts? How do you take constructive criticism? How many cat pictures does it take to cancel out a negative tweet? Does naming your negative voices really work? What do you do when you’re feeling burnt out or uncreative?

The episode closes with a quote read by Amy. Is it from an artist or a scientist? You’ll have to listen to find out!

new horizons space probe pulp comic style

The featured image is Brian George’s awesome pulp-sci-fi-inspired mural of the New Horizons probe.

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Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.

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