When is your creative peak? A fascinating new study suggests that it can be calculated via the golden mean and is most likely to occur when you are two/thirds of the way into your total life span. I just turned 56 and feel I'm in my creative prime right now and since the equinox haven't missed a predawn morning working on my fantasy epic, Parallel Journeys, the largest creative project I've ever conceived. Recent steady progress contrasts mostly scattered experiments and forays into it since the early 80s, all of which are are now consigned to background notes or heavily revised. As of last week, both parents have made it into their 90s and both had creative peaks that began mid-fifties. That was my dad's age when he started painting again and did his best work. Mid-fifties my mom started getting up predawn to practice classical piano (the career she considered before choosing psychology) and by 68 she was good enough to play in Carnegie Recital Hall. Goethe, from what I remember entered his most creative zone when he as about 60. So, if like me, you are starting to realize that you've missed your window for the NBA draft, your creative prime may still be up ahead. http://www.salon.com/2013/11/26/when_do_great_artists_hit_peak_creativity_partner/
Zap Oracle I think two thirds of the way through is likely to be a golden zone where you've got in more than your 10,000 hours of practice but haven't aged enough to lose too much vitality and neurological resources.
2013/12/06 at 9:47 am
Why Black Friday Matters--- by Jonathan Zap
During this day that I now call Black Friday Eve, my thoughts and feelings turn with joyous exuberance to this day that has come to remind us of what this country is all about and what really brings us together. Although some still feel that the annual retail festival of 12/25 is even more holy, I have come to view that date as merely a reminder that the next Black Friday is only 338 days away. Although Black Friday is mostly a day of much euphoric opportunity, I feel that it is also a day to gather together with some of our most cherished possessions, and remember those less fortunate than us who have fallen and been trampled while trying to be among the first to reap the greatly discounted retail harvests that most of us will enjoy through the grace and generosity of this day, a day that unifies us as a people with a feeling of common purpose. That's why Black Friday matters.
Listen to this interesting panel discussion I was part of at Sonic Bloom 2013. The discussion occurred the morning after a tragic night in which a nineteen year old lost his life to a toxic combination of chemicals, the first fatality to haunt this wonderful and inspiring festival. The tragedy stirred us to talk about deeper things, though not all of us saw eye-to-eye...
Finally, I've found the steampunk son I never had. He's 240 years old, has six thousand parts and is arguably the first programmable computer. And he's a writer!
This image my friend Rob Brezsny just posted has a lot to do with what I've been working on, my fantasy epic, Parallel Journeys, which could easily take the next twenty years of my life to complete (if I'm lucky enough to be able to see that through). As I've mentioned before, the predawn hours are the magical zone for me, crucial for fantasy writing and recently I've been getting up---without an alarm---as early as 2:45am. I started the morning of the Equinox and every morning there has been content waiting for me. Most of it has been back story and the writing has been in the form of voluminous notes, but as of this week I've started the rewrite of book one. I'd love to get your feedback about chapter one which is just under 4,000 words. No flaw is too small to point out especially since the first few pages of a book are crucial for drawing readers in. You can post feedback here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Image: Cameron Gray, http://parablevisions.com/