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When I be my best self

tcr! · Aug 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

diaries for July 2018 spread

I’ve been working on my magazine pretty much since I got up, trying to get the July issue all done and off to the printer. Sometimes the pages and layouts just spill onto my screen effortlessly. It’ll sound kinda corny but when I do my best creative work it feels like the cosmos is directing me. That whatever I’m doing just comes out all on it’s own.

Same goes with writing or whatever, too. They’re not my words, they come from somewhere else. It’s like being funny. Everybody knows that we’re not funny when we’re trying to be.

So if I force shit, it just never works. I end up frustrated and hating it. I need to let go and let the cosmic river take me where it sees fit.

Anyways, I’d earmarked today to get this latest issue finished. I was plenty social yesterday and Maggie’s with her mom and I got nothing else going on. I just wanted to be alone and channel my expressive side. Plus, I needed to make things a priority now and then or I won’t get them done. And I had early 80s music on and everything. The B-52s.

But the last 4-5 pages weren’t coming together. I was pushing crap around, rearranging content, deleting shit. Forcing my artistic hand and nothing was working.

And then a thought came to me that wasn’t my own. Because I’m selfish and my best ideas are never mine.

I messaged Sara:

I don’t know if Hope is still with you or what your plans are until this evening, but if you wanted to hangout for an hour or two or whatever my magazine stuff can always wait.

We set up plans for a couple of hours later and then, because I got out of me and what I wanted, put someone else before all that, the stars aligned and everything fell into place. Those last pages of the magazine came together with little effort and little time. The universe spirit moved my hands to paint for me.

Okay, that was definitely corny but it’s true. When I be my best self, the best things happen to me. My magazine is more or less done and I get to see a beautiful girl.

And then Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran came on and life was complete.

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Sadie · Aug 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Beautifully written. Love the honesty. ❤️

tcr! tcr! · Aug 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Thank you!!

Sadie · Aug 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm

You’re welcome :)

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Momma J Momma J · Aug 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Sometimes just need to take a little pressure off the creativity part of us which of course is what you did. You might consider dropping in your magazine from monthly to bi-monthly?

tcr! tcr! · Aug 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm

I’ve thought about it but months are easy to keep track of 😊

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rnsara2003 rnsara2003 · Aug 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm

No, we ate tacos and THEN life was complete. 💃

Momma J Momma J · Aug 5, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Love it!

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diaries for May 2018 - in the wild

tcr! · Jun 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm

diaries for May 2018 - in the wild

Spotted at Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston, Illinois.

Because I’d just left it there. 😉

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diaries for May 2018 - now shipping!

tcr! · Jun 14, 2018 at 7:49 am

diaries for May 2018

I decided not to continue with the book format and went back to the magazine style. The former just cost way too much and my plans for Amazon domination didn’t pan out. I had intended to sell it on their website but it turned into such a headache with their print/bleed/gutter guidelines demands that I simply gave up. I print how I want.

Whatever though, it’s still packed with 64 pages of diary goodness, including the 2016 Flashback dream I had about Styx guitarist, Tommy Shaw. 😊

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diaries for April 2018 - now shipping!

tcr! · May 16, 2018 at 10:34 am

diaries for April 2018

This month I’m featuring dessert.

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Momma J Momma J · Jun 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm

Desserts are my favorite food except for lasagna

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diaries for March 2018 - now shipping!

tcr! · Apr 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm

diaries for March 2018

They’re so pretty I almost don’t want to part with them 💙

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diaries for February 2018 - now shipping!

tcr! · Mar 21, 2018 at 6:16 pm

diaries for February 2018

I almost forgot to post this. I never do that. 😊

This issue has the new soft-cover book format. It’s more rugged and can be easily toted into the jungles of Africa on your next quest.

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Feb 2018 diaries spread

tcr! · Feb 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Feb 2018 diaries spread

It took me 2+ hours to lay these two pages out for the upcoming issue.

Thank god for Sunday afternoon coffee and Parov Stelar’s electric swing.

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PechaKucha at Fermilab (part 2)

tcr! · Feb 15, 2018 at 8:26 pm

tcr diaries with the other promotionals

I always leave behind the tcr! diaries at social events. The Jan 2018 issue fit right in with Fermilab’s other promotionals. Maybe they’ll ask me to come do a reading. 🤔


Poinsettia in the door way

And then Maggie always leaves a poinsettia in the email center doorway.


Maggie climbing Fermilab's Wilson Hall

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diaries for January 2018 - now shipping!

tcr! · Feb 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

diaries for January 2018

My diaries never last long. The Jan issue is about half gone. Your path is clear. 😉

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diaries for December 2017 - now shipping!

tcr! · Jan 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

diaries for December 2017   now shipping

Shown here is the tcr! shipping distribution hub of Illinois. Yep, I’m pretty low-tech here. December issue is going out to subscribers tonight along with some single issues from last month.

The current issue is by far my best work. It took me almost a year to find a groove with the designs and layouts but the photos are stellar and the writing superb. Of course.

If you send me your address, I may send you a free copy in the mail. Maybe. I don’t like commitments so keep that in mind.

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