The Writing Record

The Writing Record

The Writing Record is a place to unpack the creative process, content links to jumpstart creativity, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from. Produced by J. Alejandro | Check out cruzfolio.com for more creativity podcasts and original content! I'd love to hear what you're working on: https://twitter.com/cruzfolio https://www.instagram.com/cruzfolio https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/ Much love, j

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November 19, 2021 3 min

Hi friends,

It pains me to do this. It pains me to let go of projects I enjoy doing so much, but oftentimes, life is a lot to accommodate and a decision had to be made. I'm cutting down on a few creative things to make sure I can deliver awesome episodes of Arts Calling and Creative Drive! I'll be sharing behind the scenes updates in another fashion, but for now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time t...

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Hi there,

Back on track! I've been thinking this month of not only spooky things, but how to be more actively in my local creative community. This is when the soapbox comes out, while I desperately watch the words out of my mouth slip down my chin like a river on its way to the delta of clarity.

Anyway, here's a few things to start writing about:

Turnip Jack-o'-Lanterns Are the Root of All Evil - Atlas Obscura

https://w...

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Just working on things. And processing. Much love.

j

cruzfolio.com/descheveler

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Hi there,

We made a film a while back. I think it's time I celebrate my friends' performances in this project. I am forever grateful they helped bring to life a culminating piece in my Idlewind stories.

That film project is called The Tumble, featuring characters from several of my stage plays, and I'll be re-releasing it this year with some corrections and sound updates.

I talk about some no budget lessons I learned du...

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Hi there,

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

  • The Matrix Resurrection trailer is here! A few thoughts about it as well as reminiscing about the original Matrix film, and how it informed the way I think about storytelling. Kickass!
  • *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 bec...

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    September 3, 2021 16 min

    Hi there,

    Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Mervyn McManus' death. I found out about it on the anniversary of his passing. 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.as...

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    Hi friends,

    Here we go!

    Let's talk about the following 3 links, because they inspired me plenty.

  • Teslabot announced.
  • Celebrating portraitist Hung Liu.
  • This poem by Kahlil Gibran
  • 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 tho...

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    Hi there, here's a rant for creatives!

    I talk about my love and hesitation to collaborate with technology.

    I wonder if the Storybot Writing Prompt App is any good, and I also talk about making poetry with Google Translate. During this, I discussed how I use the CLOSAT system (character, location, object, situation, action, theme) to catalog all of the ideas and details I gather from life and everything else. Also had a dream ab...

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    Hey everyone!

    Welcome to the new and improved Writing Record! I feel there is purpose in the air. Check it out!

    I'd like to share a lesson about not deleting your super important files. Unless you're looking to have an existential sense of atonement for that which is gone for good.

    Also, along with project updates and observations about craft, the new thing I'll be doing on this show is sharing content I have found onli...

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    July 31, 2021 14 min

    Hi there,

    I am pleased to announce Arts Calling is now available! A new 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. https://cruzfolio.com/arts-calling-podcast/

    I'm processing some of the changes this will cause in my podcasting output as well as the reason behind this podcast.

    Much love,

    j

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    Okay, here’s a long overdue Writing Record about where I’ve been the last month. My sincere apologies for the delays on the current projects. I hope you’re well and much love,

    j

    Visit us at cruzfolio.com for the latest writings and recordings by yours truly and my friends! Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame to the Watering Hole: A Poetry Collection eBook: Cruz, Jaime Alejandro: Kindle...

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    Hello there,

  • Today I'm talking to myself about my first #pitmad event on Twitter.
  • This leads me to wonder whether what publication means to me now.
  • And I was also reminded that the best way to connect with others is by being genuine and eager to serve in a positive way. All we can do is try to get ourselves out there to make connections with other creatives!
  • Much love and have a great weekend!

    j

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    Visit us at https://cruzfolio.c...

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    Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

    So here we are friends, I am relieved to be done with the week:

  • Schedule change threw me for a loop and it seems the post-Covid19 era has begun for me.
  • I got to interview my friend Trevor recently, and it is opening the floodgates of excitement to begin a new phase of podcasting with the interview format!
  • I'd like to share a few words of optimism for you. I suppose these words of optimism are for me as...
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    Hi there,

    I'm trying something new. Episode 1 of what may become a limited series in the next week or so. Today I have the pleasure of chatting with my pal Trevor Lutz about life, the cosmos, and how he approaches his craft as a writer.

    I may be wrapping up the Writing Record in favor of this. We shall see in the coming days.

    Much love,

    j

    https://cruzfolio.com/

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    Lunchbreak episode where I decided to experiment with Bandlab during a podcast session, to test out a feature on my Zoom L8. And so today you get a very weird podcast about:

  • Clubhouse, it finally made it to Android and I ramble about that.
  • Embracing the short form on the Creative Drive Podcast.
  • UFOs. Researching and looking into the Benny and Betty Hill abduction story, as well as a few thoughts about the movie Prometheus.
  • Literally j...
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    Hey there,

    I'd like to talk to you about a few things:

    -How this audio play is helping me discover my writing stasis. -Every day poetry is helping me get through busy days once again. -Maybe it's time to start planning for that epic one person show I am scared of creating.

    Much love,

    j

    Come and see what we're up to at https://cruzfolio.com/

    Support the podcast by purchasing my latest poetry collection! Amazon.com: Flame...

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    Hi there,

    I am working on an interactive audio drama, so I was thinking of spectacle this week. Specifically, I was thinking of how its tools can help us create works that are timely and thematically important, while providing a point of entry for a general audience. Does the magic and wonder help us tell difficult stories? I liked thinking out loud about this. More to come on spectacle intersecting with theme. A few bits of conten...

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    Hey friends,

    This week I've been haunted by Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness. It is a masterful documentary on the aftermath of the oil fields in Kuwait in flames after the conflict. I had to talk about it, so I'm going to do it here, and hope to learn a few things from this meditative and heartbreaking work, as I need to pack a lot of tone and hopefully mood into my latest work: a new interactive audio play.

    Check o...

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    Hi there, let's talk and reminisce from the heart:

  • Today I finished the draft of Erin's audio monologue!
  • Is it me, or do you have to eat a big bowl of cereal before finishing a draft?
  • Also, let's go down memory lane and how audio memories get me in the right mindset to make stuff.
  • And I think I started a musical project for my dad
  • What a weird, honest episode. I liked it. Hope you come along, my friends.

    Much love,

    j

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