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Welcome to hello human by me, tokyoterri.
I grew up in New York City, and I’ve been expat in Tokyo for decades.
Being Black American, a woman, a tool-loving techie, a life long learner, aa singer-songwriter, and a bunch of other things, I’m building a creative practice in the midst of working full time and living single.
I want to share my experience as an artist with you so that you can do, or not do, what I did, or didn’t.
So this weekly show (publishing on Tokyo Mondays), will have the books, essays, podcasts, courses, movies, people, places and things that help me to learn, to create and to publish.
If I did it wrong, I’ll tell you so you can avoid my mistakes.
If my action works, I’ll share that, too.
I hope I inspire you to move on up a little bit higher.
Thank you!
tokyoterri

hello human show Terri MacMillan

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Welcome to hello human by me, tokyoterri.
I grew up in New York City, and I’ve been expat in Tokyo for decades.
Being Black American, a woman, a tool-loving techie, a life long learner, aa singer-songwriter, and a bunch of other things, I’m building a creative practice in the midst of working full time and living single.
I want to share my experience as an artist with you so that you can do, or not do, what I did, or didn’t.
So this weekly show (publishing on Tokyo Mondays), will have the books, essays, podcasts, courses, movies, people, places and things that help me to learn, to create and to publish.
If I did it wrong, I’ll tell you so you can avoid my mistakes.
If my action works, I’ll share that, too.
I hope I inspire you to move on up a little bit higher.
Thank you!
tokyoterri

    ep02: Lauren Shannon on Creative Consistency and How to Have Some

    ep02: Lauren Shannon on Creative Consistency and How to Have Some

    hello human 02 - transcript


    [INTRO]


    welcome to hello human.


    I’m Terri also known as tokyoterri on social media.


    what is this podcast going to be about?


    I'm going to explore 3 questions about creativity:


    how does creativity fit into every day life?


    how to maintain creative consistency?


    and who and what are great creative inspirations?


    In some shows I’ll offer my own answer to these questions.
    In some shows, I'll interview creators I admire so we can all learn from them.


    [INTERVIEW]


    Terri: We're rolling. I am excited! You are the first interview on my podcast, hello human. Hello, ma'am!


    Lauren: Hello, how are you?


    Terri: This is Lauren Shannon, my best friend. And we talked about her actually in the context of the fact that she runs The Tokyo Writer's Salon. So if you listened to last week, which I hope you did, she is the person who masterminded that and so many other projects. How do you keep a list, which is actually what we're going to talk about... Tell us a little bit about you.


    Lauren: So I'm from the East coast in the U.S., not New York, like Terri, but just a little bit south of there. I'm from Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia, and I've been in Japan a really long time, really long time.


    And I've had a bunch of different lives. I was a teacher, I was a restaurant owner. I was many things, but most recently for the last six years or so, I've been in the tourism business in Japan. But I also love to write, I love to create, I love to work on projects. and I have always been that way. I can remember really early on doing lots of creative projects with my mom who was also a teacher. So yeah, I love a little bit of everything.


    Terri: This is fantastic because I suspect there may be a lot of folks who are listening to this who are creatives; I don't want to say wannabes, 'cause that sounds negative, but folks who have a lot of things that they want to do on the creative side and they may have trouble being consistent. So I'm going to go first through our first main three questions. And then let's talk a little bit about how you maintain consistency.


    Lauren:_ If_ I maintain consistency, sure. Let's go ahead and get started.


    Terri: So what are your creative inspirations? What inspires you?


    Lauren: So I love to be in the moment and absorb a lot of the things around me. So I choose to put myself in positions where I can read lots of stuff, see lots of stuff hear lots of stuff. And just really immerse myself in everything. And I think one of the ways that my brain works that is maybe, I won't say unusual, cause I'm sure there's lots of other people like this too, but, I like to see how things are connected.


    I think just instinctively, I'm always looking for connections between food and art and music and wine and tourism and different people, different jobs. And so what inspires me the most is like noticing the things around me and thinking about the way that things are connected. And then I turn that into: how can I share those connections with others, or how can I help other people and other projects connect with each other.


    Terri: Interesting. So it's the glue that holds disparate things together that excites you. You want to find out what that glue is and illuminate what that glue is.


    Lauren: Yeah. And maybe not even disparate things, but maybe, just what, I think that, those age-old sayings, like everything's connected.
    I think I really believe that. And I think a lot of the connections are invisible unless you go looking for them.
    So it's not even necessarily disparate things, but just surprising connections. I guess I'm more interested in that.


    I love that we have our motorcycle background tonight; just so everyone knows Terri and I are sitting on a deck looking over the ocean in the Chiba region of Japan.


    It's usually very quiet and we were all like, Oh, it's going to be so nice. We'll do the podcast. And there's going to be waves in the background, but now w

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    ep01: better late than never

    ep01: better late than never

    welcome to hello human.


    I’m Terri also known as tokyoterri on social media.


    what is this podcast going to be about?


    I'm going to explore 3 questions about creativity:


    how does creativity fit into every day life?


    how to maintain creative consistency?


    and who and are great creative inspirations?


    In some shows I’ll offer my own answer to these questions.
    In some shows, I'll interview creators I admire so we can all learn from them.


    Now, there are a ton of creative podcasts out there, and kudos to each and every one. The thing I think that sets this one apart is that there aren't that many Black American punk hippie scholar poet women in their 60's doing podcasts about creativity. Especially not native new yorkers who've lived in Tokyo for decades. So yeah, the USP in this project is me.


    In this second show, I'm going to introduce one of my favorite resources. It's my local writing group, The Tokyo Writer's Salon. it's the brainchild of my best friend, Lauren.
    She has been running it for years, through super thick and razor thin.
    I call it a key resource for three reasons:



    you get to read and listen to small stories based on quick prompts



    Lauren's one rule is: no apologies or prefaces: we're all on the same page, so just read your thing

    you get excellent, positive feedback: everyone chooses phrases they resonate with



    If you're looking for a writer's group or want to start one, these are great guidelines to consider, even with all the social distance we're doing these days.


    In this podcast, I'll read my tiny story from a recent Salon, based on the prompt:


    you stayed too long


    I know the bullets breaking the window were a sign, if not from god,
    then let's just say the universe. I was cowering in the corner of the needlessly opulent bedroom, in the devastation of the projects in my crazier cousins part of the South Bronx.


    I say cowering, but it was more like a u-shape, because I was trying to protect the infant child of my very sketchy then-boyfriend, who had just gotten out of prison for something heinous done in service of his day job, as warleader of the Black Spades.


    The baby wasn't mine.
    The bedroom wasn't mine.
    The bullets werentmeant for me, but they were probably meant for him or his associates.


    He was a project I took on, not to actually be bad, but to see bad and understand how to, I don't know, avoid it?


    I'm not sure - it was too long ago for me to remember my hormone + curiosity-fueled motivations.


    But the bullet situation was a bridge too far.


    Like many dopey teens, I just knew I was bulletproof, right up until that moment.
    I didn't want a baby ever, but I also didn't want this baby to get hurt.


    The incongruity of me, raised to be a magic child, stuck in this stupid situation, finally hit me.


    Now, my better senses had been tapping on my overloaded mind for a few months, especially after my first and only visit to the prison where he was held.


    All in all, I had overstayed my welcome in sampling this exciting, frightening, ridiculous world, and it was time to search for an adventure I could control.


    I want to thank the Tokyo Writer's Salon, and encourage you to join a group,
    even a small one one you can only meet with by video. I've found that the camaraderie and feedback gives my creativity a huge boost.


    I'm going to sign off with an easy way to get in touch with me and my creative projects: it's one link to rule them all: linktr.ee/tokyoterri


    that's linktr.ee/tokyoterri


    Till next week


    stay safe and make something!


    The Tokyo Writer's Salon
    https://www.meetup.com/writers-648/

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    ep00: hello human begins

    ep00: hello human begins

    welcome to hello human.


    I'm Terri, also known as tokyoterri. I'm a native New Yorker living in Japan for a very long time. I say that I've lived approximately a thousand lives; I raised and nurtured lives instead of children. And that's more than fine with me.


    Here are three early ones.
    One: Tiny child scaring my mother with my curiosity about the mangled mouse corpse on the gray patio of our tiny house. My cat Bingo probably did the deed.


    Two: Running away with Danny of the massive Afro living in a rider truck for three days till my common sense sent me drooping home to my distraught parents and my cool jazz uncle Leon.


    Three: Playing entirely inept group hooky refusing another drop of that celebrated wretchedly, nasty long Island ice tea. Then taking a bus to a verdant park, making out with Fausto the fascinating against a scratchy tree trunk.


    Now, church is woven in and out of these early lives. Earnest gray basement with that odor of wet cement and florid confessions; long heated discussions and daddy's study. I snuck down the rickety steps to eavesdrop.



    sometimes with his rabbi friends
    sometimes with neighborhood teens
    sometimes the family


    my daddy never told tales, but the stress led to him getting irritated and doing what we in the family called singing in soprano.


    I love them.
    I miss them.


    Crawdaddy evenings at my cousin's trailer with more kids and their stories, which aren't mine to tell.




    In hello human,  I'll share reports on my own creative projects, plus bonus interviews with just some of the people who inspire me. I hope we can inspire you to learn, create, and publish.


    Expect it to be published on Tokyo Mondays, which is Sundays in many places, and Tuesdays in others.


    Thank you.


    Enjoy.


    Stay well.




    Get in touch at: terri@hellohumanshow.com
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    I'm here to tell the truth and build bridges. See you on the next side.


    hello human
    Produced by: Terri
    Engineered by: Tom
    Music by: Terri

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