A podcast about Practices, Systems, and Rituals for a Creative Life, hosted by Cody Cook-Parrott.New episodes weekly on Wednesdays. Learn more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
Cultivating Creative Seasons with Jacqueline Suskin
This week on Common Shapes podcast, I’m deep in conversation with poet, teacher, and my dear friend, Jacqueline Suskin.
Jacqueline is a poet and educator who has been teaching workshops, writing books, hosting retreats and creating spontaneous poetry around the world since 2009. She’s published eight books, and her most recent one, A Year In Practice, was just released with Sounds True press.
Together we talk about seasonal practices, radically reconnecting with the Earth, Fern Gully, writing multiple books, having multiple calendars, and choosing to remember.
Tune in to learn about—
The radical nature of connecting to the Earth’s cyclesHow to tap into seasonal rhythmsJacqueline’s daily & weekly planning practicesWhat’s our work & what’s not our workHow to hold nuance in your writing
Visit Jacqueline’s websiteOrder Jacqueline’s new book, A Year in PracticeSubscribe to Jacqueline’s Substack newsletterGet the Creative Ideation PortalSign up for my weekly newsletter, Monday MondayFind all these links & more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
How to Tell the Truth with Fariha Róisín
This week on Common Shapes podcast, I’m joined by my dear friend Fariha Róisín for a conversation at the intersections of writing, politics, care, and liberation.
Fariha is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Sydney, Australia. As a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, she is interested in the margins, liminality, otherness, and the mercurial nature of being. She’s the author of five books and writes the Substack newsletter, How to Cure a Ghost.
In this episode, Fariha shares her experience telling the truth amidst propaganda and channeling righteous rage into writing. She explains how she approaches writing about Palestine during the genocide in Gaza and how she embeds the depth of her feelings and beliefs in her work.
Tune in to hear about—
Feeling the responsibility to speak outFariha’s process for working on two books at oncePouring your feelings into your writingDemystifying spiritual practiceThe importance of surrenderWhere the personal meets the politicalHow Fariha writes her weekly newsletter
Visit Fariha’s websiteOrder Survival Takes a Wild ImaginationSubscribe to Fariha’s Substack newsletterFollow Fariha on InstagramMentioned in the episode: James Baldwin, Mother Country RadicalsGet the Creative Ideation PortalSign up for my weekly newsletter, Monday MondayFind all these links & more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
The Importance of the Personal Essay
I’ve been writing personal essays for over a decade, and I believe that my personal essay practice allowed me to leave social media.
So in today’s episode, I share how I blend the personal, the poetic, and the political in my writing. And I unpack how that supports me in speaking up and sharing my work without shying away from what’s happening in the world.
I hope this episode inspires you to share your writing with the people. Tune in to learn about—
The importance of your life storyHow to share your political valuesFacing fear when we don’t know what to sayBeing willing to get it wrongWhy you should choose a container for your writingHow personal essays can help you leave social media
Get the Creative Ideation PortalSign up for my weekly newsletter, Monday MondaySign up for Writing the Personal, Dec 3 -17Mentioned in the episode — Body Work by Melissa Febos, 69herbs, Sister Spinster, Lukaza’s Substack, Fariha’s Substack, Friendship Village book, Bear Hebert, Off the Grid podcast, Ayana Zaire Cotton SubstackFind all these links & more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
Leaving Instagram or Exiting the Portal of the Validation Loop
Welcome to season two of Common Shapes! Since last season, I took a big step in my life and logged out of Instagram for good.
So in this episode, I’m going to share why I left and how I did it. Not from a place of knowing-it-all, but by asking the question, “what does it actually mean to be done with social media?”
I hope this episode inspires you to take supportive steps that are right for you. Tune in to learn about—
What it’s like to leave InstagramThe portal of the validation loopA big business success moment since leavingIs Substack social media?Weaving the personal, poetic & political
Get the Creative Ideation PortalSign up for my weekly newsletter, Monday MondaySign up for my Skillshare class, Success on SubstackListen to Off the Grid podcast — especially the 5-step Plan to Leave Social Media & this conversation with Melissa WordFind all these links & more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
Embracing Your Everchanging Job Description
Making this podcast brought me into a business ecosystem crisis. Very little of my output changed, but my inner understanding of my work needed to shift.
So in today’s episode, I’m sharing how my job description has changed since I launched this show. And I’m exploring how shifting your job description can transform your relationship to your work.
Tune in to learn about—
How to discover what you’re devoted toWhat are the themes of your jobWhat is not your jobHow to write your job descriptionAligning your job with your values & interestsWhat’s next for Common Shapes podcast
Get my mini-workshop Your Everchanging JobBook a Creative Advising SessionsGet the Creative Ideation PortalSign up for my weekly newsletter, Monday MondayFind all these links & more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
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Creating Your Offer Ecosystem
Your offer ecosystem is how your creative offerings branch out of your artistry, fit together in the world, increase your income, and expand your reach.
In this episode, I share how I’ve crafted my offer ecosystem over the past decade, and I tell you the stories of how a few of my offers have evolved and even ended.
Tune in to learn about—
What an offer ecosystem isMy favorite ways to get ideas for your offer ecosystemHow to choose a container for an offerWhy one-on-one work can be a great place to startCharging for your offerings
Learn more about Teaching As A PracticeGet the Creative Ideation PortalSign up for my weekly newsletter, Monday MondayFind all these links & more at codycookparrott.com/commonshapes
Marlee makes it all so simple
I’m bursting with inspiration after listening to a few of Marlee’s episodes. They GET how to live a realistic creative life and show up as your authentic self, and they help you get there too, step by step. Thank you for your wisdom and for teaching me more about how to weave my values into how I show up online, and as an authentic artist.
Thank you mar + co for creating such a generative thinking and listening space in the podcast world! I feel a great sense of inspiration and clarity after each episode. So looking forward to more!
Common Shapes Is A Guiding Light
This podcast has felt like a such a powerful guiding light to me as a both an artist and human being. Since discovering this via sub-stack newsletter I’ve felt deeper clarity about the way I view my work as a writer, music practice, and the way my work can become not only sustenance for me but the world around us. Thank you for being so powerful, illuminating and deeply human. I am excited to start the creative ideation portal and to use the tools you’ve given as a way to connect more deeply to all of my creative pursuits.