All-Day Breakfast - Medium
A quest for creative momentum; a daily reflection on our modern age and the human condition. Plus, you can order an omelette any time. #createmore.
What began as a commitment to create something daily, turned into quite the strange journal of photography, illustration, and self-reflection. I called it all-day breakfast because it is one of my favourite things to see on a menu, but also because it is what you want whenever you want it: an eclectic mix of ingredients served up anytime you feel it's appropriate.
The purpose of the journal is to create for the sake of creation. I decided I would make 555 daily entries, roughly 18 months, before I could consider myself finished with it. The stress and constraints of this conceit, publishing something every day, became part of the creative process itself.
This entire (unfinished!) project has been a masterclass in letting go of perfection, fear, and self-doubt; of embracing spontaneity and the uniqueness of self-expression; of discipline and self-motivation. And of letting art just be art, without a commercial or nefarious purpose.
How to Read All-Day Breakfast
Think of it more like a magazine or art book—it's something you can just flip through until something grabs your interest. There is no through line, no over-arching theme, other than the evolution of the work itself. I hope you find something to enjoy.
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Let your ideas die
I had an idea and now it is gone. Fuck it. If I spent every moment lamenting lost thoughts I'd be a professional mourner, a dream widower. If you love something, let it go. Set it free. Let it die. Or whatever. Honestly, I don't run an idea zoo here.
Death Rides a Combine: How I Am Obsessed With Big Complicated Games
Let me explain how a board game obsession works, and I don't mean Monopoly or Candyland. If you don't suffer from this affliction, then it might seem as absurd to you as keeping the sticker on your snapback does to me.
Post-Traumatic Bambi Disorder
My name is Jason Theodor, and I suffer from Post-Traumatic Bambi Disorder. Certain combinations of stimuli-of colours and shapes, of sounds and smells-trigger default synaptic responses. The more often we activate them, the more ingrained they become, like a well-trodden path. The animated story of Bambi is one of those paths.
How To Forge a Rhinocerus
"Let me show you what I drew today," I said excitedly to a friend who had just dropped by. "I spent hours on this thing." The same shame I felt in Grade 6 came over me like a cold wave, when my cover...
Everyone needs a curator
It all started with a simple idea: the world needs curation. There is just too much information out there for any one person to take in by themselves. So much of it is chaff, noise. And with everyone joining new social channels and posting constantly, there is more noise than ever.
6. Ken-doll hue
This is not me. It kinda looks like me, but there are so many things about it that are slightly off. Most of my hard-earned wrinkles-forged through personal tragedies, triumphs, and of course PARENTING-have been erased. My tired eyes have been ever-so-enlarged, like subtle manga (is there such a thing?).
Daily Creation For People Making It Up As They Go Along
One day I opened Medium and James Altucher came out and smacked me right in the face. I was working on a presentation called The Working Dead, but felt sick of my own thoughts. So I procrastinated by mainlining the internet. My current drugs of choice are Medium, Quartz, and Flipboard.
8. Lemon water—it's nothing and everything
Lemon water-it's nothing and everything
This is my real life, every morning. I cut a lemon in half, squeeze it into a pint of filtered water, and drink it before my coffee is ready. I do this because I read about it in an article or blog...
"Self-help" is like teaching yourself every martial art at the same time
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10. 30 quasi-relevant quotes about trees I just found by typing “quote”+ “trees” into Google image search
30 quasi-relevant quotes about trees I just found by typing "quote"+ "trees" into Google image...
Bathe in the wisdom of my lazy research! Someday even my photo above may be used without credit for irrelevantly inspired and disassociated snippets about random topics. One can only dream.
Premature articulation leads to dopamine depletion
I won't let you tell me your idea. I'm sitting at the bar with my friend Dylan. We talk about movies, mentors, child rearing, and fairy lore. Finally we talk about novel writing. He's about to rent a century old schoolhouse to do some work on his horror novel.
This is an image of me as a coward
I am no Lee Friedlander or Henri Cartier-Bresson but I love the raw nature of street photography. This is an image of me as a coward. Instead of engaging my subject, looking him in the eye, I walked past and shot blindly with my phone.