Who are you and why are you doing this?

(credit jonathan hickman)

(credit jonathan hickman)

My name is Dale Lyles.  I am a retired educator who has spent his life Making The Thing That Is Not: creating.  I have been the artistic director of a theatre company, a choir director, a website designer, a composer, a painter, a writer, an actor, a dancer, and above all, a teacher.

This website is to promote what I have found to be effective ways to allow yourself to be the creative human that you want to be.  I've written a book — Lichtenbergianism: procrastination as a creative strategy — which is an incredibly handy source of inspiration.  You should buy it.

NOW

April 2019: Composing a small suite of waltzes for piano. Finishing up layout and placement for Euphoria, Georgia’s spring burn. Trying to get better at promoting the book/speaking career. (Hire me.)

Next: Burn at Euphoria; settle into the labyrinth for the summer

Reading: Figuring, by Maria Popova; Keep Going, by Austin Kleon; Sal & Gabie Break the Universe, by Carlos Hernandez; The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula Le Guin

Watching: nothing in particular

Listening: randomly cycling through my enormous iTunes list; revisiting pieces I haven't listened to in years