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

January 2019: Composing a small suite of waltzes for piano. Directing a short scene for the Newnan Theatre Company gala on Jan 19 to showcase the play I’ll be directing in spring of 2020. Traveling to New Orleans. Trying to get better at promoting the book/speaking career. (Hire me.)  Designing a database to track attendance and impact at Backstreet Arts.

Next: Clean up the labyrinth; make travel plans

Reading: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, by M.T. Anderson; The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula Le Guin; Real Man Adventures, by T Cooper

Watching: not much of anything…

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