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Daydreaming Correlates With Creative Work

I've talked about time tracking a lot, most recently in "Daily Tracking Template v6."

One thing that's a mixed blessing is I do all my tracking by hand. I write it all down by hand, I add it up by hand, and I calculate out the results weekly by hand.

I do this for two reason - first, it makes my tracking very flexible about mixing notes in with times, changing/updating categories on the fly, and otherwise not locking me into a fixed format. Second, since I'm doing it the long way, it keeps it in the forefront of my mind. Almost always, automatically generated reports/numbers get less attention than going over them slowly by hand.

Additionally, trends about how the days ebb and flow start to emerge by going over them slowly. It only takes a few minutes a day, and I really think it's time well spent.

One downside, though, of doing it by hand - I don't have any nice way to find correlations. No fancy automatic output graphs or visualizations. If I want to see if there's some sort of correlation, I need to come up with a hypothesis on my own and then go dig through past records.

Where online do people go to talk about other people's poems?

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I have been brainstorming ways to get more participation in the "poem club" that I do on Wednesdays. It is nice to have an audience of sorts for my thoughts about some poems I love, but I wish I heard more about what others like, dislike, are indifferent to, think about, etc., when they read the posts. So I was googling, but I haven't found anything yet, so I am asking here: does anybody know of a sort of "poetry salon" online, where people have discussions about poetry that they like? I find lots of places for people to post their own poetry, and that's fun too. But I like thinking and talking about others' poetry and what about it makes it good. And I don't mean some graduate school class or some collective devoted to some particular ideology of poetry. I'm looking for casual, fun, non-academic, non-elitist, conversation about great poems. Like you are coming over to my living room, and we are just hanging out, feet up, reading favorite poems and talking about them:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Credit to apartment therapy and the lovely home of Karen Racicot featured there.[/caption]

Okay, I only wish that was my living room, but you get the idea (I hope). Where can I find this place? If you have any ideas, please let me know, below, in the comments.

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