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Ready Go!

By Brian Knudson
Exploring Creativity
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Episode 98: Songwriting tips
As Kami continues to work on her Feb Songwriting Challenge, Brian gives her some tips.  Also, some updates on the website and upcoming projects.  
February 15, 2021
Episode 97: Kami's Piano
Kami has musical realization and tries her hand at songwriting. CTA: Make something by the end of the month. If you want to write a song (and haven't before, do that)
February 7, 2021
Episode 95: Dungeons and Dragons and Details
Kami and Brian report on their Dungeons and Dragons game.  They talk about how additional details can enhance your art and what consumers of your art bring to the experience. CTA: Add 3 new details to something you are working on.
October 8, 2020
Episode 93: New Normal
Apparently, Brian is now a big time Taylor Swift fan. He an Kami talk more about being intentional and give some updates on various projects. Going forward, the podcast will have a little more structure and purpose with small arcs. Be excited. CTA: Make some form of To Do list and make a new routine.
August 4, 2020
Episode 88: Quarantine
Kami and Brian lament their lack of creative output during these strange times. They discuss strategies for getting out of the doldrums. Also, Brian’s new book, The Ghost Prince is now available on Amazon, you should get it… and write a five star review. CTA: Look for a spark
April 1, 2020
Episode 87: The Audition
Brian auditions for a community theatre production of Beauty and the Beast. CTA: Encourage someone else to step out of their comfort zone.
February 17, 2020
Episode 82: Distractions
Brian has been very distracted by Pokemon Go, but has still been able to make a new webcomic. CTA: Catch 5 Water-type pokemon.  Identify what is distracting you and determine if it is a worthy distraction. Brian’s new webcomic:
August 27, 2019
Episode 81: What you have to say
Kami reports on the Chuckanut writers conference whilst Brian watches movies. They talk about what is the message you want to get across? CTA: Figure out what you want to say.
June 25, 2019
Episode 77: Old Dog, New Tricks
Brian learns to code!  Starts to anyway.  He and Kami talk about taking classes and picking up new hobbies.   CTA: Learn a new skill.
April 9, 2019
Episode 75: Breathe
After a relaxing Christmas break, Brian and Kami talk about how creativity is like breathing. They discuss what they are inhaling and what they are exhaling. CTA: Take inventory of your media consumption and your creative output.  Take time to be bored.
January 11, 2019
Episode 73: Ready in Oslo
Cori and Brian catch up after the High School reunion and do the first ever transcontinental episode. How does being American influence your creativity? What about when you are not in America? CTA: Make something that represents how your past has influenced your present.
October 30, 2018
Episode 71: Let’s Collab
Brian tells about the homecoming skit braintrust in preparation for his 20 year High School reunion. This segues nicely into a discussion about when it’s good to work in groups and when it’s better to work alone. CTA: Invite someone to work on a creative project with you. Also, here’s a link to Brian’s Soundcloud.
September 28, 2018
Episode 69: Ownership and Intent
Brian and Kami talk about how art can live beyond the intent of the artist. They talk about Paul Simon, Batman Ninja, Star Wars and Kami watches This Is America for the first time. CTA: Let go of the desire to control the intent of your art… and tell your parents to listen.
June 19, 2018
Episode 66: The Dreams of Jon Williams
Brian interviews coworker Jon Williams who shares excepts from his dream journal.
March 26, 2018
Episode 64: Blacksmithing with Ed Byrne
Have you ever wanted to create something that will out last your grandchildren? Try working with metal. Brian interviews former video gamer, Irishman Ed Byrne. CTA: Find something you are interested in and find someone who knows how to do it.
February 23, 2018
Episode 62: Following the Flow with Jasmina
Jasmina Mathieu is another fascinating designer at Microsoft that Brian had the pleasure to interview. We talk about following your inner voice, designing fabric prints, and her time at Rock Star Games. You can follow her on instagram @mina.miyaki Check out her patterns here: Or look at her portfolio:
January 8, 2018
Episode 61: Dom Cecere and his amazing IMDB profile
Another great interview with a Microsoft creative with the worst imdb profile you can think of.  We talk about cartoons, illusion, and the joy of seeing behind the curtain.   CTA: Observe life around you. Watch the world for 20 minutes and write down 5 observations.
December 19, 2017
Episode 56: Duality
Did you know that Robert Louis Stevenson invented the sleeping bag? In today’s episode Kami and Brian discuss the internal conflicts associated with our creative personas. Public and private, religious and secular, and what success means for someone trying to pursue their creative goals. They kinda go all over the place in this one,
July 18, 2017
Episode 55: Pitching
Today we talk about selling your stuff, pitching it to publishers an packaging your creations. Also some viking photography.
May 31, 2017
Episode 50: New Routines
Knudson worlds are upended on the fiftieth episode. Because of life changes, we talk about how our routines can influence our creative output. We talk about the following suggestions: Single-Tasking Focusing on a goal Making a routine Eliminating the non-essential
June 30, 2016
Episode 48: Fandom
Brian and Kami are back with a delightful outdoor discussion of building fanbases and the impact of fans on the creative process. CTA for this week: Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address *
April 1, 2016
Episode 40: Priorities
Why haven’t we recorded in a while? Priorities. Today we talk about what gets in the way of our projects and some tips for re-prioritizing your life. Also, don’t forget to read and review The Second Order.
August 5, 2015
Episode 39: Branding
Kami is back from maternity leave and gives an update of what she has been up to.  We talk about Japanese pop bands, and how to cultivate your brand. Spoiler alert its all about being genuine.
June 3, 2015
Episode 38: Self-Promotion
Brian interviews fantasy author Peter Orullian, and they talk about social media, conventions, and shamelessly promote their books. The Second Order is available on Amazon now! And look for Peter’s books at And if you are not into fantasy, there is always Buffalo Fish Police
May 8, 2015
Episode 37: Freemium Content
Today we learn all about the sordid past of Mr. Russ Andes and how he went from designing GameBoyAdvanced games to hosting online programming for creative folks a la Tim “the toolman” Taylor. We discuss the path of creative folks and the merits of freemium content.
April 22, 2015
Episode 36: Races and boats
While Kami is on maternity leave, Porter steps in and discusses puns, puppies and the business of races.
April 12, 2015
35. The Kelsie Episode
Happy birthday Kelsie. In this episode we talk about other types of creativity, particularly the kind embodied by our sister.
March 31, 2015
Episode 34: Idea Muscles
How do we get better at idea generation? By exercising our idea muscles of course. In this episode Kami and Brian give an update on their creative endeavors and discuss James Altucher and how to build those idea muscles.
March 16, 2015
Episode 33: Sleep
Yawn. Today Brian and Kami talk about sleep and how it affects your creative brainthoughts. We talk a bit about Dali and Edison, Twilight and Benzine and other dreamy topics.
February 20, 2015
Episode 32: On Kittens
Brian takes time to vent about his complicated history and feelings about the most backed kickstarter of all time.
February 6, 2015
Episode 30: Bad Ideas
AKA the Thanksgiving episode, or the one with all the Brothers Knudson. Scott talks about a politics app he has been thinking about, and how he uses his older, wiser brothers as to filter out bad ideas. Brent shows up too. If you listen close, you can hear uncle Rob in the background.
December 5, 2014
Episode 31: Dabbling
Today we discuss some of the projects we are working on and the value of dabbling in lots of different disciplines. And Brian talks about his new cartoon characters.
December 4, 2014
Episode 29: Muses
Are you a genius? Or do you have one? Today we discuss the muses as an external creative forces and Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk.
October 30, 2014
Episode 28: Brainstorm
Today we talk about Brian’s superpower… brainstorming.
October 24, 2014
Episode 27: Whims
The episode takes a turn and we decide to talk about whims and whimsy. Sometimes the silly or unexpected projects end up being favorites. Buffalo Fish Police is born.
October 12, 2014
Episode 26: Strategy
How to we realize our ideas? What do we do with our realized ideas? Today Kami and Brian discuss the various strategies for bringing about creative pursuits.
September 27, 2014
Episode 25: Collaboration
McCartney and Lennon, Rogers and Hammerstein, Heckle and Jeckle. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Brian and Kami discuss the advantages of having a collaborator.
August 24, 2014
Episode 24: Research
What can we learn from Edward Tufte and Steve Jobs’s ghost? Is all research biased and untrustworthy?
June 23, 2014
Episode 22: Lessons
Kami takes voice lessons, Brian fails gymnastics. On today’s podcast: the educational side of the creative process. This is the episode where Brian conceives of a new scifi epic: Idiot Robot.
June 9, 2014
Episode 22: Greatness
Special guest Alex Bean talks about ChristmasLand, MBAs and what keeps us from reaching Greatness.
May 5, 2014
Episode 21: Fame
Kami and Brian saw some documentaries that spawn a delightful outdoor conversation about fame. Then they discuss an article about fame vs recognition.
April 22, 2014
Episode 20: Consumption
How does the media we consume influence the media we create? We’ll talk about it.
March 16, 2014
Episode 19: Consumability
We discuss the time invested in a creative project vs. the time it takes for the audience to consume it.
February 11, 2014
Episode 18: Criticism
How do you deal with criticism? How do race directors deal with it? What does Teddy Roosevelt have to say on the matter?  Find out this week on RGP!
February 10, 2014
Episode 17: Momentum
After some job changes, Kami and Brian discuss momentum and how to build it and maintain it in the creative process.
January 20, 2014
Episode 15: Halloween
Brian and Kami discuss the creative virtues of Halloween and give some suggestions for how do get the most of your holiday.
October 31, 2013
Episode 14: Constraints
Sometimes thinking INSIDE the box is the key to creativity. Cori stops by to help brainstorm.
October 15, 2013
Episode 13: Family Ties
Kami and Brian discuss how the company we keep and the way we were raised contribute to our creative endeavors.
September 20, 2013
Episode 12: Building an Audience
Brian and Kami discuss getting to 1000 true fans, and Unleashing the Idea Virus.
September 3, 2013
Episode 11: Fear and Failure
Brian and Kami discuss 'originality' and how it plays into the creative process. They talk about the 'Knudson Curse' and how fear impacts their creative output.
August 23, 2013
Episode 10: Originality
Kami joins the podcast as the new co-host. They discuss originality and how it plays into the creative process.
August 10, 2013
Episode 9: Testing Creativity
Brian Interviews Tyler Lewis to ask him about his research on different creativity tests.
April 2, 2013
Episode 8: Inspiration
In this episode we talk about where and when we get inspired. There is a lot of talk about yoga. We also talk about various formal dances from our youth.
April 1, 2013
Episode 7: The Future is NOW
Kickstarter, YouTube, and the democratization of creativity. We also talk about accidentally recording over the audio of a rented copy of the classic film "The Valley of Gwangi"
March 27, 2013
Episode 6: Finding your medium
Brian interviews local artist and long time friend Joey Diedrick to find out how he got into sculpture.
March 26, 2013
Episode 5: Of Mottos and Mentors
Cori tells about a secret dinner she attended and discusses some of the secrets to going from idea to reality. Also, mottos seem to be important.
March 21, 2013
Episode 4: Life of Brian
In which Brian gives a summary of his life and career
March 4, 2013
Episode 3: Event Planning
Brian briefly entertains going to auctioneering school.
February 16, 2013
Episode 2: Live Long and Prosper
Brian and Cori discuss various topics including community, Star Trek, and Nietzsche.
January 29, 2013
Episode 1: Introductions
This was the first episode of the podcast where Brian and Cori introduce themselves.  They discuss their radio backgrounds and Cori buys a stuffed giraffe on a whim.
January 15, 2013