Category: Creative

Books for Creatives?

Buzzfeed published this list of 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading. I’ve read several… thinking I need to read the “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” book. What do you think of this list? I’ve read, “The War of Art” and loved it. Bossypants made me laugh out loud! Of course the Strunk and White book, I’ve used as a reference. What about the others?

Any you’d add?

 

Have Some Guts! Just Write It!

You've Got Guts!

You’ve Got Guts!

In the past year or so, I’ve begun sharing my blogs with friends and family. Because I am surrounded by very intelligent, successful and talented people I was, frankly, intimidated. Things I write aren’t just words. I don’t write fiction, and I can’t peak out from behind my characters to see reactions and create distance. I’m out there on display, and though I don’t do it solely for my audience, I still want to touch them.

My goal to make people feel something, anything, and to write these words that bounce around inside me and poke at my bones until I put them out there where they’re intended keeps me tapping these keys. They feel good under my fingers and seeing the words arrive on my screen fulfills something inside me. Whether what I write is good or bad, better or worse, something — anything, is better than nothing. Guts.

Coffeeshop = Creative Boost?

Ambient Noise Boosts Creativity

Coffee Shops and Creativity

Flipping through my tweets this morning, I found an interesting article on creativity and music. I listen to music when I write, but for me, it has to have no words or my brain tunes in. I tend to listen to a blues guitar Pandora station. Surprisingly, music may not be the best boost for your creative brainwaves. This article says that studies show that the ambient level of coffee shop background noise, which happens to be about 70 decibels, “is the perfect noise level for reaching optimum levels of creativity and professional production.” My guess is that the caffeine you tend to mainline while sitting there can’t hurt either!

So, if setting up office in your local coffee shop is unrealistic, log on to Coffitivity to stream coffee shop sounds to your office! I’m streaming as I type, and it’s actually quite nice to hear those sounds in the background. I thought they’d be distracting, but they’re really not. This might be a new tool, watch out Pandora! Oh, and I’m brewing a cuppa Joe right now. It just seemed right. 

How To Write a Book in a Month

Write a Novel in a Month, Go Ahead, Sign Up

Write a Novel in a Month, Go Ahead, Sign Up

Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? (NaNoWriMo) I had no idea that there was such a thing, and I’m digesting it. I guess I should sign up and jump right in, but  I have no clue. I’ve thought about writing a novel, but I haven’t really thought about writing a novel. There’s an idea percolating for a wee book, however, a novel it is not.

Kevin Hearne, one of my favorite authors, talked about it a bit on Facebook this morning. He had a link to a “pep talk” from Chuck Wendig. Kevin posted the link with this warning, “HOWEVER: I should warn those of you who have an aversion to strong language that Chuck is a wizard of the profane. If his language was salsa, it’d be habanero.” So I clicked, of course, how could you not want to read that? There’s some really good stuff there, and it’s funny! Will you sign up to write a novel?

Polly Pig and Sarah Sow

A Cake for Polly Pig

A Cake for Polly Pig

Well, this is a story of a time long ago when two young girls became very best friends with funny nicknames. It’s not just two random girls though, this is about me and mine. Our story is featured at Heifer.org’s blog “When Cows Fly.” You’ll see why I donated a Pig in honor of our moms. I hope you might just think of a reason to donate too. And in case you’re wondering, we seldom used plates when we made cakes. Usually we just sat down with the cake and our forks. If only we could eat, okay, get away with eating, that way now! OINK

Word Camp Austin

Word Camp, Woohoo!

Word Camp! Sounds fun, I think. Sounds uber-geekydiculous (my latest portmanteaus) too. I can take that, though. Geek might look like a four-letter word, but so is cute. I decided a long time ago that being called cute, rather than hot, or beautiful was a whole lot better than the other adjectives that might also apply, so I’d just go with it. Wise choice, I think, and it’s served me well. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time (maybe just a little) wishing I was gorgeous knowing that being cute fit my lively personality so much better. So, I’ve decided to do the same with the word geek. I enjoy writing. Throwing words around is just about as good as throwing balls around; jock is a four-letter word too, and I embrace that one. So, yes, I (and my husband) are attending Word Camp tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll learn how to geek this blog!

Inspiration… I Need a Nudge, Please.

KIYOSHI MINO, Artist (felted animals)

Strange and wacky, often filled with nonsense, the internet sometimes produces a gem. Sometimes. This morning, up and at ’em early, (shocker) I started on Twitter. This led me to a story by Jordan Kushins about a veteran who makes felted animals. What? That sounds lame, sorry, they’re not just animals, they’re works of art. After the really cool story, I read her byline which led me to follow her on Twitter (@kushkush) and then start reading her tweets. I know, I fell down one of the bajillion rabbit holes that is Twitter, but Continue reading

There’s A Grammar Day?

Grammar Day! It's in the calendar now!

Grammar Day! It’s in the calendar now!

Who knew? According to Days of the Year blog, yesterday, March 4th, was grammar day. I’m putting that into my calendar for future reference. Of course, I know that you know this by now if you’re reading this, but I think that every single day is grammar day! I don’t think that I’ve divulged this fascinating nugget of personal history, but my parents used to charge us $.25 for grammatical violations. That wasn’t a cheap fine, back in the day. It became the family Continue reading