38,841 words and counting

38,841 words and counting

That is a lot of words to have written down in some kind of logical order. The first draft was started in July of 2017, before we left on our trip. I knew I wanted to create something which was

Creativity needs constraints

Creativity needs constraints

There was a time when I thought I had life all figured out. I had an air of confidence in everything I did. The only aspect which was not perfectly managed was my creative time. There was never enough of

A year of the morning pages

A year of the morning pages

July 2, 2017 I wrote my first 3 morning pages. Sitting on our back deck in the sun, diligently following the instructions of Julia Cameron. She prescribes 3 pages, no more, no less. Writing must be done in long hand.

If you give a moose a muffin…

If you give a moose a muffin…

A delightful children’s picture book by American author Laura Joffe Numeroff, where the cause and effect of life’s choices are played out in somewhat silly examples.  And what happens when you give a moose a muffin? He asks for jam, of

Unused creativity is not benign

Unused creativity is not benign

Brené Brown’s research on the feeling of shame, which we all know too well, has led to many other discoveries in human behaviour. Ones which might not have been immediately linked to feelings of shame. In a podcast interview with

Difficult to explain, job titles

Difficult to explain, job titles

It started when I was young. My Dad’s job was really hard for me to understand, let alone try and explain it to others. He was a ‘Drilling Manager’, for Imperial Oil whose main consumer facing brand, in Canada, is

Detourism and other new word suggestions

Detourism and other new word suggestions

When your life takes a wholly unanticipated change and you must rethink and redefine what your life will be. A new word submitted to Collins Dictionary, pending approval. Another one – crafternoon which means, An afternoon spent (or specifically set

What qualifies a creative genius?

What qualifies a creative genius?

I’m not an expert in architecture. I’ve visited a few churches in my life, but I’m not devoted to studying that type of building, or any others for that matter. So maybe I am missing a bunch of creative structures

“quit belly-achin’ about what isn’t working”

“quit belly-achin’ about what isn’t working”

Isn’t it funny how we do this? I also think of ‘belly aching’ as rumination. Either way, in a modern life these kind of thoughts don’t produce any value. Not like a cow, where ruminating makes the bits of food

Turning a midlife crisis into a creative manifesto

Turning a midlife crisis into a creative manifesto

Unfortunately, a big chunk of my life has been spent following orders, or doing what was expected. Once I entered the institutions of learning, I towed the line. Attended classes, completed homework, took the tests. Year after year. After all