Sunday, February 19, 2012

Clean up for Creativity

I think this blog should be about cleaning.

Maybe I should call it the Cleaner's Creative Studio. Why? Because it seems I talk about cleaning, or at least think about it, more than writing, art or photography.

 Now, I'm not saying that the place is dirty.  It's not. But, I'm a writer... my demons are piles of books and piles of papers. That's the writer's life, right?

I know exactly the environment I want.  I want empty surfaces. Doesn't every writer want a few empty surfaces.

If any of you have licked this problem, let me know your secret. I'm making progress. I put it off for a long time because I know that before I reach this goal, the place will have to get messier and messier. I've started the task a few times, but to do what I really want to do (get rid of at least 50% of my stuff) I have to drag everything out of everywhere and then I'll really be in a pickle. 

Just coming clean about what I'm doing here, so if one day I sound incoherent, you'll know why.  

Seriously, let me know if you have any suggestions or .... if you have a bulldozer to loan me, I'll pay to have it transported.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Cat in Town...

Happy Valentine's Day everyone... Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Just posted these guys in my Etsy Shop... the Day is about soul mates, after all... they come in all sizes.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Desire to Inspire - Book Review

Okay, I'll admit it... I have gone nuts for this book.  I have already ordered three of them - one for me and I've given two away. I probably should order a case of them, because I can see myself giving them away to friends frequently.

I must admit that I haven't read the whole book, but I want to savor it, and I couldn't wait any longer to tell you about it. This is one of those books designed to inspire and it does. And you don't need to read more than a paragraph or two at a time to find yourself charged up to get something done.  

So,  what is it?  It's a compilation of thoughts on creativity, on being a force for good, about getting inspired to do your best work. It was masterminded by Christine Mason Miller.  I've been following her blog for some time. In her own words,

Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World aims to explore what it means to live a meaningful, inspiring life and how many of today's leading artists and visionaries have figured out how to do this...

She has gathered together a group of 14 contributors who are seamlessly woven into the book to share their best inspiration too. Many are artists, some photographers, writers, filmmakers. They speak of creativity through topics such as caring for the world, the choices you make, your dreams, your purpose, your mission, your journey, challenges, etc. 

I doubt I need to say it, but I highly recommend this book. When you read it, come back and let me know what you think. I'll still be here reading it over and over, page by page.