Monthly Archives: December 2011

some thoughts about how to use this site

Welcome, shining creature. Whichever way you came, I hope you find plentiful seeds, water, wonder, and true nourishment here to help bring your creative works to life. There are many ways you can use the prompts found on this site. You can take the individual elements of each post – title, image, narrative, verbal prompts, […]

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invitation to share

I believe that doing creative work is its own reward. I also believe that (some, a lot of, or perhaps even all) work should be shared, like precious food or medicine – in the right dosages, at the proper time, to the people who need its nourishment or healing most. If you’ve created something based […]

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about – extra special fanciful version

“Would you like to see a great treasure?” The old woman spoke with a voice like broken glass. A hand, wizened and creased, silently motioned the hesitant child closer. She smelled like dust and wet leaves, with a hint of rotting fruit. The child was terrified… but curious about the treasure. Was it gold? Jewels? […]

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my creative life

Someone asked me recently if I’ve always been creative. My answer was, “I guess so.” I can’t remember a time when I didn’t create. I was the kid who loved to draw, loved to sing, loved to dance, loved to make clothes for my Barbies. I was always twirling on my toes, always reading, always […]

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getting started

Sometimes the hardest thing with any creative work is getting started. The reason? Resistance*. Here are some ideas to get you moving. The creativity usually takes over from there. (Just don’t turn any of the following suggestions into delaying tactics that keep you from getting down to the real work. Because that would be Resistance* […]

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videos

This series of four videos from an interview with NPR broadcaster Ira Glass contains some of my favorite advice about storytelling and sticking with the creative path.

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books

Here are some of my favorite creativity books. They’re either about the creative process itself, or I just find them creatively inspiring. In alphabetical order by author. A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman Dipping into any chapter of this book is a like sensual wake-up call for me. You will see, hear, […]

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authors

Here are some of my favorite creativity authors, in alphabetical order. Julia Cameron Clarissa Pinkola Estes Jill Mellick Steven Pressfield SARK Julien Smith Twyla Tharp

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uncopyright

I never thought too much about copyright until I read Leo Babauta's blog, Zen Habits. All of Zen Habits’ content is free of copyright. You can use it, copy it, reprint it, share it, manipulate it, change it, illustrate it, make it better, make it unrecognizable, translate it, destroy it – without permission – any […]

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mirificationis

What the heck is mirificationis, anyway? Hint #1: It’s a real word, pronounced “mee-ree-fee-cah-tee-OH’-neese.” You can Google it. Hint #2: Okay, it’s Latin. Hint #3: Latin has gendered nouns. I wanted this website to encompass both genders.

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