Oh Creative One, so very sorry I left for so very long. I developed a drug-resistant lung infection the month before my son was born and then really needed a month to get better. I left you hanging. I can only hope you will accept my apology. Tell me how you’re doing. Then, enjoy this clip

Vulnerable Creative One! Where is that spot? Where is that place that can be the source of shame or the source of power? Find that spot, be it large or small. I totally trust you to find the power in it. Your creative bits will be so thankful. X

radical, dude

December 29, 2010

Oh Creative One, as you know, I’m on a Rebecca Solnit kick with her book “Wanderlust.” In my quest to find a Gary Snyder poem that she quotes in that book, I stumbled on the link below titled, “The Most Radical Thing You Can Do.” In it, the right to stay at home and find work locally is considered. Certainly, with my being 34 weeks pregnant and with the amount of moving  that I’ve done both within Glasgow and within the U.S., it hit a chord with me. If I consider the definition of radical to mean a change from the traditional or accepted norm, finding one place to live certainly would be radical for me and my family.

Radical Creative One! Consider what would be the most radical thing you can do within your work. What are the traditions and accepted norms you have accepted as your own? Perhaps you have agreed with a definition of your work as sweet, violent, intriguing, joyful or _____? Perhaps there is a method to your creation that you routinely follow? Or a standard subject matter? A theme, a color, or a tool, you return to time and again? Consider what would be a change from these personal traditions and accepted norms in your work. Make a radical change, however small it may look from the outside, it will feel large and stimulating from the inside.

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/3628/

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/radical

compliment

December 28, 2010

Oh Creative One, this morning I awoke to a compliment about the other blog I keep, http://www.stubbytoes.com. It is from a person I know to be as true as a person can get and it really improved my mood.

True Creative One! Remember to compliment those within your creative community. I guarantee the effort of expressing your opinion will be worth it tenfold to the receiving creative.

after i gave up

December 27, 2010

Oh Creative One, I wanted to come back from my break all chipper and skipping along. But, the point of this blog is not to be fake or saccharin. I received a rejection letter over the break. That plus 4 weeks being housebound due to weather, a lack of UK driver’s license, and 3rd trimester pregnancy mixed in with a sick kid, being stuck in a house that can’t be kept warm no matter how many sweaters I wear, a note from the NHS 4 weeks late saying I have another infection with the pharmacies closing imminently, no invitations to celebrate with anyone in the UK, and being far from home with no visitors over Christmas and few gifts delivered on time due to the weather… Too much. Just way too much for me. Sometimes the mantra, “do what you love to do and the rest will come,” seems like a lie. An outright lie. I just feel like giving up some mornings. Even though I’ve never met my rejector or seen her on tv, I wonder if she is my Simon Cowell, my voice of “best quit and stick with your day job.” I wonder if I had listened to my creative self earlier on in my life if I would be in such a stuck place. So, I tearfully gave up. For a few days I allowed myself to think, “This is it. I am done.” I made cookies with my kids, tidied the house like mad, stared off at the frost blistering on the single pain window outside my kitchen window… Then, those words and stories and poems starting whispering to me -maybe just try a different way…

Overwhelmed Creative One, thank you for allowing me to be your company while you give up. More importantly, when you’re ready let me whisper to you to try again. Allow yourself to listen to me and indeed, try again.

virus

December 23, 2010

Oh Creative One, my son is home ill. Only microscopic viruses can quiet his talkative self. When one hits, we take it seriously – especially due to his life threatening allergies. A cough due to a virus must go so that we can tell if a cough is due to a closing airway.

Darling Creative One! I will leave you with an additional thought relating to a post from two days ago. Go find your roar and then celebrate it! I will return the 27th of December.

you will be needed

December 22, 2010

Oh Creative One, the best I can find for the volkswagen ad mentioned a few weeks ago is here:

http://www.facebook.com/VolkswagenUK?ppc=polo+ad

I hope you can link to it on facebook. It is an amazing ad. I mean really, thank you camera dudes and lighting dudes and dancers and choreographers and set and costume and music dudes and advertising dudes.

Energizing Creative One! YES! Keep at it. Someone will find your work and need it. I promise you.

more than sexy back

December 17, 2010

Oh Creative One, permit me a longer story as we start the weekend. I’ve sat in front of my dashboard, ready to write to you, all day today. I couldn’t find the thing you needed to hear today. I just had moans and groans. I thought today’s entry was lost until I watched some videos on MTV whilst I was brushing my teeth. Justin Timberlake is on a video showdown with Usher. Before I continue, I must admit that I do not regret not pursuing dance as an art form. Mostly because I really love to dance my own absolutely crazy raw dancing way. I dance whenever there is a chance. Weddings, Christmas parties, clubs. If there were dj’s at funerals, I would dance at a funeral. When Justin Timberlake and 2006ish Usher are on, I feel like I’m a squealing 12 year old again and then I fantasize that somehow I am at a very fancy party and dancing in my own very vibrant way and everyone says, “Who is that wildly wonderful 40 year old on the dance floor? I wish I were her.” Then, in tonight’s fantasy mid-fluoride treatment, Justin comes over and asks, “Who are you?” and then I say, “Sorry, you may not fall in love with me because I have this fabulous husband.But we can become good friends and you may ask my opinion on what crazy moves to use on your dance floor Mr. Timberlake.” My husband then awkwardly lets me do my running jump into his arms as the crowd parts, which he lets me do as often as I ask in real life. JT then knows how very special myself and my husband are. We all become trusted friends that dance often at my dinner parties.

Fantastical Creative One! Dive into your fantasy life. It’s really alright, even if you’re brushing your teeth. It might just put you in a good enough mood to happily fall asleep and get over the blues in your way of doing good work.

how strange

December 16, 2010

Oh Creative One, today was lost on icey sidewalks, school runs, an ill husband, a Christmas party, garbage that’s not been picked up in 2 weeks, a truncated grocery store run in prep for the next storm, an ante-natal appointment and squirmy children. I had spent so much of my day looking at the sidewalk just a step ahead to ensure my pregnant self did not crack my tailbone, I had not looked up. My ill husband braved the streets, picked myself and the kids up afterschool.  After our return home, but before I opened the car door to attempt the few steps to the house, I caught the sky in the rearview mirror. It was if the sky was new to me. There was a peak of blue, clouds fringed with the colors of a winter sun, a clearness that was strange and refreshing. I sat and looked until my son started writing “Get out of the car” in the fog on the car windows.

Curious Creative One! Be open to seeing the familiar as if you are a stranger or as if the familiar were strange. If you do catch that moment. Relish it. It doesn’t matter if you create from that strange encounter. These moments need only feed your soul.

choose or lose

December 15, 2010

Oh Creative One, an acquaintance of mine contracted a virus whilst pregnant with her daughter.  This virus has terrible consequences if contracted while pregnant, but appears to be nothing more than the common cold in children and adults. Her daughter now has physical disabilities and potential mental disabilities due to the exposure to this virus in utero. I also feel compelled to add, though why I’ve not figured out yet, that her daughter is a delight: curious about the world, kind in her communication, and a wonderful companion. My acquaintance says she feels guilty about contracting this rare virus. My advice to her was threefold. 1) As a parent, guilt is a part of the territory. I’d like not to feel guilty, but I will find something over which to feel guilty. 2) The work it would take to overcome something like guilt is long, hard and time consuming. A commitment I’m not ready for nor a goal I’m able to achieve while changing diapers or trudging with the kids to school in the middle of winter. 3) If I’m to have guilt and I’m not going to do anything about it, at least pick a topic to feel guilty over which you can control. So, instead of picking a rare virus already contracted and done its damage, pick to feel guilt over letting the kids go to bed after eating sweets without brushing their teeth. Or, pick to feel guilty about not helping with homework or losing your temper. These guilts can be corrected and in being corrected are not a waste of her needed parenting energy.

Guilty Creative One! I myself have guilt over my art just as my acquaintance does over her child. I feel guilty that I did not pursue it as an undergrad. I feel guilty that I listened to the practical voices of my parents instead of my strong inner voice. I feel guilty I have made many decisions out of fear until recently. But these are large viral things that can hurt my work. Better to follow my own advice and pick manageable guilts. Like choosing to watch television rather than cut out the paper window overlay for a picture I’m making for my son. I can feel guilty and then choose to correct that guilt the next night and feel much much better. Do not waste your energy on guilts over circumstances that have happened oh so long ago. I trust you did the best you could. Now, chose your manageable guilt and get back to work.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/cytomegalovirus.html

blue or not blue

December 14, 2010

Oh Creative One, sometimes I just feel like I’m spinning my wheels and not going much of anywhere. I’d like to feel like there is more evidence of forward momentum in my life than that of my kids’ childhoods marking the time that’s passed. I get really down when I feel like this and there really isn’t all that much to do about it. I don’t have a quick fix or a sure thing that gets me out of this cloudy groove.

Moping Creative One! The best and only thing for me to do is to offer my company whilst you’re a bit down. If we lived in the same town, I’d take you for a coffee or meet you for a walk. I trust you and know that if this feeling could’ve or should’ve been fixed, you would have done so. You are, afterall, a creature of action on some level. I wish I had more to offer, though, I’m happy to be your buddy while you’re blue. I’m glad you’re here, blue or not.