Writer / Owner
Reminder! I’ll be teaching the Creativity Boosting Session for Artists at the Manzanita Library this Thursday July 6, from 3-5pm. It’s a free session. Stop in and get your creativity boost!!
The sacred boundary is what protects you and your work from energetic drain and infringement. It’s the time, space, respect you pay to you and your own efforts. It’s the ticket price of entering the show.
The Method and the Channel So, you’ve been filling up your warehouse, stocking sensory data, experiences, life and so forth. As you fill up your warehouse, ideas will come. It’s up to you then to make sure those ideas start getting processed. Here’s just a glimpse of...
Because my warehouse is fundamental to all my creative crafts and forms; writing, storytelling, photography, sculpting, and so on…it’s the tool I focus on the most, and the place I always return to when I’m stuck.
If you swap the word “process” for the phrase “key to productivity” it’s a completely different answer, an answer that yields much more in the way of helpful direction to a frustrated artist
I get some of my best character ideas, traits, and motivations from people watching, and food service is a perfect opportunity.
I finally ordered the parts I need to complete my storyboard. I’ll do a video on storyboarding in the near future, but I can’t even begin to express how stoked I am to have a permanent storyboard. I haven’t had a real spread in over a decade, and all the boards I’ve...
Riesling Sangria One bottle of sweet Riesling ( I used St. Chappelle's Special Harvest) ½ cup Kirsch 1 cup ginger ale 1 cup strawberries 1 cup chopped mango Combine your ingredients in a pitcher and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Serve and...
Here’s to a lovely summer writing, building projects, setting up workshops, exploring, and cooking. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer.
The kickoff for the Creativity Boosting workshop series was a tremendous success! I had a small tester class, and we made it through all the exercises for beginner boosting, and creative invigoration. I’ll check back with the students in a week or so to see what...
I’ve been writing for twenty-five years, publishing for the last decade. My love of story and creativity has only grown more intense over time, as storytelling, communications and wrangling the imagination never cease to be a fulfilling challenge.
I split my time between creativity and artistic development, and the corporate world of regulatory work and process design, which keeps my left brain occupied and engaged so I don’t become creative heavy and topple over.
This blog is a new incarnation of my brand name. From here I am able to indulge my creative fancies and play with readers and creators all over the world. I love cooking, scrapbooking, book building, photography, polymer sculpting, writing and publishing. I get ideas from everyday life and living, from problems I encounter and dig my teeth in to puzzle out. I’m inspired by fellow artists, travel and nature and the human spirit.
I currently live on the Oregon Coast where I’m romanced daily by the extraordinary beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
The longest, most difficult lesson I’m consistently learning is to Trust the Story.
Please join the adventure!
These are the adventures, and misadventures of my life and learnings. Herein are the captures of my struggles, thoughts and dialogs – and they are not always “G- Rated” vignettes. They are often gritty, political, heartbreaking struggles in a world that frequently reflects sexism, oppression and more problem making than problem solving. I often confront these scenarios with actual human thoughts and words, which is occasionally less Disney than some might prefer.
I hereby reserve the right to post links to disturbing materials (always with warnings), swear like a drunken sailor, speak with my actual voice, tell my actual thoughts, respond to disrespectful commenters by deleting and blocking, and expose myself as I am; ink-stained, and covered in glitter, over-caffeinated and bursting with ideas.
Rules of the site:
Courtesy is general politeness and basic human decency. In an effort to promote change, positivity and healthy creative involvement in the world, I will remove all comments statements or complaints that do not pass the bare minimum of courteous dialog. Persistent offenders will be blocked and reported.
Suggestions and ideas are always welcome, in fact they are greatly appreciated. Constructive counsel, and healthy criticisms can create a dynamic positive friction from which evolution and new ideas occur.
The rules for constructive counsel and healthy criticism are as follows:
- Perspective – be clear you are only offering your personal perspective and/or cited reasons
- Depth – as in, surface complaints, nitpicks, passive aggressiveness and whining lack depth. True constructive counsel offers depth, reason and genuine reflection.