Category Archives: creativity

When Creative People Don’t Fit In

Today I rerun an essay from my Facebook page, originally published about three years ago, when I was still a Methodist, attending a church undergoing severe upheaval. Our music minister, Bill White, was fired suddenly, for no apparent reason. Below … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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Airport Art

Earlier this month, I took part in a writers’ retreat at a resort on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, which necessitated my passing through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I didn’t get the chance to see much of anything when I arrived, but departure … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Nap Time

I set the stove timer for twenty minutes, which is much easier than fussing with the alarm clock. By the time I’ve taken five steps toward the great room, Gracie–who has been fast asleep all morning on one of the … Continue reading

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Writers Club: Plotting

Plot is necessary for novels. This seems like a no-brainer. It’s the causal sequence of events in a book: This happened because this happened because this happened and so on. Events happen, problems, conflicts, and everything escalates until there’s a … Continue reading

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Viable Paradise: Leveling Up

                        When I visited a wring class at a local college last December (write-up here ) I was asked about intensive writing workshops at a professional level. Many had … Continue reading

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Accidental Art: Berkeley & Oakland, California

A couple of months ago, I blogged about the unexpected or “accidental” art–graffiti, stickers, painting, etc–that I found when exploring other cities or while walking my dog along park trails. Other BVCers mentioned that they also encountered such displays, and we thought it would be … Continue reading

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My Muse is Heading For Palm Springs The Winter

We all have those days when you stare at the computer screen for hours and anything you try to type looks like Old High Marsian. My muse is on walkabout. Mental exhaustion I tell myself when this happens. Too many … Continue reading

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Writers Club: The Evils of Self Editing
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I’m not saying that self-editing is bad. It’s not. It’s just we often do it while writing and that’s when it’s evil. Sometimes we do it when we aren’t aware and that’s when it’s really awful. When I first started … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Curiosity, and Creativity

Recently I wrote about “Election Anxiety Disorder,” characterized by – among other things – obsessively checking news sources, social media, polling results, election prediction sites, and the like. Our simian brains seem to be hardwired to zoom in on changes, … Continue reading

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