A Beast At The Feast

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I have nothing to say today, so why do I bother to write?

I’m not feeling inspired today, so why  should I bother to create a painting, a drawing or take a photograph.

I used to let myself take a creative pass until I realized how fast time was moving, that the best days I’ve had finished with me in front of my laptop writing a poem, a story or a post or looking through my camera to see what pictures I took that day.

At the end of the day I might not end up with the best short story in the world or the next great novel but if I can end the day with the thought, ” I created something today ” or ” I read something wonderful today ” then I have fed my Muse,  (  or my Beast  as I call it ) and I know that tomorrow we are going to be able to get closer to that place where the words will come together like magic and we will walk through that forest of words where ideas will explode from the vines  and burst from the trees with their sweet, luscious fruits.

And we will feast on it all.

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Dig Tree Activity #10

So There I Was

I was inspired by the Dig Tree Prompt today to sort out how I find my ideas for stories-my record of my creative journey ( so far )

I travel to places that have an air of mystery about them- like New Orleans for Halloween. I explore my neighborhood- I look for the small things like forgotten yard art, sidewalk art anything that said, ” I was here.” I explore cemeteries and I spend dedicated time to reading and listening to music. Most important I look as close to my own world and the things I love that inhabit it as I do about the Stars and Planets that I am challenging myself to learn about now.

These are pictures that I took  and small notes about why I captured that moment in particular.

 

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An unbearable story written in stone.

 

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I saw this in my neighbor’s garden- was it art, were the flowers art? Did they even remember it was there?

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My favorite type of storytelling- music.

I took this picture at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria BC.

I was in Victoria to learn Ghost Stories, but when I’m in Victoria I dedicate a day to the Museum. Who wouldn’t? That’s where I saw this wonderful machine.

                                                                  I wondered what it sounded like when it was played and how much people enjoyed it.

 

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The garden was beautiful but it is meant to be explored- I’d like to go back and just wander around  with no plans on what to see or do when I’m there. The Garden was created by  Jennie Butchart . 

 

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Some people are born story tellers- this is Jenny, a tour guide on a ” Haunted History Tour ” I took in New Orleans. This picture was taken on Halloween.

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This is a picture of my puppy that I took three years ago and I believe he was about 12  weeks old. I was looking at him through the lens and I thought:

” The Universe is 13 Billion Years old and it is infinite  and here you are little guy. You’re part of that history.

Amazing.

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Each of the experiences, the feelings of I had when I took trips alone, when I took a picture of one thing and found the story wasn’t the one I thought I was capturing ( and that was okay ) were all pieces of beautifully colored broken pieces of glass that  could put together in a million different ways. Each of those patterns told a story and  I am so glad I was there to see it happen.

Dig Tree Activity#9

To Art Or Not To Art?

On Christmas Eve I bought a gingerbread train kit because I thought it would be fun to put it together- well, I thought it would be fun to watch my nieces and one of my sons put it together.

All three of them are very artistic- so I had this idea.

Would they do a bang up job because they’re all artists? Or would they not do a bang up job because they’re artists?

 

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It started out well enough- though I did notice that they weren’t paying attention to the directions ( which are on the back of the box as you can see here). They seemed to be taking direction from the picture on the box. They’re all visual, so that made sense.

They divided up the tasks and sort of organized the pieces of gingerbread. They were off to a good start.

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My dog, Hamish didn’t seem to be interested in the gingerbread or the candies. I took that as a sign and made a note to myself not taste anything.

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Somewhere in this directed creative process, my artists went off the rails- they started to have fun. They started to play with the royal icing, they tried played with the pieces of gingerbread and fit them together because it looked right and they didn’t use the tray that would have pretty much made them build the train in one direction and one direction only.

They joked and laughed they had a great time with each other and we had a great time watching them.

So how did it turn out?

I wanted the little heart design and I got it.

The rest?

Well.

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This is what I learned.

My family has a great sense of humor.

I guess what I wanted to share here is that creating your art should be an experience- so we botched up the train- except for a few pieces. But this sad little train that my dog wouldn’t eat, this poor little train whose whereabouts are unknown ( only because ‘landfill’  covers a massive area in our neck of the suburbs ) is going to live forever in our family lore.

Our story won’t be, ” We built a gingerbread train and everyone liked it so much we hated to put it away. ”

This story is going to be epic- it’s going to grow in telling every-time we build gingerbread houses or decorate Christmas cookies.

That’s what being creative is all about.

It’s a process, it’s a story, it’s a journey.

It’s also a lot of fun, if you’re willing to  go there.

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15 Seconds

Writing short stories is an art form and it’s not easy to do.

Some short stories are dense- like Pound Cake- because some writers think short stories are novels packed into less then 3,ooo words.

I think they’re more like snap shots.

When you do it right they’re superb little bites.

When you can  tell a story in film in 15 seconds  you’re a story Ninja.

Observe: