Archives For Creativity

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, and if you’re like I was, you think that’s something left over from the show H.R. Pufnstuf. You don’t remember H.R. Pufnstuf? Lucky you. Now that I’ve said that, I should probably go watch some clips of it. Maybe it’s better than I remember. I’ll do that in December after I’m done with NaNoWriMo.

So what it is? NaNoWriMo stands for the annual event known as “National Novel Writing Month” which has the purpose of encouraging people who want to write but are hemming and hawing when it comes to actually doing it. The goal is for individuals to write a 50,000 word novel in November. This may seem so ambitious it’s hard to imagine as something to encourage writing, but therein lies the beauty of it. The absurdity can make you laugh and say, “Why not?!” Plus, there is strength in numbers. If you can do this while thousands are doing it and sharing their war stories, all the better!

One of my blogging buddies shares his take on the process. I love the way he breaks it down, and I just love his bluntness.

For more information and support, see NaNoWriMo’s website.

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My daughter sent me a note about this blog and said:

There is no clear idea as to what this blog is about. Your passions, yes. But are you going to answer the question, “What are we about?”.. I’m excited to see what you have to say. And are you going to go about that in a religious way or in just an aesthetic (creative-needs-met) way? I’m curious. For those who don’t necessarily believe in God, I’m curious as to how you’ll cater to the idea of finding passions without God’s help or any religious infrastructures. Just some of my thoughts.

Good thoughts. Let me be clear what I’m about here. I’m on a journey to explore the pursuit of passions of myself and others. Mostly I want to explore others’ passions and process how that may relate to me and perhaps others. I welcome input! Regarding religious versus aesthetic, there is a need to define a term some. The word ‘religious’ has a connotation of inordinate control or confinement, rigidness in some instances, yet my belief in God does anything but confine me artistically. So I will not be talking about the pursuit of passions in a “religious way” for myself. I will talk at times about God because He is part of who I am. As the author of the creation, I believe He is vital to the pursuit of passions, i.e., if you are alive, you have met the first criterion of pursuing a passion. That is not to say “religious infrastructures” are necessary. In fact, they can be stumbling blocks at times (that’s for another post). With respect to others’ views of religious versus aesthetic, that will be up to them.

Bottom line: this will not be a “religious” blog.

Hope that answers the question.

And given that I want to be very clear to new readers, the title of this piece is now the tagline for the blog, and I have edited the “About” page.

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Distinctions

September 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

One of my favorite bloggers highlights something I’m taking as a watchword for this place. But I give fair warning I might stray over the line into weird a bit. A little weird never hurt anyone. Just gotta know when to quit.

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Permission

September 19, 2012 — 2 Comments

By the time you read this, I’ll be on my adventure. I have a destination, but it doesn’t matter how it turns out. Whatever happens, it’s going to be good because I’m going to learn about someone or something. That’s the part that turns me on.

When I was a little girl and got my first “big girl” bike, I took adventures several times a week and every day when possible. I was looking for something I hadn’t seen or heard. Mostly I was looking at and listening to people. I wanted to learn what made them happy. From the time I was very young, I was unhappy. By my fifth birthday, I remember praying to God that I could be three years old again. Three was a good year. It started with a chocolate cake with hot pink frosting and homemade ice cream, and everyone was smiling. Somewhere between that moment and five, things got messed up.

A few years later Ferdinand “Fred” Waldo Demara became my patron saint. I had a thing for him. I wanted to be him, and in some respects, the fascination has never gone away. So today, I’m giving myself permission to be Fred, and I think I might play a reporter. Not sure yet.

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An Adventure

September 18, 2012 — 3 Comments

Tomorrow, I’m going on an adventure. The outcome is not sure, but whatever it is, I’ll let you know. Until I can fill you in, just know it has something to do with this:



Yeah! The Piano Guys were on Katie Couric’s show today. Check them out here.


Most of us have responsibilities. This morning I got up to drive a school bus. It started as a way to easily go to my kids’ school activities, and I also happen to like kids. But driving a school bus doesn’t make me eager to get out of bed. It’s not my passion. And passions are what I want to talk about here.

What is your passion? What satisfies you? Do you know? I didn’t know for a long time, and now I’m beginning to figure it out. This place is an exploration of how someone goes about discovering a passion and then pursuing it. Come along with me, and maybe you will begin to realize your passion or realize it again.

I want to explore what inflames our desires and what quenches them. I also want to speak to those who have pursued a passion whether successful, still in process, or a failure. There is something to be learned from all of it, and I’m making it my business to find out.

And no, I’m not selling anything. It’s just more fun to do this with others.

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