Thursday, October 31, 2013

NaNoWriMo Fun with Dick and Jane

Sally said, "Oh, Spot. Dick and Jane went to school.
I have to show them my novel.
All thanks to NaNoWriMo.
We will go to school, too.
We will show all the boys and girls my book."

"Bow-wow," said Spot.
Away he went with Sally.

Sally said, "Look, Spot.
See the boys and girls.
See them read.
They will love my book."

"Bow-wow," said Spot.
All the children looked up.
They saw Sally and Spot.

"Hello," said Sally.
"We came to school.
I want to show you my novel.
Fifty ba-gillion words long.
All thanks to NaNoWriMo."

Jane said, "Oh, Sally.
NaNoWriMo is a fable.
No one can write a 50,000 word novel in one month."
All the children nodded.

Sally pouted. "I did too finish in 30 days."
All the children laughed.

"You must go home now. Mother will look for you," Dick said.

"Screw you," said Sally.
"Come, Spot.
We will show Dick and Jane.
When you dream big, anything is possible.
We will show the world my NaNoWriMo novel."

And so they did.

"dream big, live big," said

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Sidewalk Gallery: interactive art

Happy Face by David Butts
One of my favorite reasons to walk to the Pearl is to pass by the Mad Dog Garage and see what new interactive art is waiting to be played with.

Pedestrians place their hands on the window sensor to activate the kinetic sculptures. For months I was amazed at the creative genius, from my hand lighting a menorah to exposing a creepy Halloween clown smile.

Suddenly, the gallery had left the building.

And thankfully just as sudden, The Sidewalk Gallery returned!

His recent creation is my favorite. So much so, that I wanted to capture it on film and share his Happy Face with the world.

interact with the world around you,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Writing is a lonely number

source: "making poetry" by ionushi
Writing is a solo act. Often romanticized as lounging in coffee shops gazing at the world or late nights with glasses of wine and your creative muse.

Or is this a myth?

There's nothing romantic about beating your head against the wall when you're stuck on the same scene, sentence, or even a single word.

Sitting at my laptop in my teeny tiny corner can get lonely (thank goddess I have a window). But whether writing a novel, poetry, or a journal entry, it's always an act of co-creation.

So nice to know you never go it alone.

In the beginning, there is inspiration. That perfect line in a song, "And there you are, a shooting star," meant just for you. The leaves changing color in fall, roses bloom in spring. Someone or something says, does or just is to spark that creative flow.

Writing partners. Someone to get your butt in the chair and write. Sounding boards when procrastination or doubt sneak in. 

Writer circles. A group who plays with prompts and share their intimate creations, learning to let go and ride the creative wave with no filters and judgements.

Critique groups and beta readers. A partner or group who provide feedback on your "baby" with an editor's eye. To learn that art is subjective, grow thick skin and discern what changes are right to make your piece shine.  

Workshops and conferences. A place where strangers become friends, to strengthen your craft, to debate "the rules" and maybe even connect with your future agent/editor.

Cheerleaders. Family and friends, even when you've just met, that support your passion.

Audience. Readers who contribute their own perspective and take your writing to a new dimension.

There's nothing better than playing with words. The nudge of new ideas, watching it take form, revising it to death until it's at its best and sharing it with the world or gobbling it up for your own eye's delight. 

Oh the joy of co-creation.

Monday, October 21, 2013

What a hoot

Hoot (polymer clay) by Sonja

my creative friend and i were playing with polymer clay and i totally rushed with the owl character above to test out our new convection microwave. i admit, i'm pretty fond of my first clay creation.

looking forward to what i can do when i take my time.

create your every day,

Friday, October 18, 2013


i borrowed my friend's Jason Mraz CD "we sing. we dance. we steal things." and was inspired by the inside case covered in doodles...but i ignored the spark.

Sunday Scribblings prompt this week is Spark. couldn't deny my passion a 2nd time.

so i doodled this morning, snapped a pic and was ready to post.

another spark ignited, so i played some more and created the animation short above.

whenever something sparks
that passion within,
don't just listen,
give in.

what sparks you?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Live Your Dreams

This week's Sunday Scribblings prompt is to write your bio.

In this moment, my life is so full of transition, that I feel like I'm chasing my dreams, not quite living them. But Kermit inspires me to keep it simple...and never give up on my dreams.

On some future billboard, below my head shot:
Laughs with friends. Travels the world. Best-selling author, spreading joy.

what's your dream?