Three Ways to Get Chummy with the Void

Three Ways to Get Chummy with the Void

If the void is a feature and not a bug in the creative process, that means we can either learn to befriend it or continue to spend our time in futile efforts to avoid it.  What say we go with the first option?  (You know, the one without the word 'futile' in it...)  Here are three ways you can forge a better relationship with the void (and, not-incidentally, with your creativity and with life itself...)  Also, find out why we should all be doing more moodling!  

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It's Time to Talk About the Void

It's Time to Talk About the Void

Happy New Year everyone!  It's time to talk about everyone's favorite topic, "The Void!" No, I don't mean that place in your refrigerator where the fudge used to be, I mean that passage between past and future when you are no longer here, but not exactly there yet either.  Find out what The Void has to do with creativity, and learn what the ancient Romans knew that we've forgotten.

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Be Like Lin-Manuel: A Primer on Creative Patience

Be Like Lin-Manuel:  A Primer on Creative Patience

Feel like your creative project is taking For-Fucking-Ever?  Need some inspiration to shore up your eroding patience and keep your creeping discouragement at bay?  Lin-Manuel Miranda has you covered.  (With a bonus creative confidence-booster from the most wonderful little warty toad you've ever seen.)

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How Can I Create Now?

How Can I Create Now?

As you gird your loins to face the year ahead, please don't abandon the creative practices that keep you strong and centered and whole.  Here's three good reasons why now is EXACTLY the right time to continue the work of your soul. (Need a fourth reason?  How about 'are you really going to let those fuckers silence your heart'?)

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On Creativity, Compost, and Monsters in Our Midst

On Creativity, Compost, and Monsters in Our Midst

What's the connection between garbage, Autumn, and creativity?  And what can it teach us about ways to think about the scary orange-faced monster who is looming over our collective landscape this fall?  Sara's got some thoughts.  

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Adjusting for Reality

Adjusting for Reality

What happens when things don't go to plan?  Does it have to be an occasion for teeth gnashing and self-flagellation? Two lovely nuggets of wisdom to help keep your planning loose and your plans in perspective.  Also - a word of gratitude to everyone who came to visit on the Whidbey Working Artists Open Studio Tour.

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