Many creative people apparently believe or subscribe to the idea that “inspiration” must strike so that we can be creative, regardless of how motivated we may feel about our creative work.  Do you believe it? More important:  How have you tested your belief? What conditions make that spark of “inspiration” more likely to happen? Is inspiration the same as flow? […]

Listed below are a few deceptively simple ways to implement small incremental changes to help you become accustomed to generating fresh thought patterns and building creative momentum. Changing routine habits helps develop and strengthen your creativity “muscle”. As your mind becomes accustomed to processing change and filtering experiences through different perspectives, it also becomes increasingly […]

Today I found a half emptied sack of colorful Easter candy stuffed willy-nilly in the back of a kitchen drawer along with a vast quantity of spilled catnip, a set of batteries, some elastic bands and who knows what else. Do you have a drawer like that? I thought of the fish plate while delicately […]

Today I took my Wreck this Journal journal to the park for an outing, a little fresh air, some sunshine. Then I burned it up. A bit overdone, perhaps, but tasty! HEY WRECK STARS! KEEP ON WRECKING!!!!

Wreck this Journal game: week 6 (or 7), how it played out. That “let it go” page has been bothering me for weeks so today I decided this would be “The Day I Lose It” no matter what. In mid-afternoon I left it inside a local freebie newsprint magazine that I found on the coffee […]

So it’s #FF (follow friday) time on Twitter and I am missing Los Angeles — city of creativity crack — so much this week. Twitter is the closest thing I’ve found to not being there. Living in and traversing LA — that city or county or MSA or sprawled out metropolis or crazy place or […]

The instruction was: cover this page with white things. So I did. (This is week 5 or 6 of the Wreck this Journal game, depending on who’s counting.) White paper textures. White lettering. “SMILE” and white-on-color logos. White slippers. A newsprint map to White’s. The whites of an eye. Toilet paper roll – plush white. […]

Here’s the latest update in the ongoing saga of our Wreck this Journal game. (#WTJ) Last Thursday afternoon: mailed book to self. Deep breaths. Friday noon: BOOK IN MAILBOX! Stamps not cancelled, no postmark, in fact not a single new mark on it! Must have been hand carried with kid glove treatment. I toss it […]

In which we embark upon a new stage of the journey, this week’s #WTJ post being installment three or four depending who is counting the progress of our multi-player game involving the book, Wreck this Journal. Wherein, having duly swaddled the book in miles of strapping tape and applied a ragtag assortment of postage stamps […]

Kitty and I blithely sloshed, dripped, and finally dumped coffee dregs on the book, driving the resident-home-for-the-summer-college-know-it-all to raise an eyebrow: “That’s sure not something you see every day!” Truth or Consequences/TMI? I’ve been using the book as a handy coaster all week. One day I kind of missed and splashed doused the keyboard a […]