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Are You Average or Exceptional?

Today’s post is a transcript from my podcast entitled Are You Average or Exceptional? We’re talking about how you see yourself. Are you average or exceptional?  How are you different from others, and how does that affect how you work and play? Recently I was listening to an Accidental Creative podcast interview with Seth Godin, […]

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Making Art

A few soundbites from the mesmerizing book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  If you consider yourself an artist—any kind of artist—you must read this book.  [Any bold print is my addition.] Artmaking involves skills that can be learned.  The conventional wisdom here is that […]

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Out of Your Own Heart

Patience, dahlings, patience.  I’ll tell you all about last night’s Susan Enan concert on Tuesday.  I need time to compose my happy thoughts (and pictures). In the meantime, I give you a gift.  Actually, the gift is none of my doing.  It’s one of Mary Oliver’s astute pieces.  Oh, how I love how she puts […]

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Form As a Limitation in Creativity

Have you ever dreamed a fantastic thing in your mind, and then you tried to put it on paper or paint it on canvas or sculpt it or mold it, and it just didn’t have that oomph you saw in your head? Ah, you’ve fallen prey to what I call the artist’s discrepancy—the falling short […]

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The Paradox of Courage

I’m trying to work with a new form in my next novel, and yes, it’s causing severe bouts of doubt.  Can I pull it off?  Will it be a huge flop?  With a possibility of failing, though, I’m hoping there will be the same possibility of success.  The whole process requires a regular dose of […]

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