(Spring) Time to Renew Your Commitment

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Spring has finally sprung around here! Sun, temperatures above freezing, even a green shoot or two. I can't help but be inspired by nature's creativity, and hopefully you'll forgive me for using a common metaphor of spring renewal and renewed commitment to your creative project. (Hey, the metaphor … [Read more...]

Ugh; Fear, Again?

Don't let fear keep you in a box.

No doubt, and no surprise: One of the biggest roadblocks to any creative endeavor is fear. Name your poison--fear of failure, or, for the particularly clever, fear of success; fear of making mistakes, of looking silly, of not knowing how to do whatever it is you want to do. We get so mired in fear … [Read more...]

Creative Handstands

Even though I've been doing yoga for almost 25 years, I've always been afraid of handstand. I'm not alone in this; most people are afraid of inverted poses--in much the same way they're afraid of turning their lives upside down by taking creative risks. Writing the book, getting paints and a … [Read more...]

Frozen? Let’s Hit the Beach (Glass Sale)!

If this frozen winter has you in need of a beach vacation, I can offer the next best thing: BEACH GLASS. It's a story of lost loves and second chances, but more important right now, it takes place on a warm beach in Costa Rica, with a hot surf instructor. All together now: Yes, please.  Taking … [Read more...]

Are You Ready?

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I set Valentine's Day for the start of the Creativity Commitment - the promise to be more creative, even to just be open to ways of being creative. My preferred ways are to keep drawing and get back to writing; my projects are a sketchbook diary, no specific subject, and the proposal for my next … [Read more...]

The Creativity Commitment: The What, the Why, and Most Important, the How

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Recently, I introduced the idea of the Creativity Commitment—taking up a long-put-off desire to write, draw, or do any other creative endeavor. And what better time to start: Valentine’s Day, right smack in the middle of the winter doldrums, but with spring’s sense of renewal not far … [Read more...]

The Self-Valentine

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Back in our courtin' days, Nathan and I bonded on key issues: our love of comic book movies (the hurdle of him being Marvel and me being DC was overcome). Our emotional investment in rice pudding. And our agreement that Valentine's Day had gotten out of hand, with the pressure to prove love and give … [Read more...]

Snow Day

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                        So, the Blizzard of 2015 turned out to be the Blizzzzzznnnn... Not the predicted Snowmageddon, but normal-for-winter, pretty snowfall. Still, with transit systems shut down and a … [Read more...]

Creativity Boost: Danny Gregory’s New Book, Art Before Breakfast

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Whether you're a writer or an artist or a potter or any sort of creative type, chances are that, from time to time, your creativity will feel a little like a slightly deflated football. (Analogy ripped from the headlines!) So, what then? A creativity boost, that's what. Creativity boosts are … [Read more...]

Creativity Cheerleader: Your Project Plan for 2015

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                      Happy new year! Is this the year you've promised yourself and taken a pinky swear that you'll start writing your novel? Or start drawing that graphic novel, or painting, or any other type of … [Read more...]