Category Archives: Creative Ramblings

Creativity Is Already High in 2016

 

Hey everyone – Happy New Year! Silence seemed the best way to start a new time when things are wonky. It helps provide a clean slate to start the creativity on a good note.

And then, you find your inspiration. And boy is this inspiring!!! A wonderful dad wanted to do something special for his daughter, and I’ve got to say that this is a thing of beauty. Who doesn’t want their own tree in their house, and this is an amazing take on a tree house that you can grow in every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats, palettes, and a full orchestral salute to randamshome for not only showing the power of love, but also sharing the power of imagination that will help his daughter live in the magic of creativity. If I had a tree in my house, I’d never leave it. It reminds us of the joy of play that we cherished when we were young – as well as helps us to reach for the stars. What an amazing, incredible gift! Take a bow, radamshome, because you’ve brightened all of our days with this creation of beauty.

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Voices…Just Beginning

We watch commercials that touch our hearts and remember how they made us feel. Most of these ads are done by well known ad agencies. But there are more voices out there, and some are just at the beginning of their journey into the world at large. I found this short on Reddit, and was amazed that this was done by students from the Filmakademie Baden-Würtenberg in Germany. The work is titled, Dear Brother, and will leave you in tears before its final note. If this is part of their demo, then I’m going to be amazed at what they come up with after some time immersed in the trials and tribulations of life. Atmosphere marries poetry, letting us wander through the tender moments of memories that last long after time evaporates.

Dorian und Daniel are already making their marks on the world, and  it looks like each one will be full of emotion and powerful storytelling. It sounds like this school has a tremendous history helping to create some amazing talents. It’s wonderful to see that the filmmakers of tomorrow still understand that the power of a story well told is the foundation to great works. We just need to get the message out to the rest of the world that creativity is something to be nurtured and respected without thinking about numbers and standings. Bravo to two creators for making such beautiful masterpieces that will stand the test of time, and best wishes for a long and creative future that fulfills you to the depth of your souls.

- As always, thanks Reddit for pointing me to such amazing talents when I need to see them the most!

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And A Creator Wins…

I’m in love with the works of Stjepan Sejic, an incredibly amazing talent who created a mind-blowing story, Death Vigil. Actually, you’ve probably seen his work everywhere including Angelus, Witchblade, Switch, Rat Queens, Sunstone, and so much more. In my mind, this Croatian master of character, story, and graphic majesty is among the best of the best in the comic world and should be celebrated with the top tier of comic creators.

So when I heard that his masterpiece about the world of death might not fly, I was devastated. Seriously, way too many big publishers continue to short-change their loyal readers in every writing industry and make it impossible for new talent to find their fanbase. Actually, I should say that I was a pissed that the status quo continues to win these creative “wars” by only pushing names that generate the almight $$. These industries completely miss the point of creation, which is not about profits…no matter what those at the top claim.

Well, today, I saw some amazing news that helped to bolster up a pretty crappy day considering the big loss in the music world. But when one force of magic disappears, another appears to take its place. And prove to us that the creative world is always teeming with genius, imagination and even more magic.

Behold the amazing news:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Loss….RIP Scott Weiland

Wow, it really hit hard when I saw the news this morning. We’ve had another loss of a big voice that grew with us: Scott Weiland of STP. He ran hard and lived large (maybe too large considering his many troubles during his time), and filled our souls with some amazing music.

The 90′s – especially the grunge scene – has always been my favorite in terms of such amazing music that helped me live through my early adulthood. It’s the base rhythm that has driven my soul to search for what makes it happy. And it had its share of tragedy in terms of those voices that left this world much too early.

May you RIP Scott Weiland. Thanks for creating the music that helped me grow and see the world more clearly. It’s a big loss we’re sharing. And to your family and friends: Condolences in your time of loss.

Here’s an amazing acoustic version of Plush (thanks Reddit for the share):

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Need A Push?

Sometimes, I need a push to remember why I want change in this world. Here’s one:

 

 

 

 

 

and if you’re still not sure, then:

 

 

 

…just saying

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Close Your Eyes and Listen…An Amazing Cover

So, it’s been awhile and I hope that you all are doing well.

I just came across an amazing cover of Adele’s “Hello” from a Korean student with an incredible voice. Just close your eyes and listen because this is what true love sounds like. If you love something this much, then it shines through in ways that can be as inspiring as the original.

We spend so much time trying to figure out who created something first, but that isn’t always the most important lesson. What you take from each discovery and what you do with its inspiration is all yours, and when you share it with the world then you have gifted us all with something so precious and unique.

Don’t just keep grabbing everything for yourself. These creations aren’t meant to be owned by one person. Everything created has been inspired from something they’ve encountered somewhere else. The uniqueness is in how we interpret our own creation and send it out into the world to give it a life of its own. They’re meant to inspire what follows to take us a step further into the future. Fighting for a claim of your own misses the whole point of creating.

Listen to this amazing rendition because it will break your heart and build it up anew with its emotion:

- thanks to Reddit for this mind-blowing find. There is just so much talent in this world, isn’t there?!

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Support Is Always There…

Sometimes the world doesn’t notice when you drop out of sight, and it makes you wonder if you really are here. We’re always wondering about our reason of being, especially when that reason goes out of focus. It can happen when the world fights who you are, until you see yourself clearly once more.

For any creative person, The Reason tends to be the way it moves us because the feeling is just as important as the destination. It’s pretty impossible to make something that counts to you unless you feel it way down deep in your bones, because that’s what refills the well. But in the long run, the creation requires support to flourish.

Fly as high as you want...you have the support! (thanks to freestockphotos for this happy moment)

 

When we receive feedback, it sometimes makes us soar. And those times are when creatives thrive. The feelings we receive feed the well where our dreams are taking root, awaiting their own moment to grow. But there are other times when the words we hear can block us because they conflict with our innermost selves. How you overcome those darker moments will tell you how strong and deep the well goes.

There is little to fear, because those darker moments can also create a different type of emotion that is just as powerful as the light. Both light and dark make up a full day, and support those conflicting needs that live in us all. Those diverging creations you make will attract those like and not, which is what the muse desires. Just remember that support is always there, and sometimes it pops up even if you haven’t nurtured it as you should. Take the feeling that it creates and see where it takes you. It will definitely be somewhere special, because it pushed you just a little higher into the sky so that you see more of the world around you.

This is for you @jessenovels, who sees the world from a depth that makes you feel…more. Thanks for sending me that exhilarating breeze that took me to another height once again. The world just got a little brighter because my vision sees another new color and so much more.

Thanks, my friend!

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Expectations = RESPECT(?)

I’ve got to say that I’m a fan of GE commercials. Their ad campaigns always know how to touch us on an emotional level. But this one is a perfect example of the world we live in today.

We’re always arguing about generational gaps, without realizing that they exist primarily because the world continues to change at a much faster pace than we do. It’s not about age more than it is about expectations that are important to us.

Have you had a conversation with someone, and it felt like you were talking about a totally separate topic? Even if you both started on a common theme, it sort of mutated part way through into a science experiment that went out of control…or worse, a political debate. Especially if you’re looking at the topic through different lenses.

So, what will it take to realize that there are many perspectives involved in every topic we discuss, and that they all contain some legitimate points according to each perspective. Until we recognize that the phrase, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, really does accurately describe the world that we live in, we’re going to have a hard time. It shouldn’t be about the actual beauty, but it always seems to be. I guess that our quest for perfection really is an experiment that has gone too far. It’s not about perfection, but about the creation and all it entails. Every creation is fulfilling someone’s expectation, but it won’t always get the respect that it deserves because it’s being viewed through different colored lenses that don’t always see the same thing.

But seriously….you CAN’T pick up the hammer, can you?

 

Chuckle…GE advertising does it again. Just like they did with this one, which is one of my favorites:

This one really got to me in the best of ways, and inspires me to persevere with my dreams! We really do need to realize if our expectations are tinting our glasses the wrong color. Respect doesn’t just come from others. It has to start with yourself first. Once you have that, the rest usually follows.

…just saying

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The Importance of Fitting In Isn’t Really So Important

We’re hearing a lot of news about inequality of all kinds, but the most hurtful in my opinion is when someone questions YOU at first sight. Lack of time has turned us into appearance surfers. We judge on the outer look while rarely delving below the surface, unless we see a benefit to do so. And yet, so many of us don’t seem to think that there is anything wrong with how we live. Seriously?!!!!

Take a look at this and figure out how you’d use this little chart, which shows a small spectrum of people out there in our world:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think your answer would be? It probably depends on your life experiences, as well as what’s most important when you make judgment calls during a first meeting. But the one thing that we can all say is that we’re taught to question anything that is different from the norms we’ve been taught throughout our lives. Did you figure out how you’d mark up the matrix?

We’ll all have different answers because we’re all different. And I think that your answer will say quite a bit about you. If you’re like me, and you never fit in with anything, then you’ll be used to seeing a check mark next to you. You’ve probably filled out “Other” in all of those annoying questionnaires that have turned so many into questions. If you’ve ever had to answer the question, “What are you?”, then you’ve probably gotten creative with your responses. I know that I have!

This isn’t a question about race, gender, or any other category unless you want it to be. It’s not about labels, because they are so unimaginative. I refuse to be reduced to one word or sentence so that someone else can avoid  an iota of inconvenience. Life is all about inconvenience because that is how we grow and learn. You seriously need to look below the surface in order to find the truth of what you’re looking at. Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t surf through life without plunging into the deep end.

Why do we continue to work with the lowest common denominator without realizing that the equation for a good life requires all of its components? Life’s complexity shows that every existence counts, though we may not always see its importance until it’s been removed. We’re the sum of not only our own experiences, but also our teachings. It would be impossible to discount any of it, because they form the foundation of who we are. But who we are won’t dictate who we become. That is up to what we’re willing to learn, accept, and build upon. How limited do you want your dreams to be?

So, here’s my answer: All of those who have a mouth and use it. It’s not always going to be a good conversation, but at least it is starting a conversation. If you disagree with someone, then you’ll be able to ask them questions and try to see things from a perspective different from yours.  And hopefully they’ll also be open to see things from your point of view and respect the difference. All of those painful topics like inequality won’t get solved until we start to have honest conversations. Until the ugly is confronted, we’ll never be able to create beauty that we can all appreciate.  Difference is what makes life more interesting…especially when it leads to creative solutions that will replace the norm with something much better for us all. Our fragile little planet requires that we take this much more seriously than we currently do.

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Another Thought…

Writing is the other side of reading, and yet it is driven by the same emotions. A lot like life, also full of emotions.

We thrive on feeling these ups and downs, like we would on a roller coaster ride. But unlike a roller coaster which has predicted turns and rolls, life is completely chaotic. And that can be trying if you’re not prepared for that unexpected sharp turn and drop into an unforeseen void. So why do we keep coming back?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you find a good book, you read it until you reach the end. Hopefully, you find something within the words that resound in your own life. No, we don’t wish for vampires, zombies, and other such creatures who lurk in the deepest darkest regions of our minds. But we do look for answers to those troubling questions that plague our waking (and sleeping hours), which sort of feel like creatures of the night. And if our favorite books turn into series (long or short, whichever you want), then we are more excited to delve into a world created from a mind that might be different from our own but feels like home.

But here’s another thought: When life is so full of trials and tribulations, do we really have to always force our heros and heroines to experience those lowest of lows that make us curl into a ball and howl? As someone who writes, I know that the words that hit home comes from emotions that tear at the soul. But sometimes, the soul can only take so many tears before the fabric can no longer retain the same resilience. As living beings, we’re tested on a daily basis through different circumstances. No two people will experience the same feelings or reach the same outcomes. We are too complex for duplications, though we do experience similar motivations to succeed or fail. But I’m sure that we all feel like a break would be welcome – maybe one filled with a little early happiness for once.

And that brings me back to all of my favorites books written by authors who are all so very different, though driven by similar compulsions. Thank you for pushing these characters to reach beyond themselves, and pushing for excellence. We have so little excellence in places that are supposed to help change all of our lives for the better. But can we have a few more unicorns and rainbows – even gargoyles can play on rainbows? My chest hurts every time a piece of their heart is torn out. And no, an unexpected stumble is not the same as keeping the hero and heroine together (yes, I get that my favorite paring might not be yours). Please?

We need to allow more time for dreams, and less time for embracing reality. We all know that reality is not all that it’s cracked up to be. There aren’t enough boot straps to string together to build sturdy bridges over the torrents of trouble that rumble across the planet. If more dreams came alive from books, then life would be pushed towards true excellence. You don’t have to believe in magic for it to live. Look at a picture. Smell a flower. Marvel at a bumblebee. Sit in a tree. We’re surrounded by magic that we’re not allowed to appreciate because someone’s always telling us to keep working, do more, focus on the bottom line.

The bottom line is that creativity has always gotten us to dream big. We fly over so many other planets in our solar system. We’ve actually left our system (you’re amazing, Voyager 1) and are in the true unknown. Can you imagine what that little craft is seeing and experiencing? No realist can ever come up with a close description of something that has never happened before in our lives.  And there are more “voyagers” who want to explore to grow. All of the naysayers in our world will never shut out the light of curiosity. The one thing that life will always guarantee is that every experience is an opportunity for magic.

Now, don’t you want to try your hand at creating your own magic?

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