In our home, silly gets a good place. Somewhere between the hot water boiler and the computer. We've come to rely on it, fall back on it, pull it out when we're stressed and a number of other clichés I could fit in here. We're silly people, what can I say? So a typical dinner … Continue reading Imagine What An Alligator Would Do and Other Ways I Motivate Myself
On Thursdays I normally share random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. Stockholm is still freezing, though today it's a mild -10 degrees. I've perfected the art of wearing two pairs of pants at the same time and I can now do at least thirty different tasks while wearing my gloves. If … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts – Graffiti and Bicycle Wheel Conspiracies
Last week, the University of Iowa's International Writing Program launched their MOOC How Writers Write Fiction (if you're interested in signing up, just click on the link). I took this course last year and thought it was fantastic, so I've signed up for it again. Unfortunately, the class isn't even a week old and I'm already behind. … Continue reading Using Objects in Writing
I have no idea how I function some days. Every second hundreds of tweets flash by and dozens of Facebook posts pop up. My email is flooded with messages, spam, promotions I don't remember signing up for, status updates for websites I haven't visited in over two years, Google+ updates, Goodreads updates, library updates, literary magazines … Continue reading Rekindle your friendship with quiet in three easy steps
I first heard about the power of writing 750 words a day while attending the University of Iowa's MOOC last fall. A forum post popped up asking who else used the site and I didn't think anything about it. I write as much as I can when I can. I'm spastic enough as it is, … Continue reading The power of 750 words
They all lived in my head! Last week, I talked about how technology has infringed upon traditional methods of creativity and how we should remember to go back to pencils sometimes. I also shared some of my husband's art work. You'll remember I mentioned I am NOT an artist. To prove my claims, I've shared … Continue reading What do a planet, an alien and a frog have in common?
I love art. Some people want to relax on the beach all day, go to a concert, or spend the day at the mall. Not me. If the bookstore is closed, take me to a museum. Better yet, drop me off at a starving artist's boardwalk. Oh, and don't wait up. I'll be back sometime … Continue reading Have You Used a Pencil Today?
Last Thursday I ran across an amazing podcast from Joanna Penn and Todd Henry. It began with two little words: Die Empty. Contrary to the photo, it's not as creepy as it sounds. What's it all about? Turns out, the graveyard is the most valuable place in the world. Not the Louvre, a luxury hotel in … Continue reading Dying Empty
How are the creative juices these days? Flowing strong? Or do you feel like a wilted apple tree? Not sure why I thought you might feel like a tree, but I think you get the general idea. In short, has your muse packed up and gone troll hunting in Norway? If you need a little … Continue reading Why We Should Occasionally Ditch the Keyboard
In a world of staccato bursts of information, where I swipe through updates on iPhone screens, smash my words into 140 character boxes, and information whizzes past me at an alarming rate, it's hard to find the time to just sit and listen to my muse. I also think my muse is a bit too soft-spoken. If … Continue reading Creative Spaces