Photo Challenge

Part of the reality of The Life Creative is that the other parts of our lives get in the way. I'll talk some more about that in the future. In the meantime, I took advantage of a day off and set out with my camera. I don't get as many photo days as I'd like,... Continue Reading →

Learning New Skills

One of the "discoveries" on my journey into watercolor painting is that I have no background in drawing. I am an inveterate doodler, but my preferred style there are geometric shapes. Flat squares, triangles, and -gons of various descriptions. Most of which is no help when I'm trying to paint leaves, trees, houses, and stuff.... Continue Reading →

The Question of Creativity

Let’s talk about creativity. Whatever that is! I wanted to create (there’s that word again) a blog that talked about creativity and that might offer a little encouragement for those of us trying to do it. Not in one form, but in the larger sense. Just as I believe that all human communication is storytelling,... Continue Reading →

The Multiverse May Kill You

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (2020) - Earth Zero has discovered how to traverse between worlds. Cara is valued as a traverser because her doppelgangers are dead on most of the worlds known. If you arrive in a world where the other you is still alive, your death will be kind of quick... Continue Reading →

Managing Expectations

Managing Expectations A new year and with it a tradition of New Year’s Resolutions(NYR)! Let’s talk about my history with NYR. Like most people, my list of failed, foiled, and forgotten resolutions is longer than the list of resolutions completed. Part of this is my boundless optimism and expectation. In 2017, my NYR ran to... Continue Reading →

A Sad, Sad Year

This was a TERRIBLE year for book reviews. I produced a grand total of 17. Which is awful. There's a reason for it. It was a TERRIBLE year for reading. For the first time in my life, I didn't feel like picking up a book. There were several times I had to force myself to... Continue Reading →

An Image of Creativity

As (I hope) our discussion grows about creativity, I'd love to see what other people are working on in whatever their creative zone is. As I've said before, my creative zones are writing (long time), photography (long time, watercolor painting (short time), and guitar/music (medium time). It's only fair that if I'm asking other folks... Continue Reading →

A Hint About My Creativity

One thing that I felt was important when I moved this blog to a total focus on creativity was sharing my creative stuff. I believe that it's important for us to see not only creative people who are better than we are, but also those still growing themselves. (You thought I was going somewhere else... Continue Reading →

A Pearl of Great Peril

The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1947) - Kino, his wife Juana and their infant son Coyotito are not rich. But thier life is filled with love and contentment. Kino is a pearl diver in Baja California Sur. One day a scorpion falls into the child's bed and stings him. The local doctor won't do anything... Continue Reading →

Secrets, Murder…And Then The Lights Go Out

The Guest List by Lucy Foley  (2020) - A high-profile wedding brings disappointments, secrets, and death to a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland.  Will it be “happily ever after” or will someone else die? Here’s the quick way to think of this book.  Update F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” characters to the 21st... Continue Reading →

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