Yesterday I stopped off at Barnes & Noble to purchase a book for each of my children. After I visited the kids’ section, I wandered around, and then found myself standing in front of all the leather journals. As a pretty serious blogger now, I decided it was time I carried a blank book around… Read More Today’s Inspirational Thought: Get Yourself A Journal
*** In my advertising class today we talked about creativity. We discussed author Elizabeth Gilbert’s philosophy on having a creative genius versus being a creative genius. This lecture is one of my favorites of the semester. I look forward to helping the students foster some creativity, whether I’m asking them to tap into it for advertising… Read More The Charm and Creativity of “The Artist”
*** Yesterday, Paperblog, a fabulous website that features “the best articles around by experts and enthusiasts” selected Steph’s Scribe as “Blogger of the Day.” Well, this made my day. It was a big thrill. I’ve been blogging regularly two to three times a week since April 12 of last year. It’s become a passion of… Read More The Big Thrill
*** Sometimes I want to toss my novel out the window. I completely understand what Dorothy Parker meant when she said, “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” I’ve been working on Beneath the Mimosa Tree for so long that I would be lying if… Read More Be Careful Or You’ll End Up In My Novel…and other thoughts…
I remember a few years ago when my daughter was sitting at the kitchen table coloring. She was trying to stay inside the lines, but she wasn’t having much success. Colors were flying everywhere as they crossed characters and clouds. “How’s this, Daddy?” she asked my husband. “Good, but you need to stay inside the… Read More You Don’t Need to Color Inside the Lines: A Few Thoughts On Creativity
______________________________________________________________ So far, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve learned these five particular things about me: 1. According to my father, I think life is like a magazine or a fairy tale. 2. I’m slightly obsessed with Harry Potter. 3. I love creativity. 4. I like to be entertained and engaged, specifically through books… Read More Fairy Tale Firepower: Hooked on “Once Upon A Time”
Last fall, Elizabeth Gilbert visited Baltimore as part of Stevenson University’s Speaker Series that takes place at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore. I was excited to attend as I had read Eat, Pray, Love, and also had recently seen the film. Additionally, I had forced my feature writing students to watch a clip from Ted.com in… Read More A Big, Blue Bottle of Creativity To Go, Please.