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  • The Creative Climate of Lennon-McCartney

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney

    When you think creative pairs, for me one of the first that springs to mind is that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. With Lennon’s melancholic notes, and McCartney’s upbeat melodies, the pair, more often than not, found a harmonious balance. But behind such famous songs as Help, Yesterday, Come Together, and All You Need …

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  • Creative Searching with Seenapse

    Seenapse

    Seenapse calls itself an “inspiration engine” and is aimed at creatives. The search engine makes interesting and unique associative links, a key component of creativity and creativism.

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  • Ask Me A Question on Goodreads

    Inspiration Meditation

    I‘m getting more and more into Goodreads and I’d love to connect with those of you who have accounts over there. I’ve just signed up to their Ask An Author feature to answer questions about going creative — in celebration of the books coming in September. If you’d like to ask anything about anything, but …

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  • Be More Creative Guest. This week… Paul Graham on the Perils of Prestige

    Paul Graham with some of the startups funded by Y Combinator

    Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like… Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious… So just do what you like, and let prestige …

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  • Goodreads Giveaway Winner

    After the Rising and Before the Fall Two-Books-In-One

    Our Goodreads Giveaway of After The Rising & Before The Fall, the two-books-in-one special edition, is now over and the winners are…. (drum roll!)  Kjell Meijer of Limburg, Netherlands and Maria Pia Quijano Castillo of Lima, Peru. Your copies of After The Rising & Before The Fall are on their way to Peru and the Netherlands, …

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  • Be More Creative Guest. This week… Martha Nussbaum on Being Good

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    “To be a good human is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. “That says something very important about the ethical life: that it is …

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  • Last Promise: A New Poem

    Trees

    Promise me, that when the leaves turn in the wind or in the falling, you’ll remember. And smile at the day we spent under the green ocean dome that welled above us, all ebb and flurry, each leaf-shake a flutter held, a quark of forest time shifting and regrouping, but yet the whole — the …

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  • The Controlled Chaos of Creativity

    creative chaos

    Author’s work rooms all look remarkably alike — stacked books and papers and a lovely air of barely contained chaos. This applies across the creative class of artists, writers, musicians, entertainers… Californian professer, Sarnoff A. Mednick, has been reasoning with our anarchic method of organisation, exploring the root of creative ideas. Mednick looks at how people associate …

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  • Be More Creative Guest. This week… How Sorrow Changes Us by Rainer Maria Rilke

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    “Please, “ask yourself whether these great sorrows have not, rather, gone right through the middle of you? If much within you has not changed, if you haven’t somewhere, in some place, changed your being, while you were sorrowful?… “If it were possible for us to see farther than our knowledge reaches, and even a bit …

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  • Goodreads Giveaway: After The Rising & Before The Fall

    I’ve just launched a Goodreads giveaway, running from today through to the 7th of July. Enter now for your chance to win a free copy! Goodreads Book Giveaway After The Rising & Before The Fall by Orna Ross Giveaway ends July 07, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win This is a …

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Orna Ross writes novels, poems and nonfiction about creative writing, publishing and living. She is founder and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors, work for which she was named one of the 100 most influential people in publishing by The Bookseller Magazine.