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I’m the author of How to create Anything and a few other books.

This blog is a scrapbook of stuff I’m creating under the headings

Creative Writing.Creative Publishing.Creative Living.

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Website Upgrade Continues

The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

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How We See Determines What We See: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Is This Week’s Go Creative! Guest

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. “It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. “I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or dehumanized. “If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they…

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Redesign In Progress

You might have noticed a new look around here and that you haven’t had your newsletter for a while. I’m working with the wonderful Pixbee Design to: upgrade the website design put in the Creativist Club we’ve talked about for so long set up a weekly Go Creative! podcast introduce a new weekly motivator mail-out to be sent each Sunday (starting in July), for those who are pursuing the principles and practices outlined in the Go Creative! books. I’m going to be working on this with Nelly from Pixbee and the ever-wonderful Roving Jay over the summer, ready to launch the podcast and club…

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 #5: 4-7-8 Breathing
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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing

ALLi Members Self Publishing Q&A May 2016

Each month Joanna Penn and I host a self-publishing Q&A live on Google Hangout, which is also available afterwards as a YouTube video and iTunes podcast. This month people want to know … How to set up a new book on Amazon Marketing advice for latest book Best practice for formatting a book If you’re an ALLi member, there’s still time to submit a question: Click here to submit your questions Click this link to join the Ask ALLi Google+ Hangout Event and watch it live Date: 31st May 2016 Global Dates and Times: Time: 12noon PST (Vancouver) / 3pm…

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Creative Living: Be More Creative

Creative Is The Opposite To Consumerist

Going creative is a choice that the conventional world doesn’t want you to make. Convention prefers you to play safe, to avoid adventure and opiate yourself with TV, pornified sex, cheap romance and mindless consumerism. Included in that conventional world is your own “con-mind state”, your own conventional intelligence. You may well prefer wanting and wishing to working and making. Lots of people do. The creative process is powerful and that means it can be powerfully disruptive. While the process is always moving us towards happiness and freedom, it is also always challenging our assumptions and attitudes and calling for change….

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 #5: 4-7-8 Breathing
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Creative Writing: New Poetry

Love Hurts? No Way

Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

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Go Creative Guest: Mavis Staples on Treating Everyone Right

I’ll be writing all about BEA Chicago in my first Monday opinion column on the self-publishing advice blog, shortly. But I wanted to bring you guys this highlight. Mavis Staples was there, promoting her book and giving a secret concert. I couldn’t go because I was at the Goodreads dinner that evening (also a wonderful event) but Christine Monroe from Kobo assures me she was completely fabulous — as ever. Mavis is super busy at the moment, what with promoting her book,  a new documentary and finishing Pops Staples (her dad’s) posthumous album. “Mavis sang ‘Friendship’ from it at the show, and it was so…

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The Font of All Creative Achievement

It shouldn’t surprise us that we travel through this world as we do, full of desires: we’re children of longing. Some years ago, by some strange destiny, an egg and a seed engaged each other in the darkness of a womb, and you were conceived. Your conception emerged out of your parent’s passionate longing for each other, and their longing for love. Ever since, the same inner force has guided you in your unfolding. As an embryo you were led on by the evolutionary desire to be born. For the first nine months or so, your changes happened in blind…

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A Celtic Creation Story

The first recorded Irish stories were Celtic. They presented our world as eternal, represented by the famous knotwork art produced for centuries in Ireland’s monasteries. There are fewer stories about the moment of creation in Celtic culture than other tribes but one I love is the story of Oran Mór. Once upon a time, there was no time. There were also no Gods and no man or woman to walk the land. There was only the depths of the sea and its dark, eternal quiet. A strain of melody moved across the endless waters, a whisper first. The music was the Oran…

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The Creative Brain and Mental Illness

Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh, Diane Arbus, and Ernest Hemingway were all highly creative people who lost their battle with mental illness through suicide. I’ve long been interested in the links between mental wellness or illness and creative capacity. So has Nancy Coover Andreasen, an American neuroscientist, inspired by a woman who mirrored her own personal, academic and professional life, Sylvia Plath. As literature students and Fullbright scholars, the two had a lot in common but Plath joined the above list, while Andreasen has had what she calls a wonderful life. And her curiosity about why life took them in different directions has shaped her career. Two…

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