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Creative Living: Create Dates

Posts In This Category Are About The Go Creative! Practice of Taking A Date With Self

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Creative Living: Create Dates, Creative Living Maps

Log Your Create-Dates: A Creative Living Map

One of the core creative flow practices is the create-date and its one that most people resist. This chart can help you to get and keep the habit of create dates. The creative date with self [create-date for short] is a once-weekly, fun expedition to explore something that enchants or excites you. Something scary, like skydiving or bungee jumping, or something silly, like finger painting. It doesn’t have to be something that is normally considered creative. It could be playing with a dog [not your own] for two hours or spending the afternoon in the woods. A successful create-date is spent doing something that 1] you’d…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

Go Creative Tool #4: Create Dates

You can Download a Log for your Create-Dates here The Creative Date With Self  (create-date for short) is a once-weekly, fun expedition to explore something you find compelling or thrilling. An expedition, by yourself, to do something that enchants or excites you. It can be something you think of as a bit scary, like skydiving or bungee jumping, or a bit silly or childish, like going to a kid’s movie or doing some finger painting. It doesn’t have to be something that is normally considered creative. It could be playing with a dog (not your own) for two hours or spending the afternoon naked. A successful create-date is…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

Creative Date With Self: Inside Out

One of the core Go Creative! tools is the Create-Date. The invitation is to take time-out with yourself once weekly, to do whatever is your idea of fun that week. I write about my own create-dates here on the blog each Sunday and would love to hear about yours. This week I went to see Inside Out, Pixar’s latest animation film, by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmeno. I think Inside Out is the best Pixar film ever. I’m speaking as a serious fan, of the movies and company, who’s been a bit disappointed by recent outings. For me, this film marks a return…

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I Can Count On You?

My apologies for the slight delay in transmission. I was at a conference on Irish Arts in Britain yesterday so ‘Friday Fiction’ is being delivered on Saturday. In this episode, it’s spring 1922 in Mucknamore and things are hotting up. So brew yourself a cuppa, sit back and allow yourself to be swept away to a very different time and place. AFTER THE RISING. EPISODE SEVEN: I Can Count On You? The story so far: Jo Devereux has holed herself away in an old shed in Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up, in order to read the family papers bequeathed to her…

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Friday Fiction: I'm No Traitor

AFTER THE RISING. EPISODE SIX: I’m No Traitor The story so far: Jo Devereux is back in Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up, for her mother’s funeral. In her will, her mother’s has bequeathed a pile of family papers and asked Jo to write about her family’s part in the Irish liberation struggle. Jo is fascinated by what she finds in these papers. But what part did her family really play in that struggle? Why did Dan O’Donovan die? And what does it all  mean for her relationship with Rory O’Donovan, Dan’s nephew, whom she swore she’d never…

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Chapter 4. Jo Shares Her Secret.

The story so far: Jo Devereux is back in Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up. Her mother’s dying request is that she will stay on and write a family history, from the pile of family papers she’s bequeathed her about the Irish liberation struggle in 1922. Life back in San Francisco is not ideal for Jo but how can she stay on in Mucknamore, when she has never fitted in? And when Rory O’Donovan, the only man she ever really loved, lives there with his wife and children and seems to think they can now be friends,…

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After The Rising 3. Never Say Never.

The story so far: Jo Devereux has returned to Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up, for her mother’s funeral after an absence of 20 years. There she reconnects with her sister Maeve and her ex-boyfriend, Rory O’Donovan, the only man she has ever loved, who caused the rift between her and her family. Now read on: ‘So, Dev,’ he says, after my sister has made her excuses and scuttled away. ‘What’s going on? Why are you receiving us in bed, like a courtesan? You don’t look sick to me. You look better than ever.’ As he’s talking,…

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After The Rising 2. Falling Awake

The story so far: Jo Devereux has returned to Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up, for her mother’s funeral after an absence of 20 years. There she reconnects with her sister Maeve, brother-in-law Donal, niece Ria and – to her great surprise – Rory O’Donovan, once the love of her life and the last person she expected to see at a Devereux funeral. Now read on: Donal explains that we are to stand behind the hearse and lead the cortège down to the old cemetery. Only when he says this do I look across and realize: my…

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Change To Friday Fiction

Because I’ve just been given an exciting new screenwriting opportunity (of which more anon)…  and because, as advised by Joanna last week, I need to have my published novels e-reader-ready for Christmas…  and because I’m also publishing a poetry book this month…, I find I have to put Skin Diving on hold. This hurts. I’ve spent days resisting. Firstly, your feedback told me you were enjoying the chapter-by-chapter, Friday fiction slot. So was I. And I’ve been carrying this story about the MacIntyre family for years. A part of me, a very big part of me, wants more than anything to write this book. That’s…

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Creative Publishing: Create Dates, Creative Living Maps, Creativism & Creativists

Wanted. Your Stories, Artworks, Poems…

Image from Metaphor.co.jp It’s showtime! I know that many (most?) of you like to write, to draw and to make things — sometimes all at once. You’re a talented lot and I’d like to introduce you to each other. From now on, Sunday will be Showcase Day.  I’ll be publishing the best of your stories, artwork, book chapters, poems, photographs… To start, enjoy the illustration (right) called, Read More

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