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

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Create Date: New World Order Blockchain Exhibition

This week’s Create Date was at Furtherfield Gallery, following my interest in Blockchain tech and what it might mean for authors. The blockchain is the technology that underpins digital currencies which, depending on who you talk to, is set to enrich or demote humanity. The artworks in this exhibition – work by Pete Gomes, Rob Myers, Primavera De Filippi of O’Khaos, Terra0, Lina Theodorou and xfx (aka Ami Clarke) and others – are the kind that make the mind boggle. They imagine a world in which many aspects of life (reproduction, social organization, nurture, nature) have been mechanized and automated by…

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How and Why To Record Your Create Dates Plus A Downloadable Log

One of the three creative flow practices offered in the Go Creative! method is the create-date, a dates-with-self for some baz-off fun. It’s good to record your create dates and there’s a downloadable log in the member zone for that. Strangely, given that it’s a most-fun-you-can-imagine expedition to do something that excites or delights you, going on a create date is a practice that most of us resist. Or maybe not so strangely. We find it so hard, sometimes, to be good to ourselves. In The Library, you can download a chart that helps you to get, and keep, the habit of a taking…

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Wild swimming in Florida

As many of you know I love wild swimming…. or as we used to call it in Ireland where I grew up, er, swimming. So when I was invited to speak at the NINC conference I didn’t have to think twice. Not only was it Florida in October, but the very wise women who run this great association hold their conference literally on the beach. I’ll be reporting on the conference over at The Author Advice Centre’s blog on Monday. In between conference sessions, I’ve been running the sands and swimming the waves each day. (No that’s not me in the pic…

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Creative Flow Practice: The Create Date

The creative-date-with-self (create date for short) is an important creative flow practice. It is ideally done weekly and must be done alone. The create date is an expedition to explore something you find compelling or thrilling or fun. 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…

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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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