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

Creative Living: Create Dates

Creative Living: Create Date with Artist Keith Tyson

I took a last day with Keith Tyson, 2002 Turner Prize Winner, at Jerwood Gallery’s Turn Back Now exhibition, before it left. Tyson is an amazing artist. An unassuming Northerner with a beard and specs, he uses the universe as his muse, creating art in almost every form, from painting and drawing to sculptures and machines. And he’s frightenly prolific. The Jerwood was featuring the Studio Wall Drawings he began back in 1997, as a way to explore creativity within the confines of a small studio. He continue to do them today, pondering universal questions and charting his own personal moments. “An emotional…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

Creative Living: My Weekly Create Date

A Create Date is a weekly outing, spent doing something that 1] you’d really like to do; 2] you haven’t done before, or for a very long time; and 3] is pure play for you (not work in disguise). It may not feel like it but it’s an important creative practice. Conscious creation is about the play of ideas and insights and this creative play replenishes our well of images, ideas and inspiration. When choosing a Create Date, just ask yourself, “what sounds like fun?” And then allow yourself to do it. (Alert: expect creative resistance. Create dates show us…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

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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Log Your Create-Dates: A Creative Living Map

One of the core creative practices is the create-date. Strangely, given that it’s a most-fun-you-can-imagine expedition to do something that excites or delights you, it’s 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 (open to Reader and Creativist Club Members), you can download a chart that helps you to get, and keep, the habit of a taking weekly create date. It doesn’t have to be something normally labelled “creative”. It could be playing with a friend’s dog for an hour, or spending some time…

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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 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 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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