Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 3 #WipMadness Check In

Welcome to week 3, Wipsters! During August, I'm featuring posts about caring for the creative. I'm still in New Mexico and won't be home until Monday evening, but I didn't forget about y'all!

This week, rejuvenate yourself. Do something fun, out of the ordinary. Something to spark your creativity, get your artistic wheels spinning. Julia Cameron talks about the "artist's date". These dates can be a kick start for a new project, a reward for completing a project, or just a method of nurturing your creative side.

Once a week would be ideal for our date, but most of us are too busy for weekly. Maybe you could shoot for monthly. It could be something as simple as a walk in nature or something as luxurious as a weekend getaway.

I just spent the last four days in the lovely and enchanting Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas of New Mexico. Culture, art, nature, shopping, relaxing, and fabulous food were a few of the highlights on the trip. I'm refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to pounce on finishing up one project and starting on another.

I hope everyone has a productive week! What do you do to jump start the creativity? Ideas welcome. :)

Whip up something great!!



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  1. This week I'm first!

    Ah let's see. Creativity. Long walks, longer car rides, things I can do without thinking about the mechanics of what I'm doing and allow my mind to wander. For my last round of revisions, I found that making actual notecards and the kinesthetic nature of doing those helped knock the gears loose.

    For self, I've been riding my 2 young horses and learning their differences. It's great.

    Today's my first day of school! Here we go!

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    1. Oh wow! Our kiddos don't start up until next week. Hope you had a great summer! Horseback riding can be very relaxing and rejuvenating.

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  2. That is a great idea. Some times we need something to kick start those creative juices.
    Glad to hear you're having a good time in New Mexico! I used to go to Albuquerque every year for a horse show.:) Haven't been for a few years now, though.

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    1. We loved NM. There was so much to do. :)

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  3. Sounds like a FANTASTIC trip.. New Mexico is so magical!

    Great advice... we all need to leave our computers for a long walk in the sun!

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    1. So true, Michael. Great to see you! As soon as I get my bloggy bottom in gear, I'll be around. Funny how vacations suck the life out of you.

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  4. Sounds like a lot of fun. We tend to get out at least once a week and to do something fun. And playing my guitar always boost my creativity.

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    1. Feeding one art with another is a great idea. :)

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  5. I love sitting outside with a sketchbook. Listen and doodle, doodle and listen, write down random words and somteimes just sit there with book resting on lap.

    Enjoy rest of your trip!

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    1. Being outside (when it's not 100 degrees in TX) is one of my favorite things to do when rejuvenating. Have a great week!

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  6. Hmmm, creative jump starts. For me it's finding new music for my Playlist. Or my power walk/runs. Also been having fun with iStock, purchasing photos that reflect my characters. And of course fun reviews help too.

    Here's another fun one: http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com/review/no-more-goddesses-by-kim-baccellia

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    1. Music and images are great for creativity. Will have to check out your link. Have a great week, Kim!

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  7. *puts on sneakers and leaves for a hike* Great post, Candy! :)

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  8. I often take time out to go take some photographs of nature. It is so soothing and stimulating at the same time. It's very meditative and gets me in touch with deeper emotions. Sometimes, I just sit outside and "be" for a while...if it's not 100º out.

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    1. I sooooo agree, Mary Ann. Love being outdoors. Your photography is an excellent way to boost your creativity. :)

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  9. Hiya.

    I got myself a ukelele and am teaching myself to play through Udemy (my new favorite learning site). My calluses are developing nicely and I've found that it gets my creative juices flowing.

    Have a great week, everyone!

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    1. A ukelele! I love the sound of them. I'm impressed, Tonette. Teaching yourself how to play an instrument probably isn't too easy. Way to go!!

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  10. We all need time away sometimes to refresh. And if we "pull back" from a project, we can often see wider issues that you would miss when you're knee deep in it. Good luck with your projects!

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    1. So true, Nick. There are days when I pound away at the keyboard, frustrated and blocked. I can get up, walk away, and boom! the ideas begin to flow. Have a great week!

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  11. How great to have been able to spend time in New Mexico! We'll all expect great things of you as soon as you're back in the traces. LOL.

    The analogy of a well needing to be replenished is an old one, but it's very true of our store of creativity. We all need opportunities for rejuvenation. I like Julia Cameron's suggestions, daily walks, artist's dates, and her 'Morning Pages', too. I like to spend time walking the ocean's shore, or sitting on a log listening to the waves come in. But more often I just take my camera and go for a brief wander around our garden or down the trail to the marsh hunting some photo ops. It works for me. :)

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    1. Carol, what an amazing opportunity to walk the beach. Just by reading your comment, I can imagine the sound of waves rushing up on shore.

      I loved Cameron's book. I wasn't disciplined enough to follow it all the way through, but I refer back to it often. I reread many sections and apply their concepts into my own writing life. I spent many, many years as a blocked creative and had no idea what my problem was until I read her book. Then, the light when on.

      Have a super great week!

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  12. Sorry I'm late! I've always wanted to check out Albuquerque and Santa Fe. What a wonderful trip! Excellent advice for recharging our batteries. The only thing I can manage as often as weekly is a one-hour trip to our local farmer's market. Something about that just makes everything okay. =)

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    1. Love the farmer's market! And yes, I agree. It's a huge boost of a recharge for me, too. I enjoy the people as well as the fresh produce, meats, and honey. Have a great week. :)

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  13. I'm all for the artist's date! Haven't taken myself on too many lately. The last one was a harp concert in a 100 yr old mansion. ^_^ Lately I've been binge reading--a novel a day. Haven't done that in a long, long time. One of these days I'll start drafting a new story.

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    1. Do I recall you play the harp, Ang? The harp is one of the most beautiful of all instruments with a magical sound. Definitely a recharge. A novel a day? Holy cow! Now, that's what I call caring for the creative. :)

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