Slow sewing

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I’m all for racing my way through a sewing project to get it done. Chain piecing, rotary cutting, machine stitching… it’s all good. Especially when you quickly finish something wonderful and can proudly admire your work.

But there is also something so, so satisfying about slow sewing. Hand stitching, embroidery, cross stitch. Handwork like these is a mindful practice. A meditation, almost.  Read more

Side Project: Conversations with Creative Heroes

Death to Stock writing prompt | read more at www.creativeandmindful.com

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have been issuing thought-provoking writing prompts for some time now. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium.

Care to read more of my Death to Stock prompt responses?

Prompt #1 | Prompt #2 | Prompt #3 | Prompt #4 | Prompt #8 | Prompt #9 | Prompt #10

The prompt.

What’s your next side project?

My response.

Sometimes I feel like everything I do is a side project. It wasn’t until recently that I knew there was a name for my jack(jill?)-of-all-trades-ness: Read more

Death to the Stock Photo Writing Prompt #8 – The strangers that cross our minds

Death to the Stock Photo writing prompt #8 - www.creativeandmindful.com

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have partnered with creatives (like Paul Jarvis) on occasion in the past to issue writing prompts and whatnot. Recently, they created their own series. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium. Read more

Death to the Stock Photo Writing Prompt #4 – Making & Breaking Monsters

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have partnered with creatives (like Paul Jarvis) on occasion in the past to issue writing prompts and whatnot. Recently, they created their own series. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium.

Care to read more of my responses?

Prompt #1

Prompt #2

Prompt #3

Death to the Stock Photo writing prompt #4

The prompt.

Turn your biggest weakness into an imaginary monster. Now create a spell/antidote/weapon to destroy it.

My response.

Procrastination is an insidious devil. He lurks just around the corner, wearing a snide, handsome grin and a slim-fit, bespoke suit. Read more

Death to the Stock Photo Writing Prompt #3 – The Windshield

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have partnered with creatives (like Paul Jarvis) on occasion in the past to issue writing prompts and whatnot. Recently, they created their own series. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium.

Care to read more of my responses?

Prompt #1

Prompt #2

Death to the Stock Photo - writing prompt #3

The prompt.

What does this image spark in your mind?

My response.

Laughing, lazy, lingering. On a damp Fall day, we’ve skipped school and driven to the park downtown. Read more

Death to the Stock Photo Writing Prompt #1 – The Obstacle & the Path

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have partnered with creatives (like Paul Jarvis) on occasion in the past to issue writing prompts and whatnot. Recently, they created their own series. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium.

Death to the Stock Photo writing prompt #1

The prompt.

What’s your biggest creative challenge, and how do you overcome it?

My response.

Creative challenges abound for creative people. Anyone who tells you they are endlessly creative all the time is a liar. We all hit obstacles. Sometimes they are a mere nuisance and sometimes they are debilitating. Read more

Why bother? Here’s why. (plus 3 suggestions for getting over that attitude!)

Just. Do. It.

When I was a kid, I regularly tried to convince my mother that making the bed was a waste of time. “Why bother, Mom?!” The covers would only get messed up again later that night when I went to bed.

I think her response was something like, “Why should I bother cooking dinner, then? You’re only going to get hungry again.” Touché, Mother. Touché.

Unmade beds and sarcastic mothering aside, I’ve noticed a lot of my peeps – myself included – tend to get a “why bother?” attitude towards our creative projects. We get a creative block, so to speak.

There are a multitude of reasons why we should bother. I’ll get to that in a minute. But first, my inquiring mind had to analyze where “why bother?” comes from. I came up with a few different possibilities.

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