A Crapsey … What??


Cinquain. A Crapsey cinquain. Remeber it’s one of the syllabic poetry forms I mentioned in last week’s post.

The Crapsey cinquain was developed by a woman named Adelaide Crapsey, an American poet. As per its name, the cinquain has five lines. The Crapsey cinquain follows a strict syllabic form:

Line 1 – 2 syllables
Line 2 – 4 syllables
Line 3 – 6 syllables
Line 4 – 8 syllables
Line 5 – 2 syllables.

A single siquain can stand on its own or it can be used along with additional cinquains as a stanza of a longer poem.

For one example, you can see “American Princess” in my own poetry collection, Windsong and Other Poems.

Additionally, here is an example just for this. (This is a rough draft and not finished in any way.)

Facebook,
Instagram, and
more social media.
Good or bad, we live our lives
online.

Give it a try. If you feel brave, share yours in the comments below.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?


How is that for a throwback to childhood and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? But seriously wouldn’t it be great to have a large community of neighbors who are interested in what you have going on? I don’t mean in a nosy way, but in a genuinely interested way.

Sometimes I really do.

And the good thing about the internet is we can do that in many ways. True there’s Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, blogs like this…

But then…

A bad thing about the internet is that something that’s here today could be completely gone tomorrow. Then what do you do about those connections? How do you keep in touch with those contacts for whom you have NO contact information?

You don’t own your lists of friends online, no matter what social media platform you use.

Do you kno what you do own?

Your email contacts list.

And so that’s my point today. I would lie to invite you to be my virtual neighbor. Join my community. I’ll send you an email once a week, usually on Friday, to let you know what’s going on. I’ll include a link back to this blog in case there’s something you’ve missed. And you’ll be the first to know when something new is on the way.

(For example, there’s something new that my community list has known about for a couple weeks that I have yet to annouce here. I will soon, though.)

Because of some choices I made when I first set up this website, I can’t just pop a form in for you to fill out. What I can do is give you a link

See? I just did.

Yes, I’m being silly. But serously, you can click the link above or the image at the beginning of this post and sign up. For the rest of this month, you’ll get a free crochet pattern PDF in exchange for your email address. In August, it will be something different. I’ll switch it up between something for people more interested in writing and for people more interested in crochet.

I’m also going to be setting up a resource library here. There will be items of interest for writers and crocheters. I’ll work on that this weekend. It will be passsword-protected and the onl way to get the password will be to join the newsletter community.

Some of you may be thinking that you already subscribe to my blog, so why do you need to sign up for the community newsletter? Well, one reason is the resource library I just mentioned. Another reason is… What would you do if I had to move this blog and the subscriptions didn’t move with it? How would you know where I’d gone and where to find me?

Signing up for the community newsletter would keep you from wondering if I’d just dropped off the face of the planet….or got helplessly tangled up in a ball of yarn.

It could happen.

So Close….

After Christmas, the temptation is strong to just coast to the New Year. It’s still the holiday season and there’s no need to do any real work (as a creative) between now and then. Is there?

Yes and no.

What’s that supposed to mean?

Yes.

The hard push is done. Holiday orders and commissions have been sent and received. There is still work to be done, but the stressful part is done. It won’t hurt anything to let a few things slide.

No.

Do you really want to be playing catch-up when January gets here? Or do you want to have as much of 2018s work done as possible so you can start on 2019s goals?

(Notice I didn’t say resolutions. We’ll talk about that difference later on.)

If you watch Evan Carmichael on YouTube or follow him on Instagram any at all, you know he’s a major advocate for starting today. Start now. Start where you’re at.

Once upon a time ago, I would have been in the “let it slide” camp. Not anymore. Let’s all promise ourselves to start NOW.

Question of the day: What are YOU starting?

GO!

Welcome to day 1 of 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut!

Today, I ask that you make an Idea Pocket. In case you missed the description of what an Idea Pocket is, you can read it here.

Now, how do you make an Idea Pocket? It’s pretty easy.

For the simplest version, take a #10 standard business envelop and seal it. Cutting the short end, cut about 1/3 of it off. If you want to, cut a notch in it so you can open it easier.

On the outside, write a little nonsense poem or decorate it in some way that you like and will remind you that this is a tool you can use to tap into your creativity. It’s part of your creative toolbox.

This is a poem I’ve put on the outside of any that I make:

My Idea Pocket

I want to write.
I want to draw.

Try though I might,
I can’t think of anything at all!

I reach my hand in here
And find something very near.

I’ll put it back or put in something new
So I can use it another time too.

It serves to describe what an Idea Pocket is, in case you forget, and it tells you how you can use it.

You can find a picture of mine on my primary Instagram sometime later today. Remember to post pictures of your Idea Pocket on Facebook or Instagram using the tag #nocreativerut. And join the conversation in the Facebook group.

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt

Oops!

I made two mistakes.

First, on Tuesday, I did a book spotlight for a book that’s already been promoted and free. I can’t do that one again until 90 days have passed.

Second, today, I almost forgot to do a blog post. With the way today has gone, I thought about not doing one at all, but here I am.

I wanted to take this time to remind you about the challenge that’s starting Monday.  5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut.

I’ll post information here Sunday night and invite you to the Facebook group. If you want to participate and cheer each other on, that would be the place to do it in addition to posting on Facebook and Instagram.

With that in mind, I want to show you the challenge image again. 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut

I like participating in challenges. Do you? I decided to create a challenge to introduce us to each other before the 40 Days of Creativity course starts later this month.

So what is this challenge?

It’s 5 days to get out of a creative rut. I know we all get stuck in them once in a while. It’s time we got ourselves out of it.

There’s two things I want to share with you. The first is a video I did on Facebook live yesterday.

The second is a graphic that will be posted on Instagram Stories later today. I didn’t put the start date on it because I intend to reuse it when I run this challenge again. In this case, the challenge starts Monday, November 12. You can post on Instagram, Facebook, or even in the JNO Creativity Challenges Facebook Group.

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt

Food for Thought: A Question for You

fruitYesterday, I was on Instagram and watching IG Stories. One person I follow said boredom is necessary for creatives. They/we need it to make room for the new ideas that fuel our creative work.

I am working on a post about that, but I want to know what you think. Do you agree? Please leave me a comment about why or why not.