One-Liner Wednesday and JustJoJan Day 11 – Creativity

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

-Albert Einstein

One-Liner Wednesday and Just Jot It January are hosted by Linda G. Hill.

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Creativity and TV Shows

It wasn’t until recently, maybe in the last few years, that I realized I watch certain types of shows on television.  I’m not really one for comedies, necessarily, although I’m not against watching them.  I also don’t really like shows that have too much drama and if they do have drama, I like it to be on the light side.

That isn’t to say that I don’t watch drama… I do.  Some of my favorite shows are The Walking Dead, Dexter and The Game of Thrones.  But when I say I watch those shows, I also admit that I can only watch “so much” of those shows.  I definitely can’t binge watch any of them, and when I found myself doing that in the past, I always paid for it emotionally.

I really do enjoy good writing (which I believe each one of them have in spades), but I also enjoy shows that don’t take themselves too seriously.  My fiance decided to start watching Lucifer this season and I was really skeptical at first, but honestly, I really like the show.  It’s pretty ridiculous for the most part, but honestly, I consider it good fun.  I laugh multiple times when I watch it and it honestly just makes me happy.  I guess I wasn’t too surprised, though, that there is some sort of petition going around to have it banned.  Does anyone else find that ridiculous, or is it just me?

For the most part, though, I enjoy shows that feature creativity.  I can’t honestly believe I’m admitting this, but here is the top list of shows I watch that are based on creativity:

  • Face Off
  • Project Runway
  • Ink Master
  • The Voice
  • Chopped
  • Top Chef (When it’s actually on, although I haven’t seen a new episode in a while)

They are all different types of creativity, to be sure, but I’m always amazed at other types of creativity that I don’t have the talent for like drawing, making clothes and cooking.  There was a point in my life where I thought I might sing, but honestly, that is so hard, and I can’t but bow before the greatness of those who can belt out a song.

Maybe I’m fooling myself in thinking that other types of creativity are hard when writing has its own set of difficulties…

What about you?  What types of shows do you watch in your free time?

SoCS – Inner Stillness and Creativity

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it here on my blog, but I love to crochet. It’s not something I always find time to do, what with working full time, having three kids (well, six if you count my boyfriend’s kids), and writing. But every time I pick it up again, I realize how much I enjoy it.

I just started a new project the other day and there’s always that point where you get about four or five rows in and you can start to see the pattern come to life. I think it falls into my creative space. I just love creating things and crochet is something I find I am relatively good at, although I haven’t tried anything super challenging.

There is a point, though, where it seems nothing works. I found myself last weekend reading that pattern, crocheting, undoing it and starting over. I think I did that about three times before I realized it wasn’t the yarn; it wasn’t the pattern; it was actually me. There are times, though, that I still struggle through, hoping for a different result and I end up getting frustrated and upset, rather than just letting go.

If I think about it, it’s almost like taking a breathe when you are angry to stop the flow of angry energy. It’s the same thing with crocheting or writing for that matter. Sometimes, you just need to find some stillness within before you can begin again.

I ended up undoing the whole project (I was only about four rows in, thank goodness) and putting it away for the night. The next day when I picked it up, everything flowed much better and I realized I had it right all along the night before, I just didn’t realize it. I couldn’t see it. All I could see was how wrong it was and I was completely frustrated with it and my ability to crochet, thinking that maybe I had picked up a pattern that was just too difficult for me.

I’ve found that my writing is the same way. There are times that it just flows out of me and I’m not sure where it comes from and other times it’s like fighting for every word. I’m not saying you stop trying. I’m just saying there is some benefit to walking away, taking a breath, maybe finding some inner stillness and then picking it back up again. I have found, though, that the best thing to do is to walk away and come back to something new.

I follow a lot of challenges and rather than beating my head against a genre that I’m just not comfortable with or writing for a challenge that doesn’t interest me, I wait for the next one. There have been times over the last year that I struggled on and posted something, but not many of them have been my best work. I’ve surprised myself a few times, though, so sometimes it can be worth it to struggle on.

But maybe even just finding the stillness for a few moments will bring a better outcome. Or maybe you will get to the end not quite as frustrated.

This rambling post is brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill. Our word prompt today was “still.” Feel free to click the link and join in or read other amazing posts.


#frapalymo – Love Affair

Love Affair

The slow building of restless emotion
Pulse quickening
Soft gasps escaping from throat and lungs
My heart is taken
Stolen by words
Morphing into fantastic worlds
Spinning their way around me
Holding me gently in their soft grasp
A love affair
Forever bound across typewritten pages

#frapalymo is hosted by @FrauPaulchen and is translated by Bee on her blog The Bee writes. Today’s prompt wasn’t completely translatable, but Bee helped us out and gave us the prompt “falling in love.” I also gleaned from the translation that it was about art and being creative, so I wrote a poem about both.

Thank you to all my readers for the support this month. I always knew I loved poetry, but I didn’t realize how much I loved it until I was forced to create a new poem every day. I will definitely participate again. Thanks again to Bee for putting all the hard work into the translations and making it easier for those of us who don’t speak German. I know some of them were difficult and I truly appreciate all she did.


F is for French Toast

French Toast is one of my favorite breakfast items and one of the few things I cook without measuring everything precisely. I’m not much of a cook and I especially don’t like it when someone tells me a recipe and it’s “a little bit of this” and “a dash of that”. I always tell them to write it down and give me precise measurements, which is probably why I’m not much of a cook. I do realize that cooking requires a bit of creativity and imagination and when it comes to food, I’m sorely lacking.

French Toast, on the other hand, is one of those things that just seems to work for me. Crack some eggs, pour some milk in, drip some vanilla and sprinkle cinnamon, and maybe just a bit more then whisk it all together. There are certain types of bread that don’t soak up the liquid in such a way to make it soggy (that’s gross, don’t do it!), and I used to think it was the really thick Texas Toast variety. But I have found that Grandma Sycamore’s bread works just as well; actually I like it better because it isn’t quite so bread-y.

I’m making this sound like I know what I’m talking about. All I can say is that I make it about twice a month, every Saturday or Sunday when I have the boys and everyone loves it! I also tend to fry some sausage links with it and smother it all in syrup.

On Sunday, I decided to cut up some strawberries since by boyfriend is taking meat out of his diet, and that was yummy too. I should have taken a picture with the whole concoction put together on the plate. Not only did it taste fantastic, it looked pretty (think appetizing) too.

Why is it that we tend to devour food with our eyes before shoveling it into our mouths? It’s true though. I especially love it when there are bright colors on the plate (which I’m told means it’s more healthy?), but I’m thinking that just because I put strawberries on top of egg-soaked bread with vanilla and cinnamon covered in syrup, that somehow it didn’t make it more healthy. But you know what? I’m okay with that.

What about you? How do you like your French Toast?