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You must choose creativity if you wish to gain or expand creative ability. The choice will help you accept that you are, or become more of, a creative person.
If you write, I suggest lots of reading. Be selective though; books and magazines about the writer’s craft, creativity, inspirational books, devotionals, and pictorial books. Magazines, newspapers, candy reading (whatever you most enjoy), biographies (these give you insight into real people whose characteristics you can weave into realistic characters). Psychology, design, histories, poetry, and I am sure you are getting some ideas of your own.
For photographers, there is no substitute for getting out and shooting, even pictures from home can hone skills. National Geographic, Wired, Vogue, Architectural Digest, and other photo-laden magazines can have you imagining things to try. Photography magazines can instruct and inform. A photography club can provide critique and instruction.
Classes may be beneficial if you find an excellent instructor and can afford to invest those funds. Writers and photographers are well-advised to combine the talents. Should your skills be weaker in one, endeavor to improve. Text and pictures together draw more sustained attention than the presentation of either alone. Practice will enhance the work quickly if you focus on creative intensity, but be willing to invest years in becoming a master.
Art! Art is where my focus has broken down, but instruction books, classes, visiting places that contain art (even just the local craft store where there are prints), practice and more practice will help you grow your innate creative talent. Be courageous, you do not have to be Frida, Pablo, Leonardo, or Georgia, at this time, be yourself. Experiment, use color, use media, be bold, develop your eyes, and your hands. Find your element.
You are you, and your creative genius is exactly what your audience is searching for, your reach will increase in proportion to the effort you dedicate. If you misplace a line assume it should be there and build it into your creation. The chances are no one will ever discover what you consider imperfection. The audience forgives what to it is unknown. Would that I heeded my advice, but some are more beholden to perfectionism than are others.
Music, I seldom articulate my background, but I was in chorus and choir from an early age. I lettered in chorus the three full years I attended high school. I also studied guitar a few years and spent many hours happily playing electric organ. The choral lessons taught diction and enunciation. I left music when I lost my Kimball organ, I had it from the seventies until 2000. The wound is deep.
I will tell you if you have the gift of voice, or if you do not, it is a choice. The vocal instrument can be improved with time. You must want the facility, or it will elude you. Should you perform, do not stumble over a mistake, sing out, smile and keep going. The audience will not realize you fumbled unless your stress draws attention to it.
I have gone long. Sometimes, I find a groove.
I realized I have 1,330 followers on the blog, Chronicles. I thought those would follow me to the new venue, but it seems not. So, I am debating what I should do. There should be a way via WordPress to incorporate the two. Combining things and setting new priorities is sometimes a weakness of mine. Creative solutions are my mark so I will come up with something. I am working more on Haphazard Creative
I am grateful:
- I have a best friend.
- I can play my stereo loud.
- I have food to eat.
- There is hot water.
- I am comfortable writing.
- I have books to read.
- Pen and ink.
You have by now seen enough of my Gratitude Lists that you should be practicing them yourself. If not, ask yourself why you refuse. It is a beneficial habit.
The match lighting the fire of
Our talent’s intent.
Fill your mind with all
The inspiration it will
Hold, then make it new.
Travel the spaces
Between the living moments
Cradle your ideas.
As a prompt, consider your creative talents and make a plan to foster your skills and increase them. You may need to dedicate more time or clear space. Prepare yourself for success, and you will indubitably find it.
Thank you for visiting Chronicles. I hope you found something instructional, inspiring, or encouraging. If you like, please click the follow button, or come back when you are able. God Bless and Keep You, Everyday, Everyway, Always and Forever.
© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
I have not posted in a while, but that does not mean I am not working. I am doing things on Facebook almost every day. I wanted to share these few things and show I have not forgotten my blog entirely. Much has been happening and I do not always feel like fighting with this interface. It eats my artwork, for no good reason. I don’t post anything not my own, so it makes me quite upset.
I hope you will enjoy these entries. I am doing some videos now too. If you want to see them you do not have to be my friend on Facebook to find them. Just look up my profile JoAnn J. A. Jordan and they are public so you can view them.
I am grateful:
- It appears Mom will be able to come home from Rehab soon.
- I found music calms me being here alone.
- I can still write.
- The dogs are here to give me animal support.
- I made a friend who actually is not many miles away.
If you would like to work creatively, think of something that appears to be a monster in your life. Make a representation of that thing, either by writing about it or creating art or photography that visualizes it.
Please follow my blog to get alerts of my posts. I am not as regular with them as I once was, but sometimes I have things to communicate.
Thank you for reading. I hope God most generously blesses you in all you attempt and do. Remember you are precious and very important. You have a purpose and you deserve respect.
Often we do not see what is happening around and within us until after the time has passed. Our awareness is not tuned into the present. Much of the time we are ruminating over the past or fantasizing about the future. This is not an ideal way to live. Throughout time many of our most respected leaders have recommended we become more in touch with the now.
If we wish to contribute to our times in ways that are important, we must engage in every moment. Creativity is not something for which we can delve into our past to enact, nor project into the far future. The reality is now is where creation occurs. We work with the materials and details of today. We take a scene we see, a conversation overheard, an article or book read, and we turn them into something that influences others. Our ability as creators is attached to the present. We may reach people in the future, but our work does not originate there.
We must commit ourselves to paying attention, being mindful, becoming involved in each moment of every day we live. Time is a precious commodity, and we should never waste it in a daze of careless inattention. We invent our lives and thereby touch others. This is a task we should take up with determination. We cannot change the world in the past because there is no way to return there. We cannot make a difference by stepping into the future because it is not here yet. Only now, only today, in this present can we impact events. We are instruments uniquely equipped to use our creativity to contribute positively to our lives and those of others with whom we interact.
When we face life with a positive attitude, sharing our smiles and encouragement, we can do lasting good. No matter what may have happened in our past, today we can give the world something that will help make it a better place. Every human being has talents, gifts, creative energy to share.
I urge you to become more intimately involved in your life. Notice what is around you, pay attention to your thoughts, ideas, emotions, begin to employ your gifts, talents, abilities more effectively. You are unique, an individual with the power to assist others in becoming the best version of themselves, as you also achieve this yourself.
I suggest you take a few moments to examine and detail the things for which you are grateful. Gratitude has a way of improving mood and bringing happiness. Here is a short list of mine.
I am grateful:
I learned how to use a new app that will improve my work.
Magazines are available electronically from the library.
Conversation with my Mom is a gift I still enjoy.
Reading on my tablet is fun.
My current computer arrangement is excellent.
In this house of peace
I will have no argument,
It is quiet, no one crying,
Tenderness is spoken here.
Engage your creativity with the following prompt: Express some ways or reasons why you and others can or should engage yourself in the present.
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There are many unhappy things in our world. My wish for you is happiness, prosperity, and a multitude of blessings. Be at peace and do well.
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I hope you enjoyed these creations from my photos. I hope you have an awesome day. I encourage you to create something today. You are capable of making whatever you desire and it will enrich your life. The world needs more of us to share our originality.
I am grateful today:
1. I was accepted for a Creative Writing Specialization with Wesleyan University on financial aid.
2. I have the technological devices I need to do creative work.
3. I have access to multitudes of books through my local library.
4. I had my eyes examined and have new contacts and glasses that make the world clear for me.
5. We have plenty of food to sustain us.
6. I have some beautiful clothing.
7. Our home is temperate and comfortable.
8. Some of my creative work was published in the Chapel Hill News & Views.
9. We have had our Explorer a year, and it is one of the best vehicles I have ever driven.
10. I have some wonderful, supportive friends around the world.
Now it is your turn. Make a list of at least five things for which you are grateful today. This will have a positive effect on you even, and especially, if you are going through a difficult time. Life looks better when you count your blessings. It makes you appreciate what you have, in spite of what you may lack.
Here is a picture I took a while back that I call, “Meet Me Here.” Your creative challenge is to write a story that might happen here, or one about this photo. Have fun, and do not allow your inner critic to stymie your work. You have the ability to create something wonderful.
Finally, if you enjoyed what you have seen here, please subscribe to my blog. I would love for you to share this blog with your friends if you feel it would add quality to their lives.
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All the best to each of you,
Today’s poem was prompted by NaPoWriMo.net and April PAD Challenge – Day 1. I combined the two because I did not feel up to writing two poems… You might want to visit both these sites for inspiration…
With Apologies To Rumi
My work is to carry this love,
Freely given to me, to those
With whom I have contact each day.
I must love others as I love
Myself, forever doing my
Best to foster more happiness.
This is the new command given
For each of us to follow at
All times without any question.
Is not be very easy for
Us, but we should always try it.
We should teach it to our children
So life treats them beneficially
And they spread peace throughout the world.
Love, not judgment, should always be
Our goal within society,
Encouraging everyone else.
Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, April 01, 2013
I am grateful:
1. I have an opportunity to write each day.
2. I have passed 1000 posts on this blog.
3. I have passed 200 blog followers.
4. My niece, Leigh, surprised us by visiting this evening with my great-nephew, Jesse, and great-niece, Sydney.
5. I have enough poems to perhaps make a collection.
This has been a very good Monday. I hope you have achieved your goals for the day. Now, while you have an opportunity, I encourage you to engage your imagination and work creatively. You can accomplish so much if you only make an effort. I wrote about some of my victories and I believe you can achieve just as much. Just devote yourself to doing something.
As a prompt, write about a habit you have developed that has changed your life. Mine has been enriched by this Creativity Project, I am sure you have something about which you can write. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.
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I do not know
Or deeply understand,
But I am led deeper into
Relationship with Christ the Savior by
The Holy Spirit who lives in
My heart always wooing
Me, bringing me
Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I am grateful:
1. I spent over an hour thoroughly cleaning my bathroom during the night.
2. I decided to stay up all night so that I would not miss going to church.
3. I had a hot shower.
4. I decided to stay for Worship Service, and it was much better than last week.
5. Mom went to town with me this afternoon.
6. Mom shopped with me at Sam’s Club.
7. I have thought of a way to replace Mom’s Ensure if needed.
8. I can make fruit smoothies that will be a good substitute.
9. I got two nice shirts and two more devotionals for very good prices at Sam’s Club.
10. This blog challenges me to do more than I believe possible.
My Sunday has been fabulous. I hope you have enjoyed your day as well. Make time to nourish the creative part of yourself by making something wonderful to share with the world. You are talented enough to excel if you apply your efforts diligently.
As a prompt, write about your understanding of the purpose of the Bible. Even if you are not a Christian you likely have encountered the most popular book in all history. If you have questions, I will attempt to answer them, or search out an answer. Should you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.
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Do Not Lament
We have not the time
To spend in deepest regret
Over the mistakes
We have made in days gone past,
But must live today in joy.
The things we have done
Are forgiven by the Lord.
We are set free from
All the sins we committed
By Jesus’ saving grace.
No matter what may
Happen in the world today
We are surrounded
By the loving care of God
And He will light our pathway.
We should live each day
So fully we never once
With what we have accomplished,
But rejoice with happiness.
We are the living
Representatives of faith
Placed by God on Earth
To reflect His righteousness
Before a grief stricken world.
Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, October 15, 2012
I am grateful:
1. June took Mom to get her hair cut.
2. I slept peacefully after I went back to bed this morning.
3. My shower was refreshing.
4. We had a nice supper.
5. Life is very fulfilling.
I hope you have had a good Monday. My day has been very pleasant. I encourage you to make an effort to work creatively now. I know without doubt that you can make something wonderful if you apply yourself. I have no special talent and I have been doing this Creativity Project for 280 days. If I can do it, so can you. Believe in your gifts and use them to enrich our world.
As a prompt for you, please use any or all the words: time, regret, mistakes, past, joy, free, committed, grace, pathway, accomplished, faith, discontent in a poem, story, or journal entry. These words come from the poem above, but I thought they might inspire you. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.
I am very thankful for each of you who read my blog. I hope you enjoy what you find here. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment. You might consider subscribing to Chronicles.
I can remember
Being so afraid I cried
When my Mama left,
Though Miss Cindy was quite sweet
And held my hand a long time.
The other children
Began interacting right
Away, but not me,
I was shy of all of them,
I wanted to go back home.
This went on for weeks,
I did not settle into
Class so easily,
Maybe I am still like that
Uneasy within all crowds.
Learning new things captured my
And I came to love hours spent
In such a happy classroom.
I am grateful for
Those days that prepared me for
Because the kindness shown there
Helped me succeed in my life.
Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I am grateful:
1. I woke up when the alarm went off, although I did not want to get out of my warm comfortable bed.
2. I had Lucky Charms for breakfast.
3. My shower was refreshing, especially since the warm water ran out.
4. Mom let me drive the Explorer.
5. It stopped raining before I arrived at the museum.
I had a marvelous Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the day as well. If you have not already, please take time to do something creative now. It will help seal the day in your memory.
As a prompt, write about what you hope remains of your life into the future. This may be the legacy you hope to leave, or about some of the things you hope will become precious. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment.