From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.

Ignore the noise. The first thing to do is work out what your 'noise' is. So what is the 'noise'? The 'noise' maybe different for each one of us. To be the most creative you can be, you might need silence. I need music. My first completed novel was written to an Ellie Goulding album… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.

From the Desk Remix! – Bach and Creativity.

Earlier this evening I was watching an online concert (if the link becomes available I will post it!) focusing on J.S. Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach has been one of my musical/creative heroes ever since I bought a cassette tape (you may have to search-engine that, depending on your age!) of his Concertos for Two Harpsichords.… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Bach and Creativity.

Discard What You Don’t Need.

This is an easy piece of advice to agree with. Until we open a drawer, or look in a cupboard, or try and find a file on our computers. There are lots of reasons and theories about how and why we accumulate so much stuff and our parents, spouses or partners, and professionals, telling us… Continue reading Discard What You Don’t Need.

The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

It is a common catchphrase - which came first, the chicken or the egg? - which appears to have a simple answer, either way, until you come to justify it. Apparently, it was Plutarch which first posed the question in the 1st Century AD, addressing the problems of origin and first cause. Aristotle, writing four… Continue reading The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

What’s New in September?

A new month. The summer is over. Autumn may be beginning but this month is also a time for beginnings. In the UK, September is the start of the new academic year. New uniforms, new teachers, moving up age grades. New knowledge and skills being learnt. I decided to start a few new things out… Continue reading What’s New in September?

Daily Verse – Fear and Confidence.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalms 56:3 NIVUK When I am afraid. The writer of this Psalm isn't overconfident and says 'if' I am afraid. He acknowledges that we often feel afraid. Remember this was David who slew the giant Goliath, when he was little more than a teenager. The… Continue reading Daily Verse – Fear and Confidence.

Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalms 100:2 NIVUK The Hebrew word translated here as ‘worship’ - ‘iḇ·ḏū - is more correctly ‘to serve’ - to be linked together in a close bond. We are to be bonded to serve God with gladness - bə·śim·ḥāh - with pleasure, rejoicing, joyfulness. King… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Discard.

Having expectations and an overall aim are widely believed to be useful for success. Some suggest that to be truly successful you have to break everything down into stages and specific blocks of thought and action. Many people do achieve what they set out to using this style of methodology. Sometimes, however, we are not… Continue reading Discard.

Line Up Your Shoes.

It is traditional when entering a Japanese home to take off your shoes and place them together, neatly, inside the hallway. These shoes should also be pointing out of the building, prepared and ready for your outward journey. Creative types come in all shapes and sizes - like people really, There is a romantic notion… Continue reading Line Up Your Shoes.

Creative Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the new mantra covering a lot of areas from simple meditation to a mental health checklist. Some meditation and mindfulness techniques exhort you to think of 'nothing'. Hit the eco-setting, dim the screen, go to a blank screen rather than screensaver. If you are a creative then this is probably impossible. If you… Continue reading Creative Mindfulness.