From the Desk, Remix! – Culture Former or Culture Formed?

Culture former or culture formed? As individuals, and especially as creatives, we are a part of the prevailing culture. But I was struck by a question today of how much we have been formed by the culture we are in? Another way we could look at this is by reframing the question - culture consumer… Continue reading From the Desk, Remix! – Culture Former or Culture Formed?

From the Desk – Remix! – Create or Recreate?

Create or Recreate? One is new and the other is copying - right? One way to look at creativity is as an expression of thoughts, ideas, emotions, giving a voice to the accumulation of what has entered us at a particular point in life. In a very real sense we are recreating all of those… Continue reading From the Desk – Remix! – Create or Recreate?

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.

Daily Verse – Father, Potter, Handiwork.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NIVUK This verse reminds the original hearer's of Isaiah's prophetic words of their origin stories. The Lord - God - is our father - ab - principal or chief. It was… Continue reading Daily Verse – Father, Potter, Handiwork.

From the Desk Remix! The One Thing.

I've been thinking a lot recently about the 'one thing'. There is so much advice out there telling us to focus on one thing and become a master of it - this is the path of the successful. There is no shortage of examples to prove this 'rule'. But what if your creativity takes you… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! The One Thing.

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 – Struggle.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIVUK In this verse the Apostle Paul is teaching, and reminding, believers that our world and lives are more… Continue reading Daily Verse – Struggle.

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.