From Disappointment to Delight
From Mult-Tasking to All-Out Procrastination
Three conference calls later - it's 'me' time. I'm done sorting and I need to indulge myself in some of my interests. I start posting on my personal facebook page - reading inspiration from my friends on my jewelry facebook page and clicking links. Somehow I find myself on the American Craft Council website reading an article on creativity titled Nothing Comes From Nowhere. It is a very interesting article and I recommend you read it.
From here - I wanted more information on the author and his ideas on creativity. I found his book...
Being Creative: Steal Like An Artist
The book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative sounded like it was for me - until I read the reviews on Amazon (my favorite part of Amazon - aside from their 'look inside this book' feature). The reviews are mixed (really good and not so great) - but since I hate to buy books that I only read for one hour - I decided it wasn't for me.
But I was still interested his ideas on creativity, so I went on a hunt for the original blog post that is referred to in the American Craft Council article. I was really enjoying reading it until... BAM! it was cut off and I was left with marketing for the book. Like all good things - why give it away for free, when you can make a few bucks on the idea.
Darn - that left me with a bad taste and I was no longer loving Austin Kleon. But - I really wanted more on his ideas. Because everything I read was resonating with me.
For example, I'm not against the idea of stealing creative ideas. I think we all do it - whether we admit to it or not. I do have an issue with the outright copying of ideas, however. The artistic knack (or gift) is for finding what speaks to you in someone else's work (or in nature, etc) - and making it part of your inspiration.
Speaking about being creative
Next, I found this video of Austin Kleon on YouTube and I fell in love again. I love a good speaker - even though I normally hate watching videos on the computer. So much of what I read and was seeing is resonating with me. After all, right at this moment, I am procrastinating doing my 'real' work to research doing what I love - creating. (yeah - I read that idea somewhere along this search - but can't remember where, but the idea that things that you do while you procrastinate are the things you really love to do was stolen from Austin Kleon). The video is eleven minutes long - but I think it was worth it. (You can fold the laundry while you watch if you need to multi-task).
After the video, I still want more information, so I search - and I eventually end up at the Steal Like An Artist Blogger Kit. It's great when someone realizes they can build a fan base when they provide information that you can use to promote them.
Read the ten tips to creativity and let me know what you think
Good Theft vs. Bad Theft
And now - I really need to get back to work!!