Forum: J. Kirk Richards

Yesterday I was privileged to go to a forum at BYU-I by artist J. Kirk Richards entitled – Entrepreneurship in the Arts: How covenants brought me a career of creativity and service  (which was such an intriguing title, I had to make time for it!)

Here is a sample of his work, Cherubim and a Flaming Sword

Which you can purchase at the BYU store along with many other amazing pieces.

Unfortunately, I had to come late to the speech, however I was able to catch the last half and the Q&A. I wanted to share a few notes that truly impressed me with any of my thoughts in italics –

  • God cares about our desires to make a difference in the world [D&C 4:3]
  • The difference that you make may not be the one that you expect/want, but it will be what God wants/needs. [And what a privilege to feel that you are wanted/needed by God!]
  • Quote by Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Strengthen One Another in the Lord, BYU Women’s Conference, May 2018 –

Our covenants connect us to God and to each other. Meant to be eternal, our covenants include God our Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Eternal covenants can bring the power of God’s love—to give hope and increase love; to lift and transform; to edify and sanctify; to redeem and exalt.

In the revelation of our true, divine selves through our covenants with God, we learn to recognize and love our brothers and sisters as He does. This deepening love and knowledge invites, empowers, and sanctifies us to know and, in our own way, to become more like Him.

[I need to study this talk in tandem with some personal revelation and his October 2018 General Conference talk, Our Campfire of Faith .]

  • Quote by Chieko Okasaki, (General Relief Society Presidency 1990-1997) from her book Lighten Up!

“Only you know your circumstances, your energy level, the needs of your children, and the emotional demands of your other obligations. Be wise during intensive seasons of your life. Cherish your agency, and don’t give it away casually. Don’t compare yourself to others — nearly always this will make you despondent. Don’t accept somebody else’s interpretation of how you should be spending your time. Make the best decision you can and then evaluate it to see how it works.”

I will add more (about the Q&A ) another time, out of time for today. I would love to hear from any readers your thoughts, insights impressions on the above.

Thanks!

Notebook 2: Social Exploration on Creativity

So, for my notebook prompt today, I wanted to see what people thought about creativity and whether it was just about the Arts, or whether more areas could be considered as creative fields.

5i. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest as a way to explore how people communicate messages/information about your issue. Try posting some information about your issue and then pose some questions to your audience. What happened? Explain why you think you received the answers/feedback that you received. Create a Wordle word cloud with all of the responses OR create a collage of the photographs and other information that was offered.

After sharing a quote from a blog-post on the way that creativity is viewed in Asia, I asked my friends if they would answer one or all of the following questions –

1).What do you think? Can you be creative in other areas besides the Arts? Have you been?

2.) Do you think creativity is important? How? Why?

3.) How are you creative? What do you make time to do?

I created word art from the site tagcrowd based on their responses –

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My friends felt that creativity was used a lot in daily problem solving and work as an adult. Here were some of those comments –

“It’s incredibly important to see things in a different light. It’s creative problem solving in daily life, and we all do it more than we think. I’m creative in what punishments my kids get. I’m creative with cooking (I’m not a “follow the recipe” type of chef). I’m creative when teaching lessons in church or at home. I’m creative when there’s a home maintenance problem that arises, finding a work around. (As an example, we have a super long rod in our closet. It got weighed down too much and pulled the whole shelf and rod off the wall. To fix it, I didn’t just put it back up the way it was. We found shelving that provided better support on the two end then did the standard braces in the middle. We lost some hanging space, but now it’s not going to fall again and we have more shelf space.)”


” I am most creative when there is a challenge or problem that needs to be solved. My creativity usually has a specific purpose: write a song for Girls Camp or an upcoming baptism, create a custom planner page so I can stay organized, make dinner without going to the store for one missing ingredient, date night on a budget, figure out a solution to help my 11 y.o. to be organized, etc. Creativity doesn’t come in bold flashes while I’m binge watching cat videos. It comes through hard work, brainstorming a bunch of really half-baked ideas, then simmering and sifting until a creative idea feels right.”


” Growing up I definitely thought creativity was limited to the arts, but during my adult years I have slowly been redefining creativity until it spread to every area of life. I think there is a specific process that often results in creative thinking: see something from a new-to-you perspective, then combine that with your existing understanding, and something altogether new has been created. That process happens in painting, parenting, teaching, diplomatic exchanges, computer programming, and just about everything else.”



Other friends talked about their creative endeavors (both within the traditional arts, and outside of them –

“Love this!!! I never thought about it until I read it, but I think you can be creative in multiple ways. I lean towards what we term “arts” here, BUT as a child I used to “play” with math. In my free time I would practice doubling numbers on paper because I thought I enjoyed the challenge. But looking back, doing numbers like that put me in my creative space (same as when I write stories or do art) and that’s what I loved about it. Later on in my advanced math classes after I completed my test I would go back and find ways to redo most of the problems to check my work. Sometimes that took some creative thinking!”


“Organizing home/making personalized funny greeting cards/planning parties.I think we’re happier humans when we are creative in some way and I agree with the statement that says innovation stems from creativity. Music and I just started an art class in hopes of recapturing a lost love of creating art. Also I’m in the process of trying to figure out how I can use my music to help others.”


“I think being creative can cover any area, especially if one has some skill with a tool/medium. I have felt that connection, almost meditative feeling, with cooking. Moving beyond the recipe, using the catalogue of tastes and texture in my mind, using the kitchen skills, and coming up with new meals.”


“Having worked in the tech industry for ~15 years, the answer is yes. Creating a useful piece of software is an incredibly creative act–just as creative as writing a book or painting a masterpiece.”



I was especially happy with the thoughts that went along with my previously written research questions

” I think we need to teach the arts and science creativity as a way to teach kids how to be stereotypically creative first, and that will then flow into other areas of their life without anyone realizing how is all interconnected.”


“Creativity is essential to human growth and happiness. We spend so much time consuming (FB, Pinterest, BuzzFeed, news, etc.) yet, our greatest happiness and fulfillment comes from producing–not consuming. Dieter F Uchtdorf said ‘The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.'”


“Creativity is important, but I think the initial stage of brainstorming and playing with ideas is more important. It’s playful, frustrating, experimental. It also lets the mind expand.”



It’s been a fun experiment, I’ve enjoyed engaging with my friends about something other than re-posted “crazy cat videos” or political rants.

My next Notebook assignment is to choose a different one than the one I chose this week – choose from 3a, 3b, 3c, 4f, 5i, or 8c. That may be hard! I am very much appreciating the work that my students have been doing as I have been working on these pieces. In order to engage with the materials, it cannot be a half-done work, and engaging in work that is not half-done is quite time consuming – a lot of fun, but quite time consuming.

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Issue Exploration: Human Creativity – musings and questions

So, my first notebook piece (that I assigned myself) is late. As the professor, I have given myself an extension, however, I will have to dock some points off of myself because of this gross disregard for my own rules. 🙂

I have decided to do 5f, and here is the prompt: 5f. Collect several images that interest you, related in some way to your issue (the relevance can be tangential, as long as you feel it). Then write something that connects the images, one to another. You can think of your connections as a story (one thing connected to the next), or as a web (everything cross-connected), or as a square, with two sets of opposites, or as a circle (ideas leading back to the place you started).

 


rogers-and-king-fridayCreative People – A while ago I wrote a blog post on Mr. Rogers, and began to do a series on creative people.  When I study the lives of uplifting creative people, I tend to be filled with ideas and motivation. Perhaps sparks of creativity are contagious? Then, does creativity from another beget creativity? Does it give us some unconscious permission to do? (And why do I feel that I need some sort of permission or validation to create, but more on that later.)  Or is it that when I see how others  create, it gives me a hope that I can as well? Is there a quantitative way to study this idea?


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Ethics of Creation – I’m not arguing about a person’s right to create whatever material they desire (i.e. Freedom of Speech). What I am concerned about is the ethics of creation. The moral obligation that we should bring to creating materials that do not exploit humans. Example – Hugh Hefner – can he create porn?  Yes. Should he? When this material ( Hefner’s first playboy magazine was released in Dec. 1953) has lead to objectification of women, and as the materials have lead to darker and more violent types of “entertainment” these have led to sexual exploitation and domination of women and in more recent years children and has become fuel for the sex-slave industry (see Our RescueElizabeth Smart, Fight the new Drug, and Cambridge study).

I could go on a similar exploration of links between the violence in media and video games and its effect on society. Or creating product that destroys health or leads to addiction (think cigarettes, overly processed foods, gambling, etc). The guiding question here is – should we create things that in some way exploits others, or in other words, leads to the exploitation of humans?

I tend to believe that the human race can do and be more. There are so many creations that build and uplift mankind – the arts, medicine, invention. We individually decide what use we put to objects, and we collectively determine what the markets are by our dollars. We can achieve so much more if we build rather than destroy (and if we must destroy something, let it be to build up something greater to benefit man).


pumpkin-coachCreativity without (or with very little) money– [which is an exercise in creativity all itself ;)] Sometimes I will just stop myself or my children when they begin to describe what they need to create a project and we will begin to brainstorm about what we have and how to use it (see a series of posts I wrote on creating on a tight budget).  When did we stop using what we have available to us? Think about all that we can do  – Writing is free. Some art can take very minimal supplies. Art from nature. I remember reading once about creating music out of the world around us – the idea that anything can make music.


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Creativity without remuneration – Does it matter that I don’t get anything back? Especially in the Arts, do I need feedback or money to entice me, or can I create for myself and family? I’ve noticed that the more I create, the more I don’t care. I just love the process and gain more confidence in my abilities.

 


steve-apple-wikiCreativity in areas other than the Arts – This is an area that many don’t agree about. I personally don’t believe that creation is only about the arts. For my definition I will be talking about creation in problem solving, engineering and ingenuity. Have you seen the glow in a builder’s eyes as they walk into Lowes? 🙂  Or Office Max? Or a thrift store? It’s the same wonder and excitement as those who get giddy walking into Michaels. Beyond that, can you believe the wonders that are coming out by forward thinking companies with creative engineers? I am in AWE of the ability we have as humans to create.


Can all individuals create? – I believe that everyone has within them the ability to create.I think that it just needs to be encouraged and practiced.


pink-piratesTeaching Creativity to Children –  Picasso is attributed as saying  “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” How do we encourage them to continue?  Ideas: Teach them new techniques, supplies, and opportunities. Immerse them in creativity. Encourage creative problem solving and thinking. Lavish praise (deposits) but be honest and teach them how to use and appreciate constructive critiques. Teach them to try again, to learn that failure is temporary and part of learning and growing  (can even be an opportunity)- depending on our attitude! And teach them to practice, practice, practice! I once heard an artist talk about being given a stack of papers to practice one stroke over and over until her hands had memorized the movement.


grandmamoses-pub-domainTo Adults – Grandma Moses began to paint at age 78.  Let us learn to not only be continuously learning knowledge but skills as well. Now, a person can get a total education online.  Remember the term “self-educated man”? We can do that. Never stop learning! An art teacher once told me that many people have 6th grade art ability because that’s when they stopped drawing, so pick it up and start again in whatever you enjoy – piano, guitar, cooking,  chess – whatever ! – don’t let the voice of critics stop you.


a_child_drawingBalance between Create and Consume – [Picture of child with phone.] Computer solitaire is  a fun game, so is scrolling down my Facebook news-feed, but I have found that I need to make sure that I’m doing it intentionally, after I have finished my to-do lists and my creations – with a timer set, so I’m not finding myself up at 2 am watching re-runs of Fraiser. Families used to create together, it was second nature. There was no TV, so they would have family concerts, readings and plays. For example, in the books  Little Women and Anne of Green Gables the characters would perform plays, concerts, poems, go to dances and dance (rather than sit at the dance, faces buried in phones).  The Bach family picnics, my own mother and her brother would have full musical family concerts at night. As a society, despite all of the gains from it, have we lost something in technology? Can we gain it back?


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Uplift from consuming the creations of others – But on that last note, I’m not suggesting that we never consume. It’s a balance. There is creation that takes my breath away, stops me in my tracks, brings such an emotion to my heart that I cry. When I spend my time in media, on the internet, in thought, I want to spend it on things that are worthwhile and uplifting and not a waste of time.

 


Join me next time with the notebook assignment – choose from 3a, 3b, 3c, 4f, 5i, or 8c.


Picture Credits –

Fred Rogers: see http://www.fredrogers.org/

Ethics Wordle: created on WordItOut (https://worditout.com/)

Champions: created on PicMonkey (https://www.picmonkey.com/)

Steve Jobs: By Matthew Yohe, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10584359

Create Video: lds media library (https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2009-02-06-create?lang=eng)

Grandma Moses: By New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Roger Higgins. – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c15888, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1577316

Child Drawing: Benoît Prieur (Agamitsudo) – CC-BY-SA, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Johann Sebastian Bach: (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, copy or second version of his 1746 canvas. The original painting hangs in the upstairs gallery of the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) in Leipzig, Germany.

English 2010 Notebooks

So, I am teaching this English Writing and Rhetoric course this semester and I have been THOROUGHLY enjoying this semester long assignment, so much so, that I am going to do it right along with my students this semester.

We’ve been asking them to choose a topic to write about over the course that is a problem with social implications. Some call it an issue of public concern, some a social justice issue (that last term is so politically one-sided, that I don’t care for it much AND because it’s so charged – it can be an off-putting.  This is a shame because, quite honestly, there is a lot of good that can come out of the work that is brought about through writing, researching, and creating around these problems and questions.  I suppose that in itself is another blog post for another day). But, I digress…

The topic that I’ve chosen to write about isn’t necessarily earth-shattering, life altering, nor controversial, but it is something near to my heart and, I believe, may be one (of many) contributing factors to problems within our society. Are you ready?

Brrruuuuummmmm (that’s a drum roll, by the way)  😉 –

Creators and Consumers

Some Guiding Questions that I’ve been thinking about –

  • Are we a society of creators or consumers?
  • Should we be worried about how much we consume?
  • Would creating more give our collective souls a much needed uplift?
  • What is meant by creativity?
  • Is creativity more than just crafting or working in the arts?
  • What constitutes creativity?
  • Does each individual inherently have the ability to create?
  • Is creation for myself fulfilling enough?
  • Or must creation have some sort of monetary remuneration to be worth my (or  anyone’s) time?

Anyway, these notebook assignments have been created so that the students can explore their issues and create in an online space. The prompts were created by two of my brilliant colleagues, Lisa Bickmore and Kati Lewis. The reason that I love the course that they’ve written is because there is SO much freedom for creativity built into the work. Here is the link to the notebook prompts  and I encourage you (if you are interested in doing something that will open up your writing) to join me this semester. For the first assignment, my students can choose one of the following prompts – 5b, 5e, 5f, 5g, or 5i. You may choose to write on any topic you would like (from really angst ridden ones like abuse, to comical ones like the 2016 US Election Cycle ;), or things that would improve the world or place around you (I had a student write about bike trails in his area, another about prepping, and another about how using too much social media as teenagers can stunt their social abilities). Choose anything that you want to research, study, or explore this semester!

See you tomorrow with my first notebook (the assignment is due at 11:59pm, and seriously, if you decide to join me in this little project, link your first assignment to me either in the comments or thorough the contact page) and I will review  and “grade” your work  (people … as a professor, I have a going freelance rate of $50 – 75 an hour. I’m sending out this one time, special offer to review your notebook work FOR FREE to any of you who join me in this endeavor, this Fall 2016 semester!)

Talk soon!

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P.S. Here are some ideas to research topics that are quire interesting to me (please feel free to add some of yours in the comments section) –

  • Religions effect on society
  • Boundaries with friends, family, etc.
  • School choice (charter schools, home schools, public schools)
  • Breakdown of the family and effect on society
  • Freedom of thought, press, speech, religion – are these being attacked and what to do about it?
  • Clutter and chaos in the home – how to make it a better place
  • Technologies effect on children
  • Dating or Hanging out? – how to help our children have healthy social relationships
  • Media – it’s effects and how to create more uplifting media

 

Hiding under a rock …

Well, not really, but as far as my online writing is concerned, I have been taking a sabbatical. For about a year and a half, it was to focus on a full-time job that required some intense re-training.

After the bid for that job failed, I took the summer off to re-group and re-evaluate.


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Simple Definition of re-

  • : again

  • : back to an original place, condition, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

So, as I assess my almost two years of “RE” I am of the opinion that:
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Though my heart is broken … I don’t regret, I have learned much.
Though my self-doubts are creeping in … I know I am a stronger, better, worthy being.
Though, in painful honesty, I feel frustration toward some … I can forgive.
Though I’m annoyed at all who say, “the Lord has something better” … in my silent heart,
I hope for that truth.

The upside for me, as I break out of my “mini-depression” is that I will be creating more.

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WP Romance Collection

One of the things that I loved doing at Waldron Publishing was creating free printables for non-commercial home, school, what-have-you use. The most loved (by far) on Pinterest was the WP Romance Collection, by designer Jana Friel. I’m re-posting it here to update my pinterest links and to get you all excited for Valentine’s day. Click on the pictures to see them up close. Enjoy!

Pardon me

It really has been a while since I’ve blogged, on any of my sites (yes, I’m a multi-sited blogger, which has been a challenge to be talked about on another day).  Since last spring, my life has taken some funky turns. I’m doing two part-time teaching jobs, I’m a mother of three (one of which is a two-year-old), and I’m a wife of a sweet hubby who had gastric bypass and has now lost over 170 lbs. Life has been quite an adjustment! I am learning to juggle now, better than I ever have before, but an adjustment it has truly been.

So, as far as blogging goes, I have missed it, tremendously. I really enjoy writing. I’m using this little break to re-think the blogging and decide how to proceed. So, if this, and my other sites are a wee bit chaotic (or missing) it is because I am in the process of creating and renewing.

I’ll leave you though with this thought –

“Be always at War with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you, a better person.”

– Benjamin Franklin

We’re up on iBooks

Such exciting news! Jake Bowers is now available in the iBooks store. YAY!!!

You can download it on your apple devices and right now, because you’re my newest and bestest BFF, it is at a deeply discounted trial rate (seriously, check it out, you’ll flip at the price). 😉

Go through your iOS device’s iBookstore and search the title (see picture below).

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Any ratings, feedback, etc. Would be MOST appreciated! Thank you!!

JBvFb: 1. The Ziggurat

Follow the posts over the next few days and read the sample chapters (the first six) of Jake Bowers Versus the Firebird.

 

Immediately, the back of the bird split open and, in an odd sort of molting, it turned inside out.  A beautiful woman began to emerge out of the body like a two-sided puppet that had just tucked the creature part of itself under, in favor of a more suitable form.

1. The Ziggurat

The full moon’s light magnified the Ziggurat, throwing massive shadows against the surrounding sand dunes.  If any tourists had visited this remote area, they would have been transported in time. Similar temples in ruins can be found throughout the Middle East.  This one, however, had been built recently to match the splendor of an age long forgotten.

In the grand assembly room, a lone figure lay sprawled on the cold marble floor.  His fists throbbed and ached from the recent pounding which he had given the ground.  A bird circled him, a foot of distance between them.  It left a trail of strange green fire that crackled and sputtered around him.  When the circle was complete, the bird let out a sound that was a mixture of a melodious harp and a dove’s call.

The creature boasted golden feathers that swirled through the orange and yellow blaze of its magnificently plumed body.  Scarlet quills trailed behind the bird like a peacock with its tail in flames.

The man on the ground lay still, seemingly unaware of the opulence that surrounded him.  The bird called again and then walked over to him and pecked gently at his hand.  When there was still no response, the animal cocked its head to the side and shook out its wings.  Immediately, the back of the bird split open and, in an odd sort of molting, it turned inside out.  A beautiful woman began to emerge out of the body like a two-sided puppet that had just tucked the creature part of itself under, in favor of a more suitable form.

“Oh, come on now, you’ve always preferred me in that form, admit it.  You could never be angry with the Zhar Pteetsa,” the woman’s slightly accented voice was a silk whisper.  She teased her long locks of auburn hair and smoothed out the shimmering midnight blue, floor-length dress.  She contorted her body into a standing yoga pose, a stretch that was like taking a long breath after a tight confinement.

Again, the man refused to move. She nudged him with her foot and said, “I did it for you.”

“For me?” The man raised his bloodshot eyes to gaze at the woman.  “You turned my research into weapons. You burned my village.  You destroyed my people and you say it was FOR ME?” His voice echoed off of the columns in the grand room.

“Yes, you can thank me later,” she sneered and brought her face low, to meet his gaze.

As the man continued to stare her down, he realized that something was different.  Before that moment she was flawless, the way he imagined that Aphrodite, the goddess of love would look.  Now, her countenance had taken on a twisted quality that marred her beauty in his eyes.

“Thank you?” He spat the words out and she drew her face even closer to his.

“Yes, thank me,” she said and rubbed her fingers through his curly black hair. “I have now made it possible for you to become the man you need to be, by cutting out the distractions that were holding you back. You’re welcome.”

Then she stood up and forcefully kicked his shoulder with her foot.  “Now get some sleep, we have three villages to visit tomorrow.  Now that we have Tangura, I want to find the Flyer of Destiny by the week’s end”

Pain swept over his mind as he thought again of his own village smoldering in the aftermath of an attack that he was unable to stop.  He choked out, “More villages?”

The woman rolled her eyes.

“You’re pathetic,” she said and, disgusted at the sight of him, walked out of the room.

“You’ll be fine in the morning,” she called back as she reached the doors.

He continued to lie on the polished marble and listened to her footsteps echo as she left the hall. The cold ground melded together with his cheek, draining him of warmth as the day’s events had drained him of energy.  He looked at the strange green fire, dancing in its original spot in the circle around him.  If he just moved an inch or two closer, he would be able to feel the fire’s warmth.

No more warmth from her!  The man resolved as he let the cold continue to penetrate his cheek.  Then suddenly, new purpose entered his mind bringing with it a resolution, a fire and warmth of his own making.  As he stood up, the hours of sorrow gave way to a new determination.

He stepped over the fire that had burned down to an inch and walked to a remote part of the palace.  He would take Tangura, the item that was the reason for the attack on his village.  Although he knew that no vengeance could be enough for what she had done, taking the carpet was the betrayal that would do the greatest damage to her plans and seal his destiny as her nemesis from that moment forward.

Within minutes, the man was out of the main body of the Ziggurat.  He walked at a fast pace even though he carried the long and heavy rolled-up carpet.  As he passed out the side gates, a young guard addressed him in Arabic.

“English!” the man commanded the guard.

The sentry, who seemed used to the order, rolled his eyes but obliged.  “Are you going for a ride, Farid?”

“Yes,” the man replied, barely able to look at one of the boys that had taken part in the attack.

“But why didn’t you come the usual way?” The youth pointed to the golden stairs that circled majestically around the Ziggurat, signaling the route that the Riders traditionally took.  “Why are you carrying the carpet?”

“Is it your right to question me?” Farid said sharply.

The young guard jumped to attention and quickly opened the massive iron gate.  Farid walked through, trying not to seem in a hurry.  He sauntered out of the external courtyard and into the desert, carrying the heavy carpet.

Behind a sand dune, he dropped the dense roll on the ground.  The corner of it opened out and the moon reflected the fibers of gold and green around the outer edge.

Farid pulled his own miniature carpet out of a leather purse at his side.  With a swift movement of his hands, the second carpet grew to the size of an area rug.  Then he placed the gold and green roll onto his own carpet and stood in the middle.  It began to rise a few inches off the ground and then lurched forward in a sudden movement.

With great effort to keep balance because of the added weight and awkwardness of the rolled-up carpet, Farid flew low to the ground over several miles, passing acres of dunes until he came close to a mountain range.  After passing around the peak, his carpet began to climb higher and move with faster speed until Farid was lost in a cloudbank that gave cover to him and to the moon.

That night, on the other side of the world, the Flyer would be born.


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Blogs and Blogging

bloggingI began blogging in 2008. I had to learn to create and write on websites for my technical writing courses.  We began a portfolio assignment and I simultaneously taught myself and my students how to create a website.

It was during this experience that I began to see the possibilities of a business through new media. I began with two sites (Tamarack and Light Refreshments) and began a podcast called Spectacular Belly Flops (about the AMAZING flops and splats that we all take – especially those who create). I did it with my siblings and it was a lot of fun and taught me some amazing and valuable lessons. I think that it could have gone somewhere, but in the end, due to sibling rivalry 😉 (no, really it was due to creative differences) it ended.

Then I began my publishing company in 2011, when I got my first iPhone and WAS overwhelmed with the possibilities of eBooks. It’s been quite a journey, but more on that later.

I do love having a platform to put out my ideas.  My own little newspaper, or book.

I just finished a page for this site in which I’ve highlighted my blogs and made them easy to find. You can check it out here. It’s all part of a new phase of my believing in myself and my abilities and talents.

What do you like to do? Please share your talents and favorite things to do in the comments below.