Sunday, May 26, 2013


Hello friends!

I apologize that I haven't been doing much in the way of blogging since the new year! These last four months have challenged, grown, and encouraged me as an artist! I'd like to take the time to share some of the creative adventures that have been keeping me busy in 2013! I hope they'll be inspiring to you and that as summer approaches,you'll keep taking steps in the pursuit of your own dreams!

Festival of Women Authors 2013

First up:  The Festival of Women Authors at the Berkeley Marina!

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Four speakers
  • Book sales/signings
  • AND raffle prizes! 

Artistic Value: 

  • Opportunity to meet and connect with other writers & supportive members of the community!
  • The affirmation and empowerment that comes from being in a room full of women with a passion for the literary arts!
  • A reminder that we all have stories that can inspire the world around us-we just have to be brave enough to share them!

Next: A Class in Method Writing at the San Francisco Writers Grotto!

Jack Grapes' Book on Method Writing

  • Location, Location, Location!  This class is right on 2nd street in the SOMA district of SF-convenient to BART and bus transportation!
  • 2 months of creative writing, reading, sharing, and snacks each week thanks to the amazing Alexandra Kostoulas!
  • The opportunity to read your own work during a final celebration at Book Passage in the SF Ferry Building! 
Artistic Value:
  • Being challenged to write about your experiences and ideas in a way that is open and authentic-learning to let go of fear about what other people might think!
  • Staying real-writing how you talk!
  • The chance to learn not only from Jack Grapes' method but also from the "methods" of the larger writing community!
Both the Festival of Women Authors as well as the Grotto's Method Writing class left me with the essential principle that every creative soul should have etched in their hearts:




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ten Minute Masterpiece (Creation # 8)

Ready to make a ten minute masterpiece?  Wondering what in the world I'm talking about?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, READ ON!  

Way back in October of 2012, I spotted this video on YouTube:

Many people today (including children) are trapped in a time crunch! Eek!

What was  AMAZING to me about this video was the creative results we can come up with given just TEN MINUTES!

Inspired by this video, I came up with a list:

10 Creations YOU can make in 10 MINUTES! 
(for a creative FLASHBACK check out October's post Take Ten!)

#8: Create a Sculpture!  And yes, try to do it in ten minutes!

But I'm not a sculptor!

Yes, you are!

You have a sculptor inside of you jumping around and ready to work!

I don't have the right tools!

Yes, you do!  

Look around you!  Are there some leftover popsicle sticks?  Some clay from a school project?  A bottle cap sitting on the counter?  Use them!

But I don't have the time for this!

Yes, you've got TEN MINUTES!  Ready and go!

Have you made your sculpture?
WONDERFUL! Now tell me, what did you use to make it?


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Throwing Stones

Happy 2013 everybody!  Hope you had a peaceful, joyous, and especially inspiring holiday!  

I'd like to start off the new year with some thoughts that have become ever more clear to me in the last few weeks.

So much of our lives we spend throwing stones...both at others and ourselves.  

And here I remember an old saying:

Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me.

I couldn't disagree more!  


They have an ability to make us cry,laugh,gasp,sigh with desperation, hope, and wonder...

Words make us question...

Who we are...Who we could be...

Words give us answers...

Why bullies tease us...Why friends sometimes fight...and why monsters keep us up at night...

Words INSPIRE...

So as we begin 2013, I challenge you (and myself) to venture out into the world and (metaphorically) throw some stones!

Stones imprinted with words like...






Every person carries within themselves a fountain full of hopes, dreams, and aspirations for a meaningful life.

Be careful which stones you choose to throw.