Friday, February 25, 2011

Does Your Imagination ever BUG you?

I'm working on a project with bugs. You might have guessed from my last two entry illustrations.

I just started the research. Already I've seen and learned more about bugs that I'm sure I never wanted to know.

Luckily, a logic takes over in my mind and reminds me that the pictures and information scare me because it's new to me and bugs are mostly unseen.

Because they are unseen my imagination takes over...and oh what the imagination can conjure up.

At this point I ask myself: What kind of life do bugs have? What kind of jobs? What are their hopes and dreams? What do bugs fear the most? Questions are now swirling around in my head.

This is where I want to be at the beginning of each project, open to all possibilities, writing them out. This gives me a wealth of choices and background for developing my story. Later when I see the clear path of the project, I will cut most of the information so it's just the very best of the best. A clear fun story.

I'm still gathering information on bugs, real and imagined.

Do you have anything you'd like to share?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's Bugging You?

What bugs you? Makes you squirm?
They say that the faults we find in others are probably faults we have in ourselves.
That makes me squirm. ; )
It's kind of easy to tell what your overriding worries are, whether you are aware of them or not, they show up in your writing, artwork, the plays you choose to be in...etc.
We are continually trying to make peace with the things that bother us.
Allow your creative work to be a place where you feel free to express yourself fully and to bring in your quirks, fears, loathings, etc., this will make your work richer, fuller and deeper.
The true benefit, the more you release these things into work, the less they bother you in everyday life.
Let the bugs fly free!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

I just saw the "Flying Karamazov Brothers."

Okay, they don't fly and they aren't really brothers, but oh baby, did they inspire me to try some fun things of my own.

This past month, I started doing little shows with two friends. They are interactive events, with songs, jokes, audience participation, and yes, juggling.

Seeing these guys, made me even more excited about all the things we could include in our shows for seniors (citizens).

I love to intertwine different activities and stories, whether in shows or books or the day. The Karamazov show was a great example of that.

Watching the show, I was reminded to take chances, play well with others, weave in humor, dance with joy, thrill with live music, and yes, throw caution to the wind and juggle!

Look out overhead!