Creativity Rules

Rice_RiskofFireAndMagic200x300Pat here:

I’ve always wanted to write about a mad librarian.

Well, that’s probably a lie, but it’s hard to tell since I lie for a living. I’ve always admired librarians and wished I could spend my days surrounded by books—except librarians aren't paid to read books but to endure the demanding public. And that would make me insane—hence, the mad librarian.

That’s how creativity works. The wenches recently had a discussion here on whether we develop our characters from real people, and the answer was a pretty conclusive no…but.  Creative people often claim they rely on their “muses” or the “voices in their head” to develop their art, mostly because we don’t have any comprehension of how our brains put together two and two and come up with mad librarians. After reading several educational tracts from psychologists, business people, and scientists, I’ve concluded no one else can explain it  better either, but their theories make for entertaining reading.

In Psychology Today, the article states that creative thinkers have unique abilities to be both focused and unfocused, playful but disciplined, intelligent but not too Creative trash 2intelligent, naïve but grounded…and yeah, they’re probably right for a few billion people on this planet. I’m not seeing my introversion/ extroversion as particularly unique. Personally, I think they’re just saying we’re crazy, which is what most people think about creatives, and they’re maybe half-right. What we have is a unique way of putting pieces of reality together and creating fantasy, which makes us dreamers.

The Wall Street Journal, of course, looks at Steve Jobs as creative—so very not my form of creativity! Jobs or the guy who invented Post-it notes would never come up with mad librarians any more than I could come up with a computer design. This Appleboardarticle says we’ve proved that creativity isn’t genetic—directly opposed to the Psychology Today experts.  I agree with the part that says all humans are creative, depending on how you want to define creative. A bear that picks up a rock to smash open a seashell is inventive, which is what I’d call Jobs and other technicians. They’re building a new form of reality out of several old forms, but they’re not weaving fantasy out of unicorns and space aliens. The part I like in this article is where he says creativity is essentially what I just said above– drawing together distantly related information and creating something new. Of course, this article also recommends booze and hot baths, so it can’t be all wrong.

Mostly, these articles don’t tell me how I developed the contemporary California Malcolms out of my historical witches and scientists. Nor do they tell me how I created a romance between a mad librarian and a Special Forces custom car mechanic. I certainly Orangedon’t have any of those pieces of reality in my life and I don’t do booze. What I would like those articles to tell me is to how to create entertaining marketing campaigns for my wild flights of fantasy, but I think I’d need a brain and personality transplant.

So my completely naïve but disciplined advice for anyone who wants to be more creative is to go out and live life, then think about it while reading a good book and taking a hot bath. Works for me.

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How do you define creativity? Do you have a special method you employ to solve problems? And if it’s booze, what kind? <G> I’ll happily send a free e-copy of RISK OF LOVE AND MAGIC to a random commenter.

140 thoughts on “Creativity Rules”

  1. Murray Gell-Mann reputedly looked out from his office after hearing Richard Feynman yelling at yet another reporter who wanted him to explain his views on unified field theories. “Ah. I see you have met Dick” he said. ” Dick is not like other physicists, To solve a problem he thinks very very hard and then writes down the answer!” …. Gell-Mann is the more conventional genius who discovered the eight fold way of particle physics, using conventional group theory.
    Extreme creativity can lead to geniuses who are unique and have their own way of thinking about the world.
    It is very hard to explain other than to say that evolution works in mysterious ways! LOL

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  2. Murray Gell-Mann reputedly looked out from his office after hearing Richard Feynman yelling at yet another reporter who wanted him to explain his views on unified field theories. “Ah. I see you have met Dick” he said. ” Dick is not like other physicists, To solve a problem he thinks very very hard and then writes down the answer!” …. Gell-Mann is the more conventional genius who discovered the eight fold way of particle physics, using conventional group theory.
    Extreme creativity can lead to geniuses who are unique and have their own way of thinking about the world.
    It is very hard to explain other than to say that evolution works in mysterious ways! LOL

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  3. Murray Gell-Mann reputedly looked out from his office after hearing Richard Feynman yelling at yet another reporter who wanted him to explain his views on unified field theories. “Ah. I see you have met Dick” he said. ” Dick is not like other physicists, To solve a problem he thinks very very hard and then writes down the answer!” …. Gell-Mann is the more conventional genius who discovered the eight fold way of particle physics, using conventional group theory.
    Extreme creativity can lead to geniuses who are unique and have their own way of thinking about the world.
    It is very hard to explain other than to say that evolution works in mysterious ways! LOL

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  4. Murray Gell-Mann reputedly looked out from his office after hearing Richard Feynman yelling at yet another reporter who wanted him to explain his views on unified field theories. “Ah. I see you have met Dick” he said. ” Dick is not like other physicists, To solve a problem he thinks very very hard and then writes down the answer!” …. Gell-Mann is the more conventional genius who discovered the eight fold way of particle physics, using conventional group theory.
    Extreme creativity can lead to geniuses who are unique and have their own way of thinking about the world.
    It is very hard to explain other than to say that evolution works in mysterious ways! LOL

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  5. Murray Gell-Mann reputedly looked out from his office after hearing Richard Feynman yelling at yet another reporter who wanted him to explain his views on unified field theories. “Ah. I see you have met Dick” he said. ” Dick is not like other physicists, To solve a problem he thinks very very hard and then writes down the answer!” …. Gell-Mann is the more conventional genius who discovered the eight fold way of particle physics, using conventional group theory.
    Extreme creativity can lead to geniuses who are unique and have their own way of thinking about the world.
    It is very hard to explain other than to say that evolution works in mysterious ways! LOL

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  6. Back in my ballet days I had to write an essay titled: How do you define artistry?
    What an impossible question!
    I recently saw an episode of Bargain Hunt (a British show – don’t know if they show it in the US) where a woman claimed to be a professional artist because she put icing on cupcakes (literally icing – or frosting, I think Americans say – nothing fancier than that).
    It makes me think there’re too many people in this world claiming to be creative/artists!

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  7. Back in my ballet days I had to write an essay titled: How do you define artistry?
    What an impossible question!
    I recently saw an episode of Bargain Hunt (a British show – don’t know if they show it in the US) where a woman claimed to be a professional artist because she put icing on cupcakes (literally icing – or frosting, I think Americans say – nothing fancier than that).
    It makes me think there’re too many people in this world claiming to be creative/artists!

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  8. Back in my ballet days I had to write an essay titled: How do you define artistry?
    What an impossible question!
    I recently saw an episode of Bargain Hunt (a British show – don’t know if they show it in the US) where a woman claimed to be a professional artist because she put icing on cupcakes (literally icing – or frosting, I think Americans say – nothing fancier than that).
    It makes me think there’re too many people in this world claiming to be creative/artists!

    Reply
  9. Back in my ballet days I had to write an essay titled: How do you define artistry?
    What an impossible question!
    I recently saw an episode of Bargain Hunt (a British show – don’t know if they show it in the US) where a woman claimed to be a professional artist because she put icing on cupcakes (literally icing – or frosting, I think Americans say – nothing fancier than that).
    It makes me think there’re too many people in this world claiming to be creative/artists!

    Reply
  10. Back in my ballet days I had to write an essay titled: How do you define artistry?
    What an impossible question!
    I recently saw an episode of Bargain Hunt (a British show – don’t know if they show it in the US) where a woman claimed to be a professional artist because she put icing on cupcakes (literally icing – or frosting, I think Americans say – nothing fancier than that).
    It makes me think there’re too many people in this world claiming to be creative/artists!

    Reply
  11. “This article says we’ve proved that creativity isn’t genetic—directly opposed to the Psychology Today experts.”
    Oh, and I’d have to agree on both sides! You just don’t know. I took developmental psychology units at university, and the general consensus seems to be that the nature vs. nurture debates are pointless because there’re so many factors for how a person becomes who they are.

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  12. “This article says we’ve proved that creativity isn’t genetic—directly opposed to the Psychology Today experts.”
    Oh, and I’d have to agree on both sides! You just don’t know. I took developmental psychology units at university, and the general consensus seems to be that the nature vs. nurture debates are pointless because there’re so many factors for how a person becomes who they are.

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  13. “This article says we’ve proved that creativity isn’t genetic—directly opposed to the Psychology Today experts.”
    Oh, and I’d have to agree on both sides! You just don’t know. I took developmental psychology units at university, and the general consensus seems to be that the nature vs. nurture debates are pointless because there’re so many factors for how a person becomes who they are.

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  14. “This article says we’ve proved that creativity isn’t genetic—directly opposed to the Psychology Today experts.”
    Oh, and I’d have to agree on both sides! You just don’t know. I took developmental psychology units at university, and the general consensus seems to be that the nature vs. nurture debates are pointless because there’re so many factors for how a person becomes who they are.

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  15. “This article says we’ve proved that creativity isn’t genetic—directly opposed to the Psychology Today experts.”
    Oh, and I’d have to agree on both sides! You just don’t know. I took developmental psychology units at university, and the general consensus seems to be that the nature vs. nurture debates are pointless because there’re so many factors for how a person becomes who they are.

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  16. Creative people…ponder, ponder. Creative people come in all forms. For me being creative means that you have a head full of ideas, ideas that continually move around and talk to you. Sometimes you have to get up in the middle of the night and write these ideas down. What you do with these ideas would be the creative process. I think children are interesting when they are playing in their make-believe worlds, because they are creating something.
    By the way, I work with librarians and they are a different type of person. They are highly intelligent, mostly introverts, which is sort of funny because their job requires them to work with the public. The ones I work with are so wrapped up in their own thoughts they are not always aware of what is going on around them. I do not mean that in a negative way either. And, it is heaven to work in a place that has lots and lots of books.

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  17. Creative people…ponder, ponder. Creative people come in all forms. For me being creative means that you have a head full of ideas, ideas that continually move around and talk to you. Sometimes you have to get up in the middle of the night and write these ideas down. What you do with these ideas would be the creative process. I think children are interesting when they are playing in their make-believe worlds, because they are creating something.
    By the way, I work with librarians and they are a different type of person. They are highly intelligent, mostly introverts, which is sort of funny because their job requires them to work with the public. The ones I work with are so wrapped up in their own thoughts they are not always aware of what is going on around them. I do not mean that in a negative way either. And, it is heaven to work in a place that has lots and lots of books.

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  18. Creative people…ponder, ponder. Creative people come in all forms. For me being creative means that you have a head full of ideas, ideas that continually move around and talk to you. Sometimes you have to get up in the middle of the night and write these ideas down. What you do with these ideas would be the creative process. I think children are interesting when they are playing in their make-believe worlds, because they are creating something.
    By the way, I work with librarians and they are a different type of person. They are highly intelligent, mostly introverts, which is sort of funny because their job requires them to work with the public. The ones I work with are so wrapped up in their own thoughts they are not always aware of what is going on around them. I do not mean that in a negative way either. And, it is heaven to work in a place that has lots and lots of books.

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  19. Creative people…ponder, ponder. Creative people come in all forms. For me being creative means that you have a head full of ideas, ideas that continually move around and talk to you. Sometimes you have to get up in the middle of the night and write these ideas down. What you do with these ideas would be the creative process. I think children are interesting when they are playing in their make-believe worlds, because they are creating something.
    By the way, I work with librarians and they are a different type of person. They are highly intelligent, mostly introverts, which is sort of funny because their job requires them to work with the public. The ones I work with are so wrapped up in their own thoughts they are not always aware of what is going on around them. I do not mean that in a negative way either. And, it is heaven to work in a place that has lots and lots of books.

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  20. Creative people…ponder, ponder. Creative people come in all forms. For me being creative means that you have a head full of ideas, ideas that continually move around and talk to you. Sometimes you have to get up in the middle of the night and write these ideas down. What you do with these ideas would be the creative process. I think children are interesting when they are playing in their make-believe worlds, because they are creating something.
    By the way, I work with librarians and they are a different type of person. They are highly intelligent, mostly introverts, which is sort of funny because their job requires them to work with the public. The ones I work with are so wrapped up in their own thoughts they are not always aware of what is going on around them. I do not mean that in a negative way either. And, it is heaven to work in a place that has lots and lots of books.

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  21. LOL, okay, I can accept that. I never considered myself creative when I told the math teacher the answer without working the problem in the Olde Skool Way, and creative accounting was always frowned upon , but I love the idea of finding the answer first.

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  22. LOL, okay, I can accept that. I never considered myself creative when I told the math teacher the answer without working the problem in the Olde Skool Way, and creative accounting was always frowned upon , but I love the idea of finding the answer first.

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  23. LOL, okay, I can accept that. I never considered myself creative when I told the math teacher the answer without working the problem in the Olde Skool Way, and creative accounting was always frowned upon , but I love the idea of finding the answer first.

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  24. LOL, okay, I can accept that. I never considered myself creative when I told the math teacher the answer without working the problem in the Olde Skool Way, and creative accounting was always frowned upon , but I love the idea of finding the answer first.

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  25. LOL, okay, I can accept that. I never considered myself creative when I told the math teacher the answer without working the problem in the Olde Skool Way, and creative accounting was always frowned upon , but I love the idea of finding the answer first.

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  26. I think every one of the wenches can honestly say we love and seriously relate to librarians. But I couldn’t do what they do any more than I could be a teacher, another segment of society I admire with all my heart and soul.
    I wonder if there’s a difference between having a head full of ideas and actually acting upon them?

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  27. I think every one of the wenches can honestly say we love and seriously relate to librarians. But I couldn’t do what they do any more than I could be a teacher, another segment of society I admire with all my heart and soul.
    I wonder if there’s a difference between having a head full of ideas and actually acting upon them?

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  28. I think every one of the wenches can honestly say we love and seriously relate to librarians. But I couldn’t do what they do any more than I could be a teacher, another segment of society I admire with all my heart and soul.
    I wonder if there’s a difference between having a head full of ideas and actually acting upon them?

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  29. I think every one of the wenches can honestly say we love and seriously relate to librarians. But I couldn’t do what they do any more than I could be a teacher, another segment of society I admire with all my heart and soul.
    I wonder if there’s a difference between having a head full of ideas and actually acting upon them?

    Reply
  30. I think every one of the wenches can honestly say we love and seriously relate to librarians. But I couldn’t do what they do any more than I could be a teacher, another segment of society I admire with all my heart and soul.
    I wonder if there’s a difference between having a head full of ideas and actually acting upon them?

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  31. I personally try to think a problem or situation to death, working out every nuance in my head. Now that I’ve retired, I have time to do that. When I worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery/Newborn Nursery/Maternal transport, we had a lot of protocols to follow, and that was the first thing we would go with. However there were often times that all you could do was fly by the seat of your pants. I think that I like flying by the seat of my pants a lot better!
    I inhale books, but I could never do what you wenches do. I could probably come up with a plot and follow through on it, but I couldn’t possibly write the dialogue. Write on dear wenches; I’m one of the masses who are waiting for your next novel/novels. Thank you all for keeping me so engrossed in a story that I sometimes forget to eat.

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  32. I personally try to think a problem or situation to death, working out every nuance in my head. Now that I’ve retired, I have time to do that. When I worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery/Newborn Nursery/Maternal transport, we had a lot of protocols to follow, and that was the first thing we would go with. However there were often times that all you could do was fly by the seat of your pants. I think that I like flying by the seat of my pants a lot better!
    I inhale books, but I could never do what you wenches do. I could probably come up with a plot and follow through on it, but I couldn’t possibly write the dialogue. Write on dear wenches; I’m one of the masses who are waiting for your next novel/novels. Thank you all for keeping me so engrossed in a story that I sometimes forget to eat.

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  33. I personally try to think a problem or situation to death, working out every nuance in my head. Now that I’ve retired, I have time to do that. When I worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery/Newborn Nursery/Maternal transport, we had a lot of protocols to follow, and that was the first thing we would go with. However there were often times that all you could do was fly by the seat of your pants. I think that I like flying by the seat of my pants a lot better!
    I inhale books, but I could never do what you wenches do. I could probably come up with a plot and follow through on it, but I couldn’t possibly write the dialogue. Write on dear wenches; I’m one of the masses who are waiting for your next novel/novels. Thank you all for keeping me so engrossed in a story that I sometimes forget to eat.

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  34. I personally try to think a problem or situation to death, working out every nuance in my head. Now that I’ve retired, I have time to do that. When I worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery/Newborn Nursery/Maternal transport, we had a lot of protocols to follow, and that was the first thing we would go with. However there were often times that all you could do was fly by the seat of your pants. I think that I like flying by the seat of my pants a lot better!
    I inhale books, but I could never do what you wenches do. I could probably come up with a plot and follow through on it, but I couldn’t possibly write the dialogue. Write on dear wenches; I’m one of the masses who are waiting for your next novel/novels. Thank you all for keeping me so engrossed in a story that I sometimes forget to eat.

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  35. I personally try to think a problem or situation to death, working out every nuance in my head. Now that I’ve retired, I have time to do that. When I worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery/Newborn Nursery/Maternal transport, we had a lot of protocols to follow, and that was the first thing we would go with. However there were often times that all you could do was fly by the seat of your pants. I think that I like flying by the seat of my pants a lot better!
    I inhale books, but I could never do what you wenches do. I could probably come up with a plot and follow through on it, but I couldn’t possibly write the dialogue. Write on dear wenches; I’m one of the masses who are waiting for your next novel/novels. Thank you all for keeping me so engrossed in a story that I sometimes forget to eat.

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  36. which, of course, brings up the question of whether our “instincts” are part of the creation process. But it’s always good to have people who just want to read what we dream up!

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  37. which, of course, brings up the question of whether our “instincts” are part of the creation process. But it’s always good to have people who just want to read what we dream up!

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  38. which, of course, brings up the question of whether our “instincts” are part of the creation process. But it’s always good to have people who just want to read what we dream up!

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  39. which, of course, brings up the question of whether our “instincts” are part of the creation process. But it’s always good to have people who just want to read what we dream up!

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  40. which, of course, brings up the question of whether our “instincts” are part of the creation process. But it’s always good to have people who just want to read what we dream up!

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  41. I love your kind of creativity, taking puzzle pieces, shaping them, and then creating a whole new image. At times, I’ve tried to create fiction without much success because of very little discipline.
    I do insist that I am creative because I do take lots of research, boil it down into a paragraph (or a two page article), and tell policy-makers the implications of good or bad news. Today, I suddenly got a rush writing project of a paragraph because a world leader signed a law, and I had to decide what story am I going to tell about what might happen next. To make it more complicated and more fun, there’s two things that can happen in the next two days to change the story, one of which leads to economic problems. Yes, I expect lots of revisions and some hard decisions on when it will publish.
    Now to dive into fiction and/or the swimming pool.

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  42. I love your kind of creativity, taking puzzle pieces, shaping them, and then creating a whole new image. At times, I’ve tried to create fiction without much success because of very little discipline.
    I do insist that I am creative because I do take lots of research, boil it down into a paragraph (or a two page article), and tell policy-makers the implications of good or bad news. Today, I suddenly got a rush writing project of a paragraph because a world leader signed a law, and I had to decide what story am I going to tell about what might happen next. To make it more complicated and more fun, there’s two things that can happen in the next two days to change the story, one of which leads to economic problems. Yes, I expect lots of revisions and some hard decisions on when it will publish.
    Now to dive into fiction and/or the swimming pool.

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  43. I love your kind of creativity, taking puzzle pieces, shaping them, and then creating a whole new image. At times, I’ve tried to create fiction without much success because of very little discipline.
    I do insist that I am creative because I do take lots of research, boil it down into a paragraph (or a two page article), and tell policy-makers the implications of good or bad news. Today, I suddenly got a rush writing project of a paragraph because a world leader signed a law, and I had to decide what story am I going to tell about what might happen next. To make it more complicated and more fun, there’s two things that can happen in the next two days to change the story, one of which leads to economic problems. Yes, I expect lots of revisions and some hard decisions on when it will publish.
    Now to dive into fiction and/or the swimming pool.

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  44. I love your kind of creativity, taking puzzle pieces, shaping them, and then creating a whole new image. At times, I’ve tried to create fiction without much success because of very little discipline.
    I do insist that I am creative because I do take lots of research, boil it down into a paragraph (or a two page article), and tell policy-makers the implications of good or bad news. Today, I suddenly got a rush writing project of a paragraph because a world leader signed a law, and I had to decide what story am I going to tell about what might happen next. To make it more complicated and more fun, there’s two things that can happen in the next two days to change the story, one of which leads to economic problems. Yes, I expect lots of revisions and some hard decisions on when it will publish.
    Now to dive into fiction and/or the swimming pool.

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  45. I love your kind of creativity, taking puzzle pieces, shaping them, and then creating a whole new image. At times, I’ve tried to create fiction without much success because of very little discipline.
    I do insist that I am creative because I do take lots of research, boil it down into a paragraph (or a two page article), and tell policy-makers the implications of good or bad news. Today, I suddenly got a rush writing project of a paragraph because a world leader signed a law, and I had to decide what story am I going to tell about what might happen next. To make it more complicated and more fun, there’s two things that can happen in the next two days to change the story, one of which leads to economic problems. Yes, I expect lots of revisions and some hard decisions on when it will publish.
    Now to dive into fiction and/or the swimming pool.

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  46. Shannon, you’re taking several pieces of reality and putting them together into a different idea, so that’s creative–or inventive–depending on definition, I guess. Although condensing them to one paragraph shows a high level of discipline as far as I can see!

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  47. Shannon, you’re taking several pieces of reality and putting them together into a different idea, so that’s creative–or inventive–depending on definition, I guess. Although condensing them to one paragraph shows a high level of discipline as far as I can see!

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  48. Shannon, you’re taking several pieces of reality and putting them together into a different idea, so that’s creative–or inventive–depending on definition, I guess. Although condensing them to one paragraph shows a high level of discipline as far as I can see!

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  49. Shannon, you’re taking several pieces of reality and putting them together into a different idea, so that’s creative–or inventive–depending on definition, I guess. Although condensing them to one paragraph shows a high level of discipline as far as I can see!

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  50. Shannon, you’re taking several pieces of reality and putting them together into a different idea, so that’s creative–or inventive–depending on definition, I guess. Although condensing them to one paragraph shows a high level of discipline as far as I can see!

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  51. I define creativity as seeing things in a new way and expressing that in any form that suits you. When I have a problem, the best way for me to solve it is usually to go off and do something else while it stews away in the background of my mind. I usually come up with a solution (or at least a decision) fairly quickly if I move on to something else rather than dwell on it.

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  52. I define creativity as seeing things in a new way and expressing that in any form that suits you. When I have a problem, the best way for me to solve it is usually to go off and do something else while it stews away in the background of my mind. I usually come up with a solution (or at least a decision) fairly quickly if I move on to something else rather than dwell on it.

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  53. I define creativity as seeing things in a new way and expressing that in any form that suits you. When I have a problem, the best way for me to solve it is usually to go off and do something else while it stews away in the background of my mind. I usually come up with a solution (or at least a decision) fairly quickly if I move on to something else rather than dwell on it.

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  54. I define creativity as seeing things in a new way and expressing that in any form that suits you. When I have a problem, the best way for me to solve it is usually to go off and do something else while it stews away in the background of my mind. I usually come up with a solution (or at least a decision) fairly quickly if I move on to something else rather than dwell on it.

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  55. I define creativity as seeing things in a new way and expressing that in any form that suits you. When I have a problem, the best way for me to solve it is usually to go off and do something else while it stews away in the background of my mind. I usually come up with a solution (or at least a decision) fairly quickly if I move on to something else rather than dwell on it.

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  56. I think creativity is the result of combining lateral thinking with playfulness. It’s hard to be creative without having fun. My best solutions come when I don’t worry away at a problem or try to hurry or force a solution. If I do something else and leave the problem to perculate in the back of my mind, surprising and sometimes spectacular solutions bubble up unbidden into conscious thought.

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  57. I think creativity is the result of combining lateral thinking with playfulness. It’s hard to be creative without having fun. My best solutions come when I don’t worry away at a problem or try to hurry or force a solution. If I do something else and leave the problem to perculate in the back of my mind, surprising and sometimes spectacular solutions bubble up unbidden into conscious thought.

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  58. I think creativity is the result of combining lateral thinking with playfulness. It’s hard to be creative without having fun. My best solutions come when I don’t worry away at a problem or try to hurry or force a solution. If I do something else and leave the problem to perculate in the back of my mind, surprising and sometimes spectacular solutions bubble up unbidden into conscious thought.

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  59. I think creativity is the result of combining lateral thinking with playfulness. It’s hard to be creative without having fun. My best solutions come when I don’t worry away at a problem or try to hurry or force a solution. If I do something else and leave the problem to perculate in the back of my mind, surprising and sometimes spectacular solutions bubble up unbidden into conscious thought.

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  60. I think creativity is the result of combining lateral thinking with playfulness. It’s hard to be creative without having fun. My best solutions come when I don’t worry away at a problem or try to hurry or force a solution. If I do something else and leave the problem to perculate in the back of my mind, surprising and sometimes spectacular solutions bubble up unbidden into conscious thought.

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  61. We are a part of all that we have met, read about, seen, and heard. For many reading about something is nearly as good as experiencing it first hand, as far as using it later.
    It is as if all our life experiences give us a box of do it yourself items. The Creativity comes in how what peices we choose and how they are put together.
    Many people are librarians and most are not mad. Some might be angry. There is a bobble head doll of a librarian shaking a finger and almost audibly saying “shhh”.
    In the public library there is often a librarian who goes around insisting on quiet and order. One can imagine her becoming enraged at patrons who keep books out past due dates, bring books back with cigarette smoke and ashes littering the pages, or who talk loudly in the library. Some eople will not shut off their cell phones ! I can imagine a librarian asaulting such a patron.

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  62. We are a part of all that we have met, read about, seen, and heard. For many reading about something is nearly as good as experiencing it first hand, as far as using it later.
    It is as if all our life experiences give us a box of do it yourself items. The Creativity comes in how what peices we choose and how they are put together.
    Many people are librarians and most are not mad. Some might be angry. There is a bobble head doll of a librarian shaking a finger and almost audibly saying “shhh”.
    In the public library there is often a librarian who goes around insisting on quiet and order. One can imagine her becoming enraged at patrons who keep books out past due dates, bring books back with cigarette smoke and ashes littering the pages, or who talk loudly in the library. Some eople will not shut off their cell phones ! I can imagine a librarian asaulting such a patron.

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  63. We are a part of all that we have met, read about, seen, and heard. For many reading about something is nearly as good as experiencing it first hand, as far as using it later.
    It is as if all our life experiences give us a box of do it yourself items. The Creativity comes in how what peices we choose and how they are put together.
    Many people are librarians and most are not mad. Some might be angry. There is a bobble head doll of a librarian shaking a finger and almost audibly saying “shhh”.
    In the public library there is often a librarian who goes around insisting on quiet and order. One can imagine her becoming enraged at patrons who keep books out past due dates, bring books back with cigarette smoke and ashes littering the pages, or who talk loudly in the library. Some eople will not shut off their cell phones ! I can imagine a librarian asaulting such a patron.

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  64. We are a part of all that we have met, read about, seen, and heard. For many reading about something is nearly as good as experiencing it first hand, as far as using it later.
    It is as if all our life experiences give us a box of do it yourself items. The Creativity comes in how what peices we choose and how they are put together.
    Many people are librarians and most are not mad. Some might be angry. There is a bobble head doll of a librarian shaking a finger and almost audibly saying “shhh”.
    In the public library there is often a librarian who goes around insisting on quiet and order. One can imagine her becoming enraged at patrons who keep books out past due dates, bring books back with cigarette smoke and ashes littering the pages, or who talk loudly in the library. Some eople will not shut off their cell phones ! I can imagine a librarian asaulting such a patron.

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  65. We are a part of all that we have met, read about, seen, and heard. For many reading about something is nearly as good as experiencing it first hand, as far as using it later.
    It is as if all our life experiences give us a box of do it yourself items. The Creativity comes in how what peices we choose and how they are put together.
    Many people are librarians and most are not mad. Some might be angry. There is a bobble head doll of a librarian shaking a finger and almost audibly saying “shhh”.
    In the public library there is often a librarian who goes around insisting on quiet and order. One can imagine her becoming enraged at patrons who keep books out past due dates, bring books back with cigarette smoke and ashes littering the pages, or who talk loudly in the library. Some eople will not shut off their cell phones ! I can imagine a librarian asaulting such a patron.

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  66. Barbara and Laura, you’ve hit on something many of the psychologists say, although I’m not quite sure how it works. It’s the reason many writers say they find solutions to plot problems when they sleep. Our minds need quiet to go deep inside and fit together puzzle pieces.

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  67. Barbara and Laura, you’ve hit on something many of the psychologists say, although I’m not quite sure how it works. It’s the reason many writers say they find solutions to plot problems when they sleep. Our minds need quiet to go deep inside and fit together puzzle pieces.

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  68. Barbara and Laura, you’ve hit on something many of the psychologists say, although I’m not quite sure how it works. It’s the reason many writers say they find solutions to plot problems when they sleep. Our minds need quiet to go deep inside and fit together puzzle pieces.

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  69. Barbara and Laura, you’ve hit on something many of the psychologists say, although I’m not quite sure how it works. It’s the reason many writers say they find solutions to plot problems when they sleep. Our minds need quiet to go deep inside and fit together puzzle pieces.

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  70. Barbara and Laura, you’ve hit on something many of the psychologists say, although I’m not quite sure how it works. It’s the reason many writers say they find solutions to plot problems when they sleep. Our minds need quiet to go deep inside and fit together puzzle pieces.

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  71. Hi Shannon! I agree with your comments, but for me the creative idea just jumps out at me one day and THEN, omg, comes the research that the subject demands to be a accurate, believable result (This refers to creativity in the writing world.) That’s when the work starts and the endless re-writing, revising, editing, and on and on. I just have the urge to write and write and write and as a result almost always over do my comments and letters. LIke now! AJ

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  72. Hi Shannon! I agree with your comments, but for me the creative idea just jumps out at me one day and THEN, omg, comes the research that the subject demands to be a accurate, believable result (This refers to creativity in the writing world.) That’s when the work starts and the endless re-writing, revising, editing, and on and on. I just have the urge to write and write and write and as a result almost always over do my comments and letters. LIke now! AJ

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  73. Hi Shannon! I agree with your comments, but for me the creative idea just jumps out at me one day and THEN, omg, comes the research that the subject demands to be a accurate, believable result (This refers to creativity in the writing world.) That’s when the work starts and the endless re-writing, revising, editing, and on and on. I just have the urge to write and write and write and as a result almost always over do my comments and letters. LIke now! AJ

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  74. Hi Shannon! I agree with your comments, but for me the creative idea just jumps out at me one day and THEN, omg, comes the research that the subject demands to be a accurate, believable result (This refers to creativity in the writing world.) That’s when the work starts and the endless re-writing, revising, editing, and on and on. I just have the urge to write and write and write and as a result almost always over do my comments and letters. LIke now! AJ

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  75. Hi Shannon! I agree with your comments, but for me the creative idea just jumps out at me one day and THEN, omg, comes the research that the subject demands to be a accurate, believable result (This refers to creativity in the writing world.) That’s when the work starts and the endless re-writing, revising, editing, and on and on. I just have the urge to write and write and write and as a result almost always over do my comments and letters. LIke now! AJ

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  76. What is creativity for me? Hummm, never defined it before. It really is indefinable I think. It’s a little different (for me) for each type of art, i.e painting, designing, or writing. All I know is that it almost always just seems to be flowing, often full born, from some “other” Source. It sometimes feels like it’s not really me who is doing this, I am only the instrument, especially with writing. Most of my poetry was just suddenly born one day, full grown and complete. Not always understandable, never always quite the same. Each is unique. That’s as close as it can be defined I think. All I really know is that when it’s happening it’s amazing and humbling yet fulfilling. Maybe it comes from Love. ??

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  77. What is creativity for me? Hummm, never defined it before. It really is indefinable I think. It’s a little different (for me) for each type of art, i.e painting, designing, or writing. All I know is that it almost always just seems to be flowing, often full born, from some “other” Source. It sometimes feels like it’s not really me who is doing this, I am only the instrument, especially with writing. Most of my poetry was just suddenly born one day, full grown and complete. Not always understandable, never always quite the same. Each is unique. That’s as close as it can be defined I think. All I really know is that when it’s happening it’s amazing and humbling yet fulfilling. Maybe it comes from Love. ??

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  78. What is creativity for me? Hummm, never defined it before. It really is indefinable I think. It’s a little different (for me) for each type of art, i.e painting, designing, or writing. All I know is that it almost always just seems to be flowing, often full born, from some “other” Source. It sometimes feels like it’s not really me who is doing this, I am only the instrument, especially with writing. Most of my poetry was just suddenly born one day, full grown and complete. Not always understandable, never always quite the same. Each is unique. That’s as close as it can be defined I think. All I really know is that when it’s happening it’s amazing and humbling yet fulfilling. Maybe it comes from Love. ??

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  79. What is creativity for me? Hummm, never defined it before. It really is indefinable I think. It’s a little different (for me) for each type of art, i.e painting, designing, or writing. All I know is that it almost always just seems to be flowing, often full born, from some “other” Source. It sometimes feels like it’s not really me who is doing this, I am only the instrument, especially with writing. Most of my poetry was just suddenly born one day, full grown and complete. Not always understandable, never always quite the same. Each is unique. That’s as close as it can be defined I think. All I really know is that when it’s happening it’s amazing and humbling yet fulfilling. Maybe it comes from Love. ??

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  80. What is creativity for me? Hummm, never defined it before. It really is indefinable I think. It’s a little different (for me) for each type of art, i.e painting, designing, or writing. All I know is that it almost always just seems to be flowing, often full born, from some “other” Source. It sometimes feels like it’s not really me who is doing this, I am only the instrument, especially with writing. Most of my poetry was just suddenly born one day, full grown and complete. Not always understandable, never always quite the same. Each is unique. That’s as close as it can be defined I think. All I really know is that when it’s happening it’s amazing and humbling yet fulfilling. Maybe it comes from Love. ??

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  81. I think curiosity and creativity go hand and hand. To be curious to see what would happen if you pursue an idea leads to the creativity. I find not many people are curious. They just go with the flow.

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  82. I think curiosity and creativity go hand and hand. To be curious to see what would happen if you pursue an idea leads to the creativity. I find not many people are curious. They just go with the flow.

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  83. I think curiosity and creativity go hand and hand. To be curious to see what would happen if you pursue an idea leads to the creativity. I find not many people are curious. They just go with the flow.

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  84. I think curiosity and creativity go hand and hand. To be curious to see what would happen if you pursue an idea leads to the creativity. I find not many people are curious. They just go with the flow.

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  85. I think curiosity and creativity go hand and hand. To be curious to see what would happen if you pursue an idea leads to the creativity. I find not many people are curious. They just go with the flow.

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  86. Defining creativity comes from talking about where inspiration comes from, inspiration is “fire” of creativity. Creativity is how to take bits of information, defining new characters, new situations, real news, truth, romance into a story.
    What special method(s) I use to solve problems of creativity?
    Best & normally I watch TV, the news, comment, talk programs, read nonfiction books, watch Nat Geo, science programs, watch Movies on DVD.
    These are ways to gather info, think of characters, what makes them new & interesting?
    Every interesting story has some real facts, truths woven into the storyline, characters.
    Example: Heroine’s situation is perilous, threats from criminals, involvement of drugs, explosives, …
    familiar story, though made new & different by entry of Hero, he is half American & half Russian, a former Russian – turned US Special Forces due to family & personal life tragedies. (Real life news about suspects Russian agents, potential terrorists, extreme way SE European soldiers are trained) Hero has special working dog his has trained since pup. Dog is new & different as Hero brought dog from Russia, where Hero raised, trained dog to be “sniffer dog” for drugs, or explosives,& tracking dog. (inspiration from Nat Geo TV program) Hero’s “sniffer” dog is new & different because this dog looks like a German Shepherd (every one identifies this dog breed as a “police working dog” who help save people, an important fact, (to help save the Heroine.) Dog has “secret” as it has wild dog Jackal in its genes in its blood. (fact from Nat Geo TV show) This “secret” gives this dog special abilities to smell, track & find …?
    Give Hero & dog problems – he may be “suspicious” in his activities, appearance, self expression. Dog is on US illegal dog breed list as dog hybrids (wolf, etc.,) are illegal in US states. US agents after Hero to take his illegal dog away from him. (Good luck catching this dog … big teeth, aggressive behavior, etc.)
    This gives you a “window” of how my mind, my creative process works, with importance I place on real news, real facts, truth in what we see, want to believe,
    reflections of my past ownership & work with dogs. I owned a pure white Russian Wolfhound “Alexei” who was favorite subject of my photography, artwork, stories. “Alexei” I raised & trained to be a “gentleman,” & at age 4 he saved me from a surprise attack from an unleashed Pit Bull. Memory of that event wanted to make a fictional story. Wow, imagine a heroine attacked & Hero (Russian – American) suddenly arrives with his trained working Russian Wolfhound – dangerous combination. Wolfhounds don’t growl, don’t raise hair on their back, don’t bark before they spring & “attack” – silent, swift, far springing leap with jaws that can shred a Siberian – size wolf.
    My methods – No booze as I’m allergic to alcohol. No drugs as I need a clear mind. Taking time each day to work on creation. Its not a sudden event. Emphasis on keeping current, up to date on real life, real events, reading for new information. Never stop learning to know new things, improve how I work even though I am 63 yrs old.
    – Kathryn Smith, Central Florida

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  87. Defining creativity comes from talking about where inspiration comes from, inspiration is “fire” of creativity. Creativity is how to take bits of information, defining new characters, new situations, real news, truth, romance into a story.
    What special method(s) I use to solve problems of creativity?
    Best & normally I watch TV, the news, comment, talk programs, read nonfiction books, watch Nat Geo, science programs, watch Movies on DVD.
    These are ways to gather info, think of characters, what makes them new & interesting?
    Every interesting story has some real facts, truths woven into the storyline, characters.
    Example: Heroine’s situation is perilous, threats from criminals, involvement of drugs, explosives, …
    familiar story, though made new & different by entry of Hero, he is half American & half Russian, a former Russian – turned US Special Forces due to family & personal life tragedies. (Real life news about suspects Russian agents, potential terrorists, extreme way SE European soldiers are trained) Hero has special working dog his has trained since pup. Dog is new & different as Hero brought dog from Russia, where Hero raised, trained dog to be “sniffer dog” for drugs, or explosives,& tracking dog. (inspiration from Nat Geo TV program) Hero’s “sniffer” dog is new & different because this dog looks like a German Shepherd (every one identifies this dog breed as a “police working dog” who help save people, an important fact, (to help save the Heroine.) Dog has “secret” as it has wild dog Jackal in its genes in its blood. (fact from Nat Geo TV show) This “secret” gives this dog special abilities to smell, track & find …?
    Give Hero & dog problems – he may be “suspicious” in his activities, appearance, self expression. Dog is on US illegal dog breed list as dog hybrids (wolf, etc.,) are illegal in US states. US agents after Hero to take his illegal dog away from him. (Good luck catching this dog … big teeth, aggressive behavior, etc.)
    This gives you a “window” of how my mind, my creative process works, with importance I place on real news, real facts, truth in what we see, want to believe,
    reflections of my past ownership & work with dogs. I owned a pure white Russian Wolfhound “Alexei” who was favorite subject of my photography, artwork, stories. “Alexei” I raised & trained to be a “gentleman,” & at age 4 he saved me from a surprise attack from an unleashed Pit Bull. Memory of that event wanted to make a fictional story. Wow, imagine a heroine attacked & Hero (Russian – American) suddenly arrives with his trained working Russian Wolfhound – dangerous combination. Wolfhounds don’t growl, don’t raise hair on their back, don’t bark before they spring & “attack” – silent, swift, far springing leap with jaws that can shred a Siberian – size wolf.
    My methods – No booze as I’m allergic to alcohol. No drugs as I need a clear mind. Taking time each day to work on creation. Its not a sudden event. Emphasis on keeping current, up to date on real life, real events, reading for new information. Never stop learning to know new things, improve how I work even though I am 63 yrs old.
    – Kathryn Smith, Central Florida

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  88. Defining creativity comes from talking about where inspiration comes from, inspiration is “fire” of creativity. Creativity is how to take bits of information, defining new characters, new situations, real news, truth, romance into a story.
    What special method(s) I use to solve problems of creativity?
    Best & normally I watch TV, the news, comment, talk programs, read nonfiction books, watch Nat Geo, science programs, watch Movies on DVD.
    These are ways to gather info, think of characters, what makes them new & interesting?
    Every interesting story has some real facts, truths woven into the storyline, characters.
    Example: Heroine’s situation is perilous, threats from criminals, involvement of drugs, explosives, …
    familiar story, though made new & different by entry of Hero, he is half American & half Russian, a former Russian – turned US Special Forces due to family & personal life tragedies. (Real life news about suspects Russian agents, potential terrorists, extreme way SE European soldiers are trained) Hero has special working dog his has trained since pup. Dog is new & different as Hero brought dog from Russia, where Hero raised, trained dog to be “sniffer dog” for drugs, or explosives,& tracking dog. (inspiration from Nat Geo TV program) Hero’s “sniffer” dog is new & different because this dog looks like a German Shepherd (every one identifies this dog breed as a “police working dog” who help save people, an important fact, (to help save the Heroine.) Dog has “secret” as it has wild dog Jackal in its genes in its blood. (fact from Nat Geo TV show) This “secret” gives this dog special abilities to smell, track & find …?
    Give Hero & dog problems – he may be “suspicious” in his activities, appearance, self expression. Dog is on US illegal dog breed list as dog hybrids (wolf, etc.,) are illegal in US states. US agents after Hero to take his illegal dog away from him. (Good luck catching this dog … big teeth, aggressive behavior, etc.)
    This gives you a “window” of how my mind, my creative process works, with importance I place on real news, real facts, truth in what we see, want to believe,
    reflections of my past ownership & work with dogs. I owned a pure white Russian Wolfhound “Alexei” who was favorite subject of my photography, artwork, stories. “Alexei” I raised & trained to be a “gentleman,” & at age 4 he saved me from a surprise attack from an unleashed Pit Bull. Memory of that event wanted to make a fictional story. Wow, imagine a heroine attacked & Hero (Russian – American) suddenly arrives with his trained working Russian Wolfhound – dangerous combination. Wolfhounds don’t growl, don’t raise hair on their back, don’t bark before they spring & “attack” – silent, swift, far springing leap with jaws that can shred a Siberian – size wolf.
    My methods – No booze as I’m allergic to alcohol. No drugs as I need a clear mind. Taking time each day to work on creation. Its not a sudden event. Emphasis on keeping current, up to date on real life, real events, reading for new information. Never stop learning to know new things, improve how I work even though I am 63 yrs old.
    – Kathryn Smith, Central Florida

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  89. Defining creativity comes from talking about where inspiration comes from, inspiration is “fire” of creativity. Creativity is how to take bits of information, defining new characters, new situations, real news, truth, romance into a story.
    What special method(s) I use to solve problems of creativity?
    Best & normally I watch TV, the news, comment, talk programs, read nonfiction books, watch Nat Geo, science programs, watch Movies on DVD.
    These are ways to gather info, think of characters, what makes them new & interesting?
    Every interesting story has some real facts, truths woven into the storyline, characters.
    Example: Heroine’s situation is perilous, threats from criminals, involvement of drugs, explosives, …
    familiar story, though made new & different by entry of Hero, he is half American & half Russian, a former Russian – turned US Special Forces due to family & personal life tragedies. (Real life news about suspects Russian agents, potential terrorists, extreme way SE European soldiers are trained) Hero has special working dog his has trained since pup. Dog is new & different as Hero brought dog from Russia, where Hero raised, trained dog to be “sniffer dog” for drugs, or explosives,& tracking dog. (inspiration from Nat Geo TV program) Hero’s “sniffer” dog is new & different because this dog looks like a German Shepherd (every one identifies this dog breed as a “police working dog” who help save people, an important fact, (to help save the Heroine.) Dog has “secret” as it has wild dog Jackal in its genes in its blood. (fact from Nat Geo TV show) This “secret” gives this dog special abilities to smell, track & find …?
    Give Hero & dog problems – he may be “suspicious” in his activities, appearance, self expression. Dog is on US illegal dog breed list as dog hybrids (wolf, etc.,) are illegal in US states. US agents after Hero to take his illegal dog away from him. (Good luck catching this dog … big teeth, aggressive behavior, etc.)
    This gives you a “window” of how my mind, my creative process works, with importance I place on real news, real facts, truth in what we see, want to believe,
    reflections of my past ownership & work with dogs. I owned a pure white Russian Wolfhound “Alexei” who was favorite subject of my photography, artwork, stories. “Alexei” I raised & trained to be a “gentleman,” & at age 4 he saved me from a surprise attack from an unleashed Pit Bull. Memory of that event wanted to make a fictional story. Wow, imagine a heroine attacked & Hero (Russian – American) suddenly arrives with his trained working Russian Wolfhound – dangerous combination. Wolfhounds don’t growl, don’t raise hair on their back, don’t bark before they spring & “attack” – silent, swift, far springing leap with jaws that can shred a Siberian – size wolf.
    My methods – No booze as I’m allergic to alcohol. No drugs as I need a clear mind. Taking time each day to work on creation. Its not a sudden event. Emphasis on keeping current, up to date on real life, real events, reading for new information. Never stop learning to know new things, improve how I work even though I am 63 yrs old.
    – Kathryn Smith, Central Florida

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  90. Defining creativity comes from talking about where inspiration comes from, inspiration is “fire” of creativity. Creativity is how to take bits of information, defining new characters, new situations, real news, truth, romance into a story.
    What special method(s) I use to solve problems of creativity?
    Best & normally I watch TV, the news, comment, talk programs, read nonfiction books, watch Nat Geo, science programs, watch Movies on DVD.
    These are ways to gather info, think of characters, what makes them new & interesting?
    Every interesting story has some real facts, truths woven into the storyline, characters.
    Example: Heroine’s situation is perilous, threats from criminals, involvement of drugs, explosives, …
    familiar story, though made new & different by entry of Hero, he is half American & half Russian, a former Russian – turned US Special Forces due to family & personal life tragedies. (Real life news about suspects Russian agents, potential terrorists, extreme way SE European soldiers are trained) Hero has special working dog his has trained since pup. Dog is new & different as Hero brought dog from Russia, where Hero raised, trained dog to be “sniffer dog” for drugs, or explosives,& tracking dog. (inspiration from Nat Geo TV program) Hero’s “sniffer” dog is new & different because this dog looks like a German Shepherd (every one identifies this dog breed as a “police working dog” who help save people, an important fact, (to help save the Heroine.) Dog has “secret” as it has wild dog Jackal in its genes in its blood. (fact from Nat Geo TV show) This “secret” gives this dog special abilities to smell, track & find …?
    Give Hero & dog problems – he may be “suspicious” in his activities, appearance, self expression. Dog is on US illegal dog breed list as dog hybrids (wolf, etc.,) are illegal in US states. US agents after Hero to take his illegal dog away from him. (Good luck catching this dog … big teeth, aggressive behavior, etc.)
    This gives you a “window” of how my mind, my creative process works, with importance I place on real news, real facts, truth in what we see, want to believe,
    reflections of my past ownership & work with dogs. I owned a pure white Russian Wolfhound “Alexei” who was favorite subject of my photography, artwork, stories. “Alexei” I raised & trained to be a “gentleman,” & at age 4 he saved me from a surprise attack from an unleashed Pit Bull. Memory of that event wanted to make a fictional story. Wow, imagine a heroine attacked & Hero (Russian – American) suddenly arrives with his trained working Russian Wolfhound – dangerous combination. Wolfhounds don’t growl, don’t raise hair on their back, don’t bark before they spring & “attack” – silent, swift, far springing leap with jaws that can shred a Siberian – size wolf.
    My methods – No booze as I’m allergic to alcohol. No drugs as I need a clear mind. Taking time each day to work on creation. Its not a sudden event. Emphasis on keeping current, up to date on real life, real events, reading for new information. Never stop learning to know new things, improve how I work even though I am 63 yrs old.
    – Kathryn Smith, Central Florida

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  91. Creativity is a fun topic to play with, and probably less useless than electronic solitaire. (Which I don’t actually know how to play, but I do bounce creativity around. *G*)
    I have no idea what alternative universe send Nadine and Magnus into your mind, but I loved THE RISK OF LOVE AND MAGIC, so please stick to stories and leave the computer inventions to others!

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  92. Creativity is a fun topic to play with, and probably less useless than electronic solitaire. (Which I don’t actually know how to play, but I do bounce creativity around. *G*)
    I have no idea what alternative universe send Nadine and Magnus into your mind, but I loved THE RISK OF LOVE AND MAGIC, so please stick to stories and leave the computer inventions to others!

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  93. Creativity is a fun topic to play with, and probably less useless than electronic solitaire. (Which I don’t actually know how to play, but I do bounce creativity around. *G*)
    I have no idea what alternative universe send Nadine and Magnus into your mind, but I loved THE RISK OF LOVE AND MAGIC, so please stick to stories and leave the computer inventions to others!

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  94. Creativity is a fun topic to play with, and probably less useless than electronic solitaire. (Which I don’t actually know how to play, but I do bounce creativity around. *G*)
    I have no idea what alternative universe send Nadine and Magnus into your mind, but I loved THE RISK OF LOVE AND MAGIC, so please stick to stories and leave the computer inventions to others!

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  95. Creativity is a fun topic to play with, and probably less useless than electronic solitaire. (Which I don’t actually know how to play, but I do bounce creativity around. *G*)
    I have no idea what alternative universe send Nadine and Magnus into your mind, but I loved THE RISK OF LOVE AND MAGIC, so please stick to stories and leave the computer inventions to others!

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  96. I don’t consider myself very creative, but I do try to approach problems from different perspectives. Brainstorming ideas and doing research usually helps. If that fails I don’t object to asking for other people’s opinions. 🙂

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  97. I don’t consider myself very creative, but I do try to approach problems from different perspectives. Brainstorming ideas and doing research usually helps. If that fails I don’t object to asking for other people’s opinions. 🙂

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  98. I don’t consider myself very creative, but I do try to approach problems from different perspectives. Brainstorming ideas and doing research usually helps. If that fails I don’t object to asking for other people’s opinions. 🙂

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  99. I don’t consider myself very creative, but I do try to approach problems from different perspectives. Brainstorming ideas and doing research usually helps. If that fails I don’t object to asking for other people’s opinions. 🙂

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  100. I don’t consider myself very creative, but I do try to approach problems from different perspectives. Brainstorming ideas and doing research usually helps. If that fails I don’t object to asking for other people’s opinions. 🙂

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  101. Yes, everyone is unique and that makes them special. I celebrate and honor that and nothing pleases me more than to quietly observe another’s uniqueness. So many of us just skip right over the surface and never look down. Ah we miss so much! If we could only resist immediately shoving another person into one of our little mental file cabinets and slamming the door shut and on the next. Ah well, we are so very human aren’t we? I love all of it.

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  102. Yes, everyone is unique and that makes them special. I celebrate and honor that and nothing pleases me more than to quietly observe another’s uniqueness. So many of us just skip right over the surface and never look down. Ah we miss so much! If we could only resist immediately shoving another person into one of our little mental file cabinets and slamming the door shut and on the next. Ah well, we are so very human aren’t we? I love all of it.

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  103. Yes, everyone is unique and that makes them special. I celebrate and honor that and nothing pleases me more than to quietly observe another’s uniqueness. So many of us just skip right over the surface and never look down. Ah we miss so much! If we could only resist immediately shoving another person into one of our little mental file cabinets and slamming the door shut and on the next. Ah well, we are so very human aren’t we? I love all of it.

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  104. Yes, everyone is unique and that makes them special. I celebrate and honor that and nothing pleases me more than to quietly observe another’s uniqueness. So many of us just skip right over the surface and never look down. Ah we miss so much! If we could only resist immediately shoving another person into one of our little mental file cabinets and slamming the door shut and on the next. Ah well, we are so very human aren’t we? I love all of it.

    Reply
  105. Yes, everyone is unique and that makes them special. I celebrate and honor that and nothing pleases me more than to quietly observe another’s uniqueness. So many of us just skip right over the surface and never look down. Ah we miss so much! If we could only resist immediately shoving another person into one of our little mental file cabinets and slamming the door shut and on the next. Ah well, we are so very human aren’t we? I love all of it.

    Reply
  106. I agree! Jackie is so “right on”. I’ve noticed that creative people notice things. they may be deeply involved in a project yet something will tweek that inner mind, and it makes a note, it notices. AT some point that “note” may come back in a creative idea. When I’m not working or involved in a project, I love to just watch people, to try to get inside their world in a kind and quiet way.

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  107. I agree! Jackie is so “right on”. I’ve noticed that creative people notice things. they may be deeply involved in a project yet something will tweek that inner mind, and it makes a note, it notices. AT some point that “note” may come back in a creative idea. When I’m not working or involved in a project, I love to just watch people, to try to get inside their world in a kind and quiet way.

    Reply
  108. I agree! Jackie is so “right on”. I’ve noticed that creative people notice things. they may be deeply involved in a project yet something will tweek that inner mind, and it makes a note, it notices. AT some point that “note” may come back in a creative idea. When I’m not working or involved in a project, I love to just watch people, to try to get inside their world in a kind and quiet way.

    Reply
  109. I agree! Jackie is so “right on”. I’ve noticed that creative people notice things. they may be deeply involved in a project yet something will tweek that inner mind, and it makes a note, it notices. AT some point that “note” may come back in a creative idea. When I’m not working or involved in a project, I love to just watch people, to try to get inside their world in a kind and quiet way.

    Reply
  110. I agree! Jackie is so “right on”. I’ve noticed that creative people notice things. they may be deeply involved in a project yet something will tweek that inner mind, and it makes a note, it notices. AT some point that “note” may come back in a creative idea. When I’m not working or involved in a project, I love to just watch people, to try to get inside their world in a kind and quiet way.

    Reply
  111. Hi you might be interested to know that the National Library of Australia has archived due to its significant cultural value the work of Australia’s leading erotic poet colin leslie dean
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    cheers

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  112. Hi you might be interested to know that the National Library of Australia has archived due to its significant cultural value the work of Australia’s leading erotic poet colin leslie dean
    You can view the site at
    Gamahucher Press/colin leslie dean was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.
    http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/144030
    cheers

    Reply
  113. Hi you might be interested to know that the National Library of Australia has archived due to its significant cultural value the work of Australia’s leading erotic poet colin leslie dean
    You can view the site at
    Gamahucher Press/colin leslie dean was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.
    http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/144030
    cheers

    Reply
  114. Hi you might be interested to know that the National Library of Australia has archived due to its significant cultural value the work of Australia’s leading erotic poet colin leslie dean
    You can view the site at
    Gamahucher Press/colin leslie dean was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.
    http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/144030
    cheers

    Reply
  115. Hi you might be interested to know that the National Library of Australia has archived due to its significant cultural value the work of Australia’s leading erotic poet colin leslie dean
    You can view the site at
    Gamahucher Press/colin leslie dean was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.
    http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/144030
    cheers

    Reply

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