Posts Tagged: creative

Drawing a new card

It’s my friend’s daughter’s birthday today and I was having a devil of a time picking up a gift for her.  She’s a really sweet kid, never asking for much, even on her birthday.  Amazing as that is, it left me with the same tired things, a visit to Hallmark and then a gift card for some… Read more »

James Thurber

Continuing the series on my creative influences, we’ll head way back to when I was just a tadpole. Grandma was responsible for broadening my reading material beyond the standard fare for 7-year old boys.  I’ve already told the tales of my reading her dictionary and encyclopedia in previous blogs.  Once the fire of reading was… Read more »

Writing by the book

“Writing week” continues on the JMD blog.  Now, read on… There must be dozens, probably hundreds of books written about writing.  How to, what’s good, what it means… there is no shortage of analysis. And I haven’t read any of them. That doesn’t suggest I think they’re bad.  Nor does it correspondingly suggest my writing… Read more »

Writing without a net

(Missed a few days of posts, sorry, but we’re back on schedule.  Thanks for your patience!) You all know how we love “theme weeks” here on the JMD blog and now we present one long overdue…a week about my thoughts and impressions on being a writer, complete with subtext headlines, no less! Now, read on… I have been making excellent progress in… Read more »

I think that I shall never see…

…a poem lovely as a tree. A famous line from a famous poem about trees by Joyce Kilmer is the perfect lead in to our post today about…trees! Or, more precisely, drawing trees. I’ve been drawing since I was single digits.  My art “improved” over time until it peaked some years ago (much like my… Read more »

This space for rent

I was about halfway through a long blog on memory when I stopped to reread it and discovered it was utterly boring. This creates quite a problem, since I can’t think of anything interesting to fill the space here today and yet I have committed to daily blogs.  That leads to the question of whether… Read more »

A blog a day keeps the cobwebs away

It has always been my intention to make this a “daily” log.  That is, post a blog every weekday and take the weekends off.  After all, you aren’t going to be logging on here during your two valuable free days over the weekend just to read my prosaic musings, riveting though they may be.  No,… Read more »

Did I just type that?

Let’s hop in our way-back machines today and take a short trip.  What’s that?  You don’t have a way-back machine?  Well, you can all pile in mine, but keep your feet off the seats please! Our journey is a quick one this time, just about a year and half ago.  I was given the time… Read more »