Billowing smoke from incense

Out of Thin Air

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. It's easy to think of creativity as an act of creating something out of thin air. A novel, a painting, a sculpture; these are all tangible products that didn't exist until they were created. We shouldn't believe that creativity is always about making something up, however. Sometimes, it's…

Selection from one page of Mary Beard's book The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

You Must Read

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Currently I'm reading The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by scholar and classicist Mary Beard. Pompeii is briefly referenced in my current writing-project-in-progress, so I'm reading about the city primarily for research. Fundamentally, however, I'm reading a well-researched book by a respected historian about life in…

Hillsborough High School (large brick building) with blue sky and green grass in foreground, in Tampa, Florida

The Creative Organization

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Even if, like me, you don't have children, you probably have some awareness of the ongoing debate about school start times. Teenagers tend to stay up late - sometimes it's so they can text with friends or play video games, but many times it's also because of homework,…

Cropped section of Buddy and Thomas novella cover showing illustration of a beagle on a city street

Create When You Can

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I recently self-published a novella that I started writing in 2017. It was inspired by the life (and death, in early 2017) of a dog that I adopted from a shelter in 2002. It's called Buddy and Thomas, and it's about a stubborn dog that disrupts the life…

Two men standing on sidewalk and storefront with black and white portraits of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Jim Morrison

Think Outside the Borders

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. My wife and I both needed dental work recently beyond a routine cleaning or filling. Faced with the prospect of dental bills sufficient to make a down payment on a house, we struggled with what to do. Finally it dawned on us that we were not constrained by…

Photograph of buckwheat pillow with vellum pad and art supplies

Sleep and Creativity

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. As a lifelong insomniac, I looked forward to reading Benjamin Reiss' 2017 book Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World. I wasn't disappointed. Wild Nights is not a book about how to get a better night's sleep. Instead, it's a cultural study of the history of…