Black and white photo of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, looking toward Trocadero Gardens and La Defense

Urban Photography: The Big Picture

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Writing is my primary creative outlet. It's healthy to maintain more than one form of creative expression, however, and photography is another passion of mine. I've sold a few images over the years, but I don't aspire to professional status. Photography is just something I enjoy. Urban settings…

Small blue and white bird perched on fence post

The Creative Process: A Summation

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been writing for this site for a bit over two-and-a-half years. Recently, the thought came to me that a summing up of where we've been might be in order. This is my current (most recent) take on the creative process. Like most things in life, this is…

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You Might Be Alone

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. There is a romanticized image of the lonely artist, the tortured soul who courageously clings to a solitary vision while remaining misunderstood by the ignorant masses. Ayn (“Ayn the Pain”) Rand created an entire long-winded novel, The Fountainhead, around this image. The lonely artist is often portrayed in…

Jackie Robinson mural on brick wall of retail building in Montreal

What’s Next?

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've nearly completed a major creative project I've been working on intensively for over a year. There is still work to do, but it will no longer be a full-time effort. I find myself asking, “What's next?” A number of new projects are on my mind. Which one…

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The Creative Gambler

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I want to say up front that I don't advocate gambling in the conventional sense. The house always wins, and there are no exceptions to this rule. However, I've been thinking this week about Kenny Rogers' 1978 song The Gambler (written by Don Schlitz in 1976). Specifically, the…

Photo of partial page from print edition of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Insightful Examples of Inciting Incidents

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been thinking a lot lately about inciting incidents and the different ways they can be used in fiction. An inciting incident generally launches the primary conflict or action in a story. Joseph Campbell referred to the inciting incident as a call to action. Sometimes our characters seek…