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Make the First Move

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I recently read a great article on Medium by Srinivas Rao (the article first appeared in 2017, but I only recently came upon it). Rao discusses the importance of how we start our day and makes a distinction between “junk food for the mind” and “health food for…

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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…

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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…