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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Child's play

With all my office packing done (and nothing for me to do at work, since my computer is wrapped in bubble wrap), I took the day off today and took myself out on a little artist's date to a local retreat centre. Mostly I was there to do some writing, but while there I also had some fun with glue, construction paper, and old magazines. When I'm trying to imagine a new project, it's fun to step away from it for awhile and let my artist-child come out to play. Sometimes great truths can be found when you're paging through old magazines looking for fun things to glue onto a collage.
I've done this activity at leadership and teambuilding workshops sometimes. It's rather delightful getting a bunch of business people down on the floor, throwing some old magazines around the room, giving them scissors and glue and telling them "get creative, imagine the future, and then tell me what surprises you find in your collage."

Here are a few clues about what I'm working on.




If, by looking at those little cryptic messages, you guessed "she's writing a book!" then you would be correct! If you guessed that it's about art and life and passion and reimagining truth, then you'd also be right. For more clues, you could check out answer #4 in the blog post below this one.

It feels a little scary to admit it, but there it is, out in the open. Now that I said it, I guess I'll have to actually live up to it and produce something one of these days, or you'll all call me a liar.

Take a deep breath... and here we go...

9 comments:

Accidental Poet said...

I'd offer to race you, but you'd beat me and then I'd get depressed.

andrea said...

Exhale indeed. I've been there, I was 40 and decided to quit teaching to paint, and haven't looked back. It was a huge step, very hard, and these past few years have been a roller coaster -- that I wouldn't have missed for the world! I'm behind you 100%.

Lyndon said...

I enjoy your writing style. Looking forward to the finished product, however long it might take.

Linda said...

Now that I know, I'm going to ask you about it on occasion.

Liz said...

I remember doing that project with my girls. It was a lot of fun.

Whenever your book is done, I will read it and recommend it to all my friends. Pinky swear.

Hope said...

And I will buy a copy, hot off the press, insist you come to Red Deer and autograph it for me over lunch.

Pamela said...

W.O.W

How does one even know where to begin?

Judy said...

There IS a book in you.

I am so looking forward to owning a copy.

Stephanie said...

That's amazing and inspiring. And very, very exciting.