And the Answer Is…

The guesses about yesterday’s photo were very close. It was, indeed, yarn on a bobbin.

Specifically, it was hand-spun yarn (using a spinning wheel) that was waiting to be plied.

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Photo: What Is It?

I’m doing this a little bit different today. First I’ll tell you why. I am going to reach my word count goal (60,000 words) on RealmWalker tonight. I might even finish the story. I’m excited to get to it. Second, I want to see what you all think about this. I’m always posting pictures and telling you what it is. Now it’s your turn to tell ME what it is.

P.S. Please don’t look at the file properties and get the name of the photo because that’s cheating. lol

Happy creating.

Photo Break

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is known as Little Switzerland and the Stair-Step Town, among other nicknames. Throughout the historic district, there are small parks and grottos with various flora and natural rock formations. This is just one of many.

Formal Photography

Today I got to exercise a different creative art. Photography.

My oldest niece is a high school junior. Tonight is Prom. After she and her boyfriend got all dolled up, we took their pictures.

Telling people how to pose has never been my strong suit. I let other people do that with only making a couple suggestions myself. I don’t have permission to use photos of her or her boyfriend, so I’m only sharing a photo of her prom corsage sitting in its plastic box.

It’s been a while since I’ve shot formal portraits. Come to think of it, this might actually be the first. Well, for a formal dance, that is. Later on, if I get permission to share some of the other photos, I hope to be able to share some of my favorites. I’m particularly happy with one of her looking out a window.

Photography stretches my creativity in different ways than writing does. That’s a good thing. We (I) need to stretch our creativity in different ways so that we don’t get in a rut. Practicing more than one creative outlet is a good way to be sure we stay in touch with our creativity and sometimes refill our well in the process.

What are you doing to stretch? Where do you need more practice?

Happy creating!

What’s This All About?

Close-up of a small flower in black & white.
(c) 2017 Jen Nipps

I know it’s fairly easy to guess if you’ve been around here much. I also know that there are a lot of new people here. (I’m up to over 100 people following my blog! Thank you!)

I talk a lot about creativity here. My creativity. Your creativity. The creative process in general. I try to offer creativity tips and exercises every so often. I talk about my creativity theories and what I consider to be the keys to creativity.

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

I am willing to answer questions, share videos, offer guest blog spots (although at this time, I cannot pay for such posts – I’m so sorry), share photos (with permission and credit given), and share podcasts and other things I find interesting and relevant.

I don’t want to leave you just with that, so here’s a little bit more. These are my Six Keys to Creativity, given without further comment or explanation.

  1. Everyone is creative.
  2. Creativity does not discriminate.
  3. People don’t know how to tap into their creativity.
  4. People use their creativity without knowing they are.
  5. The only person who says you can’t is you.
  6. Have more than one creative outlet.

I’ve posted about these before, which is one reason why I’m not posting an explanation of them right now.  I will most likely talk about them again, so stay tuned for that.

It’s been a busy day of errands, writing (over 22,000 words now on REALMWALKER that I shared chapter 1 from the other day), and a stamping/card-making group. I didn’t want to put this post off until tomorrow, so here it is, albeit late.

Happy creating.

A Short Announcement

I know I am well overdue for a blog post. I’ll get to that this week. For now, I have a quick announcement.

I have opened an Etsy shop. It’s Made by JEN Enterprises. I have:

  • books (including the 2018 Project Planner for Creatives and Create Your Own DIY Planner, all digital downloads)
  • planner pages (all digital downloads)
  • necklaces.

I will be adding more soon. I will include:

  • earrings
  • bracelets
  • more necklaces
  • more books (digital downloads)
  • knit/crocheted items
  • photos (digital and print)
  • cards (print)
  • crochet patterns (digital downloads)

Here’s the link to go check it out.

Weather and Creativity

For me, I know my mood can be influenced by the weather. Sometimes I wonder if I let it, if my creativity could be too.

By “if I let it,” I mean that since I have decided to prioritize my creativity, I work on it every day. I intentionally do something creative – usually writing. When I signed up for the Ultimate Blog Challenge (a challenge to blog daily throughout October, if you’re not participating and wondering what I’m talking about), I sat down and brainstormed a list of posts for the entire month. Some of those have changed, but I’ve mostly gone by the list. That’s why today is about weather and creativity.

The thing of it is, I would be almost as productive if I did rely on a connection between weather and creativity because there is something inspiring in just about all weather. If it’s bright and sunny, I want to make/write something. If it’s rainy or cloudy, I want to make/write something. If it’s storming? Well… That depends on the storm. If it’s severe, I want to hide. If it’s just a regular thunderstorm, I want to make/create something.

If it’s snowy/icy, I want to hibernate. That’s my only real exception.

What do you think? Is there a connection between writing and your creativity? I don’t mean in general. This is on a personal level.