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!

Picture Day

I’ve been struggling with what to post. Do I share another experience? A video? A look into my life? What?

How about a photo?

OK. I can do a photo. Here you go.

This was taken at Robber’s Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. It’s the stairs at the dam on Lake Carlton. With water rushing over the dam and the stairs,I liked how it looked. You can see how the water landed on the stairs and started cascading down them, too.

Stairs at Lake Carlton dam at Robber’s Cave State Park

Inspiration Station

&copy 2014 Jen Nipps
&copy 2014 Jen Nipps

You know how it goes. You’re going along, keeping on keeping on, and you run out of steam. You feel like you’re going through the motions and not getting anywhere. You’re in a rut. Your get up & go finally got up & went.

What’s a person to do?

Get it back, of course. You have to be motivated to get work done. You have to be inspired to be motivated. Where do you get that inspiration?

The easy answer? All around you.

The hard answer? All around you.

It isn’t a cop-out. It really is both that easy and that hard. It’s easy because we don’t have to go far to find a source of inspiration. It’s hard because, since it’s always around us, we don’t always see it.

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is my youngest niece. We’ll call her Miss J. She’s 5. She’s cute (absolutely adorable, actually!), smart, busy, and curious. She asks questions about everything. (I know. All kids do, but she’s the one currently in my life doing this to me.) Sometimes, a lot of times, I will find inspiration in the questions she asks me. I will get ideas for something to knit or crochet because of something she says. I take a lot of pictures of her.

She wants to know how I feel, how my leg feels, why Gabby (my dog) is running around outside like that, where Papa (my dad) is, when Nana (my mom) is going to be home from work.

She’s worried about not being able to read “good enough” for kindergarten in August!

She is a huge source of my inspiration for pretty much anything I do.