Winners of The Creative Zone #Coloring Book & Free #Coloring Pages

Congratulations ! The winners of The Creative Zone Coloring Book Giveaway are: 1. D.G. Kaye 2. Jan Twissel 3. Barbara Lynne Ross 4. Andrea  Spengler 5. Angela Smith 6. Stephanie L Woohoo! Free #Coloring Book Pages!! As a thank you to all the people who entered, here are 3 more Free Pages from The Creative Zone I hope […]

New Adult #Coloring Book Giveaway: The Creative Zone

The Creative Zone is an adult coloring book, inspired by stained glass. 50 original designs by Kathy Andrew (A.K. Andrew)

10 Ways to Be Creative in the Summer

Does summertime make you feel creative and want to try new things? Or do you just like to have fun in the sun? I like both, so while I’ll be posting all through the summer, I’m taking a break from blog commenting until after Labor Day. Some of you may remember this post from last […]

How Can you Convert Failure into a Learning Experience?

Converting failure into a learning experience sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?  Think again. Being afraid of failure is a common human trait. For artists, the fear is usually greater as their persona is often embodied in their work for all to see. Although of course that’s not true. What we write, or […]

5 Books made into Films – Which Version is a Modern Classic?

A book or film created in the 20th or 21st Century is considered a Modern Classic if it has a quality likely to have enduring significance or popularity. When a book is made into a film, which version is the modern classic or can it be both? The novel I’m currently working on, Under The […]

1969: Does Music Capture the Heart of an Era?

In 1969, I was a sixteen year old and like all teenagers, listened to a lot of music. For me, it was Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel as well as Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rolling Stones.
My current WIP, Under The Bed, is set in 1969 in NYC, a year that began with the inauguration of Nixon as President. 1969 fell in the shadow of the previous year, which saw the height of the anti-Vietnam War protests, and the assassinations of both Martin Luther King Jr.and Robert Kennedy.The ’68 Democratic Convention in Chicago was another scene of protest and riots.

Writing the Sounds of Silence, and Changing Times

Can Your Computer Drain Your Creativity?

Creativity and computers have been trying to blend together for some time now. Photoshop, painting apps, word processing freeing up writing time by throwing out the tipex and carbon paper. And yet how many of you feel that the time spent in front of your computer actually drains your creativity? I recently read an article […]

The Next Big Thing week 15: Interview with an Author

The Next Big Thing is an author’s Work In Progress project  from SheWrites. When I read Jeri Walker-Bickett’s  blog last week,  I immediately thought what fantastic questions for any author to ask themselves. So I was thrilled that afternoon, when Jeri emailed, and invited me to participate. A Big Thank You to Jeri. What is the working […]

Changing #Procrastination Creatively

Procrastination is the master of endless lists, even for things we supposedly want to do – I don’t have time, my artwork sucks, not enough room, too busy to focus, too tired, too________. You name it. They’re all valid reasons. Work, children, ill-health and a myriad of other things stop us from doing what we […]

Nora Ephron – Pioneer Film Writer and Director

Nora Ephron, pioneer film writer and director has died. She was nominated for three screenwriting Oscars, Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally & Sleepless in Seattle. When a writer dies, the loss is magnified not only by all the work they’ve done  but  all the work that might have been written, and the world has lost. I […]