Paid to be Creative

As a freelancer, blogger, and the person responsible for Faith Promise’s websites and outreach, a good portion of my time each week in and out of the office is spent coming up with creative ideas or implementing creative thoughts.  I’m also surrounded by other people (like our graphic artist, my Pastor, and others who teach) who are faced with creative deadlines on a weekly and daily basis.  Because of this, the whole concept of creative routines is very interesting to me.

While I do not endorse the content of his writing, I found this quote by Stephen King to be very fascinating:

There are certain things I do if I sit down to write,” he said. “I have a glass of water or a cup of tea. There’s a certain time I sit down, from 8:00 to 8:30, somewhere within that half hour every morning,” he explained. “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places. The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.  (entire quote)

It’s an interesting way of putting things, and it makes me consider what things around me each day contribute to or hinder my creative thought process.  Surely my messy desk, full inbox, and constant drone of Twitter aren’t helping things.  It makes me want to fight for more order and stillness in my life.

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Disc Golf Joy

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One of my favorite things on earth is a wonderful sport called disc golf.  It’s kind of like normal golf – you play on a course, usually with 18 tees, and you have similar rules.  The difference is that you throw frisbees (putters, medium range, and distance discs) into a disc basket, and it’s free (other than the discs).

I love being outside, walking the course, hanging out with friends, getting competitive, and occasionally throwing a good shot. I even threw a hole-in-one once.  It was great!  Keri was even there to see it happen.

I haven’t played once since moving to Tennessee, but I know there’s a course about 10 minutes from my house.  It keeps calling my name.  Drawing me to itself.

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