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Of course! Anything you all are willing to share with me, I would be more than willing to see. Even if it’s a group of stick figures I would still feel privileged that you were willing to devote your time into it— not that you’re any less of an artist if you only draw stick figures. Any stories or creative outlets when in regards to my stories are also always welcomed. Like I said before, anything you guys are willing to do I’m willing to see it ❤️.

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I have found an art class that I very much want to do.  Huge ass clay sculpture in 8 3hr sessions.  Problem is it’s $400 for the course and materials (and it’s over an hours drive away but some things are just worth it).  I lost my job a couple of weeks ago and no one is really hiring real jobs until the new year.  I have the money but I really don’t think I should spend it until I have secured a new job.  Just in case.  But damn do I want to do this.  So much.

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I am from Atlanta, the city of my birth.
I am from Alexandria, Clifton, Fairfax, Toronto, and Calcutta,
all places I have called home.


I am from a home where music is always playing,      
as I am laying in my bed.
I am from the residence of my mom and dad, my younger brother, Cheeto, and Angel, and where Jewels and Haley once were.            
I am from the place where I find solace with the person I hold closest to my heart.


I am from the kids who hung out in the cul-de-sac after a long day of school, from the friends who went on midnight drives just for the fun of it,
and from the family I grew to cherish and love, despite not being related.


I am from the kids who struggled to fit in, the kids who chose to cross the line between life and death, and the kids who fought to overcome their vices, whether it be afflicting the body or mind.
I’m from from the victims of sexual assault, and I am from the kids who never really get a true “fresh start”.


I am from the people who are finding a new home,
from the people who are pursuing what they love,
and also from the people yearning to be loved.
I am from these people and places,
I am from these experiences,
these moments,
and these dreams.


We all have our own experiences, we are all different.         
This is me.

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Ever since she had moved into the house, Shiloh had found solace in Freya as a music buddy of sorts. Whenever she wrote something, the other girl was sort of like her second set of ears. Freya wasn’t afraid to point out any faults in Shiloh’s music, or give any critiques that are needed. She was brutally honest, without being rude about it, and that was exactly what Shiloh needed. Usually she would never let anyone read her music journal, but she had to learn how to go to others for help and advice. That’s what this business was about: Working with others to better your talent. And she’s gotten so much better with the other girl’s help. While their music tastes weren’t exactly the same, they had some of the same elements, and that made it easier for the pair to help each other out. 

Running her fingers through her freshly flat ironed hair, Shiloh glanced around her room, her eyes searching for the book she had gotten over a decade ago. Her music journal, which was actually just a junky composition book with doodles covering the cover, had been her most prized possession for as long as she could remember. She had gotten it when she was very young, around nine or ten, and the first few songs in the front of the book were obviously written by a child, but as you moved through the book, the songs began to mature as Shiloh did. By the time she was sixteen, her songs were actually good. Record label worthy good, but of course, getting your name out there and getting discovered wasn’t as easy as people made it seem.

It seemed as though no matter how many videos she had uploaded onto YouTube, or how many auditions she had been on, it would never work out for her. She had been so close to giving up, but then this opportunity came along, and she was finally getting her chance. She was finally making it. All she had to do was push herself to work harder, harder than she ever had before. It wouldn’t be easy, but Shiloh was sure that she could do it. She could do anything if she put her mind to it.

Spotting the familiar book across the room on her bed, halfway shoved under her pillow, Shiloh let out a sigh of relief and went to go grab it, before she quickly made her way out of her room and towards Freya’s. She figured they could make there way over there together instead of going separately. Plus, it would give them more time to chit chat and gossip and all things of the sort before they got down to business. “Freya, the music train’s leaving. Don’t let it leave without you!” She shouted through the door, letting her knuckles rap against the door a few times, before she leaned against the doorframe and waited for her to answer.

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  • ✏ :What are their creative outlets?

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“I haven’t really done anything creative in the last month or so, but I’ll give this one a shot.  I generally do a lot of baking, and I think that’s pretty creative.  I tend to sing when I’m happy, but I haven’t been in much of a mood to sing lately.  My cursed self did crochet, so I know how to do that now.  I was a pretty fair storyteller in the Enchanted Forest, haven’t really tried that in this world.  But I’m not one of those people who have spent years perfecting some sort of creative ability, nor am I one of those people who can clear their mind well enough to get inspiration for things.”

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☆: Would they ever wish upon a falling star? If so, what would they wish?

Well of course!  After all, falling stars are like catching a glimpse of Jirachi!  If she were to wish on one, she would mostly likely wish for stupid, cliche things.  To have a good day, for her friends to be well wherever they are, to sleep dreamlessly or peacefully.  Little inconsequential things like that.

✏: What are their creative outlets?

As a grandchild of fairly strict, fiscally well-off, old-fashioned grandparents, Kotone was raised as a ‘proper’ young lady (well, okay, they tried; most of it didn’t stick).  She took lessons in dance, tea ceremonies, and playing the shamisen.  Most of those lessons were a waste because she never uses those skills except during very special occasions with her grandparents.  She didn’t dislike the lessons, per say, but they just weren’t things she was interested in at the time or now.  She derives too much pleasure from working with her hands and getting dirty.

That being said, music has remained a strong companion in her life.  She likes to dance— though not on ceremony— and sing on occasion.  Although the shamisen is a plucked instrument, Kotone applied some of those lessons towards learning to play the violin.  It’s a bit of a throwback to the dainty, graceful upbringing her grandparents tried to instill in her and she’s not the best by any stretch of the imagination.  She does, however, still immensely enjoy playing and trying to teach herself how to play favorite songs and the like.

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What I think is very hard for the public to grasp is that Lolita, like a musical instrument, a poem, a book, or a painting, is a canvas for escape. When I pull out my dresses, when I lay out a well planned coordinate, it’s the same feeling I get when I drift off into a story or one of my poems. It can take me to the courts of Versailles or a narrow street in Harajuku. For a moment, I get to live out my fantasies and leave the troubles of my existence behind–become someone that I might only be able to imagine in a dream. I think if more people could understand this, they would be more accepting of fashion as an outlet for creativity and maybe more willing to experience it themselves.

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i have been in a creative ditch for the last month or two and have completely stopped writing much of anything that wasn’t a short, frustrated rant. it has been a really long time (over a year and a bit) that i have written anything that wasn’t shitty, short, angry or sad, minus a couple small things i wrote when i first moved. i had such a fucking terrible, self-defeating year last year that it just zapped me of all motivation to write. really, i think it was because of all the self-doubt and negativity that i was surrounding myself with at the time, and it’s continued affect of my life thereafter. i just felt like i had nothing worthwhile to say. and, after a while of not writing i was beating myself up so much for not having written that i felt even worse about myself, and so on. anyway, i was in the bath earlier and i don’t even know why but my head was underwater and i was like “you are going to write something before you go to sleep tonight. i promise you meg.” and then when i came back to my room, i sat down looking at a blank page, and just seeing nothing and having no ideas to write about… exactly what i was worried about. but i went to youtube and searched “music to write to” and put on this piano instrumental and just started writing about how i was looking at the blank page and couldn’t think of anything. well, it is really crazy how fast nothing turns into something if you just keep writing for 20 minutes. i ended up writing almost two pages of stuff and there’s actually a paragraph or two i’m pretty happy with :’D it feels really good to follow through on my commitments to myself. i am really going to try very hard to write AT LEAST two sentences every day for a month. they say 21 days is how long it takes to make a habit and i am super determined to follow through on this one. i have tried to do something like this before but it hasn’t worked out because i didn’t think i could do it right off the bat. i do now. sooooooo i am going to post this “early new years resolution” i suppose you could call it, so that i have something to hold myself accountable to. i may post the piece of writing later but a lot of people i know in real life follow me now and i’m kinda shy so we’ll see. anyway, moral of the story is, make promises to yourself and keep em! it feels super rad!

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Mind mapping is certainly not a new thing. Most people have at least heard of the concept. However, it is being taken to new heights and has hit the internet at full speed. There are a plethora of online programs available – I won’t go into detail here (it could be an entire book…) but I will show you some really cool areas where mind mapping is being utilized.

ExamTime Gives Students a Place to Post Mind Maps, Notes, and …
ExamTime is a free web service that gives students and teachers a place to organize mind maps, flashcards, quizzes, reports, class notes, and more. The service was designed for students and educators, and you can use it to store your own notes and class materials, or use it to collaborate with classmates.

How cool is that? I wish I would have had access to something like this when I was in school. A central repository for flash cards, customized quizes, and more – pretty powerful stuff! Add in the ability to mind map and you have a winning combo for students.

Although brief, this article below gives a good intro to using simple mind map characteristics to tackle things such as English – not normally something we think of when being “creative:

Innovative Grammar Mind Map Is Perfect For Teaching English …

love mind maps. Even though each branch can be fairly linear, something about the whole branching visualization of it doesn’t usually speak to me. I ran across this one today, and despite its many branches, I really like it.

Grammar can be tricky. We live in a world of self-proclaimed ‘grammar police’, and folks who admittedly ‘judge you

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when you use poor grammar’. While that’s fine (and I literally cringe when I see people misuse apostrophes), sometimes I think that we need to give grammar a little bit of a break. English grammar can be tough – it is a language full of as many exceptions as there are rules, and especially for those who are learning English as a second language, the grammar piece can be rough. Grammar can even be tough for native speakers. Despite hearing the language from an early age, grammar isn’t always taught as its own curriculum in schools, and what is picked up in every day life isn’t always correct.

These are just a few of the places where mind maps come into play – really it is up to you where and how you use them. I’ve got several that I enjoy using online (I’ll have to share which ones at a later date). They also come in handy for figuring out relationships between ideas and concepts when putting together a project.

Hope that you find a good use for mind maps – if you want more info on brainstorming and mind mapping, check out Brain Detonation.

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Do you have creative ideas or ways to help increase or boost creativity?

Share them here and ask any questions you may have. I would be happy to dive deeper into any area dealing with creativity – or seek out the right people who can answer your questions.

Feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

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We all want to be creative – it’s widely known that creativity helps in all walks of life. The CEO, the mother or father at home, the student – all of these benefit greatly from enhanced creative skills.

However, asking some to “be creative” is like asking someone to come up with a great joke on the spot – 99.9% of us just can’t turn it

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on when we want to. What we can do is work over time to be able to work more creatively.

This article (supporting a book along the same lines) goes over a seven step process to allow you to work on the creative parts of your brain:

How to cultivate your creative brain
How to cultivate your creative brain Seven ways to cultivate your creativity Dr  Shelley Carson, a…

In addition to cultivating your creative brain, recognizing what parts of your brain you are using and how they tie together is a part of the larger picture:

Creativity – What’s the Brain Got to Do With It? | Be Creative
What is actually going on in the brain during the creative process has been a persistent question for behavioural psychologists; their findings are eagerly latched onto by designers of the next leadership or creativity program …

Of course, this is a large topic – over time I plan to find more news and research on creativity and how we can all learn to use this aspect of our brains in a more useful manner – instead of always waiting for serendipity to hit us!

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I may or may not be trying my hand at some FFVIII fan fiction.

Without my normal influx of graphic design projects, I need some kind of creative outlet.

It’s been a log time since I’ve done any sort of creative writing, but I always thought my previous attempts were successful. We’ll see how this turns out.

Since I’ve been replaying FFVIII on my Vita, coupled with my borderline obsession with the game…it seemed fitting. It will mainly take place in D-District Prison, and, of course it will involve some Squall/Seifer undertones. Because…reasons.

I’ll admit that there’s a lot of absolutely awful fanfics out there. Poor writing, overly fanciful plots, awful dialogue, discontinuity, and fluff abound. However, there are some amazing pieces out there, from truly talented writers.

So, yeah.

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