Hello there, my name is The Bluemoon Thinker ~AKA~ Mandy Perfetto. I’m a homeschooling mom, and newbie in all the following:
And generalized re-discoverer of doing cool things in my life.
I was asked by a Very Creative friend of mine…the Tuna inspired proprietor of this Online Café of sorts, to write something about living a creative lifestyle for her blog.
Her request made me think a bit…a very scary place to be for me. Anyhoo, it brought me to an interesting pattern of thought. Do I live a creative lifestyle? What does that creative lifestyle look like to other people?
I’m going to meander here for a bit, so please forgive me…for those of you who know me, it was to be expected.
I’ve been binge-listening to Twenty One Pilots. If you don’t know who they are, I suggest you find out and do so quickly. 😉 Anyhoo, the lead singer for the group explained a bit of his writing process for their most recent album, Blurryface. He explained that he thought about all the insecurities, fears, thoughts, what-ifs, and other things that hold him back in life and keep him from moving forward in the things he wants to do and holds him back from being the person he would like to be. If he could give those things a persona and sit down across the table from him, what would that person look like?
So, that brought me to this thought… What does my Creative Me look like?
Okay, a bit of backstory. My mom gave me some old pictures of me when I was little. I look through them every so often because the Randomkiddos and the Hubster like to see all the cutesy pics my mom took of me as a Randomkiddo.
Back to topic, I was thinking about those pics and it hit me like a ton of bricks…That is My Creative Me. The Five-something year old in me that never grew up who lives in my heart and soul. She’s the Me that God created me to be. The one who likes to laugh and be silly, enjoys watching cartoons and old movies, likes pig tails and fountain heads, loves over-acting and just acting weird in general… She’s My Creative Me and She’s the reason that I’ll never see myself as old.
So, on that note I…well the Creative Me… will answer these wonderful questions that Kristina asked me.
Here’s the Extremely abridged version that Tuna messaged me:
Can you write something about living a creative lifestyle? I have some questions…some random things I was thinking about, but you could write about more or less than that too if you want.
1. How do you continually generate new ideas?
I have been gifted with Aspergers & ADD so I have a TON of ideas flying around in this crazy daze head of mine. 😉 If anything there are almost too Many ideas, so I’m always working on something new. But that’s cool, cause I lose steam on what I’m working on and usually need to let it sit and simmer for a bit. Usually while I’m working on another project I’ll have an idea for that project that I left to sit and simmer smack me in the head like, “Eureka!” So then I can go back to that old project with a new and inspired take on it. A lot of my friends don’t understand how I can do that, but for me it’s very natural.
*insert smilie shrug emoji of your choosing
2. How are deadlines a help or a burden?
I don’t have any deadlines currently and if I can help it, will never have any. Rofls. I do try to give myself goals though. Goals aren’t quite as scary to me as deadlines…but I guess tomatoe/tomato? ;)-
3. What do you do about writer’s block?
To quote Twenty One Pilots, “I don’t have writer’s block, my writer just hates the clock.”
Like I said a question or two above, I have a lot of creative outlets to work on, so if I’m stuck on one project I move to another one that is simmering. I do my own illustrations, photos, arrangements, designs, etc. So, if I’m tired of writing then I move on to drawing, photography, or layouts. So I guess writer’s block is not really an issue that keeps me from moving forward.
If I have a definitive goal in mind for myself and I’m Really trying to get a project done, l am practicing a new thing. Instead of wandering around wondering what to do and aggravating myself, I ask the Lord for wisdom. He always shows me something I didn’t see before or points me in a direction to locate my answer. The answers seem to differ depending on the situation.
Sometimes it will be a suggestion to have a brainstorming session with my Randomkids. Other times He tells me to go for a walk in the park to clear my mind and the answer will come to me once I’m relaxed and not stressing about all the things I need to do before supper.
One time just recently I was stuck on an art project that I was completing for a friend. It was finished and had been for months, but I was completely stumped on how to frame it. All the things that I tried just didn’t seem to fit it the pic. I finally got myself quiet enough to sit down and Really be able to listen to what the Lord was telling me… a Very difficult process for me, but I’m workin’ on it.
He reminded me about a re-purposed mini-cabinet door turned Jewelry organizer that I had recently picked up at our local thrift store. I immediately retrieved it from my treasured trove of finds to give away at a later date, and looked at it with an artist’s eye view. It was a Perfect fit for my painting! 😮
I removed the screening the re-purposer had tacked on it to hang your jewelry from, cleaned it with lemon and salt, rubbed it down with a bit of olive oil, and wiped it down really well. The Randomkids couldn’t believe it was the same piece when it was finished. In fact because of the little handle on the bottom of the frame and the intact hinges on the top, they commented on how they could almost imagine opening the little door up to take a closer look at the animal I had on the painting. Lols
I wouldn’t have Ever thought of doing that with that jewelry organizer if I hadn’t asked the Lord for wisdom. He’s way coolio with bringing the awesomely rockin’ answers. Maybe I should start writing His name on my projects instead of mine. 😄
4. Are you self-critical? If so, how do you move past it?
Why yes. Yes, I am. I joined a support group for it recently, SCPA…Self Critical People’s Anonymous…Not to be confused with the better known Acronym SPCA…j/k ;)-
I have always been a bit of a perfectionist. Whatever I do in life, I want to do it to the best of my ability. I also want the peeps who are involved in what I do to really enjoy themselves. I want them to really like what they are reading, hearing, seeing, whatevs.
In order to stop the self-critical rants and pre-recorded tape playing, I do everything I can to embrace My Creative Me.
I surround myself with people who build me up and I can build up in return. I post verses, funny comics, and witty sayings on my Facebook and Pinterest pages or just watch various things that remind me that it’s okay to Just be Me. I also don’t put a lot of stock in what everybody says or thinks.
These things help me to jump off of the self-criticizing band wagon. The only individual I’m most concerned about listening to is the Lord…and he Definitely sets me straight if I need it. Lols
5. What everyday things do you do to keep ideas coming?
I read a lot of books from the library and when I’m going about my daily routine I’m always looking at things with an artist’s eye view. For instance, when I go hiking with friends, I’m constantly taking pictures of things that strike me as a story in the making or could be an inspiration for a piece of art. Sometimes just occurrences in life give me a thought for a story.
In one case, I was having a problem with something eating my tomatoes, but I couldn’t figure out what in the world it was. A few days later I spied a fat squirrel sitting on my deck railing pulling cherry tomatoes off the vine and munching away merrily on them. Well, now he is written into an animal adventure story that I was working on.
Another time I was at a yard sale where the people were selling a bunch of different umbrellas and one was open and sitting on the lawn. A weird thought popped into my mind about umbrellas floating downstream, which triggered another thought of umbrellas flying through the sky, and with that another idea for a children’s picture book was born.
So, I guess I don’t have to keep the ideas coming as much as the ideas come to me. Lols
6. How does the position of your furniture affect the state of your mind?
Well, for me I need a lot of outside light. When I’m painting or drawing or working on an art piece of some kind I Have to be at the kitchen table where I can see outside through our bay window. If I’m typing up a story, I like to sit in a comfy chair with my headphones in and music blaring in my ears.
I really do better creatively if I can experience nature, light, music, and be comfy. So I like my furniture arrangement to reflect a comfortable, bright, and homey feeling.
7. What colors are you drawn to?
Well, once upon a time I only liked Black, Brown, and Dark Blue…but Now that I’m out of my Emo phase, I LOVE Bright and Exciting colors. I actually love All colors and try to use Many Different colors in my art, what I wear, and even in decorating my house inside and out. I am a Totally eclectic type of person, in fact now when I tell people I know about my Emo phase, they don’t believe me. Ha!
8. Do you sporadically write, or are you a planned writer?
Absolutely Sporadic, unless I have a Planned mojo vibe going on…which does not happen often. I meet with a group of writers every week in a group called Scribes Oasis. One of the ladies comes early in the day and we write pretty much all day till we meet the other Scribes members in the evening. This is my one so called planned day of writing a week. 😀
Sometimes I also participate in Awesome Sauce Writer’s Retreats. For instance, our Scribes group had a Writers Up All Night Party. That was Waaay fun. And a friend invited me and another writer I know to a Writer’s Retreat with a group of writers…Also Totes fun. Anyhoo, otherwise at home when I’m with the fam it’s Absolutely and Totally sporadic.
8a. Answer Part Deux?
As I was Attempting to edit this piece…by edit I mean Not correcting my grammar. He-He-He. I realized that maybe Tuna was asking if I am a Pantser or a Plotter. A lot of my more sage writer friends were using this terminology a bunch when I first got into writing…I had No idea what they were talking about. Lols
Later, it was explained to me that a Pantser literally writes by the seat of their pants. They sit and just type as the story plays out in their head. When they are finished they go back and fill out parts that are too thin or don’t make any sense or bring depth to characters that need it or erase characters and parts that don’t need to be there at all.
A Plotter plans out their story from beginning to end. They use various writing methods and organizational layouts to achieve this. They work on the characters before writing them, giving them depth and meaning…first name, middle name, last name, mother’s maiden name, blood type, allergies etc…
I am Most Definitely a Pantser…Plotting makes this little ADD mind go insane. I do use some Plotting tips because the Aspie part of my brain likes organization. But usually I am more of a Pantser because the ADD part of my brain loves the high speed connectivity of the Pantser style writing.
9. How do you maintain priorities?
Priorities?? What’s that? Rofls
Actually, because I still am homeschooling my youngest, school comes before my writing, and of course things like Fam Time, chores like: making dinner, doing laundry and dishes, etc… all come before my writing and art. The biggest issue I have is figuring out what I should focus on first when I do have the time to sit down and be creative. 😀
I’ve been contemplating scheduling out my creative times…but that will probs never get any further than just the contemplation phase. Lol
10. Does eating food help you write?
Well it depends on What kind of “food” we are talking about…Chocolate? Oh definitely! Peppermint patties are a must-have go-to writing snack-ism.
In winter I need to have my Snoopy mug full of cocoa sitting next to my laptop in order to function properly… In fact, last winter I accidentally spilled cocoa on my laptop. 😮 It still works wonderfully well, but has a lovely faint chocolate scent to it.
In summer I need to have some Frozen Peppermint Patties waiting for me to find in the freezer…I hide them on myself so it’s sort of like a fun in between writing treasure hunt to get my mind on something else. ;)-
11. Do you set a time limit to write?
Nope, I usually don’t have a Ton of time to write, so I just write as long as I can, when I can. 😄
The same goes for my art and photography. I make use of opportunities to take pictures when on hikes with friends, visiting people’s houses, going to the park with the Randomkiddos, or even when we are on field trips for school. 😀
When I’m cooking and I’m stuck in the kitchen babysitting the food anyhoo, I will snatch that as an opportunity to paint and draw. I have to grab my opportunities as they come, because they don’t come around often enough.
Well, that is the end of Kristina’s questions, so I suppose I am Fin.
Thank you Tuna for the opportunity to do my First Writer Type Questionnaire. 😀
It was Extremely fun and gave me a TON to think about…again a scary place for me to visit…my brain. Lols
Please come over and visit me sometime on one of my many Random Bloggie sites:
– Comments, Remarks, Observations, Statements, Reflections, and other Blabbery
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– The Random Places in My Mind Expressed Thru Art & Photography
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂
Mandy Perfetto 🙂
P.S.- Happy Creative Lifestylin’ 😀