• Productivity,  Thoughts

    Take Notes

    When someone says take a note, what image comes to mind? For me, it’s of either a physical or digital means of writing down words. Artists make notes too, but not always with words. At times they’ll make visual notes. They’ll draw a sketch, make a study, or do a quick painting in preparation for another. Musicians make notes, but not always lyrically. It may be an audio note of a melody, or the chords and notes used for the melody. Some songwriters and musicians will record audibly the entire song before every writing down a word. Sculptors and architects both may make a physical model of a larger piece.…

  • Art Unboxed,  Inspirational Collections,  Motivational,  Productivity,  Thoughts

    Art Unboxed Do Something Different

    I’ve heard artists like Raymond Everett Kinstler, Michael Shane Neal, and Eric Rhoads all say something very important. If you are a portrait painter primarily, your portraits will be enhanced by painting landscapes, and vice versa. In our Art Unboxed post today, let’s talk about starting to Do Something Different. In every walk of life, whether in leadership, or in another field I’ve heard this same basic advice. As a reader, if your interest generally lies in a handful of subjects, experts encourage you to read something totally different. As in art, this jumpstarts your thinking in respect to both creativity and perspective. This practice, when applied to art and…

  • Productivity,  Thoughts,  Writing Notes

    Writing And The Corral

    On this date, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday participated in the Gunfight At The O.K. Corral in 1881. What does that have to do with your writing journey, quite a bit actually. Did you know it only lasted for thirty seconds? Did you know Wyatt Earp wasn’t the main figure of the gunfight? He was there, but his brother Virgil was Town Marshall. Plus, it wasn’t actually at the O.K. Corral, but on Fremont street six doors away. Again, what does all this have to do with writing? Because it became famous, not due to the reports of the Earp family, or the Clantons, but a writer named Stuart Lake.…

  • Productivity,  Thoughts,  Writing Notes

    The Application Of Writing Part Two

    We began yesterday by talking about the application of writing, and I’d like to consider that today as well. This morning, I would like to look at the definition as it relates to writing tools. We call a word processing program an application. We also call the practical conclusion of a piece of writing an application. It can be both the tool used to carve it out, and the results gained from it. I mention the two together because, one is designed to serve the other. Some will write on a laptop, tablet, or desktop. Others will write on legal pads, napkins, or use a voice recorder. The tool used…

  • Holidays,  Motivational,  Productivity,  Self Improvement,  Thoughts,  Writing Notes

    Ready Set Write

    In ten days, this year’s National Novel Writing Month, known as Nanowrimo will begin. Each year, thousands of people begin this thirty day challenge with the dream of writing a book. Some complete their first novel, others begin a writing journey that will lead to the completion of their first book. As someone who has written over thirty books myself, their dream excites me. I would not only like to applaud them on their journey, but would like to help guide you on yours. Have you always dreamed of writing a book, or do you feel like you have some knowledge that would benefit others? If the answer to either…

  • Inspirational Collections,  Messages,  Motivational,  Productivity,  Thoughts

    Don’t Nod Off

    Genesis 4:16 (ESV) 16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain’s situation was so sad. While we know the mistakes were his own, we can certainly identify with making mistakes. We have all, in some way, messed up at one time. How many times has failure tempted us, towards the land of Nod? I remember Bishop Livingston preaching about this years ago. Nod means wandering, and that’s where Cain chose to settle. It says it’s easy of Eden, which means pleasure. When you wander from God’s presence, it places us outside of the things that cause…

  • Inspirational Collections,  Messages,  Motivational,  Poem,  Productivity,  Thoughts

    Poem – Purposely Bored

    Bored, it’s something that I dread, To feel this way hurts my heart and head, For God has been too good There’s no reason that it should Rob my joy or bother me I’m happy and content you see Still it tries and I’m always puzzled At how best to cause it to be muzzled Then I thought of the spelling of this pest That took care of the rest B or ed like a boy with oars Anxious to cross distant shores Let’s call him simply Ed Eager to charge ahead He’s got the paddles but no boat An idea to keep afloat Then from Heaven a gentle whisper…

  • Productivity,  Thoughts

    How To Take Up Art As A Hobby

    My Grandparents were coal miners, that’s where I first learned about art. It was from both of them, and the paintings hung their home. I tell you this because, when talking about art, images come to mind. Some think of their favorite artwork, others think of it as a expensive prospect. The truth is, art is defined as the application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. Stated simply, art is the skill of creating a picture. Everything from your child’s play dough elephant to the Empire State Building is art. All walks of life draw, build, and create art. I’ve seen…