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Everything seems possible then.

 

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I keep trying. I'm not sure
what will happen. But over
and over again, I keep
trying - because something
in me doesn't give up, not
forever anyway.

 

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So here I am,
looking out, wondering...
elsa - word, story, image idea music person
How to do this?

 

A big question - how to do this?elsa - word, story, image idea music person
I know it can be done, but

 

I can do this,elsa - word, story, image idea music person
but it takes a lot of doing.

 

It's easiest in the morning. elsa - word, story, image idea music person
Everything seems possible then.

 

What do you see when
you see me, I wonder.elsa - word, story, image idea music person
I keep trying. I'm not sure
what will happen. But over
and over again, I keep
trying - because something
in me doesn't give up, not
forever anyway.

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So here I am,
looking out, wondering...
elsa - word, story, image idea music person
How to do this?

 

 

What do you see when
you see me, I wonder.elsa - word, story, image idea music person
I keep trying. I'm not sure
what will happen. But over
and over again, I keep
trying - because something
in me doesn't give up, not
forever anyway.

 

       

 

Creative Fire - it warms me like nothing else. Different each time, from sparks that lead to new projects, to an intense inner drive to bring work to completion, out into the world. I'm grateful for this inner fire.

DECEMBER 14 , 2006

BURNING WITH CREATIVE FIRE - FINISHING FIRE, THIS TIME

I find it hard to stop. I don't want to take the time to eat, sleep. I want to keep going. I can tear myself away - I have to go to the bathroom, feed the cats and dogs, let the dogs outside. I let days go by without taking the dogs for a walk. They don't need my company, but my body does need the walks. Once I do get outside, I love the fresh air, and also moving my body instead of sitting at a computer screen.

Cooking - I just hunt for something that's ready, or very quick.

I know all about moderation. But I am not feeling moderate.

I don't have any recipe. I know all about been stalled, stuck, uninspired.

Not now. I do get stuck, I do have a hard time making decisions, I do latch onto details and work at them, over and over, instead of moving on - though I know, as a reader, how little time I spend on any few words. But with my own work, sometimes I am fixed to one place.

But even there, the work continues on and on, and with enough hours - or finally at night, with enough tiredness - or after some sleep, with enough of a clearer perspective - everything gets done and I can move on.

This creative fire. I welcome it. I wouldn't mind if it burned just a bit less brightly - it's not always easy to be so driven, so hooked on whatever I'm doing.

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I know this fire. We're old friends. It's often not around. I've longed for it, sat stuck at blank paper, or at page after page that didn't feel right. I've lost it, at times, so that I've wondered if it hadn't just disappeared forever from my life. It's been gone for years.

I've also been gripped by it, over and over again. Each time, it's different. A dozen years ago, I began waking up with songs / word pieces in my head. A month later a friend almost laughed herself off her chair, when I complained about this new thing happening in my life, this weird creative direction something inside me was taking. It just wouldn't stop. At the start, I'd just written down the words in my head, sure there wouldn't be a lot of pieces. But after a month, there were nineteen - and I could feel that more were on their way.

There have been hundreds.

I know why my friend laughed, of course - what was there to complain about? The big thing is writer's block. Not this bounty. But this bounty can be quite disruptive. And then there I am, left to do massive work, all coming from some inner spark.

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This time, like every time, it's different. It's a finishing fire - I long to finish projects, get them to where they need to be. Out in the world. I'm still doing some writing - these blogs for one thing - plus the idea pieces, and the loveline pieces. But with the Idea Emporium and Dr Zee's Loveline, i once again feel caught by finishing energy. All those ideas about Stupid Opinions, I've had them for years, have expressed them here and there. Now, with my finishing fire, I've written down a couple, and my inner agenda tells me I have at least another half dozen that need to get onto web pages.

Finishing fire. My father felt something like that in his sixties. He had time, lots of time, for the first time in his adult life, and he spent months, years even, organizing poetry and writings. In his case, it wasn't to get things out into the world, but to leave things in a form so that someone else could bring them to the world. In his last year, he went over his folders, and reorganized - and lost some work. He was losing his way.

All along, he could not edit his work (I know what torture that can be). He also could not send it out (and again I know how tough that can be, and how much rejection one must be able to face). I have sent many of my pieces out through conventional routes - submissions to magazines, to granting agencies - and have not gotten much back. Not many readers, not much success.

As a child, I did best with my own skipping rope - and this site is my skipping rope to get my creativity out into the world. And then I will make a home for my father's works as well.

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If any of you are stuck, maybe have some web pages but not many visitors, here's the tool I've used to get web visibility. Amazing, how much I've learned in half a year.

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Excellent site, excellent tools and service, excellent resource

Learning the way of the web has taken fire, drive, energy, persistence. I'm not a techie. I found every one of the steps daunting. But the drive to get this together massive creativity site has been stronger than the mountains of frustration I've had to get through. Not easy, learning web skills. Not natural. Not flowing. Not like the original creative flow. But I've needed the skills - like someone who longs to skate creatively needs to learn how to skate. Skills - so many were missing - in terms of web visibility, and web page design.

I will learn this, has been my attitude. Part of the creative finishing energy.

It isn't an attitude I decided to have. It's come from deep inside. Okay, so that's the hurdle, some inside force has said. In that case, how does one get over?

How does this fire happen? I just know it does - this fire, this drive, this hunger.

I know some of the reasons. I've loved creativity all my life. I've also tried hard, over and over. I haven't given up, though I've let go, gone on to other things when my inner well ran dry.

It isn't dry now.

So, no despair today. I have skills as unimaginable to me a year ago, as flying a jet plane. But where I am - that isn't unimaginable. I just have not known how to get here.

****

I am still far from where I long to be.

Where am I?

Okay, if I were a mountain climber, where would I be?

First, I wouldn't be a climber facing just one mountain. The challenge: six dozen mountains of varying heights, all with major difficulties, to be climbed as I wish - one after the other, simultaneously, however. That choice is mine.

I have not reached any of the peaks in this climbing. I have beheld amazing views, glimpsed vistas. On mountain after mountain, I am climbing. On some, I have studs stuck in the mountainside, and am pulling myself up, one handhold after the other. On others, I am taking a break, gear parked in my tent. On a few, I have company. On others, I am alone. I have food along to keep me going - food, water, warm clothes, shelter. I have a backpack of creative works that need to be taken along, or the climb has been a waste of my time. I'm not doing it for the exercise, or for the views along the way. These are part of it, but a huge goal is getting the works where they belong - though I don't know just where that is.

Right now, on all the mountains, I am taking a tiny break - taking stock. It hasn't been a long breather. There was a technical challenge I faced yesterday and this morning - as hard to get through as a door in the wall of a mountain, a door one needs to enter, but that won't open. I thought I had the magic words. I didn't. I found them eventually, though they were hidden.

But through it all, through every try that didn't work, I knew my inner fire was burning bright. I would do this, and I would go on, on and on.

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I don't know how it is that I was born with a strong creative drive. I used to think all peopel were. I am grateful that my father was too, valued my love for all things creative. I don't know why the journey has been so hard. Part of my father's legacy, I suppose.

Things have changed somehow, though. I am on a path that seems to be leading where something in me ever so deeply longs to be.

And the inner fire makes me take on so many humdrum things - and makes doing them rewarding. They are part of what needs to be done.

I have no idea what it would be like, to live without a creative fire, an inner quest to create, express, and reach others.

I am grateful to those I've met along the way who have given a hand.

And now I think it's time to go on - with more mundane tasks that it feels good to do, while looking up and out the window at the wide open view outside.

As always, welcome into my world.

signed,

Elsa

DECEMBER 14, 2006

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For those of you wondering, just what is Elsa's creativity blog about?


elsas creativity blog
         elsas creativity blog
                  elsas creativity blog
                           is a blog by elsa
                                    on creative endeavors
                           is about elsa's trying
                               once more vying
                                  to reach the world
                                       let words unfurl
                                       let them rumble
                                       let them blog into the sunset
                                            over the hill
                                            down the dale
                                            up the mountain
                                            down the vale

elsas creativity blog
is not the same as elsas creativity log - a jotting down of events, of time spent

elsas creativity blog
is not a hop and stop
     tip top mop shop pop drop
elsas creativity blog
     is elsas creativity blog
     is elsas creativity blog

but what is elsas creativity blog?

elsas creativity blog
     is stop and start
          on and off
       trying
       doing
       ever renewing
                    elsas creativity blog
                    elsas creativity blog


     is not a dog
                 log
                 fog
                 smog
                 groggy old nodding off creativity blob
     is a wide awake
         revving up
         ever making up stuff
                 elsas creativity blog



elsas creativity blog -
     a short stop to bring you along
                           as I'm making up the site
                           feeling my way
                           like a jungle explorer
                           creepers and crawlers every which way
                           how to get through the day?
                           I couldn't say
that's elsas creativity blog

where does it come from?
where des it go?
elsas creativity blog doesn't know

it records the words elsa writes
it stays the course
it blogs all night
it's delighted to be blogging
         leap frogging
                  over words
                  over muddles
                  over huddles
                           of word lugging trouble
                  over word puddles
                  and into word puddles

elsas creativity blog
         elsas creativity blog
                  elsas creativity blog
                      is a blog by elsa
                            on creative endeavors
                      is elsa's trying
                            once more vying
                                   to reach the world
                                        let words unfurl
                                        let them rumble
                                        let them blog into the sunset
                                              over the hill
                                              down the dale
                                              up the mountain
                                              down the vale
              elsas creativity blog
                       is a faithful old horse
                                 that won't stop
                         it blop blop blogs
                                 a faithful old horse
                                     stopping now and then in its course
                                          to chew its cud
                                              letting ideas bud
                                     and then blogging alone
                                          blogging along
                                              clip clop blip blop

                    elsas creativity blog
                    elsas creativity blog

               elsas creativity blog
                      is a faithful old horse
                              that won't stop
                      it blop blop blogs
                              a faithful old horse
                                  stopping now and then in its course
                                       to chew its cud
                                          letting ideas bud
                                   and then blogging alone
                                      blogging along
                                         clip clop blip blop

            elsas creativity blog
                  elsas creativity blog
                       elsas creativity blog

                                      blogging along
                                         clip clop blip blop

            elsas creativity blog
                  elsas creativity blog
                       elsas creativity blog


                                                                                    
 Elsa Schieder
                                                                                      July 9, 2006
                                                                                      © Elsa Schieder, 2006

A note for those of you who, like me, care that I sometimes write "Elsas creativity blog" and sometimes "Elsa's creativity blog." I prefer to use "Elsa's" - this is the grammatically correct spelling. But there are rules of the web. One rule: there are places where one can't use apostrophes. Another rule: one is supposed, at specific times, to use the spelling identical to the place where one can't use apostrophes.

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