A Creative Mess

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

Virginian American academic and politician, 4th President of the United States, James Madison, was born on this day in 1751. (d. 1836)

Fighting a foreign enemy? Or maybe a foreign virus?

Your mileage may vary. But it seems to me that every time I read them, I discover more wisdom from the founding fathers.

And no, I’ve not yet made it all the way through my copies of The Federalist Papers. But they are on my desk.

Styles and trends change. Principles and truths do not.

There I said it.

It’s Wednesday and currently 5:22 as I’m typing this out. I normally have these posts finished the night


before. But last night I went to bed knowing that I had nothing ready for today. The reasons aren’t important. I set my alarm for an hour early.

All for your benefit. Well, mostly for my being stubborn enough to make sure there’s at least something here every day.

Before I drifted off to sleep I was listening to one of my favorite gospel stations on Pandora. I love being able to set the timer so that when I wake up during the middle of the night (which I still do multiple times), I realize that I probably got through one or two songs before drifting off to sleep.

One of the songs last night made me think about traditions. Traditions from my childhood church and experiences. I actuallys sat up and typed a few notes into the phone thinking that was today’s blog post.

It was not.

It may, however, be a good basis for this Friday’s short story. Stay tuned.

As I was reading through my morning email before getting to this post, ?I read Austin Kleon’s message for today. Today is the tenth anniversary of his book Steal Like An Artist.

I’d post an affiliate link to the book, but Amazon has apparently changed the rules and I’m not figuring them out at 5:30 a.m.

I found Kleon’s book last year. Now I’m following his newsletter and last week just finished Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad.

It’s good stuff. An easy read that I need to get back there.

I don’t know about you, but I need constant inspiration.

Maybe what I need is a constant kick in the fanny to keep going Keep working. Keep doing the creative stuff.

The 100 Day Project is helping with that from the artistic perspective. Doing the daily drawings gives me time to think.

Never mind that a lot of the time I’m thinking “why am I doing this again?”

It’s simple really, the plan is to always be creating.

Maya Angelou said “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

It’s true. By reading Kleon and doing The 100 Day Project, I’ve come up with the idea for another book.

Another. Book.

Maybe my creative process involves having stacks of unfinished books sitting around.

In my defense, I’m finally organized enough to at least know where they all are in this mess of an office.

Being creative can be messy.

Sometimes it involves putting notes in your phone in the middle of the night.

Sometimes it involves setting the alarm an hour early.

I’m thinking today it’s going to involve a nap.

Maybe I’ll dream about some new creations.

American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jerry Jeff Walker, was born on this day in 1942. (d. 2020)


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1906 – Henny Youngman, English-American violinist and comedian (d. 1998)
1912 – Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States (d. 1993)
1926 – Jerry Lewis, American actor and comedian (d. 2017)
1941 – Chuck Woolery, American game show host and television personality
1949 – Erik Estrada, American actor
1949 – Victor Garber, Canadian actor and singer
1954 – Nancy Wilson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress




The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26


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