the artist’s way assignment – an introduction

the artist's way assignment

the artist’s way assignment

ready to re-imagine creativity? the red light has turned green, the door has opened.
this week, adventureclubinteractive is signing a contract based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
every day – three morning pages. every week – one artist date.
fancy to follow along?

week one- adopting the pivotal tools

the morning pages

-no wrong way to do them

-overcoming perfectionism and self-censorship

-teaches you that your mood doesn’t matter

-they are non-negotiable – never skip or skimp

-put anything on three pages every day

-send and notify the world of dreams, dissatisfactions, hopes

the artist date

-scheduled time you uphold and defend against other plans or distractions

-inner artist is pampered, nurtured and listened to

-teaches you that details matter – pay attention, experience, observe

-to occur weekly – go somewhere, do something different

-keep it between you and your artists; no tagalongs

-receive and notice the world through insight, inspiration and spontaneity

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eight ideas

Sand-made merman

when you have an idea and nowhere to put it- where does it go?

this morning, on a california beach, poseidon was found, lounging over a pitchfork, gazing inland. what brought him there? who put him there? what’s the point?

who cares?

here are some things we’ve been thinking about lately that might be as meaningless as a god in the sand. but if they’re meaningful it’s because we bothered to shape them, type them, and tell them. and i guess that’s the point.
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1. a backyard like no-man’s land.
i once wrote an unimportant blog post  about being a good neighbor.  i summarized hearing my neighbors’ conduct their lives through the fence. the key word is hear. i hardly know them, rarely see them, but i moved in when their first baby was first born and have lived next door to that baby becoming a kid and a new baby being born. the cycle of 2 a.m crying out the neighbors’ side window (alongside my bedroom window begins again. during the 2 p.m. hour, i hear the older one being threatened with time out or taking music lessons to the squeal of his baby brother crying…out the side window… again.
there’s a two year old on the other side of the fence (a year younger than the three-year old opposite) and he just got a little sister (a month older than the newborn opposite) both families on both sides of the fences are in full force on sundays. parents and grandparents on-site. i am sandwiched between generations of families sound happy… and together… and it feels like life in the middle is going nowhere, stuck in the middle of what life is very much about. that’s how it feels. but I don’t know how i feel about it. – CC

2. bath tub crayons
go buy kids bathtub crayons tomorrow . keep them in the shower because it is true that a lot of good ideas happen in there and- who wants to forget anymore!? -SE

3. does unrequited love have real world applications?
it’s like being inside a book that no one is reading i suppose. dreaming about old loves. and of a slim pride I have in journal writing, I’d say it’s mostly of my having tracked and recorded these dreams quite faithfully for a couple of years. i recently re-read these accounts in chronological order and was convinced of what i’ve always suspected: i’m trying to reconcile something in real life- subconsciously conjuring people from the past to help me reconcile. but what are they telling me? does dreaming in-love make sense in the real world? -CC

4. a spontaneous pop up party
give party guests about two hours warning that there will be a spontaneous, impromptu party. each guest much bring a dish to share and a gift to give.  both dish and present must not be purchased; something already on hand.  for the party host- all decorations and entertainment must already be in the house- no shopping.  who knows who will come and what it will be like? -SE

5. a writer
“if that’s what I was to become, needs a sniper’s awareness of landscape + a sinister impulse to show reality its own face + a hunter’s sense of hearing + a bedridden personality type + a consumptive’s reading habits + an interior life like an iron lung + an open mind in regards to lumbar support + a visceral connection to the written word + a keen interest in capitalizing on the tragedies of your time + a capacity to live without exterior validation + an irresistible curiosity that gives you the moral right to eavesdrop or stalk almost anyone on planet earth” – Steve Toltz, Quicksand

6. i’m not vain, but i’m desperately clinging to my “prime”
i look at my gray hairs without fright. i accept that they keep coming. i was thinking about the age i reached puberty, which was more or less normal. i thought in exaggerations. what if all my hair was already gray and what if i had been one of those late bloomers in my teenage years? think how short my “prime” would have been. do we fail to recognize ourselves in our “prime” and then it’s too late-  we’re completely bald or wrinkled, feeling sorry about irretrievable of age? -CC

7.  idea for a story
main character goes out everyone day of his life and picks up a rock along the way.  he does this every day of his life, always coming home every day with a rock…  the rocks signify something, but what?  every night before bed he removes the rock that arrived in his pocket and places it in in his dresser drawer. his dresser drawer is full of rocks.  one day it falls through the floor.  this could be the beginning or the end of the story.  -SE

8. bullet proof coffee

photo-tales

the utah affair

comic-did you hear the news

comic-you're kidding

comic-this calls for a drink

comic-this calls for a vacation

comic-that's not all

comic-get the f*ck out

comic-oh my god

comic-these things happen

comic-its not normal

comic- let me explain

comic-dial tone

comic-it's ok we're here

comic-it's going to be ok

comic-we're here for a wedding

comic-it's our party

comic-and now we can all move on

comic-a miracle

comic-i gave birth

comic-crickets


 

Now let me explain. the utah affair is a collection of photos taken on my recent trip through Salt Lake, Park City, Teasdale, Torrey and Capitol Reef. I attended a beautiful wedding in the company of amazing people. This “photo-tale” is not an attempt to regale the wedding and it is certainly not to mock the characters in attendance. (And no, Rob did not give birth [to Chloe Cosner])
The inspiration for this story was actually disappointment. When I got home, I loaded up over 1,000 pictures and couldn’t find one single stunner. Now, I know that I’m not the only amateur photographer in the world that does exactly what my instincts led me to do accordingly… I went straight to Photoshop and tried to make something of a thousand nothings. That’s how all stories are born I suppose… from not exactly the truth.

black out poetry

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according to deputies,
they discovered a container.
an unconscious business man reported
a dog.
remove him and cut the lock!

$6,000 discovered.
received and
violated.

$3,000 missing!

an older male wasn’t the caller.
a man went
missing…
a watch.

_______________________

the rodeo will be the last.
an exciting lineup!
“Babe” will not be disappointed.

purchase online.

careful.

_______________________

 

black out poetry- new news and poetic opinion

jump ship.

authority undeserved
operates unsuccessfully
joining controversy-
a division
the understudy
the mastermind
the departure-
significant
likely-
dramatic
flouting the lawful
reluctant decisions
the distance between-
decades long
In response
flames fanned
echoing Ultimately
Civic oversight
saying everything is A-OK-
transparency, agreement, discretion, compliance
the reality-
a binding advocacy
benchmarks, benefits, efforts-
quickly buried
pressure from officials
community, leadership, public, groups
true targets
with think tank needs
lacking approach
entrenched in their views-
a bitter battle


unititled.

umbrellas surround
separation reflects
The little things
No-brainer things
the ah-heck-inferiority-complex
blindfolded, undisclosed
secured projection
of statuesque perfection
riveting, incessant
warned of delight
of daydream, of apparition
a hand, a wand
the spin, the sugar
the jokes, the turquoise giggle
The Big Worry
The Big Budget Fairy
freezes, winks
The Big Worry Theory?
love breezy
victory overwhelmingly sleepy
messy, magical, nonsensical
emotional, professional
folks bent on special-
blank stares-
unprecedented
trembles, shuddering, triggers
unaware, uncharacteristically built
of gold glitter
over time


poetry by courtney capellan. highlighted (blacked out) from San Diego CityBeat, April 29, 2015. UpFront / News page 6 and UpFront / Opinion page 7.

sentence exchange v. 12.2014

 

our sentences, your photographs

SentEx-let's say no more

sentence exchange v. 12.2014:

1. why does captain crunch cut the roof of your mouth?

2.  don’t you think you’d be safer down on the ground?

3.  definitely not 14.

4. in an age of distraction, maybe nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention.

5.  the work of the artist is to turn dreams into responsibility.

6. i’m making a map out of you.

7. go hang out with go-getters!

8.  enable the impossible.

9. we’re looking for him and his fingerprint.

10.  this propaganda gets under your skin.


 

what is the sentence exchange? 

please submit your completed masterpieces via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com by the end of the assignment week. we look forward to posting your work on our blog for public view!