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I've been neglecting this project already, but I want to continue. I've been rather manic, to be truthful, and there is no better time to do something creative than when hypomanic. Full blown mania is no time for it, but I'm just sort of moderately manic, to my way of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
It's difficult to wake up every day and go to work. It's difficult to raise children at the same time, not to know at all times what they're doing or whether they've done their homework or skinned a knee at school until 6 at night when I walk through the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
I think life is difficult for everyone. Everyone in the entire world, for reasons as varied as there are people. But that's a remarkable fact, that difficulties are a universal in a world without very many universals. It unites us as people. I don't think life is that difficult for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
Other things that are difficult are that way because they require endurance or exertion, whether physical or emotional. It's difficult to work all day, every day, and still go home and cook dinner. It's difficult to wake up every hour with a nursing baby. I'm sure it's difficult to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
I've always been pretty good at school, so when I took a Web Design seminar in library school I figured I'd learn a lot about computers, but I knew a lot already since I've been blogging for years. And anyway, what could be so hard about it? It was a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
This week's topic goes to the heart of my vulnerability, and it's really interesting to me that this was the topic I picked out of my jar because I was just talking to my therapist about just that: vulnerability. So this week I'll talk about what's hard. Possibly this project... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
I'm turning 45 this year and I'm in the middle of my life, if I'm lucky. This blog is a writing project in which I explore one topic a week for most of the year. It's a memoir in blog form. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Forty Five Weeks
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Mar 15, 2010
I think in any artistic endeavor, whether it is fine arts, crafts, or writing, you have to enjoy the process rather than worry about the outcome unduly. It is in the process of doing that you get the most enjoyment as well as therapeutic effect out of the work. And if you don't enjoy putting one word in front of another, of putting thoughts into a physical form of any kind, then there's not much use in doing it. I suppose it's true of any endeavor whatsoever. It's all process. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2010 at CreativityAfterMedication
My new idea is to take some of these themes, like pain, discipline, finding your muse, and making a chapter around the concept using some of the books I've ordered from Amazon and from my own experience and interviews. This is rather than the idea of separating out the interviews into their own chapter, and having a dry chapter on "what is bipolar disorder" or whatever. Instead it would all be mixed in together. I think it would be a much better book. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at CreativityAfterMedication
What's the relationship between creativity and pain? Does pain spawn great work? This is very interesting to me because one of the most prolific times I had artistically speaking was when I was hospitalized and suicidal, severely depressed four years ago. I'd like to ask the professionals their opinion on this subject. It seems like it would be its own chapter. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at CreativityAfterMedication
One thing I've been considering lately is the role of discipline in creativity. Sometimes creativity flows quickly and easily, and other times it has to be primed like a pump. If you show up at the same time every day, the material will be there at your fingertips. This is something I believe. This is probably why Julia Cameron's book, the Artist's Way, is so effective: because you do the same thing every day by writing "morning pages" daily, your mind automatically falls into the habit of providing material at that time. I'd like to get back into the habit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at CreativityAfterMedication
Creativity After Medication This is a book written partly as a memoir and partly as a self-help book, chronicling my struggle with creativity after being medicated for bipolar disorder. In my journey of discovery I research what works to rekindle creativity after a psychiatric breakdown and subsequent medication. It includes ideas from psychiatric professionals as well as a roundup of methods for increasing creativity and putting it back into your life. I used to be a full-time writer, very prolific, writing novels, short stories, children’s stories, short articles and memoirs. After medication I found that my brain worked differently. How... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication
Chapter 1. This book is both a memoir and a self-help book, chronicling my struggle with creativity after being medicated for bipolar disorder. In my journey of discovery I research what works to rekindle creativity after a psychiatric breakdown and subsequent medication. It includes ideas from psychiatric professionals as well as a roundup of methods for increasing creativity and putting it back into a life worth living. I used to be a full-time writer, a very prolific writer, writing novels, short stories, children’s stories, short articles and memoirs while my children were in school. After medication I found that my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication
I went for a walk this morning in the hills near my father's house, where the prairie grasses sweep back over the contours of the land. It is a beautiful place to be and I started to think about creativity; how if you surround yourself with interesting things, with provoking and complicated scenarios, you are more stimulated, but at the same time if you are too busy you can't create. Your mind either overloads or is prodded on by the events in your life and your surroundings. I spend a lot of time alone in my house, doing very little.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication
It occurs to me that I need some kind of introduction to read people when I start the interview, sort of a definition of the project, and a description of me and where I'm coming from. So why not put down some ideas here? I am a bipolar creative person who went through a long period of dullness when I started with medication. It was a period that lasted years and was extremely frustrating. I'm trying to write a book to help people who are struggling with that dullness. I'm looking for information about people's experience with medication, in relation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication
The interview with C.W. went well. One thing to consider is that people will go off on tangents that are not necessarily useful for the book material, but they're interesting anyway, so I have to keep myself on task. I had to conquer a bit of insecurity when I started asking the questions, thinking, are these too personal? Yet another factor. Now I need to write out some of the material and see what starts to form from the response. I have my own responses as well as C.W.'s. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication
Today I'm doing my first interview, with C.W. I will experiment on him, asking him the questions I hope will yield results. I bought a small voice recorder so that I can get everything and go over it later. What I'm hoping is that I start to get different kinds of information and start to see different themes that might be moved gracefully into chapters. Here are the questions I will ask: List of questions for artists and creative people: How have you changed since you were first diagnosed? How did you find out about your mental illness? Are you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication
You've been through the wringer, and now you're on medication. For whatever reason, it's worthwhile staying on the medication, probably because your mental health symptoms are under control and your life is improved. But there's a price to pay; your creativity is dulled. Stability is in black and white, rather than the brilliant color you used to experience. How can you rekindle your creative spark? Or perhaps you're not on medication any more, but you remember when you were. How did you revive your creativity? This blog explores my return to creative energy. I'll describe my mental health issues, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2009 at CreativityAfterMedication