Category Archives: Right Brain Left Brain

Find your own hidden gems of creativity

“Everyone wants to be creative, but some people just seem to ooze creativity from their pores.  Many people believe creativity is a certain something you either have or don’t have.     The truth of the matter is that everyone has a creative side.  It may look different than that of others, but everyone can turn on …

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Out of the Comfort Zone

I am a puzzle freak. I love a challenge. I need a challenge. ♥♦♥♦♥ I’m not talking about jigsaw, puzzles here.  I mean the kind that you buy in a booklet type thing.  Cross Sums, Numbers Place, Syllacrostics, Anacrostics, Cryptograms, and the like.  In my obsession, I often will get into one type of puzzle …

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Celeste: A Review

Celeste is a psychological thriller in novella form by Michelle Devon.  The word thriller definitely applies to this story.  It keeps the reader guessing at every turn and trying to predict the outcome.  Be warned that once you start reading, you will not want to put it down until the end.  Then you might wish it …

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A Question from Gram

Have you noticed Imma has been around a lot lately?  I’m not sure what Gram’s problem is, but she has been content to allow Imma to play.  Of course she’s been quite busy elsewhere, so that could be it.  Today Gram has a question:   Gram:  Imma, I appreciate you posting while I’ve been busy …

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The right brain/left brain conundrum: Do you hold yourself back?

The following is an excerpt from an article in which Dian Curtis Regan, a prolific writer of children’s and YA material of all kinds, offers some advice to newbies.  The article is “Ask the Author:  Dian Curtis Reagan” by Jon Bard of Children’s Book Insider (check out his newsletter).     The question: “I recently …

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Have you thunk a thought lately?

Think left (brain) and think right (brain) and think low and think high.  Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try! –Dr. Seuss (Oh, the THINKS you can Think!) Imagination is a wonderful thing.  It takes you places you could never go.  It takes you places that don’t exist, except in your …

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More advice

Let’s look at a few more slogans:   If it works, don’t fix it. Gram:  This one hits me hard.  As a person who tends toward OCD perfectionism, I have to be reminded to stop before I ruin the work by trying to ‘fix’ it.  That’s one way an editor can come in handy; they can …

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Writing – an ever learning process

Imma:  {Looks at Gram over her glasses from her computer chair.}  Gram did you see that quote by Robert Frost I was reading the other day? Gram:  {Smiles and looks up from her ever-present mending.}  Yes, I did.  “Education is hanging around until you’ve caught on.”  I really like that. Imma:  Thanks, Gram.  I like …

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I am a professional writer

Richard Bach:   (Never stop trying. )“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”   Gram and Imma sit in their rockers, mending. . . Imma:  You know, Gram, it’s funny how our creative processes work themselves out differently.  Many people don’t recognize that you are creative too. Gram:  Thank you, Imma,  I guess I …

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Knitting a Story?

Gram and Imma sit in their rocking chairs, knitting needles clacking with the sound of their squeaking chairs.  (Boy does it get noisy in my head!)  Squeak, click, click squeak, repeat. Gram:  You know, Imma, knitting is a lot like writing a story.  You take the threads of the story yarn and weave it bit …

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