Friday, 28 January 2011

Day 235: Tangled

Yep, it's that wonderful time of year again! Disney are bringing out another film for us to enjoy.

As I've said before, I have been a lifelong fan of Disney. They filled my childhood with many good memories. I find it weird when I meet someone who hasn't seen ALL the Disney Classics. I mean, what did you do when they were young??

I remember the first time I realised Robin Hood wasn't actually a fox and Ariel didn't actually marry the prince and live happily ever after. The moment I realised Disney just steal stories from other people and wrap them up in cotton wool was a sad day.

Their latest addition, Tangled is no exception. It's quite clearly a 'new take' on Rapunzel (the one with long hair that lives in a tower.)

Don't get me wrong people, I'm going to see it and I have no doubt that I will thoroughly enjoy it. Going to see Disney is like walking down memory lane, remembering all the times me and my sisters shared Disney. I love it, I love it, I love it!

So without further a do, here's a sneak peek at the newbie. Enjoy!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Day 234: Creativity and the bean stork

Are there some things that are more important to you than others? Do you think some lessons at school/college are more worth while?

I find that it doesn't matter how much work I've done for Uni each day, if I haven't written anything for my novel, I don't feel like I've achieved anything. I could have done loads of reading, planned for my competition project, sent a million emails...if I haven't done any creative writing then, in my head, I've done nothing.

Do you ever get like that?

Sometimes, I'll get to the end of the day feeling a bit rubbish about my 'achievements', then I'll do half an hour of knitting (or something else creative that I love) and everything's fine again.

What does this say about my priorities? What does it say about what matters to me? What does it say about my creativity?

It's weird isn't it? Do non-creative people get this? Please don't tell me I'm the only one!

After a bit of thinking, I've come to the decision that creative things I do, like knitting and writing, grow. I can see the change I've made. There are more words in that story, the characters are more developed...the dinosaur I'm knitting  has a longer neck (yep, I'm doing it...see Day 213).

So yeah, it's in the be creative is to create. Why wouldn't you love it?

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Day 233: Oscar Nominations 2011

It's official, the nominations for the Ocsars 2011 are here!

I love this time of year. There's loads of interesting films coming out rather than just big Hollywood blockbusters and everyone's talking films!

The film industry is such a big creative machine. Just think about all the different ways you can be involved in a movie; acting, film editing, music, storyboarding, set design, costume design, animation, make up, filming, directing, script writing...the list goes on.

Even the watching of it can be a creative experience. Thinking about how it all came together or getting sucked into the character's world.

The fact that it's celebrated through different award ceremonies all over the world shows how much it's affects our cultures. So much creativity...I can hardly hold it all in my head!

So, anyway, predictions anyone...?

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Day 232: Creative Juggling

You'll be pleased to know that I am a lot more level headed today compared to yesterday! And I have finally made a decision about my theme. It is (definitely)...


Now, that's one creative decision out the way, it's time to move on to another. How can I create tension in the next scene of my story...?

Sometimes it can be really tricky trying to keep all your creative things going at the same time. One of my teachers likes to refer to them as spinning plate (on sticks, you know?). How can you keep them all spinning with only two hands and one brain?

Do you ever get lost in everything you have to do? Do you ever lose momentum for one when you're really enjoying something else?

Well, I do. I'm trying to organise the writing competition, planning workshops and write another chapter, but all I want to do is some knitting! (That's not even mentioning this blog!)

So what can us creative people do, eh? How can it be achieved? To be honest, I am certainly no expert. All I can say is, we all have trouble and I know how you feel.

If it helps do what I do...take one day at a time. Yesterday I was flustered about the stupid theme, but today it's sorted. Juggling is all about timing, so maybe if we focus on one bit at a time it'll all be fine...

BUT don't forget to have fun...what's the point of it all if it's no fun?

Monday, 24 January 2011

Day 231: To be or not to that the question??

Ok, crunch time. Today is the day I decide the theme for my competition...

And the winner is, Chaos and Curiosity!

BUT...Is that a cop out? Is it giving the competition entrees more choice or is it just me backing out of making a decision? As the organiser of this project, I want to do what's best for the pupils. I am, after all, doing it for them...

Isn't being creative tricky sometimes! Let's be honest, there are just too many decisions to think about at times, so what do we do?

I always talk to others and get their opinions, but at the end of the day, it's my creative work, so I have to make the decision.

In this scenario, I'm going to try turning it round. If I was going to enter a competition, would I prefer one word to two to choice from? The choice would probably open up more ideas, but then I'd get confused with which word I should choose to write about.

Am I therefore pushing the decision to someone else? Are the two themes a burden or a helpful motivation...?

To many questions! I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in all this creative confusion. Sometimes you need to know that, so here I am telling you.

Come back tomorrow and hopefully you'll find a more level headed creative thinker!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Day 230: Creativity and Hobnobs!

Just for a bit of fun on a Sunday afternoon, why not get creative with a biscuit? That's what I've been doing. Here are my efforts:

We tried chocolate spread and peanut butter mixed together. Then we tried peanut butter in the middle and chocolate spread on top. I preferred the first combo, but I'll leave you to make your own decision.

There's loads of room for creative experimentation, so try whatever you've got in your cupboards...

Happy creating!