“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and … a lot more interesting life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
I set up this little vignette with a beautiful watercolor greeting card sent to me by my dear niece Devon. It was painted by artist Katharine Monstream of Montstream Cardworks. I have a long, long way to go to get to her level of accomplishment but it’s fun to splash around with watercolors to keep my creative juices flowing.
My niece and I understand long after the summer season, in the mid-winter of our hearts, it is important to find creative things to do to get through the longest, darkest season of the year. Devon is making a creative life for herself which is multi-faceted as well as holistically interesting and healthy in so many aspects.
Book #3 in my Neighbor to Neighbor Series is 26,100 words into the first draft already. Once the summer frolics end, on I go, with the goal of completing the first draft of the next story of Moxie and the community of people who surround her. After all, life’s metamorphosis never comes all at once but rather in intervals, with many starts and fits. Moxie’s two very wise elderly friends, Mildred and Eunice, pictured in my drawings above, have helped cultivate her creative life. They have also inspired me as the writer of their stories to keep on rolling. What is going to happen next? I never know until the characters lead me around the next corner.