The Practice of Imperfection

“What we make matters, and doesn’t matter at all.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.

February’s IWSG question goes like this:

Besides writing, what are your other creative outlets?

I’m a single-thread creative. I write fiction. Period. I used to paint, but not anymore. I used to play an instrument, but not anymore. I find it difficult to apply myself casually. Hobbies become pursuits. Pursuits become careers.

I can’t deny my nature, so I circumvent the personality flaw trait by practicing deliberate imperfection. The results show up in my doodles and photoshop mashups. When I indulge in those pastimes, I allow myself to be awful, and I relish the cheesy outcomes.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

January’s IWSG book club selection was Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. As the title suggests, Gilbert describes what she calls the ‘magic’ in creativity. Early in the book, she puts a mystical spin on the act of creating, but then hauls us back to Earth with bootstrap advice. It’s obvious that Gilbert lives both a spiritual and practical existence. She somehow manages to weave both perspectives into a style of advice that is almost a brand for her. You won’t regret listening to the audio version of the book. Gilbert narrates the material, and she has a knack for making you feel like she’s talking directly to you. Perhaps she is. There is magic here, after all.

Inspired by Big Magic, I’ve unearthed a permission slip to create with imperfection:

The Fool's Permission Slip for Imperfection

How would you fill in your permission slip?

Hey, how about an imperfect Doodle …

Unlike the Magic 8-Ball, the Magic 4-Ball is accurate only half the time.
Unlike the Magic 8-Ball, the Magic 4-Ball promises to be accurate only half the time.
(My kind of odds.)

Don’t go away yet!

Be sure to visit my IWSG Blog Hop co-hosts, Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, and Michelle Wallace, and the amazing, everywhere-all-the-time Alex J. Cavanaugh.

And, finally …

Have I mentioned my novelette?

Overnight, users of the popular social networking site, Know-Me, acquire a duplicate, but dissimilar, identity. Though he claims to be shocked by the doubles’ debut, Know-Me’s CEO, Jason Vrabek, has impressed even himself with this latest testament to his genius. He swears his company has not launched a massive social experiment, something Know-Me has been accused of in the past. While experts investigate the phenomenon, the doubles engage with their counterparts, and Vrabek collects the data.

Alice Merkanowsky, an ordinary office worker, is enthralled with her duplicate self, the glamorous wife of a celebrity chef. Her thrill soon turns into an obsession which strains her marriage, and threatens her grip on reality.

Alice isn’t the only Know-Me casualty. Hoax, or not, the phenomenon triggers consequences that are frighteningly real, even for Vrabek who soon finds himself outmatched by his own genius double.

A science fiction short story. Buy KNOW ME here.

 Thanks for reading to the end!

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Evolving Creativity and the IWSG

Greetings in November!

This month’s IWSG question asks: How has your creativity evolved since you began writing?

In my previous career, I was a programmer. I dwelled in a company cubicle Monday through Friday, 40-60 hours/week. And often on weekends because that’s when programmers break stuff make system changes. That sort of job, which I held for longer than I choose to reveal, shaped my approach to all work, including writing.

Basically, the approach goes like this: show up. Ideas happen on their own. Work does not. Guess which one of those outcomes is no good without the other.

Parties and umbrella drinks are great on their own. But together, they make a celebration.

Show up for work,

Creativity will happen,

and then, WE CELEBRATE!

Thank you to this month’s IWSG co-hosts.

Be sure to visit their sites.  

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!


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Solar Reports for June and July

September’s IWSG question goes like this:

What publishing path are you on, and why? 

The question would require a complex and revealing answer so I’m doing the cowardly thing and dodging it.

As a substitute, I’m flaunting my solar stats for the months of June and July. Back in May, I used the IWSG stroll to kick off a semi-monthly solar report. I might be the only one who is fascinated by these stats, but at least I have one person’s attention.

I’m pretty good at wasting time, evidenced by my doodles. When I’m under a deadline, I really up my time-wasting game. Like, I’ll study my solar production stats, then look back at the weather. Please allow me to introduce one of my favorite procrastination sites: where you can make this kind of magic:

Cloudy days block my rays.

Now the most important business:

Thank you to this month’s IWSG co-hosts.

Be sure to visit their sites.  

Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!



Grehan June Solar Stats

Grehan July Solar Stats

Til next month …


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Eyes on the Prize

Happy August!

This month’s IWSG question asks: What pitfalls would you advise other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Whoa, hold on.

Law of Attraction, baby!

When you focus on pitfalls, you focus on failure.

But Grehan, you shout, danger abounds! Especially in publishing!

Then why take advice from fools* like me? Seek out quality advice. Find a professional compilation like Writer Beware from the SFWA, And follow the blogs of publishing pros.

Hey, how about a doodle? That, I can offer.


Law of Attraction: Keep your eyes on the prize.

*The Fool is my alter ego. You’ll see The Fool featured a lot on my blog.

Thank you to July’s IWSG co-hosts:

Erika Beebe  Sandra Hoover  Susan Gourley and Lee Lowery

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Ultimate Writing Goal

Welcome to July!

This month’s IWSG question asks: what are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time?

My ultimate goal is to write a DGB.

The goal has not changed over time, but my methods have changed powerfully.

My ultimate writing goal ...

Thank you to July’s IWSG co-hosts:

Nicki Elson,  Juneta Key,  Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne.

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