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  A W A R D S   &   P U B L I C A T I O N S         ◊         N O V E L S         ◊         S H O R T    S T O R I E S         ◊         P O E T R Y         ◊         J A

 

                  “To be creative – to write, to paint, to sculpt, to make furniture, make films, to make song, dance, dream, to make believe – provides us with a more stimulating place in which we can better live and love and think.”

“We create to enrich our minds with what appeals aesthetically. And so, art should exist not only to better our lives, but to foster a future to which we can look forward.  Carl Jung said that ‘all art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.’ I prefer to believe that art gives rise to these changes.”

       “To be focused is not the only way to achieve our creative goals. Quite the contrary, distraction and letting the mind wander often allows us a greater form of focus. I like what John Steinbeck said: that every productive day of writing was usually followed by a day of ‘dawdling.’ Annie Dillard claimed that she would ‘dry up’ if she didn’t maintain a sense of ‘willfully goofing off‘ – or ‘by digging a hole sideways‘ as Francis Bacon the painter phrased it.”

– J A

 
 
 
 
 

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