Creative Mojo: It starts here

Posted 23 July, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | That's Life | 36 Comments

So, you may have noticed that I moved my blog to WordPress (yay) and that I have a new design (double yay) but that my feed isn’t updating (extremely sad face) and hasn’t been for a while. We’re working on it, I promise! This is really stressing me out but I love and appreciate each and every one of you who’ve stopped by or stalked the blog’s new address — y’all rock so hard! HOPEFULLY, this large hiccup will get fixed soon. (Computers and programming and all that are great…when they work. When they don’t, they suck so hard!)

I don’t talk *too* much about my personal life on the blog but I’ve been struggling with some depression for the past couple years, which makes me extremely lethargic, keeps me even more introverted than I already am, f*cks with my metabolism and weight, and has seriously dampened my creative mojo. Blogging and interacting with you all has seriously kept me sane. *hugs*

But I’ve had enough. I used to paint. I used to write…a lot (I have several trunk novels that, seriously, willย never see the light of day). I do blog, which helps and keeps me writing at least a little bit pretty much every day (butt in chair and all that), but I want more. I need more.

Inspired by Tabitha @ Not Yet Readย and her adorableย Fan Art Up meme, I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new thing here called “Creative Mojo”. It might be art, photography or a snippet of writing (um…maybe not that. Yet. Sharing my creative writing freaks me out.) I probably won’t post every week and, when I do, it’ll most likely be a weekend post — just an aside but it will keep me a bit moreย on track and accountable, creating-wise.

Alright. Enough with the maudlin, wha-wha, poor me stuff and on to the art! I did pick up a paintbrush last week and created a “Lake House Rules” sign for my friend’s brand new lake house. It was fun! I like the colors and had fun with some of the “rules” (she’s a huge Zac Brown fan). I need to update my brushes because they weren’t great for line work and weren’t quite as precise as I wanted them to be but I think it turned out pretty alright.

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36 Responses to “Creative Mojo: It starts here”

  1. LOVE THIS SO MUCH MARY!!!!! Can I join off and on? I’ve been wanting to do something similar where I can share my recent cover designs, and this is the perfect way to do it I think!

    I adore the sign you did, it makes me wish I was at the beach right now. *stares outside at rainy day* *sobs* I can’t wait to see what else you’ll share with us my friend, and massive hugs to you for getting back into the creative things you love:)
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    • Thank you! Just making it made me want to hang out by a large body of water, beer in hand!

      You know, we put so much time and effort into our blogs, it’s kind of nice to read a bit about the person behind the blog sometimes. Well, I hope so, anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. WAY to be, Mary! I think this is a fabulous idea, and if I had even a creative finger bone in my body, I would join you. Sadly, you want me as far away from your brushes as possible<—–true story, LOL. And I'm sure you'll get the feed thing worked out soon. In the mean time, I'll just keep stalking ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  3. I love the sign! My MiL does a lot of projects like that. I understand your struggles with mojo, I really do. I’m working towards blogging/reading less and participating in life more.

    Here’s hoping we both achieve our goals!

  4. First- LOVE that art piece. If you made similar ones I would probably buy one. Seriously, love!
    I think it’s important to have some creative outlets. I just decided to do travel writing and I think that it will help with my own depression. Even though it’s hard for me to get out sometimes it will push me to do so and then I will be happy that I went. Having a plan for doing creative things and sharing them is a good one, I hope it works for you!
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  5. Oh very pretty! And you’ve now got 2 feeds on bloglovin. I’ve moved to the new one so hopefully you’ll show up now. Woot!

    I’ve been struggling some on my end too with that sort of thing. I used to do so many things. Creative ones and social things and then somehow I just stopped doing it all and have just been feeling bleh lately and wanting to get back into my old life. I started doing a Bucket List Meme a la herding cats lol to hopefully break my way back into things. Can’t wait to see what all you come up with!
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  6. You know what, before I started blogging myself, I was pretty depressed for a good while (and it affected, and partially still affects pretty much all the areas you mention).
    I still have some bouts, but it’s a lot more manageable. Without blogging I would never have dared dream I might be a published author someday, somehow, I was a lot less outgoing, and I tended to shy away from debating if I had an opinion someone didn’t share.
    Blogging has done a huge lot of good for me, getting me not only accustomed but totally chillaxed about someone reading my writing in general, about conversing even when we have different opinions, and about standing up and defending my opinions. And while I was somewhat creative before blogging (drawing, writing and never allowing anyone to read it, ever), I’ve come to love sharing and being outspoken and the depression thing is so much more manageable now that I can’t truly believe I managed to keep going with it full-bloom back then, you know?

    So what I’m saying is I SO know what you mean and where you’re coming from, and I have a lot of faith in the positive changes blogging can bring into our lives.

    And I love the sign ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s awesomesauce!
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    • Blogging’s really helped with having people read what I write — it’s just so intimidating, you know? Depression sucks. I’m trying to work through it and it really helps to have creative outlets as well as awesome people who support, you know?
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  7. I love that you’ll be sharing your art – in whatever form it manifests!

    I don’t know if anyone else cares but it’s helped me to blog about my gardening. I was in a similar situation last year and I really needed to do something that was just for me. Sadly blogging doesn’t always feel that way anymore but it helped. And Blogging about it somehow made me feel like I had get off my butt and go take a picture of my plants or critters.

    Gorgeous sign Mary!

    I just automatically visit your blog everyday so I didn’t notice you weren’t in the feed. I hope it gets fixed soon.
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  8. I can’t wait to see more of your creative mojo. I suffer from depression as well and I have found the art helps ALOT! So definitely stick with it because it helps make you feel like you accomplished something that work and chores and even reading don’t do for you. It’s something from you just for the sake of enjoyment and there is something tangible afterwards, I am so glad you picked up the brushes!

    If you ever need to chat or need an ear I’m totally here. I know I may not look it now but I went thru two nasty bouts the past ten years. Once I was 200lbs at my not quite 5’6″. Mental and emotional stuff I think is something that people who don’t suffer from it just never seem to be able to relate.

    Keep your chin up dear. #hugtackleslam
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    • THANK YOU!!! It’s just so hard, you know? And I’m about 50 lbs overweight right now — and the pounds just aren’t coming off, no matter what I do which doesn’t help with the depression. It’s a vicious cycle but art really, really does help. You and your blog have inspired me! ๐Ÿ™‚ #hugtackleslam right back atcha!
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