Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity #11

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

Small

Make it accessible for yourself. Easeful. Invite yourself into a place and a space free from the pressure of overwhelm. Pressure to perform. Keep it simple. Small is not subjugation. Small is not less than. Small carries a power all of its own. Gift yourself 5 minutes. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be anything more.

Rebellious

Rebel against apathy, procrastination, perfection, self contempt, self doubt, lack of confidence, lack of time, other people’s antagonism, lack of belief, the voice of the inner critic, and anything else that wants to tell you ‘no’. Flip the bird at your Imposter Complex. Interrogate. Innovate. Initiate. This is a space for saying yes.

Act Of

Do. Doable. Doing. Done. Even if it’s five bed-headed minutes, on a Wednesday morning, with your first infusion of caffeine for the day, tapping a list of ten things into your phone. Make a space. Fill it.

Creativity

Make something from nothing. Anything. The possibilities are endless. Draw. Paint. Build. Dance in the shower. Play. Howl. Doodle. Bake. Cut up poetry. Block out text. Collage magazine pictures. Snap a photograph. Garden. Read something aloud. Send someone a card. Make a digital mash-up. Create a playlist. Hum a song. Journal. Daybook. Write a list. Instagram a favourite quote. Play the instrument you have buried away in your cupboard.

This week’s invitation is…

We will be back Sunday to share our meanderings and renderings and to see where ‘common union’ took you during the week.

SRAOC #10 Triad Love

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

This week’s prompt was: Triad Love

JODI

I could say a lot about three-way love and non-conventional relationships, but it was this image which sprung to mind the moment I pulled the prompt from the jar.

The triad of love as it relates to the self; self-perpetuating if we are willing to intentionally put self love in motion and, like tending the flame, turn up regularly to keep it in motion.

The triad of love asks that we: love our younger self;  love our present self consciously and without thought to the past or the future;  and love our shadow self.

SRAOC #9 This is Like Water

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

This week’s prompt was: This is Like Water

JODI  & ADAM

Postmarked Piper’s Reach was a novel written in small acts of creative rebellion: one A4 page, one letter, one week at a time. It was something we wrote to please ourselves and each other first and foremost. It remains the best example we have of ‘do what you love’ and everything else will follow.

It was literally born in the ocean at Brunswick Heads and set along the roaring coast of southern New South Wales – and now our incredible publisher has visually articulated the leitmotif of water in a powerful new way. Our ‘this is like water’ contribution this week is a celebration of Jessica Bell’s artistry and cover genius, and our deepest gratitude to Jessica and Amie of Vine Leaves Press for all the ways they love our novel as much as we do.

RUS

Stare with me, if you will, at the image above. At first glance, it might look like a satellite image of a large estuary; blink, and suddenly some giant, praying mantis-like creature is descending upon a village tucked under the brush of a sleepy riverside community. Blink once more, and the complicated ecosystem of a slight creek, painted blue by a cloudless sky above, meanders its way through a suburban town, dividing the sprightly spring flourish of life from the sun-drenched detritus of a life lost long ago.

I have been walking over this little river for about 50 years now, a trickle of life that wraps its way through the woods and along the western edges of our local public library. And every time I cross over, I take the time to pause at this point, look down upon the water, and reflect on how few people take the time to stop and appreciate the beauty that is under their very own feet.

 

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity #9

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

Small

Make it accessible for yourself. Easeful. Invite yourself into a place and a space free from the pressure of overwhelm. Pressure to perform. Keep it simple. Small is not subjugation. Small is not less than. Small carries a power all of its own. Gift yourself 5 minutes. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be anything more.

Rebellious

Rebel against apathy, procrastination, perfection, self contempt, self doubt, lack of confidence, lack of time, other people’s antagonism, lack of belief, the voice of the inner critic, and anything else that wants to tell you ‘no’. Flip the bird at your Imposter Complex. Interrogate. Innovate. Initiate. This is a space for saying yes.

Act Of

Do. Doable. Doing. Done. Even if it’s five bed-headed minutes, on a Wednesday morning, with your first infusion of caffeine for the day, tapping a list of ten things into your phone. Make a space. Fill it.

Creativity

Make something from nothing. Anything. The possibilities are endless. Draw. Paint. Build. Dance in the shower. Play. Howl. Doodle. Bake. Cut up poetry. Block out text. Collage magazine pictures. Snap a photograph. Garden. Read something aloud. Send someone a card. Make a digital mash-up. Create a playlist. Hum a song. Journal. Daybook. Write a list. Instagram a favourite quote. Play the instrument you have buried away in your cupboard.

This week’s invitation is…

We will be back Sunday to share our meanderings and renderings and to see where ‘this is like water’ took you during the week.