Creative Club – September
Creativity is a super power we all have.
And being creative with others is probably my favourite social activity.
Short sharp snippets of conversations about good books, podcasts, songs and poems.
Gushing discussion about THAT moment in a book, that line which you had to read three times and commit to memory.
Lightbulbs that pop when listening to a luminary speak with utter grace in a podcast interview. Sharing it with another human that felt the same.
Or perhaps they didn’t…either way we get to connect about it.
To feed our souls something worth talking and thinking about.
To feed our creativity, our inner artists – because we are all artists. Yep. Every single one of us.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot (can you tell?) and as a celebration of restarting weekly Tap and Write Sessions (more details below) for the new season, each month on the cusp of the Full Moon, I thought I’d give you an offering of books or podcasts or essays you might enjoy.
Or you might not, and just like a good debate.
That works too.
Or it might just breeze into your energy field like a dandelion seed; you spot it in a book shop or on a friend’s shelf, remember it when searching for a podcast and you find yourself ready for the nudge.
In The Tapping Collective, I’m sure we will have lots of debates and comments about the material, and as part of the Tap and Write sessions you can join in too.
I’d also like to encourage people to share their own creative activities…poems, pictures of new sewing projects, blog posts, or even photos that they are proud of.
September Moon Cycle Offerings
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
(This is one of my top ten books…if you are at all interested in creativity, read this book). Here’s a snippet…
“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us – albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse; to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts ant an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual. Therefore, ideas spend eternity swirling around us, searching for available and willing human partners.”
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Ok, you’ve guessed it, this is a bit of a Gilbert love-in as I’ve chosen her for the fiction corner too.
But she didn’t let me down with her latest novel, it was my favourite summer read and I wanted to show her off.
Yes, I feel like we are good friends. That’s the effect a good writer can have on you.
This is an easy going, light-hearted, life-impacting kind of novel to lose yourself in.
If you love strong female characters and want a peek into a pre-war New York theatre world, then I encourage you to read this.
Easy to read, heavy hardback to carry (go kindle or audio book?) but well worth it. I’ve got more to say on this, but I’ll save it for our live discussions.
Danielle La Porte – Podcast
When Danielle La Porte speaks, I listen, then I rewind and listen again. She has a voice of divine hot chocolate on an autumnal day. Soulful and sexy and even sexier as what she says is soulful.
She has a range of conversations on here, so do fill yourself up on them, but I’m suggesting this one about creating sacred mornings as we enter into a new season.
I’m half way through it and already I’ve bought myself a new alarm clock and removed the phone from my bedside table. In a culture that gets cracked out on productivity, this is a soothing balm to rub on your temples.
If you want to reflect on your morning routine, and possibly create rituals and habits that support your dreams, goals and feelings – then dive in.
This is the link to the rest of her podcast
Jeanette Winterson – Why I adore the night
I can’t take credit for recommending this one. My creative partner, and editor, the talented Kate Wickens has encouraged me to read this over the last two winters. And this is the year I dive in.
In the northern hemisphere we are about to go into Autumn and winter; longer nights and warmer jumpers. Jeanette Winterson, celebrated novelist and author of ‘Oranges are not the only fruit’ discusses why “life is too short to be all daylight. Night is not less; it’s more.”
“I have noticed that when all the lights are on, people tend to talk about what they are doing – their outer lives. Sitting round in candlelight or firelight, people start to talk about how they are feeling – their inner lives. They speak subjectively, they argue less, there are longer pauses.
I think we should stop being night-resisters, and learn to celebrate the changes of the seasons, and realign ourselves to autumn and winter, not just turn up the heating, leave the lights on and moan a lot.”
Want to share your comments?
Come over to the Facebook Group – Tap and Write – The Confident writer where I’m live every Tuesday from 13:30-14:30 BST from the 24th September.