The gap of infinite possibilities

The Infinite Gap – disappointment and creativity

  I have been unpicking this thing called disappointment lately as it hounds me, frequently flattening my enthusiasm and energy. To a certain degree, I think we learn how to be disappointed as children – I still see my mum’s disappointment with her work life and whilst my dad doesn’t voice his, I still see Read more about The Infinite Gap – disappointment and creativity[…]

When I am gazing out the window…

When I am gazing out the window…

One evening, when I was about 16, we were playing a family game of cards and my mind must have wandered off as I was brought back to the room by my dad shouting “Jen…you are not concentrating, you never concentrate properly…”. He went on to rant about various times I didn’t concentrate and it Read more about When I am gazing out the window…[…]

on being inside the chrysalis, in the gloop

Being inside the chrysalis, amongst the creative gloop

Last year, I needed to really focus, really hide myself away and immerse myself in a new project – a big one. I started to tell people that I wouldn’t be around for a bit, I would probably be turning down invites etc. As I entered this phase, it really felt like I was a Read more about Being inside the chrysalis, amongst the creative gloop[…]

The Dark Side to creativity

The Dark Side of creativity – Episode 2

If you haven’t read Episode 1, you can see it here, but I finished it off with the grand statement “next time we will examine the role of the Executive system, why some people develop “protective mechanisms” against mental illness and why some don’t” As I sat down to write today, several months after I wrote Episode Read more about The Dark Side of creativity – Episode 2[…]

Another Dark Side to Creativity: effort embarrassment and guilt!

Another Dark Side to Creativity: effort embarrassment and guilt!

I was up early this morning – I have a 3 day conference to go to this afternoon, but that wasn’t the reason for rising early. My 9 year old daughter and I need to finish our Solar System made of cake! An hour later and we are both covered in revolting, grey coloured grey Read more about Another Dark Side to Creativity: effort embarrassment and guilt![…]