Blog Returns to Positive Creativity

We have several people who signed up for this blog while we were using it for Lincoln City Archery. The posts that are up will remain up, as will the videos on YouTube (for however long YouTube allows). Our blog, on the other hand, will be reverting back to its earlier form. We will be looking at positive creativity and relying on creative principles to help you feel empowered enough to create something to make the world, your world, or the world of someone you love, better. This doesn’t mean that we will be eliminating archery altogether. It just means there will be more diversity. What does that look like?

Travel Blogs

You don’t have to travel to write a travel blog. Books can take you to places that you never knew existed, that may not have ever existed, except in someone’s imagination. They can also take you to places that exist but that you can’t get to. (My “Adventures on the Amur” books are meant to take you to Blagoveshchensk, Russia; it’s a real place, even if the stories are fictional.)

However, travel blogs are also great when they are about actual travel. In the short term, you may see articles about Lincoln City, Newport, or other areas close by. A staycation, when done correctly, is traveling to places you typically ignore right in your own (figurative, possibly literal) backyard. We are also going to take a trip to see my grandma and uncle and Disneyland. Longer term, the travel blogs may be few and far between. It just depends on how much support we get from our Patreon and this website.

Disney Blogs

As the author of “Disneyland Is Creativity,” and “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity,” you might suspect that I am a huge Disney fan. You’d be right. Some of my most viewed articles have been on why certain movies were bad, like Maleficent 2. However, I also like to write about the joy and the creative principles that Disney uses in its production of intellectual property. I still have some amazing articles on my Weebly site that explore synergy and other aspects of the Disney company.

Book Blogs

Books help improve focus and concentration. They also improve creativity through the use of imagination and increasing working vocabulary. Plus, I like to read, and I hope you do to. Some of the book posts will be to showcase an Indie Author. Some of it will be to explore themes of a book. Some of it will just be to tell you about a book I love to read.

Penguin Blogs

You gotta love our stuffed penguins. Every stuffed penguin that gets adopted allows us to send a donation to the Royal Albatross Centre for their work with little penguins and other birds. From June 2021 to July 2022, we were able to donate over $130 to the New Zealand non-profit. Of course, we love real penguins, so having blog posts here only makes sense.

Positive Creativity Blogs

Creativity requires special and general knowledge. You need to be an expert at one subject, but then you need to know about another subject in order to make the connections that creativity requires. The guy who invented Velcro was an engineer (expert) and a hiker (generalist). When he became interested in how burrs attach themselves to, well, almost everything, he put his engineering knowledge to work. The curiosity linked the two things he knew to bring a third thing into being.

But here’s the thing most people miss, YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR CREATIVITY. There are a lot of others things out there that require you to make money – your rent, medical bills, food… The figurative list is endless, even if this one only has three items. The entire capitalist system tells you that if you’re making something and not selling it than you are somehow losing. People want you to turn your positive creativity into your side-gig. Make a little extra cheddar because that’s better than making something just for the joy of it.

BAH! Meh! UGH! You can be creative, you can make something, and you don’t have to turn it into a cottage business. You don’t have to find a place to sell it. You can, and I won’t discourage you from sharing your creativity with the world. In fact, I want you to share your positive creativity with the world. But I also want you to know that sometimes, an artist creates something because he or she has to. Often, the world is not ready for that something.

It’s sad. It’s hard, and when you have bills to pay, it gets more difficult to justify that part of you. As a human being, it is important to recognize that your creativity is more of who you are than your job is… unless you’re making bank on your creativity, then good for you!

(One note: If someone asks you to use your creativity for them, you have every right to demand payment of some form. Too many artists, writers, and others are willing to give their creativity away for free or for exposure. This not only hurts the specific person giving the items away, but it also hurts everyone else who could’ve earned some sort of living from the creative endeavor. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you for your special gifts. This could be a blog post on its own, but I’ll let it go for now.)

Thank You

I want to thank each and everyone of you for being with us on our blog. We appreciate you and look forward to your positive creativity.

The Sounds of Disneyland as a Writing Aid

As I wrote over the summer and through October, I would find Disney Park music on YouTube to listen to. Some of the videos contained ambient sounds hidden in the background to subvert the copyright bot. Others were straight from the park. Still others were clear and beautiful. Then YouTube decided to monetize smaller creators’ videos without sharing revenue. This is the same content they said wasn’t worth monetizing in 2018 because it was too small.

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Lifelong Learning Important for Personal and Business Development: A Lesson from the Disney Company

Walt Disney was continuously improving his art.  In fact, many people say he elevated the animated cartoon to an art. As shorts became less profitable, Walt knew he had to diversify. He began to train his staff to ready them for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” To do so, he brought experts into the studio to teach the animators how to draw better. Some of these lessons are now available in “Before Ever After” (affiliate link).

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‘Before Ever After’: First Look Book Review

When Walt Disney decided that he wanted to keep improving animation and make an animated feature, he knew he would have to help his animators get better at more than just animating. They needed to learn about a variety of subjects so that they could harness their full potential. He decided to create a series of lecture classes that included bringing in some of the greatest people in their professions at the time, including Frank Lloyd Wright. Every time I read about these lectures in a Walt Disney biography, I wanted to find out what was in them. “Before Ever After” (affiliate link) gives me that opportunity.

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Disney’s Silly Symphonies and the Art of Compromise

Just as “Steamboat Willie” was gaining steam at the box office and launching Mickey Mouse to superstardom, Carl Stalling was scoring the first two Mickey Mouse cartoons: “Plane Crazy” and “Gallopin’ Gaucho.” After some correspondence with Walt Disney, Stalling ended up as the studios first musical director. Because it was complicated to synchronize sound with animations, Walt and Stalling had to work closely with one another to get the two disciplines to work together before they could begin production on the drawings. Walt and Stalling would often argue over what should take precedence in the animated film. Stalling wanted the music to be the first thing to considered; Disney wanted the action and gags to take precedence.

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Disney’s Wonderful World of Reading Year Book 2003 and Creativity

Disney’s Wonderful World of Reading published the Year Book series, and it’s a treasure trove of information. Your expectations may be that there would be a lot of Disney stories inside and little else. I was certainly only expecting a little fluff reading before I went to bed. Instead, in the 2003 Year Book (affiliate link), I learned about the airplanes, butterflies, and birthstones. I still got a fix of fiction with stories from “Monsters Inc.,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and Mickey Mouse. More importantly, the Year Book has a few activities sprinkled in for people to do.

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‘Poster Art of Disney the Parks’: Informative and Beautiful

When Disneyland was built, it was done so in the style of a movie. The Mickey Mouse in front of the train station at the entrance to the park is the title card. The tunnel creates a dissolve as you enter a new immersive experience – Main Street, U.S.A. But where would you go, what would you do, and what would you see in this movie? Posters helped visitors understand what was offered in the park and what they could expect. “Poster Art of the Disney Parks” (affiliate link) shows the process of making posters with beautiful full color examples of what you would find in the Disney Parks.

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Free for Black Friday Angel Penguin Tree Topper

When I woke up this morning, I had 18 emails in my inbox all touting Black Friday Deals. Not a single email was a Happy Holidays or a personal note. I get it. Businesses (including my own) are facing a crisis, but there’s something more important than that – people are facing the same crisis.

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Creativity and Halloween, Facing Your Fears: 31 Days of Halloween

Halloween gives you the opportunity to play as a monster or something scary and to celebrate that fear. By becoming what you fear, you’re able to take some of that feeling away and empower yourself to be less afraid. Fear can be healthy, but it can also prevent you from doing something amazing. In creativity, it’s fear that often stops people from coming up with new ideas. They are afraid of being wrong, ridiculed, and/or failing. Still, Halloween is a good time to practice your creativity and face your fears!

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My List for Inktober Drawing on YouTube

I did a quick sketch to get my bearings around where each of these should go for Inktober. (It’s on the video.) I tend to layer my drawings starting with what’s in the background and moving to the foreground. I may trace my first drawing and draw the second on the tracing, or I may cut out the second and attach it to the first. You don’t have to do either. This is all about exercising your ability to be creative and to draw. Your finished drawing(s) should look different from mine.

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