Category Archives: Creativity

Web Sites to Keep the Creative Juices Flowing – Ana White

One of the ways I try to stay creative is through woodworking.  My dad was into woodworking as a hobby when I was younger and I have quite a few memories of the projects he built for the house outside.  I’m not as good or as interested in it as he is but I’ve amassed a decent collection of power tools and inherited a few from my dad when downsized to a condo in the city.  If there’s something I don’t have, I’m fortunate to have a few friends with nice collections of their own.

I’m not the greatest and my projects have their flaws but I like building things for my daughters rather than buying them if possible.  The amount of effort I put into them doesn’t really offset the savings but I like the idea that they’re playing with something their dad built for them.  So far I’ve made a grocery store playset, a swing set, and a bed and I’ve got my eye on a couple other projects for this summer.

Note the little version of her bed to the left. While we were waiting for some of the wood putty to dry, she and I built a mini version for her dolls using some of the kids tools we bought from Lowes. I eyeballed the grocery store and the swing set but I used plans from Ana White for the bed and for some of the future projects I’m working on.  It’s a great resource for people who are just starting to get into woodworking with usually simple to follow instructions.  Each plan comes with a materials and tools list and images to help you along in the process.

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Grayhaven Comics

A lot of my current thinking on creativity started around this time last year when I finally bit the bullet and submitted a story pitch to Grayhaven Comics.  I’d read about them through some postings on the Bendis Board and was curious but nervous about the whole thing.  I dropped out of a creative writing class in high school 1 day after finding out we had to share our stories with the rest of the class.  But their open submission policy and new kid-friendly title intrigues me so I wrote up a short pitch, requested an artist and hit send.  That was back in May or June.  A little over a year later, my very first published comic book work will appear in The Gathering’s July issue.  I have no ambitions to become a professional comic book writer.  If those three pages are the only work of mine that ever see print, I’ll be a happy camper to finally have become a part of something I’ve loved for the last 30 years.  But it was a lot of fun and I’ll have another 2 page story out in early 2013 and just submitted 3 more pitches in the latest round of submissions.  I may have even roped another comic-loving friend to try his hand at a submission as well.

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