Side projects are important. Some are born out of the natural urge to create. Some are born out of the relentless pursuit to obtain that state of… Read more “On creative side projects”
There’s no getting around: First Day of School equals a new pencil box. You had your knee-high socks, brand new shoes, Jansport backpack, notebooks all neatly covered but the back-to-school experience wasn’t complete without knowing that your pencils and pens were boxed in a perfect, enviable pencil box.
For me it was the most important item in my backpack. I would take my time dismissing all the different pencil boxes that were presented until I found the right one.
We would stow the most mundane to most interesting bits in the safe storage of our pencil box. Chewing gums, iridescent stickers, pocket-money and sometimes even movie tickets. We would underline a layer of our pencil box with our crafts paper and then store our fun stuff beneath it.
Our pencil boxes were geared for daily life and daily rituals – sharpening pencils the night before, checking if we had the refills for our ball pens and ink cartridges for the fountain pens. Since the interiors of our pencil boxes were often marked with pencil marks, we would use the eraser to swipe them clean.
Pencil boxes came in all different shapes and types – as simple as a box with a humble lid (my favorite kind) or as elaborate and fancy as electronic toolbox or swiss army knife. Some of these fancy ones would come with a built-in sharpener, pencil erasers, rulers, scissors along with other secret compartments.
Creativity is an act of defiance. You’re challenging the status quo. You’re questioning accepted truths and principles. You’re asking the universal questions that mock conventional wisdom. – Twyla Tharp. What sustains us writers,… Read more “Social defiance, friendships and creativity”
Intuitive writing with all its flaws is a crucial part of a writer’s journey. You are writing with an impulse. Out of a necessity. You take fingers to keypad, pen… Read more “4 Levels of Awareness and What It Teaches Us About the Art of Writing at All Stages”
15 years back I had read the Reader’s Digest Condensed Book on life of Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-Smith. Impressed by her non-conformist lifestyle, I made notes,… Read more “Florence Nightingale: Journey Through Her Stationery”
Many of us are at the intersection between leaving a safe, established order of life and starting something of our own. As artists and writers, we pursue… Read more “We are one of many”
This month’s revelation – that a 304-page unpublished book by Harper Lee will soon make for a sequel to To Kill a Mocking Bird – was met with a… Read more “Harper Lee on Writing, Reading, Loving and telling the truth”