Monday, May 30, 2011

Creativity Tip #4

Have serious discussion about something that is not serious. Pretend that you are a lawyer giving your opening comments to a jury about why chocolate ice cream is better than vanilla ice cream.

Speak or write as passionately on the subject as possible. Look up information and stats to support your argument.

Here is an excerpt from a website dedicated to everything that is ice cream.

The most popular topping for ice cream is chocolate syrup.
For other ideas on toppings and syrups see our
ice cream toppingssection

Ice cream as an industry
has an estimated global value of 7.5 billion (USD 11bn).

The world's top 5 consumers of ice cream
in order are: USA, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, Belgium/Luxembourg. In the USA, July is officially recognised as 'National Ice Cream Month'; designated by President Reagan in 1984, the idea behind it was for people to celebrate the fun in ice cream as well as recognising its nutritious value.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Creativity Tip #3

Take a character that you like, the more famous the better. Then put him or her in a situation and make that character do exactly the opposite of what they normally would do.

Take Mickey Mouse for example. Yes, I know, he stole MY name. Everyone knows that there is only one REAL Mickey. Anyway, he is known throughout the world as a lovable mouse. A little gross and weird, yes, I mean a talking mouse that wears people clothes…sure. So Mickey wouldn’t hurt a fly. Pretty much he is a big softie. Well what if he was actually a big meanie?

Here’s the situation. Mickey comes home and sees that Donald Duck has eaten the last piece of cheesecake from in the refrigerator. Mickey had been saving that for himself and was looking forward to eating it after a long hard day at work. What does he do for a living you may be asking? I’m not really sure. But for the sake of moving along the game, let’s say that he just came home from his job at the Swiss Cheese factory. Mickey’s job is to eat all of those tiny holes into in the cheese – I’d make sure there is no mouse slobber before you go ahead and eat that ham and Swiss sandwich next time.

So, normally, Mickey, although annoyed, would have probably forgiven Donald, only after the duck apologized though. But what if on that day, Mickey was especially grouchy? No wait, even better, let’s say that he had lost his job at the Swiss Cheese factory and now he was down right steaming mad. Maybe Mickey would react like this.

“Where is my cheesecake!” Screams Mickey as he stands before the refrigerator.

“I’m sorry Mickey, were you saving that for yourself?” Responds Donald, a little embarrassed.

“Yes, Fishbrain, as a matter of fact I was!”

“I’m sorry Mickey, I didn’t know. Maybe next time you can label it with your name or something, just so there is no confusion.”

“Maybe if you decided to shed a few pounds, I wouldn’t have this problem at all, you blubberbottom!”

“Mickey, there’s no need for name calling, it was an accident.”


Mickey grabs Donald by his collar, and gives him nuggies until Donald cries and wets himself. Then he goes back into the fridge, grabs the mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise and dumps it on his head.

“Maybe next time you’ll think before you stuff your FUGLY FACE!

There you have it. Mickey, not being Mickey. So next time you are bored, go ahead and try it. Battle your friend to see who can come up with the most out-of-character situation. Just in case you are stuck for ideas, try out these:

· Winnie the Pooh finds out that Eeyore has gone swimming in his jar of honey.
· Batman comes home to find out that the Joker has put on his bat suit and has been impersonating him.
· Alvin and the Chipmunks find out that Dave never bought them any Christmas presents.
· Fred Flintstone discovers that Barney has been using his toothbrush as a back scratchier.
· It actually is Frosty the Snowman’s birthday, and nobody bothered to show up to his party.
· Charlie Brown is invited to go out with the Great Pumpkin on Cabbage Night.
· Spiderman discovers that he can fly. If that weren’t enough, he discovers that he can fly faster than Superman. How about a race?

**Excerpt from MICKEY ANGIE LOWE And His Crazy Fantastic Doodle Pen. Available on - June 2011**

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Creativity Tip #2

Today's tip involves looking at an object and imagining something entirely different. For example, I was driving on the highway when I spotted a torn up tire at the side of the road. Instantly I thought that it looked like a Killer Whale diving into the ocean or in this case the road.

Challenge yourself? Look at a cloud in the sky - how many different objects can you see in that cloud?

An add on to this activity is to think of a story to go along with the object. In the case of the whale, maybe it was being transported by a helicopter when it was accidentally dropped. Acting on instinct, the whale attempted to dive into the water. Unfortunately for the whale, it was jsut a puddle. Poor Killer Whale.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Creativity Tips

I thought that I would offer some suggestions for maintaining and enhancing a creative mind.

I truly believe that my creativity stems from a deep connection with my childhood. As a result I devote a lot of time and energy to my playful, childish side. Successful authors always recommend for new, emerging authors to write everyday.

Here are some topics that can help:

Creativity Tip #1

Sing whatever you do. I love doing this with my son, whether I am changing his diaper or giving him a bath, singing it out makes it even more fun and can pass the time a lot quicker. He is also at the age now where he love to sing along and add in his own words.

That's a full diapee, oh it's full of pee-pee, man it would be lovely...if Mikey would use the potty, but oh he is not quite ready, no matter, daddy will always love you buddy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The New Kindle

By far the best E-Reader on the Market.