or Acts of Creative Desperation
or Desperate Acts of Creativity
or Creative Acts of Desperation
Today I made curtains.
I've been thinking about music and listening to music and last week I even wrote some music. But this week things are just not happening. A 'training day' at our creche has conspired against me and my day of time and space disappeared. I was having a look through a blog called Studio Mothers and came across a post called '5 ways to be a writer when you're not writing' which certainly struck a chord. I'm not overly interested in cooking but some of the analogies were quite apt - there is a lot of simmering and preparing the pot. Rather than feeling frustrated at the slowness of my progress, I know there are things simmering away and when I lift the lid on them some time soon, I hope I am pleasantly surprised. I also agree with the importance of engaging in "cultural activity" to get ideas moving. I often have 'light-bulb' moments while listening to someone else's music or looking at a painting. Of course I would love to be gadding off to art galleries and performances and all manner of things although it's not so easy at the moment. But I have made a point of planning ahead to put a few interesting things on the calendar and then to actually go and see / hear them. So things are moving along, slowly, my plan is falling into place, gradually. But today I made curtains and totally enjoyed it. I love making things and making curtains fed the urge to create something, even if it wasn't music. And you can make curtains in the midst of domestic chaos while talking to two small children and interruptions to bring in washing / make tea / bathe children don't actually make any difference to the final product. I don't know if curtain making can be classed as 'engaging in cultural activity' but sometimes creating something is better than creating nothing and desperate times call for desperate measures.