Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The "Rock Star" giveaway is a 25-word creativity exercise with big honking prizes. Here's a related creativity exercise with no prize at all: Tell me why the copy on the page I linked to makes me crazy. And we're not talking crazy in a good way ...
The entry deadline for the giveaway is Dec. 15, 2010. There's no deadline for discovering my issue with their copy. Because I'm kvetchy now, and I'll still be kvetchy Dec. 16.
But I do think you rock.
Monday, November 29, 2010
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
And, once again, I'm glad to be a copywriter. Not a brain surgeon. Happy Monday!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
It was 1987.
I was stretched out on the couch in our new home, which was spotless. I had finished the chores and was waiting for Tom. I was so bored, I invented a reason to be busy: I decided, right there and then, that we needed a dog. That decision led to Snowball; aka, RocketDog; aka, our first child. (I mean no disrespect to Kate. If you've had a pet, you understand that "first child" feeling.) I haven't caught up with life since we drove Snowball home.
Now, you may think this is the start of a lecture on wiping things off the to do list so you can enjoy the holidays. Nope. This is a reminder that, like me, you might love most of your list. And this is the perfect time of the year to embrace that wonderful fact.
For example, I love:
- Standing in my living room, admiring the house after I clean.
- Having the entire family home, even if just for one big meal.
- Baking goodies. Buying presents. Wrapping.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
- Get out a clean sheet of paper. And a pen. Or pencil. Or crayon.
- Write down five things you're thankful for this year. But wait! It's a trick question. You can only mention things that wouldn't have been on your list last year.
- If it takes more than two minutes to do this exercise, be thankful I don't expect you to devote that much time to it. I just wanted to get your brain working in a different direction.
But the theory certainly does sound lovely ...
Monday, November 22, 2010
I would take full credit for the deliciousness, but all I did was follow the Nantucket Cranberry Pie recipe from the Pioneer Woman.*
Buy the ingredients now. Bake it Wednesday. Eat it Thursday. Thank me later.
*I did use the entire bag of cranberries, which was more than 2 cups. But I'd do that again. Also, the pie overflowed, but I used a pie tin instead of the recommended cake pan. My bad. Fortunately, I had the pie tin on a cookie sheet, and the overflow crust became cookies. Really, it's that good.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
*Hey! Stop laughing. It could be charming. To someone. Someday. It's possible ...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So why am I babbling about it? Because there are amazing, wonderful people out there who use both sides of their brain all the time. And you need at least one of these talents on your creative team.
Take, for example, Cory. He's a numbers, strategic, business guy at his day-to-day job. And he writes like this.*
It never pays to pigeonhole people. Trust me on this.
*Note to Vicki: If this makes him difficult to live with, I apologize. :-)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Right now, I'm having fun planning for the big meal. My grandmother's pumpkin bread is always on the menu. It's yummy. And this recipe makes three good-sized loaves. Or two loaves and muffins. Mmmmm. Pumpkin muffins. They even sound delicious. Enjoy!
Sophie's Pumpkin Bread
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water
1 16 oz. can of pumpkin
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together all ingredients. Pour into loaf pans and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. More or less. Size matters, so consider the size of your pans and check as you go. (My grandmother's note says she used the 3x7 disposable pans and this made four pans. The note also says she took it to the May 3 potluck. I love old notes.)
FYI, I generally put about 1/3 or 1/2 cup of raisins in just one of the loaves. I like raisins, but not everyone in the family does. This recipe gives you so much batter, you can please everyone. Happy people, breaking bread together. I'm always thankful for that!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This video of poetry slammer Katie Makkai is making the rounds on Facebook ... I think it's worth a listen. As she might say, it's pretty amazing.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
In the next two hours, I want you to do something specifically designed to make someone else smile. Like what? Well, you could compliment a barista. Really listen to a kid. Mail a note to someone you miss. Bake an unexpected cake for the neighbors. Post a nice comment on my blog.*
There are a million ways to create happiness. Find one in the next two hours.
P.S. What's the longest word in the English language? Smiles ... there's a mile between the first and last letter. (Did that work? Did you smile? Cool!)
*No, it's not all about me. But your comments do make me smile.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
So, here we go on the next Creative Instigation adventure! I now have a channel on YouTube and will periodically share video posts. My first attempt comes to you from Steel Creek in Arkansas. I'm going to embed it here and link to it -- hopefully, one way or the other, you'll see it and enjoy. Get out the popcorn, kids!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
P.S. Between Facebook, email and the blog, we had about 40 entries in last week's contest -- the final BlogHer giveaway on our blog. Deb A. is the lucky winner of the 1-800-flowers.com giftcard! Enjoy!
P.P.S. Thank you all for the wonderful poster ideas from yesterday! I may have to make several posters ...