The Power of Suggestion

Tonight I am watching the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.  Want to guess why?

That’s right!  While I was writing yesterday’s post, the quote about the pirate’s code being guidelines rather than rules occurred to me.  Then Mike Coville mentioned it in his comment about the post.  Those two things combined made me realize that I haven’t watched the movie in a while, and the idea of having a little movie night got caught in my brain.

It turned out that (as usual) there wasn’t much on television on a Friday night, so movie it is!

It’s always interesting to think about the human mind and where ideas come from.  Usually they’re hard to trace, especially if the end result has been percolating for a while or combines many experiences and sources, but every once in a while there’s a very clear line from initial spark to final thought.

We’ll end with a fun quote from the movie:

Will: “This is either madness or brilliance.”
Captain Jack: “It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide.”

The Dance Bug

One of my non-writing creative outlets is dance.

I danced in performance companies in high school and college, and even took classes when I was first out in the real world.  But due to a whole variety of reasons, I haven’t taken a dance class in a long time.

Recently I found a local dance studio that looks promising.  (I drove by it a couple of times and was curious, so I found them online.)  Based on their website, I think the owner’s philosophy of dance is similar to mine.  As a bonus, they offer adult classes!  I’m not going to commit to anything yet, but I am planning to give one of the classes a try when it starts in the fall.

Of course, thinking about dance means I have been bitten once again by the dance bug.  My brain hasn’t come up with choreography in a long time (at least, not large-scale, multi-person choreography) but tonight while I showered it started again.  Now, I am well aware that there is a huge difference between taking one class and choreographing performance pieces.  I think this is simply a case of opening a door that has been closed for a while and having everything fall out!

Choreography or no, I am excited at the possibility of dancing again!

Playing with Clay

Tonight I am going to a pottery class for grown-ups.  Mostly it’s a chance to play with clay, which I haven’t done (other than play dough) since I was a kid.

I took a lot of art classes as a kid, especially pottery classes.  I’m not going to claim that I’m good at art.  In fact, my mom had a couple of art projects of mine that she saved specifically because they were so bad they were funny.  (Even I admitted they were bad, so it wasn’t mean on her part.  We all got a good laugh out of the bowl that rocked on its feet and the funny too-skinny person I made.)

The end result is not the primary goal for me.  Instead, art is about the creative process.  It’s a chance to manipulate materials, use my hands, and come up with something from my own mind.  So tonight’s class, which is focused on having fun with clay, is perfect for me.  🙂