30 June 2013

30x30: day 30. prompt 2: the end

Today is the last day of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June has featured a prompt to help inspire you. Since I was unable to post a prompt yesterday, today we’ve had two prompt … This is prompt number two! Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

the end

We’ve come to the end of this challenge … but not the end of our creativity or creative efforts. Maybe you’ve come to the end of a chapter in your manuscript, but not the end of your hero’s journey. Maybe you’ve prepared a full meal but haven’t prepared desert. Maybe you’ve written a song but haven’t come up with the final refrain. Although we’ve reached the end of this particular creativity challenge, that doesn’t mean we’ve reached the end of what hopefully is a newfound, rekindled, or otherwise sustained effort to create something new! With this final prompt, take time to reflect on endings, and beginnings, and how often endings are only the beginnings of something new!

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Inspirational Quote: “The world is always ending for someone.” ~Neil Gaiman

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30x30: day 30. prompt 1: “free for all”

Today is the last day of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June has featured a prompt to help inspire you. Since I was unable to post a prompt yesterday, today we’ll have two prompt … starting with this one! Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

“free for all”

Your first prompt for today (which would have been the Day 29 prompt) is “free for all.” A free for all is that blessed state of “no rules” and a “just go for it” mentality. So today, just go for it. What is something you’ve been longing to create all month? What’s an idea that’s been nagging at you, sticking in your brain for a while, and that you’ve just never had the time or courage to bring to life? Today … go for it. Have a free for all, and have fun!

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Inspirational Quote: With this prompt, find your own inspirational quote, or make one up! Share your favorite inspirational quote below, and be an inspiration to someone else, too!


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28 June 2013

30x30: day 28. thrive

Today is Day 28 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 28. thrive

Today, create something that thrives. Write a character who is “thriving, not surviving.” Sing a thriving song. Stitch, sew, or crochet something that represents what it means to really thrive in life. Cook a celebration of thriving meal. Think of what it means to thrive, and create from that. Think of what it means to allow your creativity to thrive … then create from that, too.

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Inspirational Quote: "Thriving. That’s fighting … Surviving is barely getting by.” ~Jillian Michaels

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27 June 2013

30x30: day 27. “let me fix you”

Today is Day 27 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 27. “let me fix you”

As people with creative tendencies, we often also come equipped with an irrepressible desire to fix things. Sometimes this is a good thing: we can fix a friend’s computer, or fix a mistake in editing or paint, or repair a recipe, or “fix” a friend’s mood. Sometimes it’s not so great, especially when our desire to fix tries to overwhelm someone else’s desire not to be helped. Today, think about what it means to try to “fix” something or someone. Write a character who is overwhelmed with the urge, whether those around her/him want it or not. Write a self-reflection about a time you tried to “fix” someone or something and it didn’t work out … or a time that it did. A few years ago I came up with a mini “All-Better” recipe book for some friends; I’d give it to them and then we’d use it to cook a meal to make thing “all-better” on a bad day depending on what was causing the bad things (it had everything from baked mac and cheese to a few choice mixed drinks, to give you an idea of how that worked). Paint how you feel when someone tries to “fix” you. Sing a fix-it song. Play with fixing, and create!

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Inspirational Quote: "Lights will guide you home / And ignite your bones / And I will try to fix you” ~Coldplay, "Fix You"

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26 June 2013

30x30: day 26. sweet

Today is Day 26 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 26. sweet

Today’s challenge is to create something sweet. Sweet and simple. In today’s society, “sweet” means more than just sugary or pleasant. Sweet can mean “cool” or “awesome.” Sweet can be a bad thing, as in a person who’s personality is “too sweet to handle.” I have friends and relatives who use “sweet” as synonymous with “simple” or “stupid,” and there is nothing worse than saying something and hearing that dismissive drawl, “Hmm … isn’t that sweet?” Play with the meaning of sweet as you write, draw, sing, bake, or otherwise create something new today!

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Inspirational Quote: “If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” ~Stevie Wonder

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25 June 2013

30x30: day 25. mellow yellow

Today is Day 25 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 25. mellow yellow

Today, create something mellow. Mellow is smooth, calm, relaxed, soft, rich and peaceful. Create something yellow. Yellow is bright, warm, cheerful, sweet, and sometimes a little sour. Create something mellow yellow. Find your perfect combination to discover what it really means to be “mellow yellow” and create from that place, idea, or definition.

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Inspirational Quote: "They call me mellow yellow (quite rightly).” ~Donovan

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24 June 2013

30x30: day 24. “i made a mistake”

Today is Day 24 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 24. “i made a mistake”

If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we never learn at all. Mistakes are what help us to grow, to discover, to create and recreate, to uncover truth and avoid pitfalls that will set us back moments or years or lifetimes. We so often dread our mistakes because we long to be perfect. But today, I urge you to revel in a mistake. Make it a happy surprise toward discovery. Write a lesson learned, and create something wonderful from a mess you made, whether it’s an errantly placed splotch of paint, a wrong ingredient, a misplaced word, or a note sung out of key. Take a mistake and make it something beautiful today.

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Inspirational Quote: “Drama is based on the Mistake.” ~W.H. Auden


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23 June 2013

30x30: day 23. earth

Today is Day 23 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 23. earth

Today, create something based on earth. Or based in earth. Or out of this world. Write something dirty. Craft something out of clay. Sing in your grittiest, dirt-soaked voice. Cook with only ingredients that came fresh from the soil. Play with earth today.

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Inspirational Quote: "Right. Well … I have to go now, Dwayne. I’m due back on the planet Earth.” ~Woody Allen, Annie Hall


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22 June 2013

30x30: day 22. hysterical

Today is Day 22 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 22. hysterical

What does it mean to be hysterical? Hysterical could mean hilarious. You might write or draw or sing something hysterical. If you manage to bake something hysterical you are a true master! Hysterical could also mean overexcited or panicked. Write a hysterical character; or, write a character who is hysterical. Write about a hysterical experience, or a time when you (or someone you know, or “someone you know”) were hysterical. Paint something hysterical, or what it feels like to be hysterical. Hysterical can also mean uncontrollable, so make something that represents a hysterical feeling (hunger, longing, passion, etc.).

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Inspirational Quote: “Sorry I had to slap you around, but you got hysterical when I said, ‘No more’.” ~Woody Allen, Play It Again Sam


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21 June 2013

30x30: day 21. gender

Today is Day 21 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 21. gender

Today, explore your gender. Or explore the opposite gender. Explore the significance of gender. Explore the insignificance of gender. Explore gender discovery. Explore gender confusion. Play with gender. Define it. Defy that definition. Rewrite a male character as a woman, or a woman as a man, or a man trapped in a woman’s body, or a woman trapped in a man’s. Gender your food. Decide the genders of cloths and colors, and see what happens as you mix and mismatch or blend them. Rewrite a song traditionally sung by a man to a woman to be sung by a woman to a man. See what happens when you play with, subvert, destroy, rebuild, and elsewise experiment with traditional gender definitions and signifiers. 

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Inspirational Quote: “I find it ridiculous to assign a gender to an inanimate object incapable of disrobing and making an occasional fool of itself.” ~David Sedaris


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20 June 2013

30x30: day 20. blue

Today is Day 20 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 20. blue

Today’s prompt is “blue.” Think of your favorite blue things. Or think of what it means to “feel blue.” What do you love about blue? What do you do when you’re blue? Think about the illusions of blue: the color of the sky or blueberries. Bake blue. Sing the blues. Write blue. Define it. Create it. Recreate it.

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Inspirational Quote: “I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don't see that type of blue around here.” ~Cath Crowley


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19 June 2013

30x30: day 19. “my better half”

Today is Day 19 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 19. “my better half”

What does it mean to have a “better half”? It’s a somewhat bizarre saying, with the intended implication that someone “completes” you or perhaps complements your personality and traits. But for my part, I’ve always found it a little too bizarre: the idea that if you have a better half, you’re either suffering from one very meager side, or incomplete to begin with. A “better” half implies a “worse” half. But that’s just because I overthink sayings like this (just think how horrifying a stitch in time could really be). Today, spend some time overthinking this saying yourself. What does it mean to you to have a better half? Who is your better half? Who is the better half of a character you’re working on? (For a husband, it might be his wife, but for Batman it could be his Joker.) What is the better half of a recipe? Create the character. Make the dish. Write the duet. Paint the picture. Overthink the saying … see what comes of it for you (or the better half of your brain)! 

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Inspirational Quote: “If there is ‘better,’ then there is a best.’ If there is ‘half,’ then there is a ‘complete.’ Far more than being a ‘better half,’ you can be a ‘best complete’; like a word/phrase that beautifies and gives meaning to a sentence when it is added.” ~Olaotan Fawehinmi

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18 June 2013

30x30: day 18. comfort

Today is Day 18 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 18. comfort

I really need some comfort food right now. I’ve been progressing from a mild to an annoying stomach bug or something, and today all I want is chicken soup or mac and cheese. I saw an old commercial for Southern Comfort the other day. On Father’s Day I was missing my dad, who lives across the country from me, so to comfort myself I bought some old albums he used to play all the time so I could play them, too. I have a favorite sweater that’s the most comfortable piece of clothing ever made. Comfort comes from everywhere: from our words, from art, from music … food, color, clothing, and more can all be extremely comforting or comfortable. Sometimes comfort is a bad thing: we’re always being told to “get out of our comfort zones.” Today, experiment with comfort. What makes you comfortable? What brings you comfort? What is an area of your life in which you are too comfortable and need to shake things up?

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Inspirational Quote: “When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them.” ~Lemony Snicket


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17 June 2013

30x30: day 17. destiny

Today is Day 17 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 17. destiny

What is your destiny? What are you destined to do, or create, or be? Today’s prompt is simple and sweet: think of something you were destined to create (the perfect mac & cheese recipe, the greatest poem ever, the next Mona Lisa, the song that touches the world so deeply listeners have to stop it halfway through to keep from being wowed to death) … then create it. 

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Inspirational Quote: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ~William Shakespeare

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16 June 2013

30x30: day 16. sentiment

Today is Day 16 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 16. sentiment

When it comes to art, one of the hardest tasks is managing the fine line between sentiment and sentimentality. It’s an oft expressed idea for writers that we must learn to “evoke sentiment without sentimentality,” and while it’s less often expressed exactly how to do that it often has something to do with pacing memory or emotion with more objective commentary. A key word for the creative process of involved in creating sentiment without sentimentality might be subtlety. So today, your prompt is to create something with sentiment that avoids being sentimental. Revisit a favorite family recipe and give it your own flare. Record a favorite memory. Rework an old song in a new style. Experiment with sentiment, and see what comes of it.

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Inspirational Quote: “I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.” ~Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather


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15 June 2013

30x30: day 15. trick

Today is Day 15 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 15. trick

A trick can be a mean-spirited or playful prank, a scam or deception, or a secret or skill. A character might trick someone into doing something. You might have learned your dad’s trick for tying the perfect tie. Learn a new trick. Put it into words, or into a recipe, or a song, or a work of art. Learn a famous artist’s “trick” (technique) and work it into a new art piece. Find a way to trick the minds of your readers or viewers. Play with it, and have fun!

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Inspirational Quote: “Add a little bit of wine, and a little bit of sugar … And that’s my trick.” ~Pete Clemenza, The Godfather


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14 June 2013

30x30: day 14. plume

Today is Day 14 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 14. plume

I know what you’re thinking. “Wait a minute … didn’t we just do this?” Yesterday’s prompt looked at the multiple meanings of “plum.” Today’s prompt is to play with the word “plume.” A plume could be a feather, or anything resembling a feather (i.e. some plants’ seeds have “plumes” that allow them to be blown about by the wind). A plume is also the term for a group of feathers used decoratively, as in a colonel with a plume on his helmet. A plume can also be a “rising column of something,” like a plume of smoke. Used as a verb, to plume is to be proud of yourself, boast, or congratulate yourself for something. By the end of today, you’ll all have something to plume about … go, create, and wear your creation as a plume in your cap!

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Inspirational Quote: “Now we lament one / Who danced on a plume of words, / Sang with a fountain’s panache, / Dazzled like slate roofs in sun / After rain, was flighty as birds / And alone as a mountain ash.” ~Cecil Day-Lewis, “In Memory of Dylan Thomas”

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13 June 2013

30x30: day 13. plum

Today is Day 13 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

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Note: Sorry for the delay in posting-- I was without internet for most of the day! 

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day 13. plum

A plum is a fruit. But it is also a variant spelling of the colloquialism “plumb”: “I fell plum in the middle of the floor.” It also means “completely”: “I plum forgot about that meaning.” It’s also a color. “Plum” can also mean desirable, coveted, reward … and many other things. Take a moment to research the meaning, symbolism, and history of “plum” … then use it as your inspiration today!

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Inspirational Quote: “What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” ~Logan Pearsall Smith


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12 June 2013

30x30: day 12. more

Today is Day 12 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 12. more

More. Unless you’re completely satisfied with your life in every possible way … we all want something more. More out of life. More for our dollars. More joy. More fun. More love. More food. More beauty. More time. What is the “something more” you’re longing for? For today’s prompt, write about that something more. Write a character who longs for more from his or her life; write a scene in which he or she pursues it. Sketch what it means to have more, be more, do more, or want more. Sing a song … then sing one more. Create a new recipe and call it your “Some More” recipe … or reinvent the s’more! 

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Inspirational Quote: “‘You mean you can't take less,’ said the Hatter: ‘it's very easy to take more than nothing.’” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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11 June 2013

30x30: day 11. jones

Today is Day 11 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 11. jones

“Jones? Isn’t that a name?” Yes … yes it is. Today, use this surname as your jumping off point. Do you have a great story with a friend whose last name is Jones? Do you have a recipe based on something you saw in an Indiana Jones movie? Maybe you’ve been working to keep up with the Joneses all your life. Or maybe you’re “jonesing” for some good wine. Play with the meaning of “Jones” or “jones” and see what comes of it!

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Inspirational Quote: Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.” ~Quentin Crisp

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10 June 2013

30x30: day 10. green

Today is Day 10 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 10. green

Green is the color of nature. Green is the color of jealousy. Green is the color of envy. Green is the color of vegetables. Green is the color of newness. Green is the color of sick. Green is a movement. Green is all these things and more. For today’s prompt, think of what green means to you and create something with it. Whether you’re writing, drawing, painting, singing (ahem: It’s not that easy bein’ what?), sewing, cooking, or something else altogether, play with green and see where it takes you.

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Inspirational Quote: “Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.” ~Virginia Wolfe

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09 June 2013

30x30: day 9. wicked

Today is Day 9 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 9. wicked

As a kid, I always felt strangely sympathetic toward the Wicked Witch of the West. It could be that I also was always annoyed by Glinda, or that I always understood the witch being angry; Dorothy had just popped out of the blue—or grey—dropping houses on her kin. But ultimately, outside of doing anything to get back what was hers and get vengeance for her sister’s death, do we ever really see the Wicked Witch do anything all that wicked? As I grew up, then, I started to wonder … what, really, is “wicked”? What separates a hero in a story from the “villain” trying to stop him or her? And why is it we assume that the hero is really a hero and the villain is really a villain? So today, I prompt you to ponder: What is “wicked”? Write wicked. Sing wicked. Cook or bake wicked (hint: dark chocolate is super wicked). Sew something wicked. Embrace your inner wicked side and go, go, go! (PS: “Wicked” can also mean something more than “bad.” You can be “wicked smart.” “Wicked” can mean “cool.” “Wicked” can mean naughty, mischievous, or superb … as in a “wicked sense of humor.” Find your meaning and play with it!)

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Inspirational Quote: “Oh, what a world, what a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?” ~The Wicked Witch of the West

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08 June 2013

30x30: day 8. courage

Today is Day 8 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 8. courage

Today’s challenge prompt is “courage.” What does it mean to be courageous? When was a time that you, or someone you know, was courageous? Who is the most courageous person you know? What, exactly, is courage? Is it a feeling, or a state of being, or a choice? What does courage look like in words? What color is courage? What does courage taste like? What does it sound like? Think about what courage means to you, and then find a way to define it in whatever creative voice and medium you choose!

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Inspirational Quote: “What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? … Courage.” ~The Cowardly Lion

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07 June 2013

30x30: day 7. tremble

Today is Day 7 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 7. tremble

Today, write, paint, bake, or sing something that trembles. What comes to mind when you hear the word “tremble”? Maybe it’s fear, or cold, or trembling from a fever, or trembling with love. Maybe it’s anticipation: think of opening a present with trembling fingers. What is the significance of trembling skin? What about trembling lips? Leaves on trees tremble. Jell-O trembles. Bells tremble. Use the word “tremble” as a launching point and see what you can shake up!

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Inspirational Quote: “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~Pablo Neruda


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06 June 2013

30x30: day 6. bitter

Today is Day 6 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 6. bitter

Today’s challenge is to take and play with the word “bitter.” Bitter is a word that often comes with … well, negative connotations. People can be bitter, or can make you feel bitter. An experience can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. But bitter can also be beautiful. In interior and other color-based designs, there are bitter color schemes based in browns, greys, and deeper shades that have been gaining popularity since 2010 (it’s the reason we often see a grey accent wall mixed with purples, blues, and rusts in interior design and decorating).Bitter mixed with sweet is … well, bittersweet. Bitter can be delicious: many herbs, fruits, and other foods (read: bittersweet chocolate) may taste bitter by themselves, but added properly to recipes make for a culinary treat. So today, be bitter … in a good way.

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Inspirational Quote: “Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” ~Pablo Neruda

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05 June 2013

30x30: day 5. crush

Today is Day 5 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 5. crush

For today’s prompt, take your inspiration from the word “crush.” Think about your last crush … write about that experience. Or maybe there was a time you were crushed by bad news, a personal decision, or the decision of someone else. Or maybe you “crushed it” in a good way. If you’re working in textiles, you’ve got crushed velvet to work with! Or, if you’re cooking, think of all the glorious foods you can crush: crushed pepper, crushed cherries in a drink, etc. Play with the word “crush” and all it’s various forms and meanings, and then go crush it!

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Inspirational Quote: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” ~II Cor. 4:8-9

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04 June 2013

30x30: day 4. “fit for a king”

Today is Day 4 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 4. “fit for a king”

What is fit for a king? Is it an epic poem? Is it a battle cry? Is it a heart-stirring speech? Or perhaps a stunning portrait. Maybe it’s a lavish banquet. Maybe it’s all of the above. For today’s prompt, use the phrase “fit for a king” as your inspiration. Try to figure out what it means to be fit for a king. Maybe you disagree with that saying altogether: maybe things should be fit for the common man (or woman) than for a king (or queen). Play around with the phrase, turn it on it’s head, or see what else you can do with it. But that’s not all: Play with a different genre or medium today, and see what you can create!

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Inspirational Quote: “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A Note on Posting: I’ve gotten the question of where and how folks can/should post or comment for this challenge. There are several writers who are not posting at all because they hope to eventually publish some of what they create during this month. That’s totally okay! What I recommend is posting to your personal blog so folks can come and visit your site; share a link in the comments below and we’ll “hop” around to visit each other. Or, just share a summary of what you wrote/drew/created … the challenge is for you to create, but it’s not mandatory for you to share the same way! Just do what you’re comfortable with!

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03 June 2013

30x30: day 3. red

Today is Day 3 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 3. red

Today’s prompt is “red.” Red is a color associated with passion, anger, pride, and more. Red is a popular color in the sports world; according to many sports studies, teams wearing red are more likely to win. Red foods include tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, apples, and pomegranates. A red door on a home suggests welcome. Write, cook, paint, or sing (or something else entirely) with red!

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Inspirational Quote: “Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.” ~Marilyn Monroe

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02 June 2013

30x30: day 2. slumber

Today is Day 2 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 2. slumber

Today's prompt is "Slumber." Try to capture the sensation of sleepiness, or sleeplessness, through your work. If you’re writing, try making a list of “slumbering words” and use them in your work: slumbering words are words dealing with sleep, but also words with soft sounds (think s, f, w, soft a’s, and long o’s). If you’re creating art, try using slumbering colors: cool colors like purples, blues, greys, deep shades of red and green, etc. If you’re cooking, work with comfort foods. Good luck!

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Inspirational Quote: "You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~Dr. Seuss

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01 June 2013

30x30: day 1. new beginnings

Today is Day 1 of the Our Lost Jungle Thirty-By-Thirty Challenge, a challenge designed to help writers and artists foster the habit of engaging in creativity regularly. Whether you are an artist, musician, writer, or other creative type, this challenge is for you.

Each day in June will feature a prompt to help inspire you. Take on the prompt, or follow your own creative path! Please feel free to share your work here, post links to your work on your own blog or website, or just follow along (and share your progress)!

day 1. new beginnings

Today's prompt is "New Beginnings." This could mean giving a character a new lease on life, or a new problem to conquer. You might write a poem about the birth of a child or the dawn of a new day. You might write a personal piece about a recent life change. Maybe you'll snap a photo of flowers in bloom or paint a new world. Or maybe you'll just recognize this challenge as a new beginning to your creative habits! Write, draw, sing, sketch, or sew it out!

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Inspirational Quote: "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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