Saturday, February 28, 2009

The nature of creativity

Just a quick post as I am launching Barefoot Magazine tomorrow (see upcoming events to the right) and must get my beauty sleep (which is a euphemism for must work out what the hell I'm going to say, it being 10pm the night before and all).

I expected to write my 'speech' during the three hours of freedom meant to be provided by a birthday party today, which instead turned into three hours of monitoring my over-sensitive 6-yr-old, who didn't get enough sleep last night (the joy of sleepovers) and ended up repeatedly bursting into tears because the wind blew his hat off or some such tragedy.

Anyway, my dear friend and fellow blogger, Kim, alerted me to this talk by author Elizabeth Gilbert, which I think you would all find fascinating in the light of what we have been talking about lately.

The rest of you have probably already discovered the fantastic world of TED--which hosts these great presentations--being such media savvy types, but it was a revelation for me.

I have to admit I have up until now avoided Gilbert's bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, but perhaps now I'll reconsider... Love to hear your thoughts.


little red hen said...

good luck.. I had to laugh, the best laid plans of mice and men... and mother's with important things to do. I hope your speech came to you in your dreams!Sometimes that happens for me in the space between waking and sleeping, my thoughts seem to be at their clearest. It's remembering them while fully conscious that's the problem!

Home Girl said...

hope the speech came together. it nice to hear that other mums suffer from 'the wind blew off my hat' tradjedy - a regular performance around here esp when i have something urgent of my own i am planning to slip in. in regards to eat pray love - i enjoyed it but didn't love it. i remember finding her writing entertaining but all the 'finding herself' stuff got a little tedious for me. others in my bookgroup loved it though.

Rachel Power said...

Yes, I have actually learnt the 'trick' of sleeping on it rather than staying up late and slogging it out. It's amazing what comes to you in those early hours--though very annoying when you wake to find a small child sleeping next to you and you're too scared to scratch around for a pen and paper in case you wake her. I felt a tad uninspired today, though--but got there in the end. Thanks for your thoughts.
And isn't it great how well they pick up on it when you're distracted?! Always the best time to check a wobbly. Hope you had lovely, restful Sundays.


Rachel... as usual , a great post... I blogged partially in response to your post.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed eat pray love immensely, though I do agree it bogged down a bit in the middle.

Thank you for steering me to Elizabeth Gilbert's lecture on genius. Fantastic. It made my day!

And thank you for your blog -- I've bookmarked you.

D said...

it's worth it, kind of tinny tone and kind of annoying american, but good.

I've finally replied to your post.


Kerry said...

Hi Rachel,

I heard about this film on the radio this morning, and it seems right up your street. Have you heard of it?
I think I'm going to see it this weekend.

AmyKendall said...

Eat Pray Love is a corker of a book. I think everyone should read it once, and you'll either love it or hate it. 99% love it. :) I work in a bookstore and it's one of our biggest sellers - even after being out for two years.