I laugh as I write this entry, since as much as I was delighted when this book arrived in my mail box, I had to set it aside for a bit, since I didn’t have time to read it! SO, that’s how I know that this heaping scoop of deliciousity was written for me and all of those creatives out there who dare to dive into delight! Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life came from the oh so fertile imagination of author and Muse Marney Makridakis. The cover is as colorful as a newly blossoming flower with symbols and imagery, doorways, portals, a butterfly (you know I’m gonna like that one:), an angel. a clock, a guitar, each at a point on a clock face. It beckons the reader to peruse the pages and take in a wealth of ideas to expand and enhance their horizons.
Although there is a format and structure, Marney acknowledges that busy people may need to skip around(: I loved her use of contractions such as ARTbundance and at the end of each chapter are what she calls ARTsignments that allow for stretching our concept of time. Even though I don’t consider myself a graphic artist, I feel inspired with tickles and giggles of “Oooohhhh, I want to do that!” when I see what she and the other featured artists have created with found objects, paint, paper and boxes, to name just a few.
I just opened to the chapter “Creating Time Through Flow: Time Sighs When You’re Having Fun” and was moved by the idea of being in the zone, which is how I experience writing. When I am immersed in word soup, it seems as if time stands still and it is just me and the letters as they move from mind to fingers to keyboard.
The concepts of gratitude, ritual, transcendance, synchronicity, kairos (gives me goosebumps, this one…since it is defined as numinous: supernatural, spiritual, holy) and of course, love are generously sprinkled throughout. Each chapter leads with Poetic Pause such as
Time as crisp creases
Ancient origami dreams
Commit to each fold
Gorgeous and lush photos of artwork by contributors are scattered throughout this 268 page invitation to live a drenched with color life as you embrace each precious Now Moment. ~