"Autism & Memoirs of an Old Maid"…C'hele's Story

January 27, 2009

Detective Work Excersice

Filed under: Writing Exercises — C'hele @ 04:46

Exercise: Doing Detective Work To Unblock Creativity

Learning the art of free-association:

1. My favourite childhood toy was…..the outdoors

2. My favourite childhood game was…..playing anything outside

3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was…..”Grease”

4. I don’t do it much but I enjoy….. Going to the Orpheum, watching more opera’s and watching live comedy.

5. If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself…..go. Completely. Intentionally. Wisely.

6. If it weren’t too late, I’d…..have a degree and one hell of a profession.

7. My favourite musical instrument is…..the harp

8. The amount of money I spend on treating myself to entertainment each month is…..enough so Caela and I go out at least every two weeks for dinner to our favourite Indian restaurant and a movie.

9. If I weren’t so stingy with my inner artist, I’d buy myself some more “how to paint” books and make more time to actually paint.

10. Taking time out for myself is…..being completely by myself whatever it is that I decide I want to do.

11. I’m afraid that if I start dreaming…..I’ll go into a coma and never come back.

12. I secretly enjoy reading…..well, that’s a secret! (And no, its not inappropriate!)

13. If I had a perfect childhood I’d have grown up to be an….. archaeologist.

14. If it didn’t sound so crazy, I’d write or create a…..poem in the Elv-ish language (according to the Lord of the Rings).

15. My parents think artists are…..actually, I don’t know the answer to that question.

16. My God thinks artists are…..manifestations of the divine (and I must add: they are the people who are here on this earth and don’t want to be).

17. What makes me feel weird about this recovery exercise is…..the questions feel irrelevant and useless but I know they’re not.

18. Learning to trust myself is probably……the best thing I can do for myself.

19. My most cheer-me-up music is…..Dean Martin

20. My favourite way to dress is…..classic, natural, siren-ish.


January 25, 2009

Speed Writing Exercise

Filed under: Writing Exercises — C'hele @ 21:35

Speed Writing: the goal is to write down the following phrases as quickly as you can: “I wish____________”

This was what I came up with:

I wish the world was a more happier place

I wish I would never feel oppression, unhappiness

I wish I would never age

I wish I could live a more comfier life

I wish that the seasons never change its magnificence

I wish that I had a Siberian Husky

I wish I had enough money in the bank so I never have to worry about paying bills

I wish I had nice clothes

I wish I had a man in my life. The right man.

I wish that I had a nice cottage by the sea on acreage

I wish that I had a business similar to Serendipities Backyard- the way it was six years ago

I wish that I knew who God really was

I wish that I wasn’t so tired all the time

I wish that I could travel

I wish that there were more flowers and trees around in the world

I wish that people could feel better about their own lives so that they would smile more

I wish that cancer would disappear in the world

I wish that my daughter will be safe, comfortable and happy when I am dead and gone

I wish that the bad luck that has plagued me my whole life would just disappear

I wish that I had time to paint more

I wish that I could sing

I most especially wish that I would laugh more in life

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