posted by Ian Summers on August 20th, 2013

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It Ain’t Just the Yellow Glasses

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I am a Seth Godin fan. And it is not just because we both wear yellow glasses. Purely coincidental.  BTW, after 14 years the frames snapped beyond repair. It was time for a change.

Seth is brilliant, courageous, brave, original,  generous, creative, and prolific. He writes confidently and stirs my soup. He writes his own blogposts everyday. And everyone of his books is a best seller. Some of them are gifts to the tribe meaning they are free. Subscribe to Godin’s free daily newsletter here. And learn about his innovative publishing company The Domino Factor here.

So today, I offer photographers and other artists just a touch of Seth Godin. Get the whole post here. You will learn why:

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Photography is a cheat, the death of painting

Photoshop is a hack, the death of photography

Instagram filters are crap, the death of Photoshop

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Please read the Godin post. Comments are welcome here.

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posted by Ian Summers on August 6th, 2013


Heartstorming Storytelling Cards

Copyright © 2013 by Ian Summers

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Some time ago, I shared this novel way to vacuum-clean the universe for stimuli. Here is an update. 

Here is a way to come up with an infinite number of story ideas. It is the bombdiggity of Idea Stimulators. It is effective and fun to do this with at least one other person.

Here is how it works

Get a set of index cards – you will need a lot of them.

You will be making five decks of cards with a minimum of twenty cards per deck. While it is okay to use the lists provided below, I encourage you to add some entries of your own.

Characters

Emotions

Actions and Situations

Locations

Quotes or Trump Cards 

This process is based upon the concept that creating is a synthesizing process. It is also about making the strange familiar and the familiar strange. It is a form of creative play and stretches the imagination. It is okay to be silly.

Identify a minimum of twenty characters. Place each character on a separate index card.

Make another deck with the emotions listed in the attachment. You probably do not need all of them. It would be more manageable to choose twenty at random for now.

Make another deck of locations.

Another deck of situations.

And finally make a deck of the quotes which function as trump cards.

Pick two character cards by shuffling the character deck and picking two cards or more at random. For example you may choose the Advertising Account Executive and Beyonce cards. You will develop a story of an interaction between these two characters.

Next flesh out the characters by randomly picking an emotion card for each. For example, the Account Executive may be arrogant and Beyonce may be secretive.

Next pick a location where this interaction will happen. Again do it randomly. Let us say you chose a cruise ship for this example.

Then pick a situation card. For this demo, you may have picked Marriage Proposal.

So what might happens when this Advertising Account Executive meets Beyonce on a Cruise Ship and one or the other Proposes Marriage? Remember that the account exec is arrogant and Beyonce has a secret.

Start creating the story. You may write it or tell it to someone.

You may get stuck or want to invent a twist to the story. Pick one of the quotes and apply it to the tale. Let’s say you picked this one:

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams

How does this quote add, alter, or effect the story?

Think about the numbers of possible combinations. I reckon the number is huge. Extensive lists follow. I suggest that you print them out. Please add to the lists and make them your own.

Or/And

You may select and name characters from the hundreds of Conjured Faces at my FB site. 

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Characters

Notice that some of the characters are people from history or the arts. Others are more general occupations. Whatever or whomever you pick, expand the character by extrapolating. Make the character strong, weak, zealous, aggressive, beaten, or… by choosing an emotion at random for this exercise. 

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For Example:

Insurance salesman

Shaman

Witch

Supermarket cashier

Juggler

Plumber

Aging Hippie

Art Director

Cabaret Singer

Lawyer

Dentist

Stand-up Comic

Baseball Umpire

Mom or Dad

Cheerleader

Fashion Photographer

Secretary

Heroin Addict

Fashion Designer

Day Trader

Taxicab Driver

Doctor

Emperor

President of the United States

Evangelist

Rabbi

Tennis Pro

Gladiator

College Professor

Pickpocket

Pilot

A Superhero

Auto mechanic

Artist

Actor

Policeman/woman

Warrior

General

An Elder

Algebra Teacher

Priest

Moses

Jesus

Julius Caesar

Moses

Jesus

Julius Caesar

Clint Eastwood

Katharine Hepburn

Susan Sarandon

Bette Davis

Charles Lindberg

Mark Twain

Norman Mailer

Meryl Streep

Woody Allen

Janis Joplin

Jerry Garcia

Sigmund Freud

Martha Stewart

Ray Charles

Bob Dylan

Elvis Presley

John Lennon

Emotions

(Here are many words that represent the full range of human emotions.)

Absorbed

Abusive

Accommodating

Admonished

Adoration

Adored

Adventurous

Adverse

Affected

Affectionate

Aggravated

Aggressive

Agitated

Agony

Agreeable

Airy

Awkward

Alienated

Alluring

Alone

Altruistic

Ambiguous

Ambitious

Amorous

Amused

Anger

Anguished

Anxiety

Apathy

Appeasing

Appreciation

Apprehensive

Argumentative

Armored

Aroused

Arrogant

Astounded

Attentive

Avoidance

Beaten down

Betrayed

Bewildered

Bewitched

Bitchy

Bitter

Blah

Blessed

Blissful

Blunt

Bored

Bothered

Brave

Breathless

Bright

Broken

Callous

Calm

Captivated

Careless

Caring

Celebrating

Chagrined

Charming

Cherishing

Clandestine

Clear

Cold-blooded

Comfortable

Compassion

Competitive

Complacent

Concerned

Confused

Content

Cool

Coping

Cornered

Creative

Crucified

Crushed

Cursed

Dainty

Defensive

Delicate

Demure

Depressed

Desirable

Desolate

Despair

Despondent

Devoted

Disgust

Disregard

Distracted

Distressed

Doldrums

Demure

Depressed

Desirable

Desolate

Despair

Despondent

Devoted

Disgust

Disregard

Distracted

Distressed

Eager

Earnest

Ecstatic

Electric

Enchanted

Endearing

Engaging

Enthused

Excited

Fanatical

Fascinated

Fear

Fiery

Flattering

Flustered

Fortitude

Frantic

Frisky

Frustration

Funny

Furious

Giggly

Glad

Glee

Gloomy

Glowing

Goodness

Grateful

Greed

Grief

Grim

Grounded

Gushing

Gusto

Heavy

Hectic

Hopeful

Horrified

Humorous

Hurt

Hysterical

Impetuous

Imposing

Impressed

Impulsive

Indulgent

Inept

Inflexible

Insatiable

Insensitive

Inspired

Interested

Intimidated

Intrigued

Introspective

Inviting

Irritated

Jealousy

Jittery

Languid

Lethargic

Loathe

Lonesome

Lost

Love

Mad

Manic

Martyr

Meddlesome

Melancholy

Melodramatic

Mindful/Mindless

Mopey

Mortified

Moved

Nervous

Nonchalant

Optimistic

Over the edge

Pain

Panic

Paralyzed

Passionate

Passive

Patient

Peace of mind

Perky

Perplexed

Perturbed

Petrified

Pitied

Pride

Provocative

Quarrelsome

Quiet

Radiant

Rage

Rash

Raving

Ravished

Ready to burst

Receptive

Reckless

Rejected

Rejoice

Repressed

Repugnant

Resentful

Resistant

Restrained

Ridiculous

Romantic

Sadness

Safe

Satiated

Satisfied

Scared

Secretive

Secure

Sedate

Seductive

Selfish

Sensual

Sentimental

Serious

Shame

Shielded

Shocked

Shy

Silly

Sincere

Smug

Sober

Soft

Solemn

Somber

Sore

Sorrowful

Spastic

Spicy

Spirited

Spry

Stoic

Stressed

Stunned

Suffering

Supportive

Surrender

Sweet

Sympathy

Tame

Tantalizing

Tender

The blues

Thick-skinned

Thin-skinned

Timidity

Threatened

Tight

Tolerant

Tormented

Tortured

Tranquil

Troubled

Twitchy

Unconscious

Uncontrollable

Unimpressed

Unruffled

Victimized

Vivacious

Vulnerable

Warm

Weary

Woe

Worried

Yearning

Zeal

Locations

Subway

Fancy Restaurant

Back Seat of a Taxicab

Movie Theater Line

Elevator

Public Bathroom

Cave

Airplane

Kitchen

Starbucks

Nursing Home

Locker Room

Art Gallery/Museum

Carnegie Hall

Easton PA

The Neighborhood You Grew Up In

Madison Square Garden

On the Beach

The Wilderness

Hospital

In Bed

The Prom

Corporate Boardroom

Artist’s Loft/Studio

Boxing Match

Back Seat

Roller Coaster

Actions and Situations

Reading

Uncontrollable laughter

E-Mail

Making Love

Exercising

Having Insight

Marriage Proposal

Wedding

Pumping Gas

Meeting with a Parole Officer

An Automobile Fender Bender

Blasting Music from a Car Radio

Witnessing a Murder

Playing Catch

A Family Gathering

Meeting Someone for lunch

Sitting in Traffic

Reading Personal Ads

Watching TV in a Sports Bar

Playing Bridge

A Fox Hunt

First Date

Buying a Used/New Car

Giving a Speech

Attending a Convention

Performing in an Acting Class

Writing a Sitcom

Painting a House

Strangers Bumping Into Each Other in the Street

Mistaking Another for Someone You Know

Quotes or Trump Cards

For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

Arthur C. Clarke

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.

Fredrich Nietzsche

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.

Tennessee Williams

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

Hans Reichenbach

I do not live to play, but I play in order that I may live,

and return with greater zest to the labors of life.

Plato

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.

Marcus Cicero

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Erica Jong

Whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse.

James Carswell

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Confucius

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Oscar Wilde

I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it.

Groucho Marx

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:

‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’

C.S. Lewis

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting the results to change.

Albert Einstein

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they are going to be dead by midnight.

Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster,

and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino

My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end.

Nothing is easier than fault finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none

will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.

Og Mandino

If not now, when?

Talmud

FEAR:

F = FALSE

E = EVIDENCE

A = APPEARING

R = REAL

Veer Sharma

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart …

Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

Out beyond notions of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. Will you meet me there?

Rumi

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Wayne Dyer

For Many More Quotes Questions & Pondering on the Creative Process 

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posted by Ian Summers on August 3rd, 2013

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Seth Godin posts some of the most interesting, informative, amusing, valuable  blogs on the web. He does this everyday. I mean every day. Lots of jumbo. No mumbo. You may subscribe to  his daily blog post here.

 

“Jumbo was the famous elephant that PT Barnum exhibited. His name came to stand for the big story, for the audacious claim, for making quite a noise.

You probably need more Jumbo in the story you’re trying to tell.

Mumbo, on the other hand, is deliberately obfuscating the facts. Mumbo is manipulation, the creation of placebos that don’t scale or the extension of power without the facts to back you up.

No more mumbo please.

Feel free to quote me on that the next time someone brings you a big heaping plate of hype.

[In fact, Mumbo-jumbo was probably a term that was xenophobic when it was first used more than a century ago (having nothing to do with elephants but probably something to do with an exotic religion), but I think it has evolved to have more to do with technology and slick salesmanship now.]

Mumbo just doesn’t last as long as it used to.”

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