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Memories: Creative Support

Mother Hen and I were always encouraging each other in art and other creative endeavors. Today, a find brought that home…

I’ve been trying to sort and clean just one bag, box, or corner at a time. Today it was a to-go-bag that we would use whenever we headed to a doctor office, went for tests, or drove to the ER. Along with all the typical stuff I found a tiny notebook on the bottom. Most of the pages are empty, but on several is her quite unique handwriting. Notes to herself, things to look up, other artists to look up…

And several pages of names. She loved to look for new names for me to use in my stories. She would make these lists on anything within hand-reach. Notebooks, scraps of paper, backs of envelopes.

That mind was always working. So was her wanting to help. She was always trying to help.

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I have many writer friends and find it sad how many have family who are not supportive. I find that so very sad.

I never had any doubt of her support (or Father Rooster’s, for that matter). I’m very glad to say that I never left any doubt of my support for her art, too. She often said she wouldn’t have been as good a painter or done as much as she did without it.

Well, Mother Hen, I wouldn’t have this much writing done, or be this far without you, either. We were the wind beneath each other’s wings, and that’s something I deeply miss each and every day.

I hope each and every one of you have surrounded yourselves with people, and hopefully some family, who are supportive of your creative endeavors.

Memories: Surprising the Painting

Mother Hen was a very talented painter. She loved landscapes, seascapes, and even painted spacescapes with me. She loved the Earth and the natural beauty in it. Several people later told us that they bought her prints to put in doctor offices because of how peaceful, colorful, and just plain beautiful they were. Her heart and peaceable ways very much came through in the finished product. Prints and originals of her work now reside in many countries around the world, and of course around the US. One day I fully intend to do something to once again share them again.

Today’s memory is about her painting sessions. She loved to work the little details, but sometimes that detailed focus is not a good thing. When she needed to see the big perspective, the forest instead of the trees, we would walk around the room in a direction we would only see the back of the canvas. After several laps we would suddenly turn around to “surprise” the painting.

It was amazing how well this worked. Suddenly seeing the entire painting all at once after filling your eyes with other sights helped us see the painting as a whole. To see how it was progressing.

My sister later told me that Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory” also does this. Sorry Sheldon. Mother Hen and I were doing this long before you. 😛

Picture of the day is of Mother Hen painting:

Mother Hen Painting

I just love that smile. 🙂

She loved the creative process. I know I definitely got that from her. She was always so proud that my creativity was not only in art, but also in writing. She was my biggest fan and was always asking me when she got to read something new.

The writing will happen again. Even now, I have moments where ideas are coming from me, but the pain is too raw to do the actual prose.

But it will come. Mother Hen would expect it. She would be proud that I continued doing it and kept working at my dream of becoming a full-time writer.

Like I said, she was an inspiration and continues to be so.

Guest: Scarlett Archer – The Spark of Creativity

J.A. Marlow has invited me to write about what sparks my creativity and how I keep it alive through a longer project. I’m definitely someone who has had their fair share of longer projects! I currently have three long term projects. One: at the editing stage, two: in the outlining stage and three: It’s completed and published.

So lets begin with what sparks my creativity?

What doesn’t? The odd way someone says something, or wondering what other points of view would be interesting to write from a TV show, or book. A piece of music, a heated discussion with a friend. Whatever suddenly throws me outside the box. The spark of creativity is always lit, it’s more-so an energy source like electricity. When I get the hit of inspiration suddenly the room is overexposed with a burning glow because the electricity is supercharged.

But unlike a lot of writers I know, I don’t allow myself to start a new story whenever that spark lights up. I did that years ago but realized all I ended up with was a tonne of story starts and no finishes. I’ve learned through experience if it’s a worthy plot and I have enough drive it will still be there when I finish what I’m currently working on. Having three projects going on right now is at my limit- but I only write one at a time. This means when I’m struck by an overload of electricity in the brain I never follow through on it. I’ll write the idea down and keep it aside but it always has to wait! Waits in the brain, marinating, growing, finding a foundation.

And how do I keep it alive through the project?

It has to be a topic I love, or a genre that I love. The moment I lose interest it’s usually because there wasn’t enough depth to the story in the first place. An idea can work, any idea can work, but so long as it has a beginning, middle and end. I’m in a place where I’m learning so much about the art of story telling, and the Hero’s Journey so not only am I emotionally involved in the plots and characters but in the art form of the story on its own.

I think it’s important to focus on one project. I would suggest it to you writer folk out there- trust if it’s a good idea that hits you it will still be there when you’re finished with the current one. If it’s worth your time it will be patient! That’s how you keep your projects alive!


Scarlett Rugers (writing as Scarlett Archer) has just released a book 1001 First Lines which is now available at Amazon! You can purchase a paperback, .lit, .epub, .mobi and PDF versions here:

She has been writing for over fifteen years, completed over eleven novels, and her main drive is in speculative fiction or its contrasting opposite romantic comedic novels. She has a passion for studying the art of story telling and is a grand lover of movies. Her focus in work is book cover designs which enables her to put all her energy in to the area she loves most- literature. You can get in touch with her about getting a book cover designed for you at

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