When Troll / Faerie / Creative Things take FOREVER…

When Troll / Faerie / Creative Things take FOREVER…

Done. Done. Done. Took two years. Sitting mostly on back burners, haunting me because there’s a point where the grandgirls might get too ‘old’ to want to finish them – perhaps not appreciating the work they put into the creatures’ faces when we started two years ago.

The enchanted things are really quite trollish and more adorable than they look in the photo. Gold flickery stains did not photo well. Originally  we thought they were ‘faeries’,  but I inadvertently kept calling them trolls while the older two grandgirls were in the final finishing phases.


One child (9) thinks hers a gypsy faerie.  Another (6) thinks hers is ‘sort of faerie-ish’. They are happy with them. They each did all the work to create their faerie/troll plus help with the other two. The littlest grandgirls weren’t in town, or old enough, to make clay faces, hands and feet (2 years ago), paint clay parts(1.5 years ago), wire bodies, add hair (8 months ago), wrap with stuffing (6 months ago), and needle felt the clothing (last week!). But they were gifted theirs a couple of days ago! Me? I am so hugely relieved that this ongoing very thoughtful and magical project involving the grandgirls was not going to get stuffed in a shed and never finished. Also me… delighted to finally present these treasures to the youngest children. The two year old thought it curious. The four year old wondered why hers doesn’t have a darker green face. Ha!

“BECAUSE YOUR FAIRIE INSISTED ON THE COLOUR IT IS!”  I announced gently with the loud voice only yelling in my head.

At my writer’s group recently I reported that I have been very focussed on 400 different projects.  “Eventually they will start to pull together,”  I insisted. Well, one is done. I might nearly be as excited as when my book Beyond All Imaginings was finished. (Okay. No.)

So, the enchanted creatures will not get stuffed in a closet to haunt me.  Pleased because I know how much unfinished projects can haunt me.  And can haunt most all creative folks.

It can go like this…

1. You are creative. You will get inspired and start a project. The initial adrenalin-creative rush will fade. You will get another idea. You will head that way. You will need storage space for the one left behind. It will haunt you. But at least you are creating something sometimes, if not that particular project.
2. Or WORSE... you will not create because you ‘are one of those people who never finishes anything, or gets all involved in some new art and craft idea, buys lots of stuff, and then loses interest.’  So, then you think, “Best not to start anything.”
3. ALSO WORSE, you have a precious project you want to complete. Like, maybe a novel or a fantastic quilt. You are not getting to it, but you think you must finish it before starting something else. Oh, the weight of it all!  And stuff keeps getting in the way! Like doing dishes.  Or feeding the children. Or a new season of Dr. Who. Or you should get a blog post written.

Ringing bells, I bet. It’s just not easy to be a creative sort, is it? (Believe me, I know some of you are thinking, “it only took her two  years… what’s she whining about?” I get it. These would have taken much longer if not for feeling accountable to four grandchildren.)

But at least the troll.. er.. faeries are done.

And I’m going to just press publish on this post. Finished or not. I’m calling it done.


(The lucky thing for me is being a creativity coach and life coach; sometimes I use those magical methods for getting things done for myself! Other times, I’m like the plumber whose own pipes leaks, but, that’s okay, too)

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Im·ag·i·na·tion: Maybe it doesn’t want to play with crayons anymore

Im·ag·i·na·tion: Maybe it doesn’t want to play with crayons anymore

Oh, how the imagination has been discredited. But why? Look at the official definition…


A. – the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.
– creative power, fancy, vision; informalmind’s eye, “a vivid imagination”
– interest, fascination, attention, passion, curiosity, “the album captured the public’s imagination”

B. – the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.
“technology gives workers the chance to use their imagination”,
– creativity, imaginativeness, creativeness;
vision, inspiration, inventiveness, invention, resourcefulness, ingenuity;
originality, innovation, innovativeness
– “you need imagination in dealing with these problems”

C. – the part of the mind that imagines things.
– “a girl who existed only in my imagination.”

These are decent definitions. Then, why, why, why has it taken such a beating?

You’ve heard it all: “It’s only her imagination.”  “He’s imagining things.” “You have an overactive imagination.” (Ya, that one. The method of dismissing an opinion.) “It’s just your imagination.” yada yada yada.

Why are things like visualizations, day dreaming, and inspirations from ‘who knows where’ still generally considered the stuff of flakey people?  There’s no simple answer. But part of the reason is that a larger percentage of the population don’t get it. And it’s easier for the masses to act like imagination belongs with a box of crayons, than to even begin to look at it’s huge potential.

The writers of the definitions get it. The innovative business people get it.The olympic athletes and elite musicians get it. They know, and science has proved, that visualizing a practise not only inspires, but actually builds muscle and increases heart strength. The brain can make the same connections during an imagined sport training or musical performance as a physical one. Yet, they, too, have to confront being dismissed constantly – that their ideas are outrageous, that they should be living a normal life. They, too, can succumb to the pressure of those outside, and to the voices in their heads, and not get to those dreams.

A lot of creative folks get it… but often not without some of those limiting beliefs and negative comments sneaking in, nagging.  Even the most imaginative might find themselves lost in a world of day dreaming, and beat themselves up for not getting the other stuff done. You know, the dishes and things.

A lot of adventurous people get it … they can imagine stepping beyond normal boundaries, and past fears, and they curiously explore life in a big way.

Maybe… we could print the definitions listed above. And paste them all over the place – throughout our journals, sketchbooks, on mirrors, on the vacuum, on our climbing equipment. Or maybe the crayon image suits you. Or maybe you have your own idea.

(PS. We get to do a lot with our imaginations at Novel Minds.  Please stop by. Your imagination deserves all the compassion and support it can get.

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Slapping Imperfection in the Face, Literally

If ever there’s been a great story about the value of imperfection, this is it. Brilliant and funny.
(Fair warning, the language is also imperfect – not for those who are offended by swearing)

Simone Giertz’s Mad Laboratory of Hilariously Awful Robots


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Magic is Afoot!

Magic is Afoot!

Musings and Mud is being revamped into a whole new world of mud and musings.  

Until then, if you’d like to reach Janet, the same email address still works:
You can also find us on facebook:
or check out Janet’s other new site in progress but oh so cool:
(Because, naturally, one should always revamp her entire website presence right in the middle of publishing a book, don’ t you think?  Oh, silly me.)
The book?  Beyond All Imaginings
This mysterious magical memoir can be found on Amazon,
Signed copies, personalized just for you, are happily available. Message me for info!
bai-front-cover   bai-back-info

Meanwhile, many happy surprises and precious moments to you!


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