Creativity is a Feast, Not a Diet

I woke up with this phrase in my head: “Writing is a feast, not a diet.” It had nothing to do with my dreams, so I wasn’t sure where the idea came from. I recognized at once its similarity to a quote from a movie I love: Auntie Mame (1958).

Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! — Rosalind Russell, as Auntie Mame

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Auntie Mame knows how to live! (Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame (1958))

I’ve always adored Auntie Mame’s exuberance, her love of abundance, her willingness to immerse herself in whatever interest catches her fancy with no concern for what others might think of her

I’m not as brave or adventurous as she is, but I’ve realized the power of her philosophy. My subconscious was just reminding me of something I’ve been aware of for years.

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I have a tendency to restrict myself when it comes to making things. I know that writing, sewing, drawing, making keeps me whole, balanced, and happy. And yet, I often limit myself, exactly as if I were on a diet and creativity could make me fat.

Can we have too much sanity? Too much happiness? Too much creativity?

I don’t think so, but I act as if it were so.

Today’s goal is to be creative when I can, and to let myself play a little.

Today, I will spend a few minutes pretending I’m Auntie Mame.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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