June 2015 creative review

This is what I have been up to this past month. I want to keep a record and be accountable in some way. Giving this a go.


The Creative Minimalist
9 posts published, including…
A simple morning daily practice
Three areas of life that need decluttering
How many apps do I need

9 posts published, including…
So you want to self-publish, that means you are the publisher
How to prepare for a creative weekend
How to write a simple plot
The 10 commandments of creativity

This Temple Eden
1 post published…

Obviously a little more work needed on This Temple Eden. However, each site saw growth in visitors and views.


I worked on a soon to be self-published work on writing. I also spent time working on a writing course. Both of these I hope to have ready in July.


I’m working on two fiction pieces. One is untitled but the other is, Grimly Tales from the Love Grimoire. I am aiming to have both at the first draft stage by the end of July.


I need to organise my music and focus on finishing a few more demos. This ties in with the posting on the website. There are plenty of songs in process and it would be nice to get them to the stage when they can be shared. I have one that will certainly be ready in July, but as to how many others, I am not sure yet.

Freelance writing / editing

I am available for freelance writing and editing. I did a few pieces in June but currently there is nothing pencilled in for July. So if you want something done, do get in touch.

Writing and publishing posts on Imaginality

You are the publisher

There are a couple of recent posts on Imaginality to do with writing and publishing.

The first is about the publishing process. It looks at all the roles that take place at a Publishing House and how, if we want to self-publish, we need to take them on. If you are interested in getting your own book out there, then this might be helpful. So you want to self-publish that means you are the publisher.

The second is more specific and deals with the writing process. It looks at how a simple system can be used to write a plot. Want to write, but not sure where to start? This post could be for you. How to write a simple plot – The Some Plot System

There’s plenty of other stuff over at Imaginality, I seem to be on a creative role.

A new collection of ambient music

Although I was supposed to be working on FAWM for February, I was also creating a collection of ambient tracks. These were for a series of art video classes by the uber talented Suzi Blu – you can find out more about the art class Into The Light here.

In addition to making the music, I am also making it available to stream and buy via bandcamp. The music is ambient in style and ideal for meditation or for listening to whilst you create your art.

Into the light

You can listen to the music, and if you are so inclined, buy it here.

The musical muse seems to be hanging around

You keep hanging round me and I’m not so glad you found me


Lou Reed wasn’t too happy with who was hanging around him when he wrote his song. I, on the other hand, am very glad that my muse seems to have set up camp in my little room.

I am part of a journaling group, and each week we have a simple prompt. The grand idea is to improve ourselves and each week the prompt gives us a little focus. I am journaling, but also using the prompts to write music… so far, four prompts and four songs.

February last marks February Album Writing Month I am hoping to take part again, depending on time commitments. I have several ideas already so it’s looking good.

In addition to this I have several other musical tracks on the go. All in all, the muse has returned, the muse is hanging around… and I am very glad that she is. Now time to record.

Opening Logic

Time to record

I have been playing with garageband

When my Mac was in the Apple hospital I spent some time making music on the iPad. At first I experimented with the various apps I had. I had quite a lot of fun. I then tried out GarageBand, the free app from Apple and, despite its limitations it has become a pretty useful notepad for creating music.

The ability to jump from iPad to iPhone is really good. With the further option of importing the garageband files into Logic Pro X, it will become part of my creative workflow.

Anyway, I’m not here to waffle on about how I create but to share what I have been doing. So here’s an unfinished unmixed (one of the limitations to GarageBand) tracks that I’ve been playing with.

30 Writing Prompts to Inspire and Develop the Writing Habit

Over at Imaginality I have a series of 30 writing prompts to inspire and develop the writing habit. They are free and ideal if you are looking at attempting NaNoWriMo and want a little practice.

I am posting one a day for October, clearly tagged and, hopefully, easy to find. They are designed to be creative and draw heavily on your memories and emotions. The prompts help you get past that troublesome little blank page that is so often the enemy of writers.

May you find these 30 Writing Prompts helpful.

30 writing prompts

Back in the swing

Managed to write a little more in Grimly Tales today. It was on one of the stories that had hit a rut. Now it is rolling on again.

Arranged the ‘song’ version of Gypsy Fire Dance. It has now taken shape, so I will record the guitar and vocals later this week, all being well.

The other musical idea on the boil has the working title of lost little girl. It is built around a simple guitar riff and I hope to have a version available soon, once the lyrics are finished.

That’s what’s on the creative menu this week.