Tools Of The Trade

Here are the important tools I use in my life.

These Are My Dry Stone Walling Tools.

I use the hammer and chisel to work the stone and the white fibreglass stick to measure the stone.

The mug was originally a gift from my daughter but the glass part of it shattered in the dishwasher.

Mayo made a custom mug and I glued the amazing handle to it.

Dry stone walling tools

These Are My Writing Tools

Writing Tools

And yes, I do enjoy my fountain pens.

Consistency Is For Lesser Mortals

Almost every morning for me is like Christmas with a new idea, a new book, or a new image capable of penetrating a busy mind.

But understand, I do not create by your hours or on a timeline.

I do not follow your concepts of what should be. Or, how it should be done. 

And I no longer expect some of you to understand this as you cement yourselves into your old age. I fight that stickiness with all of my being.

My creative world reflects outwards in many ways – back into a broader world of constant change, and adaptation.

In my world if I’m doing the same thing, or telling the same story each and every day with different words, I am failing.

I have packed several lives into this one mortal coil, and if I had one regret, it would be my kid brother died far too young to reflect together on our adventures.

So then, I create.

I create something different every time I fill a fountain pen, turn the page, open a word processor, build a link or dictate a sentence. 

Creation in my world also happens when I knead some clay, pick up a stone hammer, stone chisel, place a stone on a wall or sow a seed into the cracks in that stone wall to grow and bloom.

It also happens when I delete the old work behind me to make way for the fresh work. Hint: stay tuned…

And as I create, I change and grow ever deeper as a creator.

And that, gentle reader is how I see all things this morning.

In some psychological models of personality, trying to put a real creator into any kind of box or expect consistency is considered a serious waste of time. 


I inhabit a body with a creative personality type, and I will drive anyone batshit crazy who’s intent on ongoing creative consistency (an oxymoron if there ever was one.)

Finally, creators easily hold conflicting points of view in their heads.

Note that partners of creatives are either true creatives themselves or saints, (mine is both.)

Note: my tongue is firmly in my cheek with the title of this blog but it’s sure to enrage someone out there.

Story Links For Summer 2021

And what about them “story links”….. This summer’s news was coloured by the overwhelmingly negative news out of Washington DC as the US continues the “loss of empire” phase predicted in history books. And there’s a second kind of thinking underway as well suggesting the end of humanity is necessary if the world is to be saved.

If you’re feeling depressed by all the negative news, you’ll want to read this – Bruce Springsteen and surviving depression. And admit it, we’re all depressed (some more than others) right now given the political, economic and environmental news and the fallout in the press.

Dr. Michael Mosley thinks he has the solution to our angst and problems of Alzheimer’s and forgetting. Let me know how this works for you.

Hacktivist group Anonymous is using six top techniques to ‘embarrass’ Russia in its invasion of the Ukraine.

Creator of Gaia theory James Lovelock dies on 103rd birthday. I’ve read/own a few of his books. Great thinker.

Thanks for reading. I’m slowly beginning to consider warming up the word processor for the fall writing binge but the weather has been so lovely, it’s hard to contain myself in the office. Beer on the deck with notepad has become a “thing”.

I note I took the diving gear down to the water today but the algae is thick and growing in the too-warm water – I couldn’t bear to go in. Thanks global warming.

Thanks for reading. I hope one or two of these links is of interest.

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