Critical review

With my first daily create I had a very easy time.  I decided immediately that I wanted to go with The Juliana Theory song If I Told You This Was Killing Me Would You Stop right away.  I think the thought is when you are going to do air guitar you need to go with something big and anthemic that will allow you to really get into the song and enjoy yourself.

The second daily create assignment was the picture for the sites’ birthday I went with a copyrighted image of the dog.  I think at this point I had yet to understand the Daily Creates and as a result thought they just wanted me to search for an engine online.  I also felt that idea was a little constrictive when it comes to being creative.


Here kitty
Won’t you let me pet you
Or are you too busy
Tiptoeing
Across hot tin roofs

Here kitty
I hear you fall sometimes
But they also tell me
You land on your feet

Here kitty
If I can please you
I can please her
So won’t you tell me
How to make someone purr

I thought that the third daily create was really successful because it allowed for me to be creative in my own writing form while also challenging me because I am not cat person.

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I liked the fourth assignment but I thought it was really hard trying to get the technique down.  I did think the road running by my apartment would be the perfect place to capture something moving at a fast speed to try to create the blurry picture.

Grad
Awoken by the impolite intrusion of the sun’s rays on that early morning Carl realized that uselessness of setting his alarm. He had never needed it to awake and it was foolish of him to think he might need it this day just because he was graduating college. As Carl lay on his back he could not help but to feel the bitter sweet feeling rising in his stomach. Today he would be cast off from the safety of his college environment, the shield of academia, the womb of knowledge. Something told him that dressing in a robe and being conferred a piece of paper that says you are ready to step into the world wasn’t enough to actually to prepare one to step into the world. Carl wanted more assurance. He needed to know that he would be able to find a job and start to pay off his student loans. He could continue to rise high in whatever accounting firm hired him so that he might have a new car one day. He wanted to be able to afford the hip bars in town and impress the clever women in their tight dresses in hopes of taking one home and making an honest woman out of her. Carl’s thoughts stopped and then shifted to the humorous nature of making an honest woman out of someone. Any woman that decided to go home with him would be honest enough with herself already. Honest enough to admit her desires and to acquiesce to them accordingly. No he didn’t need to make an honest woman out of anyone. He just needed to find one honest enough to admit that he was what she wanted. Carl heard the commotion in the other room. His parents were up and busy. He chuckled quietly at the tangent his mind had went on. He was graduating today and spoke out loud to no one in particular, “I should get my diploma first before I worry about anything else.

Once again something right up my alley but this time fiction.  I haven’t flexed that muscle in a long time so in a sense it was like coming home to something familiar and being glad that I can still find my way there.

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I work at home a lot right at my kitchen table.  It is good because you can’t see the TV from it but it is also next to a window where I get a lot of natural light. I also have room for snacks and am close to the fridge and the bathroom so it doesn’t distract me much for those ventures.

This was a fun and creative device that let me flex me story telling muscles.  I wanted to give it a sense that it was a story passed down by my family but have it also be ridiculous so that everyone could laugh at the story.

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If you know me really well then you know I love to grocery shop.  This picture sums up that along wit hopefully showing my love for a deal.  I only intended to buy two things when I went.

1. gun
2. snack
3. boomerang
4. elaborate trap
5. fake phone
6. earplugs
7. potential drumsticks
8. juggling tools
9. Hat
10. As a supremely appropriate partner with peanut butter
11. wallpaper
12. compost
13. something to slap someone with to challenge them to a duel in the absence of a glove
14. monkey attractant
15. monkey currency
16. monkey business
17. the answer to what a plantain is
18. back scratcher
19. perfume
20. vital smoothie component

I think this was my most difficult one.  I had a hard time coming up with creative uses for a banana that had not already been used in comedies.

For some reason my last picture never showed up on daily create but it was a picture of my niece and I.  She is not even two years old yet but she is so amazing and has so much personality that just shows in her face I wanted to use her. Plus it is a rare picture where I am smiling.

I think the assignment overall was worthwhile.  A lot of people including myself think of themselves as a creative but when forced to think outside the box and direct your creativity to a place someone else dictates is another beast all together.  A lot the ideas came spontaneously to me so that reinforced that I am creative as well as versatile.  I really enjoyed the assignment.

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One thought on “Critical review

  1. I’m still laughing out loud over the antique, hand-carved from plastic, salt and pepper shakers, John. With that convincing choking up at the end, you deserve an Oscar for that one.

    I doublechecked to see if I could troubleshoot why that adorable shot of you and your niece didn’t show up on TDC 377 but your tags look good. I’ve no explanation. Just regret that the rest of the TDC community missed that shot.

    I was happy to hear at Studio Time that doing the Daily Creates reminded you of how creative you are. It is a good feeling to not only create but do it when there’s a public challenge to not only just do it but do it within time constraints without the passion that comes from an intrinsic call to create. No reason to be modest 😉 Looking forward to your future projects!

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