Stirring the Imagination

As a writer, I am always trying to stir my imagination so the good stuff comes to the top. One simple way to do this is by connecting with my inner child. Children’s books can be a great escape and a fantastic way to rejuvenate a weary, stressed out adult-mind. C. S. Lewis said:

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

One of the first books that stirred my imagination was McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss. I can still remember how that book awakened my creativity with its fantastic imaginary fish. I checked it out from my library countless times. I own it now, and still am awed by the pure imagination painted upon each page. It’s magical.

There are so many great children’s books. I love the funny rhyming poems of Jack Prelutzky and Shel Silverstein. Continue reading

McElligot’s Pool

When I was a kid (don’t roll your eyes…I pinky promise I’m not going to tell you I walked uphill to school both ways)…I had certain books that I would check out over and over again from the library.  Even as I got into 5thgrade, I would slyly check out McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss and try to hide it under a ‘big’ book so no one else would see it and laugh at me.

I LOVED this book!  I never tired of the story…and especially the pictures!  They were so insanely inventive and Continue reading

Let Weirdness Reign

Grrrr!  This is a grumpy adult!  He works hard!  He’s important.  He’s high and mighty and makes lots of money and radiates power like you can’t believe.  He’s also a ticking time bomb for a heart attack!  (Actually, my daughter drew him and thinks I’m being mean right now).

But look at that face!  Scary!  He’s so stressed out he’s not enjoying his work, his importance, his money or power.

Don’t think I’m knocking hard work…because I’m not.  I think it’s a virtue.  I make my kids do LOTS of it (just ask them!)  But I think sometimes as adults, we forget what kids intuitively know–Work hard…but also PLAY hard. Continue reading