I can’t believe we are just a couple of months away from Life After Art hitting bookshelves! To lead up to April 1, I’ve assembled a couple of blog series. This first one, “Creative Giants,” is going to be full of guests, talking about their struggles and triumphs in their creative pursuits. Remember, creativity comes in lots of forms. It’s not always about traditional “creativity.” Today, I’m really glad to kick things off with my good friend, Ally Vesterfelt. She blogs, tweets and she and her hubs, Darrell run Prodigal Magazine, and her next book drops later this year.
My whole life I’ve been accused of not listening.
In high school, it was the most persistent and embarrassing. A teacher would give an assignment; she would explain it verbally, from the front of the room. She would take notes on the white board as she was talking. She would even hand out an assignment sheet, so that there was no confusion. Then, she would release us all to do our work.
I would think about it awhile, an idea would spark, and I would get started, energetically.
But inevitably when the time came to turn in our assignments, the teacher would look at my finished product and say, “were you even listening?”
I would have given my best thought to the assignment, worked long hours to complete it and felt a swell of pride as I stood up to present it. So when a teacher would show me how, according to the assignment sheet, I had “ignored the instructions” I would feel so ashamed.
Maybe I was just stupid, I thought to myself.