Bobby Nash at Warp Speed

“I love encouraging other creative people, not just writers, (but also) actors, artists, singers. I meet a lot of people at various stages in their careers. It cost me nothing to be encouraging to someone else. It doesn’t hurt me in the least to go, ‘I like what you’re doing.’ Or they’re like, ‘Hey, I’d like some advice on this.’ It cost me nothing to give them advice. And you don’t do it with any expectation of getting anything in return.” 

It is hard not to get pulled into Bobby Nash’s energy and enthusiasm. He has the storyteller’s knack of making even mundane things seem interesting.  

Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he appears in movies and TV shows where, as he says, he’s “usually standing behind your favorite actor.” 

In this interview, Bobby talks about his creative influences, his publishing imprint, and occupying the command chair of the Starship Enterprise. Continue reading “Bobby Nash at Warp Speed”

Carole Townsend: Witty, Wise, Wonderful

“When (I’m writing) the story and it’s flowing well, I’m actually in the story. I’m there and I love it. To me, it’s nothing short of magical.”

Carole Townsend transitioned from a successfull marketing career to a full-time writer at the age of 40.

She is a columnist and correspondent for the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper in Georgia, where she writes a weekly (Not So) Common Sense column, and reports on the the good news that happens in a diverse county with nearly 1 million residents.

Before she began writing for the Gwinnett Citizen, she was a staff correspondent and blogger for the Gwinnett Daily Post for more than 12 years.

Carole has published four books, with two more on the way in 2020.

In this interview, Carole talks about her mid-career transition, her books, her work as an advocate for women, and how dogs wagging their tails can affect your story-telling ability.

Continue reading “Carole Townsend: Witty, Wise, Wonderful”

Artificial Intelligence for the Human Creative

I’ve set up a YouTube channel so that I can do videos of these self-coaching blogs. Here’s the first one. Please feel free to subscribe to the channel. Thanks! – Jim

One of the benefits of computer artificial intelligence (AI) is that it gathers together the collected knowledge of the computers that have come before it. AI comes pre-loaded with any knowledge we want to place in it.

In addition, AI tests, learns and grows. It constantly takes the information it, and other computers has learned and integrates that knowledge into its memory and algorithms.

So, what does this have to do with human creativity? Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence for the Human Creative”

Paul Bielatowicz’s Progressive Creativity

“I don’t want to create something that’s already there because, what’s the point? What am I adding to the world?”

Paul’s bio at his Facebook page tells you some of what you need to know about him…

Paul Bielatowicz has earned a name for himself as a technical guitarist in the Prog Rock genre. Paul has toured the world as a member of both the Carl Palmer Band (Emerson Lake and Palmer) and Neal Morse’s band (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic). His live performances with these two bands have been well documented on both live albums and DVDs.

Aside from his busy touring schedule, Paul’s career as a studio musician has seen him making album appearances alongside Paul Gilbert, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Neal Morse and Carl Palmer, to name but a few.

Over the years, Paul has been a regular contributor for the UK guitar magazines; writing regular columns for Guitarist Magazine and working as a transcriber for Guitar Techniques magazine. Through his work with Guitar Techniques magazine he has also had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in rock guitar, including Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.”

But yet, that doesn’t quite cover it. There’s something about Paul’s personality that immediately draws you in. Perhaps it’s his non-stop curiosity in discovering ways of doing new things, maybe it’s the level of joy he has as he shares those things, or the level of self-awareness he brings to his creative life. To top it all off, Paul is an exceptionally gifted communicator. 

All of those things come out in this interview in which Paul talks about his playing technique, a talking cat, and a special offer to his fans…   Continue reading “Paul Bielatowicz’s Progressive Creativity”

Randi Ward’s Endless Journey

“I could have written many fascinating stories about my world travels, but I knew this life story and Egypt’s story needed to be shared with the world. My fantasy to teach in a foreign country had become a reality even though I lived in a turbulent period in Egypt’s history.”

Randi Ward is energetic. And interesting. And well-traveled. And lots of other good  things.

The depth that comes from her experience shows up in conversation and her creative work. 

Randi touches on several of her interests in this interview, including her thoughts on imagination and the creative process, never standing still, and a pivotal trip to Cairo, Egypt. Continue reading “Randi Ward’s Endless Journey”

Portia Wayne’s Power of Words

“I’m actually inspired by younger authors. I love how parents are encouraging young people to write and become authors and entrepreneurs. I think that is just awesome. I am so inspired when I see little ones out selling their books and owning it. I love that. I think that if I had been bold enough to do that, wow, where would I be today? So I am just super proud of these young authors and their gumption.”

Dr. Portia Wayne is multi-dimensional and fascinating individual, with a laser focus on the value of reading and writing.

In addition to authoring several books, Dr. Wayne founded and leads a non-profit to encourage literacy in homes and communities.

In this interview, Dr. Wayne discusses children’s books, her novel, and how childhood reading and experiences led her to touch others with writing… Continue reading “Portia Wayne’s Power of Words”

Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks

God has placed us in a universe in which creativity can flourish. A virtually limitless palette to draw from as we go beyond imagination.

But due to a variety of factors, our creative output sometimes declines. What detours can you take around roadblocks to improve your creative quality and quantity?

Here are some questions you can use for self-coaching. To get the most out of the questions, be sure to either write down your answers or have a friend ask you. Continue reading “Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks”

Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell

“God’s presence affects everything in my life, but—beyond whatever talent God gave me—it’s difficult to narrow anything down to a single facet of life, e.g., creativity. Some things that I write—”Views of the Cross,” or “King of the World” for instance—are overtly religious. More of them have a religious component, sometimes nearly hidden. I don’t know that any of them are totally without something that comes from my faith.”

Clear, humorous, factual, interesting, engaging. Those descriptions came to mind as I got to know Chuck Holmes. But those aren’t quite enough. 

In the best of ways, Chuck truly is a vendor or words (as Augustine and Malcolm Muggeridge described themselves.) Chuck says he has made his living “putting one word after another for more than 50 years.”

I’m grateful that Chuck took the time to put some words together for this interview… Continue reading “Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell”

When Christy Writes

“Shakespeare was totally correct when he said ‘to thine own self be true.’  Don’t change yourself to be viewed as cool. You can’t keep it up because it’s not who you are.”

I’m all in on anyone who lists her job titles as, “…writer, chauffeur, maid and short order cook. My paying job is a Media Para-pro at a middle school (pray hard for me).”

Christy Breedlove is all these things and more. She’s an especially good writer, with the gift of making you feel you know her from the very first word. In this interview, Christy shares about her two novels, goats, and how being normal is so overated. Continue reading “When Christy Writes”

Ambient Guitar, Chapman Stick & PBass Meet for the 1st Time!

I recently visited my friend Bill Vencil, the ambient guitar whiz at Chords of Orion.

I had dusted off the Chapman Stick and brought it with me. Even though I had some concerns about playing it well, Bill rolled the tape and posted the result at his YouTube channel.

That’s Bill’s son, Nathan, on his Fender Precision bass.