Monday, September 7, 2015

Feeding Your Creative Side by Annette M. Irby



Coloring page by AMI

Happy Labor Day, friends! Are you camping this weekend? Relaxing? Reading a good novel? Or are you (gasp) working?? Here’s hoping you’ve found some leisure time this weekend to recharge for the week ahead.

I’m writing this on Friday and hoping for some creative time before Monday. Favorite creative endeavor lately? Coloring!

No doubt you’ve heard the ravings of many an adult who has rediscovered how relaxing and challenging and enjoyable coloring is. But we’re using grownup books that fall under the category of “adult coloring books.” But don’t let the name fool you. Nothing unseemly here.

I’m one of those people how never left drawing, painting, or coloring behind when I grew up. Didn’t matter whether I was good at it or not, I loved to use color and pen/pencil/pastel chalks/paint to bring an image to life. Before now, the only books I could choose from were Disney characters, princesses, or baby animals. Not anymore.

I’m buddies with a slew of writers and editors on FB, and I’ve watched this craze grow among this crowd. I first heard about adult coloring books back at the beginning of the year sometime. And then I dove in around May. So far, I’ve only finished a few pictures. Why? Because they’re detailed. (Sometimes to the extreme, which isn't very relaxing, at least for me.) But I also decided I didn’t want to just fill in the open spaces, I wanted to use gradients and shading and blending of colors. So I take my time. I included one of the pages I’ve completed in this post. (Not the best photo, but you get the idea.)

We writers need to keep our creativity alive, sometimes outside the act of writing. For me, creativity extends through words to color to art. I can spin a story or paint a canvas. What types of leisure activities keep you motivated, inspired, and help you relax?

Color on (ahem-write on), friends!


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Her Nerdy Cowboy



Whoever heard of a bookish cowboy? When Logan McDaniel’s brother-in-law dies, he steps in to help his beloved sister run her ranch. But what does a city boy know of herding cattle? Claire Langley loved her cousin. After he dies, she agrees to serve as a temporary nanny for two heartbroken children. 

Claire and Logan find they share a love of books, and Claire can’t resist the nerdy uncle who is great with children, and who reads to her of pirate romance. Claire’s ailing mother needs her in Seattle. Can she break away? And if she does, can there ever be a future for Logan and her?




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Annette M. Irby


Annette M. Irby has three published books and 
runs her own freelance editing business, AMI Editing
See her page here on Seriously Write for more information.









9 comments:

  1. Good morning, Annette. You color so beautifully that you could be a wallpaper designer.

    Since you posted this I can admit to loving to color. Where do you get these books? But I need something that won't stress me.

    I love going for a drive. I find it relaxing and great for working through things. Now don't anyone hop on the highway and get caught in traffic, that defeats the purpose.

    I also love reading and writing a story idea that may never see the light of day, but that sounds fun.

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Isn't it great to admit to coloring for fun? :) I found books I could feel good about ordering (some adult coloring books are a bit... "new agey") on Amazon. There are even some that include Scriptures. Long drives can be very relaxing. I enjoy long walks in warm temps around peaceful neighborhoods. And those manuscripts that no one else may ever see are worth every word. Sometimes those are the most relaxing writing sessions, aren't they? Hugs, Terri!

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  2. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was fabric. Good job, Annette! Gardening (especially, pulling weeds) helps me relax. It's also a good time for brainstorming.

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    1. Sandy - good one! Gardening is so therapeutic.

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    2. Thank you, Sandy! I love planting in the garden. And sometimes deadheading. But weeding... ;) Happy relaxing, my friend. :)

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  3. I've been doodling with my colored pens at work for a while now, thinking nothing of it, except for finding it very relaxing. I was at a writers conference last month though where one of the speakers offered a creativity room, filled with pages from these adult coloring books, for participants to work on in their spare time. What a wonderful idea. And confirmation that I am not crazy for still coloring at my age.

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    1. Oh, I love that, Chris! What a great idea. My daughter goes to an art college and they specifically have these types of activities for stress release. One of the stress release activities she told me about was bubble wrap popping in a room full of people doing the same thing! They save that for finals week. Creative! Color on!

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  4. Great idea! You did an awesome job on coloring your page. Love the shading. :-D

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I had another one ready to post, but Blogger insisted (no matter how the pic previewed) on posting it upside-down. So... that one didn't make it. But this was enough to get the point across. Hugs, friend!

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