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CATHARTICUS - A Blog for Creatives

I've been a mad creative for well over 25 years.

I've authored books, co-created two Tarot decks with my hubby, penned poems, written over 1200 reviews, made loads of jewelry, whipped up aromatherapy goodies, won a magazine award for a recipe, designed social media art...

You get the picture.

But this (crazy) year, I really--really--came to understand the healing power of creativity. 

Both in making Art...and witnessing it. In any form.

So I've decided to make creativity and art the focus of this blog.

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I realize that Art is:

  • Therapeutic
  • Comforting
  • Self Expression
  • Meditative
  • Relaxing
  • Distracting
  • Revealing
  • Inspiring

I want to share all aspects of Art, because I believe we need to make it and celebrate now more than ever.

After I finish my coursework, I'll be offering creativity and therapeutic Art coaching, too. Stay tuned.

Oh, and you may be wondering "What is CATHARTICUS?"

1. From Greek, katharsis, through Late Latin catharticus; inducing catharsis; that is, purgative or cleansing.

2. A purifying release of the emotions or of tension, especially through art or drama.

3. In psychoanalysis, a technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed material to consciousness.

-- Janet


Should Talented Writers Stop Writing?

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On Twitter, Stephen Langlois asked:

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Now, let me just say this guy isn't a self-published hack (I checked his Twitter bio, snob that I am). In fact, he's a NYC Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction--and his work has been featured in Hobart Pulp, Barrelhouse, Joyland Magazine and Split Lip Magazine.

I tweeted back to him:

 

 

 

 

He then replied "Life is too short to be miserable--indeed! Thank you for sharing!"

I continued:

It's true. Now, if writing gave you supreme pleasure--money and/or audience be damned--I'd say keep going. But when writing starts to become a drain, you have to ask "Is it really worth it?" Talent doesn't demand our slavery.

Just because we're good at something--even really good--it doesn't mean we have to do it. We don't owe anyone anything in this life. In fact, we don't even have to do it if it helps people. 

Imagine that.