Tag: imagination

Board Games, Reading

What Books and Board Games Have In Common

Books and Board Games

Board gamers are a diverse bunch. Some are techies who work in the worlds of science and computers. Others are doctors, artists, executives, lawyers, or activists. But what’s always struck me about board gamers is just how many writers, readers, and other literary folk play games. Clearly there is some common link that attracts word nerds …

Fun, Play

How Did I Forget to Have Fun?

Fun Stuffed Bear

I recently spent some time cleaning out my parent’s attic and sorting through the remains of my childhood toys. Lego, action figures, dolls, Weebles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hot Wheels, and stuffed animals dominated, although there were also plenty of games and puzzles. Even some of my bath toys survived! When I looked through the piles, …

Creativity

You Can’t Buy Creativity In a Kit

Lego

I was wandering the toy aisle in Target the other day and I was dismayed at most of what I saw there. There were three main types of toys that stood out to me: Electronic everything, TV/movie tie-ins, and what I call “creativity in a kit.” The latter are things like Lego models, coloring “systems” …

Creativity, Writing

16 Reasons Why You Should Try Flash Fiction

Flash fiction

Lately I’ve been trying my hand at flash fiction. For those not familiar with the concept, flash fiction is generally considered a story that’s under 1,000 words. (Some definitions stretch it as high as 2,000, but that’s getting into short story territory.) A flash is a full story with a beginning, middle, and end. It …

Creativity, Writing

Imagination Killers

Imagination

Having just finished NaNoWriMo and the survived the first round of holiday nuttiness, I thought I’d share something that I learned. (Relearned, actually, because I’ve kind of known this all along. The past month has just given me a brutal refresher course.) There are things out there that will actively suck your imagination clean out …