Day two of the school holidays Mr Eeh Bah phones home to check we are all still alive. Him: Hi Are you OK? You said in your email you were…. cleaning. Me: Yes darling I’m fine. I was cleaning. Him: Are you drunk already? It’s only 2pm. Me: Darling I’m not drunk I’m sat outside […]
‘Should I start a blog?’ you ask. Not me I already have one. You’re reading it. I’m using it to talk to you. Yes you. I know you’ve been thinking about it but there are sooo many reasons not to start. Hold my hand and let me guide you gently through them. It might be shit. […]
Do you want to write a brilliant blog? Why not read a really dull how-to guide written by someone you’ve never heard of on the Internet? That should help. Within minutes you could be ‘driving engagement through unique content’. Or something. Honestly I have no fucking idea what that means but it sounds important. I drive […]
Recently I read an online article that was rather snippy about the amount of effort one mother had put into creating something spectacular for her children. The writer of the article seemed unnerved that any sane woman could be arsed to put so much time and effort into parenting. Which is ironic when you realise […]
I am desperate. It is too cold to venture out and Eeh Bah Son is not well. Plus I bumped the car in our rush to get to the doctors and have got the fear behind the wheel again. Desperate times call for desperate measures. We are staying in. We are going to make mince […]
Back in the days when I had a proper job I worked in television development. This involved being paid to think up new programme ideas. It sounds like fun and it was.
Whilst there was a lot of sitting around drinking tea there was also a great deal of being told your ideas are shit.
In fact it was mainly being told your ideas are shit and then having all the reasons why your ideas are shit pointed out to you before being sent away to go and think up some more ideas that are not quite so shit.
Eventually I got quite good at thinking up ideas that are not, at first glance, complete shit.
And I developed the creative hide of a rhino.
I recently attended a session at the Edinburgh TV Festival where TV bigwigs discussed how to create an atmosphere of er, creativity. It was all about moving away from the daily grind using ping pong tables, glass boxes and cushions.
Well I’m one step ahead of them – I have a floor carpeted with wooden train tracks, some Donna Wilson cushions and a toddler who asks why? at least fifty times a day so here are my top tips for getting kick ass creative.