Discoveries / Musings

Seven links to inspire creativity (and humanity).

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Today I’m sharing seven links that I find inspiring and just plain interesting. These are all links I’ve fallen in like with over the last 12 months, and I thought you might enjoy them too.

draft journalhttp://www.draftjournal.com/
If you want to know more about how the creative process works, or you seek to tease your muse into conferment, this may be the place for you.

Bornhttp://archive.bornmagazine.org/
This is the archive of a creative collaboration project linking words and multimedia. Born ran for 15 years–from 1996 to 2011–and continues to live online, challenging newcomers like me to think bigger.

Les Collageshttps://lescollages.wordpress.com/
A few snips here, a few words there, a series of juxtapositions, of words and images splayed in unique and disturbing ways. Yes, here I am recommending a site that I find deeply unsettling. Why? Because it inspires me terribly much. These stories are magnetic.

The Centred Selfhttp://thecenteredself.tumblr.com/
For me, this site is the flipside to Les Collages, and equally as synapse-rewiring. This tumblr is filled with uplifting messages, a la the Purple Buddha project.

Purple Buddha projecthttp://www.purplebuddhaproject.com/
My first draft of this post originally comprised five links–and this wasn’t one of them; I thought that the Purple Buddha project’s tumblr was too similar to The Centred Self, with which I was already enamoured. Then I discovered the website. Forrest Curran’s positivity is an extension of the aid this project gives to war-torn areas of Cambodia–by organising artisans to turn found objects of conflict (eg. bomb shells; bullets) into beautiful fairtrade items. For each piece sold, nine meals are donated to disadvantaged children. It makes me wonder what I can offer to make such a difference.

Quillettehttp://quillette.com/
At Quillette, every day is a Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Check out editor Claire Lehmann’s recent article on stereotypes as a taster.

Paper Crownhttp://papercrownmag.tumblr.com/
This is a brand new literary journal operating out of Perth, Western Australia, and it’s accepting submissions until 4 February. I’ve included Paper Crown on this list because I am excited by the new opportunities opening up to readers and writers everywhere (plus I love the 4 Jan post’s vintage cups and saucers).

Of course, much inspiration lies beyond the internet, with chickens and children and living in general, but I am intrigued to learn: which sites incite you to ask questions, to create, to be a better human?

Wishing you an inspired 2016,

Hannah.

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