SOUTHERN SCRIBBLINGS ~ Adult Coloring = Southern Style


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It’s here! The SOUTHERN version of that relaxing thing you keep reading about and seeing on the news. ADULT COLORING BOOKS! Tested by a business professional in a high stress, computer oriented business who said, “I am actually coloring at night before I go to bed and I haven’t slept like this in years!”

But coloring isn’t just for relaxation. It also connects us with the thing we did most when we were children. We played without thought of time or limitation.

It opens the rusty valves of creativity that still live within us. Check out the book and see if you don’t find yourself looking for more to color!

These are HAND drawn, loose, so there is no intimidation to get it wrong! DIG IN with pencils or markers.

The pages are blank on the back (with ideas for other creative adventures) so you can tear them out when you find the one you want to share or frame.

So what are you waiting for? There is a FREE coloring page for you just in time for

THE KENTUCKY DERBY

and

MOTHER’S DAY

Downloadable to your printer at the website for SOUTHERN SCRIBBLINGS (www.southernscribblings.com)

PRINT ONE for you and your daughter, grand-daughter. And share in the love of coloring.

They will be asking you what took you so long to learn to “chill”. Just sayin’!

Have a BLESSED Weekend!

 

Allison Adams

And this is the first copy of a series so if you have requests or ideas on how to improve the process, I’m in creative mode! Send it to me!

Books2PRISONS Event : Northport


This morning I woke up on a mission to keep the momentum going on a book I have been writing for a long time. It is not finished, but definitely a part of my bucket list!

I didn’t have to go far to get inspired. In Northport at the Civic Center the first ever Book ‘Em Event was getting started. Marlin Barton

The opening speaker, Marlin Barton, from Montgomery Alabama (actually grew up in Forkland, Alabama) was my creative writing teacher at Huntington College. He reminded me today that he started in the program working with kids who are incarcerated at Mt. Meigs in 1997. I think that was about when I was taking his class, aspiring to figure out all there is to know about poetry and creative writing.

Today, almost twenty years later, I am still in awe of the things writers are doing to make a difference in our world.

One of those places is in our prisons. Jeannie Thompson, Director of the Alabama Writers Forum   ( Alabama Writers Forumhttp://books2prisons.wordpress.com/), is the founder of this project after a visit during Christmas to some youth who would spend the holidays behind bars.

The group is on their Seventeenth issue, with Marlin as Director. Open the Door 16 is available at his events for free, a candid look into the hearts and minds of these students who crave books in the libraries as escape and perhaps peace among the clanging solitude they are experiencing behind bars.

He also shared some information on a project they did with the University of Illinois where students there of photography sent photos for Mt. Meigs students to write about. They in turn shared poems that the Illinois students created photography for. The story is HERE.

Marlin read some of the poems written by his students. Mt. Meigs now has nearly 150 boys in their high security prison. His classes allow 30-40 “kids” between the ages of 12-18 to unravel the hurt and remorse they each hold inside and produce something beautiful from a life that for most of them is quite ugly.

Marlin also read from his book, The Cross Garden, fiction based on his seventeen years of experience with these kids. 

 

Rene Denfeld

The event includes authors from across the state as well as Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted. Mrs. Denfeld works for clients in Oregon who receive the death penalty in an effort to interview and understand those who affected this person as well as record witnesses to the crimes they have committed. 

“I am blessed by the people telling their stories, although often horrific. It is not my place to judge, but to get a deeper set of truths,” she told the audience, mostly writers.

She talked about publishing, as she has been writing during all of the peaks and valleys of the publishing industry. She began writing in newspaper and for anything she could find before finding an agent. Her work is being used in schools today to teach high school students about writing. Her stories began with interview of kids on the streets, and these days are fiction, based on her work in prisons, as she is bound by confidentiality in her daily life.

The Enchanted is a collaboration of all of the witnesses she has grown to know over the years, as seen through a female character. 

A visitor in the room called this book, “A life changer!”

I look forward to reading my signed copy. 

University of Alabama professor, Joanne J. Terrell MSW, LCSW was there to talk to the audience with Mrs. Denfeld about her work as a death penalty investigator (she is one of the few in this line of work in the Southeast and the only in Alabama to be able to testify). A fascinating look into the world of the mind of a death row inmate, this discussion no doubtably ran over into the lunch break. 

Anyone who has interest in writing in this region should put this event on your calendar if it is held again next year. The talent in the room was inspiring and approachable.

After break T. Michael Hankins shared illustrations and Michelle Lowry Combs, author of Heir to the Lamp was on hand to talk about her book.

A skype interview with author Kirby Howell of Autumn in the City of Angels and Autumn in the City of Lights.

Poets: Irene Latham, Doris Davenport, Georgia Ann Banks-Martin, Jerri Beck

Bill Fitts : Author of The Needed Killing Series

Needed to Be Killed Series

Authors attending:

Rene Denfeld, Marlin Barton, Georgia Ann Banks-Martin, Dean Bonner, Carolyn Breckenridge, John David Briley, Tanya Eavenson, Bill Fitts, Carolyn Haines, Trudier Harris (Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South) , Nancy Dorman-Hickson, Wynora Freeman, Irene Latham, Carroll Dale Short, Earl Tilford (author Turning the Tide- The University of Alabama in the 60’s), Taylor Watson, Veronica Wynn-Pruitt, Kirby Howell, Debbie Herbert and James L. Noles, Jr.

INSIDE THE VAULTTaylor Watson brought Inside the Vault, a collaboration with the
University of Alabama featuring items and information from The Museum at the University where he works.

 

Jeremy Satcher

Jeremy Satcher brought his graphic novel series.

Doris Davenport is hosting an event called 100 Thousand Poets for Change on September 27, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, noon -4pm. If you would like to get involved, (poets, musicians, activists) contact her at ddavenport@stillman.edu 

 

 

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If you live in Tuscaloosa and want to meet other writers while honing your talent and getting inspired:

The Guild of Professional Writers for Children meets on the Second Saturday of each month from 10-12 noon at the Rotary Room at the Tuscaloosa Library.

The Tuscaloosa Christian Writers- Meet on the Last Tuesday of the Month in The Rotary Room at the Library at 6:30 PM.

Creative Life Planning


Creative Life Planning

I have always been a seminar junkie. Even in high school I would read every Zig or Robbins book I could get my hands on. In college I went to classes I wasn’t enrolled in. At Mississippi State where my husband was enrolled, I attended forestry tours, control burns.

I am now addicted to the world of cyber seminars. Every week in my email box, a new adventure somewhere that is going to help me “burst into my creative being” or “make those seventy figures”.

Last week for two weeks straight (I missed two of the ten live sessions) the Right Brain Business Plan created by Jennifer Lee and conducted from her home office took place in “my office”.

I was coached (ok me and about three hundred from Canada to Australia) by nearly a dozen experts who have found their niche in the “webinar world”.  My head was spinning each day as I attempted to apply their logic and creative “quirks”. Each had molded their thumbprints into something they could identify and sell to the world.

I am a creative, but I am also an ENTJ.

A planner, a long range thinker.

I can brainstorm an event like there is no tomorrow down to the color of the napkins, but the step by step? I need a few friends for that. Luckily (as I found as part of the committee for Bark in the Park) There is a way to make right brain thinking work! I threw out ideas…we formed a committee for that! Twelve to fifteen minds each week dreaming and planning then people stepping up to implement! Wow….right brain HEAVEN.

(May 17 is that event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama).

www.facebook.com/tuscaloosabarkinthepark

I even designed a website for the event~ A skill that came about when someone wanted to charge me $3000 to “build me a website”. Ok, mine is not perfect, but it has stretched me and brought me to another level of skills that are NOT worth $3000 in my opinion. At some point, you have to know how to input your writing anyway.

http://allisonadams3.wix.com/barkinthepark

After the two weeks of sessions. If you have any interest in going to the next level with your blogging, writing, artistic licensing, Jennifer Lee can show you the way. Her guest speakers shared great tips and personal stories~

Michael Port with Book Yourself Solid says in energy and zest “Be YOU!”

Nichole Piar of Ghost Kitten Fame inspired with illustrations from paper and home goods, making us all want to go back to stationery.

 Megan Auman, who is a master of Pinterest for artists,

Alicia Forest who offers business entrepreneur coaching says to make our “own million in art”…… “just get it out there”.

Cory Huff with the Abundant Artist talked about Tumblr for serious artists (as if we don’t have enough to figure out how to use- but he knows ART and I can bet if he says “the serious galleries are there”…THEY ARE).

Susan Miller, a southerner, shared her intuitive painting creativity coaching insight.  And those were only a few of the nuggets gathered.

(click their names to get to some of their infinite wisdom~ my head is still swimming as each week I get an email blast).

Kelly Rae Roberts, who has nothing to do with this particular event, I have followed for some time. She was one of the first to license her work. I even saw her printed canvases of her painted girls with side cocked heads and her abstracted birds in my hometown (then) of Birmingham a few years ago. On her blog I found that once she got big and licensed, she freaked. She stepped back from the loss of control of her work. The company owned rights to her work and pushed it out there. She is pushing back, on a smaller scale, doing exactly what it is she started out doing when she was “small” and “herself”.

Some are destined to make millions with their ideas, some are just plugging away at being creative in their own way.

Yesterday I watched a woman on the front of the library steps.  Her long brown hair was almost mushroomed on top of her head in a criss cross of pins. Beside her was a small black girl. As I brisked past them I heard her say, “113…is that even or odd?” The child looked down at the ground. “What about 115?”  Then I heard her say, lets just sing…..”11, 12, 13, 14″ and the little girl smiled, never answering the tough questions. Her creativity will probably have that girl doing calculus. I took a picture of them in my rear view mirror. That is how much the woman’s creative spirit affected me.

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I know people who are brilliant, who don’t use that gift. I know people who are not so bright and just whip through the world owning it.

I think at the end of the day, no matter what we know, it is all about how we use it.

So like Kelly Rae Roberts, I am just gonna back up and start with the small stuff, like scheduling my day, week, month and penciling in what I want my happYmess creative life to look like for the next….uh I guess thirty years?  (I turn 48 next weekend).

Sorta puts some pressure on the “planning part” as I always thought I was younger than I am. (mom calls it immature~ I call it denial).

So I share with you a great site I found called Productive Flourishing. Each month they create FREE planners to get you organized for ANY task.

For now…lets just start with the basics.

CLICK THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE TO UNCOVER YOUR ORGANIZING CHECKLISTS~ NUGGETS OF GOLD.

Off to my seventh Real Estate CEU this term. Gotta love a Real Estate Group (Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors) who offers so many quality seminars that we all get about 20 hours for FUN when we only require 12 hours every two years!

Blessings~ BE YOU!

Allison

 

 

Lake Living


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I am an Alabama nomad. I have made it full circle from the edges of Mississippi in West Alabama until college here in Tuscaloosa with Crimson running through my veins, to Montgomery while my children were babies, the Gulf Coast on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico for four years, to the mountains of the “Tiny Kingdom” for ten years and now, have landed back near my roots on the shores of Lake Tuscaloosa.

I never imagined this is where I would be, but when I look back in notes from journals I see that it was probably in the plan all along, at least the lake part. We had a house on Lake Martin, but being from the “peaceful woodlands of Livingston”, that seemed like the other side of the world when I had to make the tromp back home to see about things going on here.

To my surprise and amazement, I discovered the lake we had gone in search of so many times in college to find “the Cliffs” (by car, which I still have not defined as of yet). I never had a clue how vast and beautiful Lake Tuscaloosa really is.

After moving here as a writer, I followed my love to discover also, a great little startup paper guided by two incredible talents who agreed to give me a chance to submit some writing. After meeting the Publisher, it was clear, I was gonna be a part of this organization however I could.

That was a little over a month ago and after some photo shoots, articles, ad sales and ride alongs with the sales people just to watch these creative entrepreneurs work, I have been pulling for the little paper that could and although behind the curve on their publish dates, is taking Tuscaloosa by storm, one mailbox at a time.

“What is your title?” one of them asked me after I wrote one across the pages of my goals for the year.

“Head Cheerleader!” is what I am wanting to shout.

I can’t WAIT to see what Druid City Living (the paper) and Druid City Media (internet media, website development, branding) do NEXT week.

EVERY week I am amazed at the additions to the mix. I am soaking in new platforms we are using to stay on top of ads being created (currently using a fun app called Trello ) and before that I learned Highrise for the sales people to monitor contacts and appointments and admin could follow along with notations at every turn.

My daughter walked by last night and said, “Mom, get off the computer.”

“I’m working,” I told her as I was updating a post on the company Facebook page. 

“THAT is your work?”

She had witnessed my addiction to my own Facebook page. “They could not have picked something better made for you in the whole world,” she said.

Ah, the wisdom of the eight year old.

And I have to agree. I love computers, I love reaching out to other people, sifting for gold on the internet of ideas, paintings, books, inspiration.  My home office is no different, with great hard bound books that date back to college years, bulletin boards with inspiring ideas and quotes.

I can’t wait to see what 2014 has to bring to my creativity, the little community newspaper that I have come to love (despite the hick-ups getting rolling), the Social Media platform of Facebook, Twitter, Google and the revamping of my webpage.

Watch for my column on Lake Living in Druid City Living. And feel free to send me a pic of your past memories there and the ones you are creating now. I’d love to share them.

Blessings!

Allison