There is something about stories…

Mar 9th, 2016 Micro Fiction, Musings Alison.Strachan 3 min read

There is something about stories that entwine us together In knots that can hold us in comfort, With bows that can be too hard to undo, that might strangle us, Until we are fighting against them.   Our stories are fragments of a much larger story; One of this planet, this race, this generation, this community, this person. Our friendships are made up of stories…

Trust and the art of asking

Sep 15th, 2015 The Act of Creating, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 4 min read

At the core of every artist there is a small flame of hope. It burns brighter when we are caught up in the frenzied act of creation, but distance from our art gives the smallest of breezes enough room to blow it out of existence. Art, at least for me, by definition is really about the end result. The way you make someone feel, or…

Analogue Muse

Jun 23rd, 2015 Creativity Tools, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

I have fallen in love again. His name is Oscar and he is one of those types who are really great at teasing the details out of me, making me feel like he’s really listening, like I’ve connected with him. I can’t remember the last time we sat down together, but recently, we have been spending a lot of time sitting and bonding. He has…

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Jun 10th, 2015 Inspiration, Sunday Morning Alison.Strachan 1 min read

This is a short clip (the prologue to the new album by Florence & The Machine – I really can’t wait to get my hands on this album!) but it perfectly demonstrates the struggle we have with ourselves each day to overcome doubt, listen to our hearts and embrace the big blue around us.

“…Creativity is an act of surrender.
A wild, brave act of surrender.
Of letting go.
Listening to instinct and just putting one word, or brush stroke, or note, or photo, or foot, in front of another.
Telling yourself you can, telling yourself you’re possible.
Committing yourself to whatever you need to do to get yourself home.
Being bold enough to make your own way there.
To pull your own second heart out and reveal its contours.
To follow the line of your story.”

Holly Ringland