Ever wonder, “What is the meaning of life?"

Scribbling with Spirit can help you explore the answers.  Here you will learn how to Make Something that Means Something.

All you have to do is practice.  Pay closer attention to the world around you.  Allow yourself to be captivated.  Scribble something—words or images or both—that captures what you’ve noticed.  No artistic abilities needed.  Just a pen and paper and a willingness to make a bit of a mess as you discover more of what life holds for you.

Meaning grows as you pay attention to things, then give those things new life through creative work in your own distinct style.  You will make something that means something. And as your collection of scribbles grows, you’ll find your enthusiasm and energy growing.  Your authentic voice will strengthen.  Your spirit will wake up and you will bring more of you into al you do.

You don’t need any special writing or art supplies to Scribble with Spirit—any pen and paper will do.  I strongly recommend a pen and a plain sketchbook with blank paper, even if you are writing.  Getting rid of lines frees up your thinking.  Don’t buy anything so fancy that you are afraid to “ruin” it.  You’re going to scribble.  There will be ugly pages.  That’s okay.  The goal is to fill them.

In this blog I will provide tips, techniques, concepts, advice, inspiration and examples of my own work to encourage you along your journey.

I have taught creative writing, including fiction, comics, memoir and art journaling at the college level for more than twenty-five years. I have also consulted in creativity development in business and industry.  I earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago studying mystery and detective fiction and I consider Scribbling with Spirit an extension of that interest. We observe, we put together clues to form new meaning, we arrive at clearer understandings! This notion led me to write my own mystery novels (under the pen name Josie Gordon)—one of which won a Lambda Literary Award. I grew up the only one in my family who “couldn’t draw,” but I do it anyhow.  My own experience has taught me that talent in visual art has nothing to do with the joy and insight a person can get from keeping a sketchbook.

Everyone can benefit from Scribbling with Spirit.  Everyone can Make Something that Means Something.

I look forward to sharing the journey with all of you.