Be a Mountain, or Lean On One – Inspirational Message

A wonderful message of inspiration I recorded for Chaplain Service. Chaplain Resident Catherine Thomas reminds us that it is OK to ask others for help when we need it. An ancient Somalian proverb says this: be a mountain, or lean on one. We should name our fears and address them.

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15 Best Books on Coming up with Genius Ideas

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There are thousands of books on creativity and innovation out there. Many are great, some are exceptional, but few stand (or will stand) the test of time. As an author and researcher on innovation myself, I keep a short list of books to recommend to leaders and entrepreneurs who need to jump-start their creative thinking.

These are my personal favorites so far (in alphabetical order):

1. The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry. A quick, but entertaining read on how to generate brilliant ideas at a moment’s notice.

2. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins. While creativity isn’t the focus, this book is full of insights on how to build a career or business around your creative passions.

3. Collective Genius by Linda Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent Lineback. A manual on creative collaborations by an outstanding collaboration of world-class scholars and creative thinkers.

4. Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley. Often we don’t need to improve our creative thinking. Instead, we need to grow confidence in our ability to have creative ideas.

5. Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. One of the first, and still one of the best, science-based books on the creative process.

6. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace. An all-access pass inside one of the most prolific and creative animation studios in history.

7. Little Bets by Peter Sims. Great ideas don’t come out fully formed. They grow and change, and eventually shape up from making lots of small discoveries.

8. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. It’s not enough to have ideas. You also have to make them happen, and Belsky shows us how to merge creativity with productivity.

9. The Myths of Creativity by David Burkus. OK. I’m biased on this one, but since I limited the list to 15, I had to include the synthesis of all my research on creativity and creative thinkers.

10. Originals by Adam Grant. Once you’ve got your idea, how do you champion it to a world that demands conformity? Adam Grant brilliantly addresses the question.

11. Powers of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk. Creativity is a team effort. This book profiles the great teams and draws lessons we all can apply.

Mad Men

  • Mad Men is a collection of three disturbing horror shorts from authors living in the Midwest. The themes explored in this collection range from man versus self, man versus man, and man versus creature. [caption id="attachment_4742" align="alignleft" width="188"]Mad Men eBook Mad Men eBook at Mind on Fire Books[/caption] Mad Men begins with Matt’s tale, a thought-provoking thriller which causes the reader to question his reality and what he fears within himself. The second tale explores the grotesque juxtaposed with beautiful nature, where the ending unfolds into a horrific dream, waking in even more terrible pain. The third tale is by seasoned horror writer, A.R. Braun – and his diabolical creatures never disappoint!  A.R. Braun’s goal is to be on the banned book list; we think this tale may just be evil enough to be considered. A must read before it does get banned! Mainstream Horror Shorts don’t always satisfy us in the way they should. They don’t open conversations about what it is that we fear or why we fear such things, they focus mainly on pop culture and gore. The writers in the Mad Men anthology understand the need for literate horror, opening discussions of man’s psyche. When these writers set out to tell a story, they are less interested in conveying fear and more interested in wonder, the sublime, and the infinite strangeness that drives all man and woman. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults. The Mad Men anthology published by Mind on Fire Books. Written by Willy Martinez, A.R. Braun and Matt Lavitt. No part of this book shall be copied without permission from the publisher.

12. Unmistakable by Srinivas Rao. A new book and a new idea, but an impactful one. It’s not enough to be original; we need to be unmistakable.

13. A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. Pink makes a compelling argument that creativity is the only thing that can’t be outsourced, and offers a guide to growing our creative thinking.

14. Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. An empirical look at the things highly creative people do differently.

15. Zig Zag by Keith Sawyer. Sawyer is one of the world’s foremost creativity researchers, but this isn’t a book of research. Instead, it’s a practical map of the creative process that anyone can follow.

I should mention again that this list is not exhaustive, nor is it a review of the most in-depth explanations. But if you’re looking for well researched but practical insights, look no further than this list.

On Writing Horror Willy Martinez

  • On Writing Horror amassed from an obsession to learn where the power of fear resides. An anthology of works studying the way in which writers evoke fear and how they may affect us. On Writing Fear is an index of terror, drawing from Aristotle, Longinus, Edmund Burke, Che Guevarra, Wordsworth, Foucault, H.P. Lovecraft, Todorov, and many more.

    Chapters include digital illustrations created by the author.

    Also available at the Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

    A must have collection of research on the power of Horror- a tormented treatment of the human passions!

    Table of Contents for On Writing Horror

    Ch 1. Fear and War: Crafting the War on Terror Using Fear Appeals Ch 2. The Art of the Coup D'etat Ch 3. The Feminine Supernatural versus the Male Supernatural Writers Ch 4. Projecting Ghost Children to Find Identity Ch 5. The Supernatural Power of the Sublime in Wordsworth's Poetry Ch 6. Disorienting Characters with Haunted Spaces and Auditory Hallucinations Ch 7. Modern Ghosts Ch 8. The Fantastic in Fear Ch 9. The Fun Side of Fear: Faustus' Tricky Imp of Satan Ch 10. Glorifying Satan

    Some of the art included:

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