27 February 2011

I've moved, want to see my new home?

Just a gentle reminder that if you're looking for Love, Rose blog posts, I've moved to a new home.... come visit me at my new blog: www.rosedeniz.com, sign up for my newsletter, or subscribe to Rose Deniz by email.


15 January 2011

Onward and Upward - New blog home!

Love, Rose has a new home! I've officially moved my blog from Blogger to my own URL: www.rosedeniz.com. I hope you'll join me there.

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Thanks so much, for everyone who has spent time here, commented, and seen this blog grow from a personal story of moving overseas to a blog dedicated to art, writing, creativity, and nesting abroad. It's been a great journey!

07 January 2011

Three things teaching English has taught me about creativity

I resisted the idea of teaching English when I first moved to Turkey. Part of it was that I didn't want to give up other pursuits to teach, but the other part was not feeling in my own skin as a second-language learner of Turkish. My brain felt crowded with new words and a new cultureIf I couldn't speak Turkish, how could I get others to be enthused about learning English? Six years later, I've gotten my footing as a teacher, I can speak Turkish, and lo and behold, teaching English has taught me something about creativity.

Here are three things that make me think creativity and teaching English have a lot in common:

1. Comprehension evolves

I don't worry when my students don't understand what I'm saying. I worry when they don't listen and think for themselves. The words will come, the sentences will piece together like patchwork, but they need to trust that they will absorb the language over time by using it. True for both learning a second language and creativity? Listening. Paying attention. Being open. Giving the dictionary or rule book a break every now and then.

2. Innovation happens under pressure

Tara Agacayak talks about obstacles being way-finders in her blog post Now on Turquoise Poppy.

"We should give thanks when we are stopped in our tracks for being forced to innovate an alternative."

When teaching English, I have to think on my feet and come up with things on the fly. I stockpile ideas for quick pinch situations, like having ten minutes left of class and 20 grumbly second-graders. Paper. Pencil. Draw. Artists and writers crave innovation and alternatives because at the heart of creativity is being a problem solver.

3. Start with a ritual, end with something unconventional

In the classroom, I start the lesson with the same greeting and intro. The lesson relies on that daily ritual, but then branches out and turns into something organic. When I sit down to write or draw, I prepare mentally and ready my supplies with ritual, too. I open Scrivener or pull out a watercolor notebook. I keep my pens handy, and brushes clean. Doing the same ritual whenever I sit down to work triggers my memory and gets me ready to go.

Have you ever drawn a parallel between two things you didn't think were compatible?

31 December 2010

Offerings and Transitions

The Bird Sisters: A NovelNew Year's eve, and I'm wrapped up in a blanket feeling the stark combination of caffeine withdrawal and sore throat. I want nothing more than to tuck in a little longer and read The Bird Sisters while drinking the hot sahlep drink at my side sprinkled with cinnamon. I'm ready to say goodbye to 2010's roller coaster cold and flu cycle, but I had such an amazing year in other ways that I'm not quite ready to let go. Two big reasons include these:

Voice Lessons from a Hybrid Ambassador - a blog ring that took a stance on a polarizing book promotion on She Writes.
Dialogue2010 at expat+HAREM - the 10-person roundtable discussion that sparked a year of conversation, comaradarie, and creativity.

60 Secs of Holiday Cheer
With just a few hours to spare on this side of the world for the New Year, squeeze in sixty seconds to watch this little video interview I did for She's Next on Family and Traditions from Anywhere.

Compared to last year, when I did a big holiday dinner and had lots of guests, we had a very quiet Christmas. In some ways, it was kind of a relief not to try so hard this year and to enjoy new little traditions of our own.

My New Newsletter

I took the leap and created a monthly newsletter called The Art of Cultivating a Creative Life. Sign up here for the newsletter! Inside will be offerings on creativity, art, and writing, plus a section I'm calling Creative Life Picks with links to articles and posts like this month's list below:

Creative Life picks for December 2010

Moving On
In January, I'll be moving my blog from Blogger to my own site (yeah! cheers!). I've been moving my portfolio site to the same website, too, so it's been a learning curve in terms of bringing all these things together. I'll make the announcement soon, but www.rosedeniz.com will be the hub from January onward.

Wishing you and yours a healthy, creatively abundant new year!


19 December 2010

Conversation with Maggie Sutrov on Value, Story, and Ship

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and listen to a great conversation I had with artist Maggie Sutrov on creativity, storytelling, and sharing your work! She's a painter in love with plein air, but has made a major shift and is working in more interactive and less object-centered ways.

I met Maggie on Triiibes after we both participated in an ongoing discussion on how artists can best market their work in a tight economy. We found that we both were moving away from a gallery model and gravitating towards storytelling and social media as a way to share and support an art career.

Listen to the podcast here!