Create or die

It happens this way …

I have a new addiction: alcohol inks. What an ironic name, no? But they’re not for drinking; they’re for creating new types of artwork that I’m exploring via the Internet.

Here’s the thing: I believe I have to create or I die. When I can’t write, I’m out in the yard planting, dead-heading, and moving plants around. Or, I’m taking photos for our annual print album or for making greeting cards. Or, I’m coloring postcards as an excuse to watch TV. Or, or, or … .

I used to be a type-A personality addicted to work. Now that energy has been transformed into a different kind of work: a more peaceful, self-paced, creatively-productive work.

A dear friend of mine told me years ago when I began to write poetry in earnest after retiring, that writing was now my job. It took a while to absorb that statement. Now I fully believe it – and have added a  list of other creative adventures to the job description.

My only regret is that I don’t have more friends to give my new creations to. If anyone can use a set of Carolyn-original coasters, let me know. I have some already made and will happily  create more. Go to my website ( and click on “Let’s connect” at the top. Leave a message with your address and I’ll put them in the mail for you.

Below are a few examples of what they look like. I’ve either pasted cards on rubber-backed wood-squares or painted directly on them. They’re sealed so all they need is a gentle cloth-surface-cleaning. No dishwasher.

PS: What’s your creative outlet? Please share if you like.


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