The Hatchery

“Purple Flame Fractal” by Sharon Apted

What’s your creative process? How do you find or fashion inspiration? And what happens then? How do you shape what you envision?

Sometimes there’s just a little light, the waver of a match flame. Sometimes, there’s a double-malt explosion, an eyes-wide revelation. Creativity can be a quest along a muddy trail. Or a full-throttle downhill speed race played on ice.

In either case, our designs rarely gain full breath in total isolation. To create our best — a story, a picture, a childhood, a life — we need the conversation. The outside spark. Uncertain flames.

Welcome to “The Hatchery,” a witchy-twitchy cauldron of ideas, of interviews and contributions from creative people in a variety of fields — teachers, poets, graphic artists, writers, and others with a spark to share. Pull up a chair, but don’t get too comfortable. Be ready to jump in and stir the pot. We’d love to hear your voice.

You can find the whole Hatchery right here. Or, pick and choose below.

Interview with Donna Decker, author, teacher, feminist / July 2013

Q & A with Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy and The Moon Sisters (forthcoming) / June 2013

Nina Badzin, “I Need to Write That Down” / May 2013

Q & A with J.M. Maison, author of Desired to Death / May 2013

Judy Lee Dunn on Words, Maps, and Inspiration / April 2013

Creativity, from the mouths of babes, by Lisa Ahn / April 2013

Lindsey Mead on the power of stories to bring us home / March 2013

Photographer Brenda Gottsabend on finding her creative path / February 20, 2013

“What Inspires Me”, by artist Kathryn Dyche Dechairo (artistry and nature’s seasons) / January 23, 2013

“On Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends”, by Rabia Gale / December 19, 2012

“World-building Block by Block”, by Vaughn Roycroft / December 5, 2012

“How Will I Write It?”, by Julia Munroe Martin / November 7, 2012

Interview with teacher and environmentalist, Chelle Salvucci / October 24, 2012

Interview with poet, Patricia Caspers / September 26, 2012

“Breaking Through Creative Roadblocks”, by Lisa Ahn / September 12, 2012

“Be Inspired,” by Lisa Ahn / August 29, 2012