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No flash in the pan, this!

The Artdog Image of Interest

If you’re trying out new creative challenges this month, and you’ve never tried flash fiction before, perhaps now’s a good time. If you’ve tried it in the past–or if you’re proficient–have you done any lately?

What is flash fiction? The usual definition is fiction shorter than 2,000 words. But in that category, believe it or not, there are shorter-length challenges, too. Try 300 words.  One hundred words. Even two sentences, like the Two-sentence Horror Stories I reblogged a few Octobers ago. How short can you go?

IMAGE: Many thanks to the ever-creative Debbie Ridpath Ohi, via Wendy Burke’s @WendyBurke101 Twitter profile, for this cartoon!

Not just a place, but a process

The Artdog Quote of the Week

Probably the biggest insight is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy." By Ed Diener.

How do you conceive your goals? What are the attitudes and activities that will make you happiest? What is the meaning of your life?

IMAGE: Many thanks to Positive Psychology for this week’s quote by Ed Diener.

Hard, but not TOO hard

The Artdog Quote of the Week

For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation--the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing--is essential for high levels of creativity. --Daniel Pink

As a teacher, my goal was always to structure my lessons for maximum interest. I tried to challenge my students just enough to make problems hard, but not too hard. This approach is backed up by psychological research.

IMAGE: Many thanks to SnackNation, for this illustrated Dan Pink quote.

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