Membership of the Rookery is strictly by invitation. At the Soul Food Cafe artists and writers who are drawn to the site are only given their raven wings after they have proven themselves by being actively involved in the Soul Food Community. Usually they have done this by posting regularly and by supporting the work of others on the site. Ravens have their own Yahoo group and are eligible to be published in Soul Food Cafe features such as this AdventURE Calendar.
Kerry E. Vincent is a lifelong student of the creative process. She has been hooked on creative writing since the first grade, when her teacher enthused, "Kerry has talent - and a very big imagination!" She has been writing ever since:poetry, fairy tales, novels, trade magazine stories, newspaper articles, journal entries, responses to Soul Food Café's Pythian Games Mad Challenges prompts.(Sometimes she even gets published, on paper and/or online, though she hasn't quite figured out how to make a living out of doing what she loves the most.) Kerry is happiest when lost in a fictive dream.
Kerry tries to do something creative every day, for at least 15 minutes a day. Like Michelangelo, her credo is, "Ancoro imparo!" ("I am still learning!") In the last few years she has tried new creative challenges, working in stained glass and handcrafting beaded jewelry. Inspired and encouraged by Soul Food Café friends, she is now experimenting with digital photography, attempting her first artist trading cards, and playing with computer created collages. She also enjoys firing up her HotHead blow torch to work in the flame making glass beads from scratch. (Kerry admits to being a bit of a pyro-maniac, but stresses she always observes recommended safety precautions.) She posted something about working with glass almost
every day of April 2008.
Coyote is Kerry's spirit animal - a combination of trickster, joker, shaman, and shapeshifter. She has always loved fairies and is proud to be pixie-led. She dwells at the edges, at the fringes, in the
twilight time, when magic happens. She believes we can apply our creativity to transform our pain into art to help ourselves heal and become whole.
Since Kerry can't (won't?) focus on one area of creativity, she named her blog "Creative Kaleidoscope."
Every year I wait for it – I call it “my Christmas moment”. Each year it is different, but it is always met with a sigh of relief, “Yes, this is what Christmas means to me…”
…40 years ago it was walking miles all over town, in the freezing cold, with my best friend, delivering dime store Christmas gifts to our school friends…
…One year it was when I was shopping on a small town’s Main Street, singing “Jingle Bells” to myself…I had just bought a favorite nephew an old fashioned felt cowboy hat that I knew he would love…
…It happened the first year my niece and I were “fudge fairies” making Gramma’s fudge , with the special secret ingredient…
…Another time it was reading about the Moomintrolls’ Fir Tree, how Christmas wasn’t about all the hurrying and scurrying so much as leaving gifts for others, even strangers, to enjoy, on a quiet winter’s eve…
…Last year it was bringing my son and his grandma together again, for a meeting-despite-the-miles-apart…
…And this year it was re-reading Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”, reminded of that wonderful story by my dear friends at Soul Food Café…It is almost “fruitcake weather” now – and I can hardly wait!
By Kerry Vincent © 2008
If you were a madwoman, who would you be? How would you look? What would you say? How would you be different from today? What would this substitute personality do that you don’t do?
I created Auntie Olga years ago to help me talk to my daughter about sex – Olga’s a bit bawdier that I was at that time. She was part the Madwoman of Chaillot (honoring Countess Aurelia in Jean Giraudoux’s play), part Bette Midler as The Divine Miss M, part Janis Joplin (if she’d lived long enough to demand her senior citizen discount), part Amy Brown diva fairy come to life…part Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland playing croquet with hedgehogs and yelling, “Off with their heads!”
Your turn: Fill in the blanks about one of your chosen alter-egos…
My alter ego’s name is:
She looks like this:
She talks like this:
She likes to eat:
She likes to play:
She does this everyday:
What really makes her mad is:
What really makes her happy is:
I think she is:
She inspires me to:
She scares me because:
We are / are not very much alike because:
She sings about:
If she gave you a gift, it would be:
Advent 2004 Day 21 Self Portraiture
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