Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Make Inspiration Come to You

Where do you find inspiration?

Sometimes I stare blindly into space for hours and no good ideas turn up.

Other times, prose starts pouring out of my head as I'm walking out of the subway station and I find myself scrambling to jot down notes on my phone as I walk across the cross walk… (I didn’t actually do this, Mom. Just – well, I stopped myself before I walked into oncoming traffic)

Turns out, you can’t stunt creative thought any more than you can force it. It shows up when it wants, and stays as long as it feels like staying and not a moment more. (Inset comparison to crazy relative here.)

While you can’t command or control creativity, you can train yourself to be ready for it. Always keep a pen and piece of paper on you, or since it’s the 21st century, never go anywhere without your smart phone. Seriously though, were you even considering it?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Final Four Maize and Blue Swirled Cupcakes

About a year and a half ago, I made Maize and Blue Swirled Cupcakes to celebrate the start of the Michigan football season. Now, I’ve done it again, switching up the recipe a bit and in celebration of a far more momentous event — the Michigan men’s basketball team is in Atlanta, GA for the Final Four!

I’ve been struggling to find the right words to express my excitement all week because I haven’t been a fan for very long. Without question, basketball has taken a back seat to my love of Michigan football and I’ve only tuned in to the bigger games and watched recapped of other games. I’m your quintessential fair-weather fan in that I hardly followed this season before Michigan secured their spot in the Sweet 16.

However, last week’s game against Kansas drew me in.