Do you worry about your ideas being stolen?

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There are often articles written about how writers are scared someone will steal their ideas. Whilst of course the thought probably crosses every writer’s mind, and I include myself in this, fear of it being stolen is not my biggest concern. What I try not to concern myself with but would be lying if I said it didn’t exist in my psyche, are my thoughts regarding collective consciousness, or as us more commonly said, the ether.

I believe ideas, true ideas, true creativity comes from the source. This is one collective consciousness. Without going into a whole spiritual rant, it is the one place where everything exists. Yes everything. (It’s a concept that has to be explored with an open mind and outside the realms of your ‘normal’ understanding and acceptance of your physical existence. If you want to get your mind blown, and it’s not an area you have explored before, take a dive into some research on the matter, it will transform your perception of life as you know it, Jim!)

So ideas and the source. Even if you don’t totally grasp the true meaning of this, just for the purpose of understanding the reason for this blog, suspend your disbelief and imagine there is such a place. So were such a place to exist, and everything exists in there, you start to understand why no idea is totally original and even to some extent, your take of it is open for anyone to see/experience. Open your mind, or rather close your mind and open your heart (though that sounds far too airy-fairy and ‘feminine’ an expression; words after all, don’t always help, as we are so biased towards our own perception of their meaning) and you will be privy to the source of all creation, including your ability to create from this powerful place!

But of course you must be also therefore mindful of the fact that anyone who is able to access a channel to this place, can also draw from its source of everything, which is why it is quite possible that your idea will have already, or may currently or in the future, be happening. And if you take linear time out of the equation, that blows your perception of originality even more!

Hopefully that also helps explain why perhaps some of you feel like you’re just the vehicle to an idea, (those ideas that just grab you and flow without effort… “I don’t know, it just came to me, no idea where from!”) or even a copycat (“I just don’t feel like I’ve really ‘invented’ this”) because on some level you are, always. But paradoxically, whilst we, like ideas, are all part of this ‘one’ of everything, our own ‘extension’ of it is unique! WE are unique. YOU are unique. No other individual of any form has the exact make up of you. Therefore, everything you do has its own unique stamp, fingerprint, if you like.

So when you are able (open) to be completely creative, whilst yes, the idea is there for anyone to channel into something tangible, accessible, readable, viewable, watchable, listenable, tastable, smellable, touchable, perceptible, it is your creation, your execution of the process – your take on it – making it any of those things for others to experience, and making it something new.

But as mentioned a couple of paragraphs back, someone else may have seen, felt, taken that same idea from the source, and whilst it won’t be exactly as yours, it may be close enough to ‘beat you to it’ as a ‘new’ idea for a film, TV show, stageplay, book, song or whatever. Sadly without a time machine, there’s nothing we can do about that, it is what it is. But you can get some very powerful consolation from this, as I did just recently: 1) you should feel proud that you were able to connect to the very source of creation, 2) if your idea has been made by someone else, know it was good enough an idea to be made by someone else, funded, produced and released!

As for actually stealing your ideas that have perhaps not yet been produced or commercially released, but ‘told’ to others (through word of mouth, consultancy, competitions or other physical distribution) 1) in professional circles, this really doesn’t happen. You will hear many successful writers, producers, and other industry executives say the same, and find very few examples of it having actually happened, 2) in less than pro circles, it’s still very rare that someone will take, and execute your idea as you have, or steal the whole thing (and you do have some protection against actual written form material) but maybe be a little guarded if you know nothing about someone, before handing over your ‘baby’).

Stealing anything from anyone is selfish, hurtful and disconnected (from the feelings of others and the source!) and there are those needy enough to perhaps try, but in the creative arts, it is quite often not that intended act, but simply one of synchronicity.

So try not to worry. Fear blocks creativity for you and the universe itself to show/give you it’s wonders.

So lose the fear and go create! And have a nice day (unless you’ve got any other plans).

Adrienne
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Artwork by Cameron Gray: http://www.parablevisions.com

Filmmakers’ Intentions – Doctor Strange

I made a comment from my Twitter page (@AdrienneAiken) to film director Scott Derrickson (Twitter:@scottderrickson) regarding the current controversy of “Whitewashing in Hollywood”.

@scottderrickson said: Raw anger/hurt from Asian-Americans over Hollywood whitewashing, stereotyping & erasure of Asians in cInema. I am listening and learning.

To which I replied: I’ve said it bfre, whilst deliberate discrimination is wrong, using actors of choice should be just that. is key

My reply seemed to upset some people, and a fairly long dialogue followed, essentially with one individual, who’s comments were then liked and retweeted by others. I did not wish to upset anyone, nor disrespect any nation, creed, group, minority or individual, and if I did, I apologise. My point here, perhaps not conveyed through the limited characters allowed on Twitter, for which I also apologise, is this:

I don’t believe any discrimination, judgement, and certainly any acts of violence against anyone (whether nationality, colour, gender, disability – or species!) is justified. People are people, animals are animals, whatever ‘type’ they are. They/we are here to live our lives in the best way possible, and no one has the right to take that away from us.

When people don’t live their lives very respectfully to others, they are generally reprimanded, and sometimes that may be a necessary action to make them think again.

However, in art – and indeed in the business of art (and this is where the areas get blurred,) decisions are sometimes made, rightly or wrongly, for the good of the project/art/creation itself. My point about intention, is that I am sure, and certainly in the case of the CREATORS, Scott Derrickson, and the writer, C. Robert Cargill, (@Massawyrm) who has also come under attack regarding this, (among others) the creative decisions made regarding casting were with good intention, and NOT to insult, nor deliberately – WITH INTENT – upset any of the aforementioned list of peoples.

I realise too, that Chinese box office receipts and the political situation regarding Tibet were brought into discussions following the accusations, however, I don’t believe, personally, (and this is my personal empathy with creativity and creative souls) that the creatives involved really had that in mind when they set out to make their film wonderful.

A slight aside here:

Taking what’s right or wrong when casting a stage further; the original Marvel character this argument revolves around, The Ancient One – WASN’T FEMALE! In some of the drawings of the original character, from what I’ve seen, HE doesn’t even look Asian! Benedict Cumberbatch, (Dr. Strange) isn’t American. Doctor Watson isn’t female (TV’s Elementary), and Dr. Who transforms into a whole host of different people. I think you get my drift. Films and TV shows are make-believe! Must it be accurate? This is a film about a comic for God’s sake!

And back to the discussion:

Giving all actors, black, white, male, female, straight, gay, Asian, American, Scottish etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. a fair crack of the whip for roles should always be a consideration, but sometimes, someone fits the bill to a director, a casting agent, a producer or whoever, for whatever reason, and that, for the sake of being politically correct, or any other social reasons, conditioning or opinion, shouldn’t be compromised. And that is where my point on  INTENT comes in.

If the INTENTION is to discriminate – or to deliberately leave out ‘types’ of persons (see earlier for what I mean by ‘type’ – I can’t keep typing the list) then that IS discriminating, and that isn’t fair. But if the INTENTION is to cast someone who excites the filmmakers for who they are as an actor – by definition of that actor, NOT by definition of who is left out – then the intention is good, and surely that decision shouldn’t be criticised?

A lot has been said, (on my discussion and indeed by the filmmakers’ statements, interviews etc. themselves) regarding this decision on Doctor Strange (and I know variations on this have been raised on other films/events/awards do etc.), but I defend my point, which itself was made with GOOD INTENTION, that whilst, of course, I am prepared to listen, digest, learn from any information that comes my way, I cannot help but feel in my gut, heart and sensibilities that certainly in this case, the casting was made, without INTENDING to upset, but INTENDING to make a great film, with great actors (who were also perhaps (pure speculation here) ones they knew more about, and who they believed would bring something special to the characters!).

To finish, the Twitter conversation thread I had going on from my comment was resolved with respect on both sides, and with love and care for the future and humanity:

@theLupeXperienc I hear you. We will get it right. We and our children are in this together whether we like it or not lol

@AdrienneAiken Yes, we all need to learn from mistakes & strive to be better human/humane beings. I wish you all the best

All views here are my own – I am not in any way associated with Doctor Strange, Marvel, the studios, the filmmakers or anyone involved in this production. I am just passionate about the art of creativity and make-believe…. plus, I believe unicorns do really exist! So there!

Cures for illness – that you would not believe to be possible!

food-as-medicineI watched a video on Facebook yesterday about a young woman dying of metastatic breast cancer. She says at one point “they have a cure, but are keeping it secret to make money”. Maybe “they” won’t help.. But nature is, and always has been, there to! Help that is!

I am not educated in the finer medical detail of cancer, I am not educated in the finer holistic detail of nature, but I wholly believe plants and their properties (that includes vegetables, fruits, other inedible ones, as well as plant supplements) have the answer to all living things’ dis-eases. I feel it in MY nature.

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Apple Music – new streaming service + radio station… What do you think?

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Apple Music… How many more ways (and super companies) does it take to find ways NOT to pay for music? As I understand it, this is Apple’s answer to Spotify and You Tube combined with iTunes to make a streaming service plus a super cool 24hr all hits radio station… Wonder what the returns to artists/writers will be? Continue reading

Do you have enough ENERGY? How to create MORE!

I’ve realised that many blogs of late have been about FOOD! Whilst this is no bad thing (healthy food!) I felt a yearning to get back to the deeper mysteries of life and share a little thought of mine with you.

You know the saying, “I have no energy today”? Well for a start, that’s highly unlikely. EVERYTHING is energy! Every movement, every word spoken, every thought and everyONE!

If you are feeling depleted of energy, bear in mind, it may be… Continue reading

Salad of the Day- ‘Chicken’ and Avocado ‘Caesar’ with garlic potato croûtons, plus Greek Salad on a bed of mixed leaves.

So here’s another mix of veggie salads that whether you’re veggie or not, look and taste yum! It’s a tasty, nutritional, protein rich (Quorn, feta, nuts), healthy salad combo!

Salad of the day - June 1stI have used some leftovers (as I do) – namely the potatoes and the asparagus. Actually the chicken too – as I deliberately cooked an extra one last night for my salad of the day today. Personally, I prefer the Quorn ‘chicken’ fillets to the (frozen uncooked) pieces, perhaps it’s psychological, but they taste better to me… You can use either – OR the chiller cabinet pre-cooked roast ‘chicken’ pieces – they’re nice too.

Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients – you can really use as much or little as you like of what I use… and it doesn’t take long – especially if, like me, you use leftovers! So:

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Making Music – to Pay or Not to Pay?

Working in music. Does it pay?
Working in music. Does it pay?

Are you a studio? A producer? A musician? A singer? A record label? Or even a member of the public? I want your opinion. Do you think studios and/or producers should work for nothing? If so, under what circumstances? Here’s your chance to voice your opinions. See survey link below – or simply CLICK HERE to go straight to it….

Please don’t forget to (like and) share this post with others who may be interested in getting people’s feedback on this. The more we get the more it can be understood.

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Improved Veggie Italian Pasta sauce – by getting even LAZIER!!!

Hey everyone – I felt I just had to let you know how I just improved my previous post:

LAZY Veggie Mince Pasta with Ricotta Cheese Pesto Sauce – Takes 2 minutes – literally!

Check out the previous lazy list of ingredients on the link here… then instead of chopping in fresh tomatoes… Open that tin!

TinToms_Mid_sizeYes – it’s that easy – add about a third of a tin (so loads left for other wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner ideas) – oh and double whatever herbs you added last time… I added a lot… even a generous sprinkling of dried mixed Italian herbs (for the oregano/bay leaves mainly I think)

I used gluten free pasta with it… (so no wheatie bloating!) but of course you choose.

Taaaaaaaaasteeeeeee 🙂

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And the obligatoryGlass of (yes it’s the same photo as I’ve used before…. well I’m a busy girl!)

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