Detective Work | Part I

Week three of The Artist’s Way ya’ll!  I’ll share more about where I am emotionally and creatively later in the week.


Today, I want to share a Week Three exercise called Detective Work.
Blocked artist “are often urged to be sensible when such advise is not appropriate for them”.

This activity is to explore some of these blocks by completing the sentences.


1. My favorite childhood toy was… Funny Freddy.

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I never owned one, but my younger brothers did and I often played with him too.  He was kind of gross, but he was always funny and had a personality all his own.

We all played with him so often, that he would fall to pieces and our parents would buy a new one.  I think they may have brought at least three.


2. My favorite childhood game was… playing church.

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I’d especially play this game with my sister.  We’d stack two milk crates and make it the pulpit and have dolls in chairs as the congregation.  We’d preach, sing, play the organ on a Casio, and shout!


3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was… The Great Muppet Caper.

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I was 6 years old when this movie came out and my cousin Thomascina took my siblings and me to see it.  That’s the Muppet movie where Miss Piggy becomes a supermodel!  Too funny.

I especially remember the moments when Miss Piggy had the water ballet dream sequence, broke the bars of the jail with her bare hands, and burst through the stained glass window on a motorcycle.


After the movie, we went to my Uncle Ray’s candy store.  It was was located right around the corner from where I live now and I remember having a strawberry Charleston Chew.

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Remember those?


4.  I don’t do it much but I enjoy… “Tee-hee!  You know…”

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I enjoy it just as much as the rest of ya’ll, but I probably indulge in it a whole lot less than the rest of ya’ll!


5.  If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself… be a pothead.

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I take everything seriously.  All day, everyday, everything is a make it or break it moment for me.


I kind of think like an overexcited teenage girl.  Whatever is happening at the moment has life or death consequences no matter how trivial.

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“I’ll just die if I don’t get that new pair of jeans, Johnny won’t ask me out to the prom, I won’t be able to go to the biggest social event of the year, and my friends will hate me for not going and never speak to me again.  I’ll just die!”


I’ve always admired potheads in a way.  They are very relaxed and cool people (two words that no one would ever use to describe me).

I learned a long time ago that it’s not for me and can’t smoke it at all; I get extremely paranoid.  I’m just gonna leave that stuff to the professionals.


These are the first of 20 questions I’ll answer this week as part of Detective Work.  I’ll answer the rest throughout the week.

Feel free to answer these questions yourself and share below or with me and your friends on Facebook.

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