Refrain from the Identical, the Book: Excerpts, Artwork, and Feedback

I’ve decided to feature some excerpts, artwork, and feedback from my book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics. The following excerpts are from Chapter 1:

Some people are blankets made out of one solid piece of material, while others are quilts with a whole bunch of pieces sewn together.” -Andrea Luna

A Tendency towards Multiplicity

We creative types definitely have a free spirit; a child inside eager to explore. We flit and flutter from one interesting activity to the next without a care in the world until someone tells us we are “unfocused” or “scattered.” It wounds our heart and erodes our confidence when a loved one winces at our latest great idea and yawns, “You make me tired.” Self-doubt creeps in like the Vikings raiding northern European villages at night. We begin to think, “There must be something wrong with me!” Desires that once delighted us now seem to pull us in a dozen different directions.

Pen and Ink by Gina Marie Wilson

An enthusiastic and grateful reader, Donna Mast, sent me the following comment after reading Chapter 1:

“I am learning that I am an artistic eclectic, and I didn’t know that until I started to read Refrain from the Identical. I used to get frustrated with myself as I dabbled with different creative art projects and at times felt guilty that I didn’t hone in on one thing. This book is so freeing. You have so much to give to those of us who need to be encouraged in the busyness of life to let our creativity soar! READ THE ENTIRE POST…


About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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4 Responses to Refrain from the Identical, the Book: Excerpts, Artwork, and Feedback

  1. hannekekoop says:

    I don’t know your book, but I like this. “Give one self permission” to create is so important. As we do to children, but find it sometimes so hard to give that same permission to ourselves.

  2. izziedarling says:

    Hey, pal! Oh, when you wrote about how we flit and flitter – that hit home. My daughters recently said that’s all I do and it hurt my feelings and made me want to scream, “Don’t you get it?”

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Izzie, so nice to hear from you again. I get it!!! That’s one of the main reasons I wrote the book. I got so tired of feeling bad about myself because I “flit and flitter.” You go girl!!!

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