“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ― Joshua Becker.
Alongside actual physical de-cluttering, which I am doing a little of every day while we find ourselves living in what feels like a dystopian drama, I am using this ‘lock-down’ time to do some virtual de-cluttering. On this site, you will find that I have recently changed some of the names for pages, that I have updated the menu to match and that I have now also re-branded! These are tasks that time does not usually permit for. Not so, now that we are in full lock-down.
To clarify, this web site was formally named as ‘Wordsmith’s Notebook’ but now it is re-branded as ‘Deano Creative.’ What’s with the new name for this site, I hear you ask? Well, I have been increasingly splitting my time between writing and practicing other forms of art. It felt time that the non-written forms of art would benefit from a greater level of presence in the identity of this site. I have also removed pages that seem no longer to fit what this site covers, but hopefully you will find that very little has changed, in essence.
I thank you for having stuck with me while my blog site sat within the ‘Wordsmith’s Notebook’ identity. It is my hope that you will continue with me, as I progress in my creativity under the banner of ‘DeanoCreative’; a name that has been ‘tested’ over several weeks and which has been welcomed and responded to well.
Deano is actually my real name; although there’s a story to it. My parents named me after Dino… (this is the spelling I would use, but people in the UK tend to keep pronouncing this as ‘die-no’, if they see it written down! So, I simplify it to ‘Deano’.)…Dino de Laurentis; a movie producer that my dad was a friend of. When my parents took me to have my birth registered, a name that many people will have seen on their birth certificates if they were born in London, was Violet Mary Maidment. She was the Registrar. It seems that Ms. Maidment took a dislike to the fact that the name I was being given was ‘not very English’ and she told my rather naive parents, at that time, that my name would need to be ‘Anglicised’ and presented as ‘Dean.’ My parents agreed and so on my birth certificate ‘Dean’ was recorded. Nonetheless, to my parents, I was always Dino (pronounced Deano) and that is how they referred to me.
This site remains being about how I live a creative life, while also coping with the challenge of having Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. That is very much still about writing but it is also about other art forms. It is my hope that, whether you live with a chronic health problem or not, you will be inspired to become more creative and that you will develop an increasing sense of optimism and fun from living life with a creative emphasis.
Please do take a moment, after reading an article, to comment, to hit ‘like’ or to share the post on your own social media pages. This greatly helps me gain new readers and encourages others to comment, where they may otherwise feel a little nervous about doing so. Thank you for your support in this.
Well….watch this space. There’s going to be a whole lot of creativity going on. Your participation and input will be much appreciated, as I post more articles.
(C) Dean G. Parsons. 2020.