Today’s Creative Human Interview is with the fabulous Asia Citro of Fun at Home With Kids. Not only is Asia a genius when it comes to concocting arty/sciencey projects for kids, she also has a wicked sense of humor.
You no doubt already know about her, but with my Creative Human Interview series, I’m poking into the brains of some of my favorite creative people. Let’s learn more about Asia:
What’s one thing from your childhood that helped spark your creativity?
I have very vivid memories of activity books when I was little. There was one I had that was an outdoor/nature type book and I loved finding things to do and make in there to keep myself busy. I think it’s one of the big reasons I write activity books now — knowing what a big role they played in my own childhood.
In general I also did a TON of activities with my mom and my parents built me the coolest play areas. These absolutely inspired the playrooms I designed for our kids. My mom is a professional artist, so creativity was a big focus in our house.
Where do you go offline for inspiration?
Depends on what I’m working on. If I’m trying to come up with ideas for the blog, I often roam the aisles of the grocery store or Michaels. If I’m trying to come up with book content, I play with my kids. My older daughter (she’s 6) is a great sounding board and very honest. She’ll tell me if an idea is awesome or…not so awesome. 🙂
What makes you weird?
What doesn’t make me weird? Hahaha.
Are creatives more sensitive than other people?
Oh yeah. Well at least I am. It’s really hard to share something you’ve poured a piece of your self into and offer it up for criticism. I think a lot of us (ahem, definitely me) have a hard time not taking harsh comments/reviews personally.
Do you remember something in your life that you felt squashed your creativity?
See above. Any time anyone says something about how awful my work is, I feel totally crushed. It takes me awhile to feel energetic enough to come up with new ideas after. Feeling like I’ve failed is definitely my biggest enemy.
Do you have any quirks/routines/habits that you follow when you work?
I have to write my books out on paper first (not the full text, but the ideas and outline). I can’t brainstorm on a computer. It has to be a pen and paper or it won’t work!
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