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Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 5, 2007

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About the Author

Susan G. Wooldridge conducts writing workshops privately, through Poets & Writers, Inc., and with the California Poets in the Schools program. She is the author of PoemCrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, a Book Sense Pick and a long-running Quality Paperback Book Club selection and Writer’s Digest Book Club selection. She has also written a chapbook of poems, Bathing with Ants.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (June 5, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0307341488
  • ASIN: B002BWQ5NG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a child did you engage in "treasure hunting"? I remember going on treasure hunts as part of childhood birthday parties and backyard play for many summers. I also remember the concept of a treasure hunt being used to help acclimate students my first year of nursing school. Sparse clues led the hunter from one location to another in search of some "hidden treasure."

As summer's end approaches, I am ending the summer in much the same way as I began the summer, with a second read-through of the recently released book Foolsgold: Making Something From Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process by Susan G. Wooldridge. And now I'm recommending it to anyone and everyone who will listen! Several years ago I read Wooldridge's poemcrazy: freeing your life with words and found her style and material to be delightful and useful. So it is not surprising that I rushed to pick up a copy of her newest book.

What is surprising is that I didn't want to put it down, didn't want it to end, and couldn't wait to pick it back up for a second time. It is well written and informative, yes. But that is not the whole story. This book is far from "fool's gold" in the strict definition of the term. Rather, it is a rare gem.

In her own words, Susan G. Wooldridge says "Foolsgold describes a paradox, the value in what may seem to be worthless... Foolsgold reminds us to look beyond appearances, even in ourselves. What seems to loom in us most darkly may finally be what brings the most light."

I've found many helpful and inspiring quotes in the pages of this book, some of which have made their way already to my computer area as daily reminders. Others have been spotlighted in the SCN WiseWords.
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By Greg C on April 11, 2008
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Written in easy-to-read style. Very interesting. Couldn't put it down. Almost felt like I was there(maybe I was?)
Got me thinking in other, more poetic terms. Recently went on a all-night fishing trip with about 60-70 guys sitting with their stocking caps showing above their seats and my thoughts turned to the bright colors and the order of things, not about guys trying to keep warm. Felt like I was hooked, not the fish!
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I enjoyed the personal, conversational voice of Susan Wooldridge once again. In "Poemcrazy" she inspired me and gave me my most often referred to teaching tool. This time, in "Foolsgold," she let me know who she is. I wholeheartedly feel that this author is capable of affirming and uplifting any doubting creative soul. My only disappointment was not seeing either photographs of her "boxes" or more creative writing exercises included. I would love Susan to produce a "Poemcrazy II."
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This is an intriguing book by an author with a great deal to say about creativity as she has embraced it in her own life and how it can be made a larger part of the reader's life. She describes how she has made it through personal challenges, challenges that everyone encounters in middle age. There are many interesting quotations from other authors and suggestions for other good reads. Foolsgold is definitely worth reading.
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I am sucked into foolsgold. It is beautiful and perfect, for me that is - with the weaving and creativity so organically bound into order. Gently without crushing it. You have bundled chaos and the creative force, the feminine into a delightful binding. You have set spontaneity. Thank you. Such a woman who can do such things. I am honored.

Do you ever have the experience of not being able to read fast enough when you are hungry for what is on the page and your eyes gobble down the words - hiccupping over them and skipping along? It is DEEP and ACCESSIBLE. God that is the gift of a woman. It is what I love about being a woman. It is what I love about reading these words. These words are about me.

Thank you Susan Wooldridge from the bottom of my beating heart.
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I heard about this book from Teesha Moore's blog, where she raved about it. For the first chapter or two, I was disappointed. Hardly any artistic "how-to" information, and a lot of what seemed to be whining. (The book was written shortly after her father passed away, and her marriage of 30 years ended in divorce. I understood that she was going through a tough time, but..)

About chapter 3 or 4, the book began to grow on me. Still not any "how-tos", just a few brief suggestions here and there. That's fine with me, I'm not reading for instruction, I'm more interested in being entertained. Her writing certainly fills that bill! Excellent stuff!
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Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process is a sweet read. I think combining it with another book, Poemcrazy, Freeing your life with Words by the same author would get many on the road to writing poetry..I use parts of both book now to do some public speaking - stirring the sub-conscious of others to write. A primer of sorts. Lots of how-to books out there but this isn't one..it's the authors way of givng of herself and yet teaching us to try. Good books.
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