The All New DandiFluff Show

AY Smith 4-2015Welcome to the first, experimental DandiFluff Show. Click the player to listen and you can download it here. Follow along with the transcript below. Today’s show is on the value of creativity.

Thank you to Amy Eye from for getting my podcasting feet wet with Journal Jabber. Feedback welcome!

Albert Einstein said Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas.  Like a dandelion seed, creativity waits in in the backyard of the mind, waiting to spread. Like dandelions, some people see creativity as a nuisance and they seek to eliminate it. Like dandelions, creativity is resilient and hard to kill.

This is really good, because everything good in this world is an act of creation. From airplanes to babies to baby’s books, all of it began as a creative seed that took deep root and blossomed. Creative ideas reproduce, and very much like dandelion fluff, they can travel and take root in minds all over the world.

Creation isn’t limited to paint, piano and prose. Anything that requires thought and innovation, I believe, is art. Gardens, good families and balanced budgets all require creative thought and innovation. That means writer’s block isn’t limited to writers- a creative block is just as big of an obstacle for a gardener trying to figure out where to plant his daffodils as an author trying to finish a story.

I believe we are all creative geniuses – some of us just haven’t discovered our medium yet. Can you imagine if Mozart had never been taught music? Or Shakespeare had never learned to read and write? Or was their creativity so powerful it would have burst through them in another art form?

Without creativity we would be back in the stone ages eating rare meat on sticks with dirt seasoning. It’s vital that we keep the creative spark alive in ourselves and others to evolve. It is our greatest gift to give and receive. Without it, we are nothing. With it, we can accomplish anything we can imagine.

This has been the first ever, experimental episode of The DandiFluff Show. I’m Angela Yuriko Smith, author of several books and a daily blogger. I work at a weekly newspaper by day and balance the rest of it at night. Sleep is optional.

Some of you may remember me from Journal Jabber, a Blogtalkradio show that was “by authors, for authors and about everything we authors care about.” The popular Journal Jabber show was created by Amy Eye, an excellent editor and formatter at I was lucky enough to be a co-host on Journal Jabber for awhile until I just got too busy with the day job. I want to thank Amy for being the inspiration behind this show, and for encouraging me to get on air. For now, I’m planning to have new episodes every Monday and they will only be available on my blog,

I hope this show will serve as an inspiration and a guide on all aspects of creativity – creative people, our processes and the products we create. We all have the seed of creativity inside of us – we just have to let it grow.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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2 Responses to The All New DandiFluff Show

  1. Jocelyn G. Donahoo says:

    I really like it. Your words are very inspirational, helpful, and profound. I knew sleep has to be optional for all the things you’re involved in. Lol.

  2. Lisa says:

    Hello Angela,

    I just wanted to comment on your aspiring 310 video. I have struggled with weight loss myself. I am a middle aged women. After, working for the same company for 14yrs. The company was sold and downsized. Laying myself and several employees off. I never thought after 14yrs I would be searching for employment again. I also, never thought I would still be unemployed going on 2 yrs. I firmly believe it’s my age. Since being home I have gained 20 pounds. I just can’t get motivated to even exercise. So, today I will start with baby steps like u did in your bathroom.

    Thank you!

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