Fresh Start

I’ve been on sabbatical on several levels in my life and have been slowly making my way back to groups, memberships and further education. I’ve written several blog posts in my head but they never made it here. Sometimes it’s easier that way. For now I will take Ray Bradbury’s advice: Don’t think. Thinking is […]

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Answering Questions

Someone asked me: how did you come to write poetry? I sat stunned for a minute and then answered “I don’t know.” I do know that I did not consciously sit down to write a poem. I sat down to figure things out – I was 13 or so and I had found that I […]

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Reminded

When we think to ourselves, “I have nothing unique to say,” we are thinking with our surface mind. The surface mind is an idiot. It knows nothing. -Steven Pressfield The other day I received a blog post called “Something Unique To Say” by Steven Pressfield, author of ‘The War of Art”. It was a booster […]

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Creative Inspiration

Last night my husband and I volunteered at the fabulous Sooke Fine Arts Show.  It was Purchasers Preview Night, a ticketed event that allows people  a preview/purchase time with the artwork before the show is open to the public.  With over 275 pieces of artwork  in a range of media from Vancouver Island and B.C. coastal islands […]

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My 7 days at MISSA

In recovery from an intense 7 days at MISSA. First, I had 5 days of “Write for Your Life” – a mixture of discussion, writing practice and critique with the high point being a private sessions with writer Brian Brett to receive feedback on writing I had sent in the week before. Very helpful. I’m […]

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off and on

I’ve been offline lately – offline in terms of my websites and blog and offline in terms of my creative process. Some people call this a block, some call it drawing a blank. Whatever you call it, it involves a kind of blankness or unconsciousness for me, since desire/intent cannot always move it or cause […]

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Resumed

My month long pause has ended on an exhale. I am back to creating and am currently working on a couple of short stories as well as putting together some ideas for a large mixed media piece. The inspiration for the piece came from an awakening of sorts. By chance I stumbled upon an artist’s […]

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Paused

A pause in breath is a small suspension in time. To be fierce is to know when to bow to the pause – honour the state of suspension instead of fearing it. the breath does continue. the horizon unfolds. some kind of life goes on.

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being Fierce

I am hanging onto my word, searching  the shape and sound of the letters to strengthen my energy and creativity. It’s tough work being Fierce. Last week we had a lot of snow which is not typical for us on Vancouver Island. It lasted for a few days and made a lot of people stay […]

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finding fierce

Last week I sat down and started making a list of goals. I rarely do this but need to do this. Setting goals provides a focus, a framework for action. I’ve learned the goals have to be specific and should be broken down into steps. Saying “I want to write a novel” is not enough […]

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