Sneak Peek

peeping tomYou’ve been asking about what my next novel is about. Here’s a little sneak peek;

How do your write about magic when the protagonist doesn’t know anything about it herself?

Well, you just write. You dream it up, because nothing has to make sense. Sense is over-rated and we often forget that.

Sometimes the best existence is just feeling; living in the moment as a big, fat, YES!

Sometimes witches don’t wear black velvet dresses or have long, black hair. No. Sometimes they wear jeans from the church rummage sale and men’s white undershirts.

Poetry Month: A Lady Gets Over It & Into It

whiskey in a tea cupWe’re deep into poetry month (ok, ok, we’re a week in), and I haven’t poeted yet.

What’s up with that?!

Honestly, what’s up with that is that a dear friend and creative mentor to the western hemisphere died. Just disappeared from the local art scene, and left a huge void. I think of him every time I write, and I miss him. He died while editing my first novel (about death and dying – no, I’m not kidding), and I’ve been a little hesitant.

If he were here, he’d roll his eyes and say, “Get over it lady,” I loved the way he used to say ‘lady‘, “and get writing!”

He interviewed me a couple of times on his radio show, and just the other day, a friend of mine who had tuned in to listen remembered my friend, and that particular interview, “My god he was turned on. Hell, you had the whole city horny.”

whiskey in her bonesYes, this is the feedback we need from our creative friends when trying to write smut. Success.

So in honour of my friend, who was ruthless in his art and living an authentic life, today I will dedicate myself to writing what needs to be written.

In honour of my friends who, like me get too caught up in the grind to sate their creative, sensual, lovely inner wild beast, I will write what needs to be written; without fear, shame, shyness or reserve.

I will also need bourbon to do this.

 

Planning Your Dream

drum beatingPlanning your dream? What’s up with that?

Aren’t dreams supposed to be pie-in-the-sky, never-gonna-happen fantasies?

Well, in my opinion they are not.

Some dreams are possible and some would take something akin to a miracle to make help them come to life. I get that. But I’m a dreamer, and a bit of a lush, so I like to think that some of the things I dream about can and will in fact, come true.

I dream a lot. I often find my mind hiking well ahead, in the future somewhere, playing out some fantasy like the latest blockbuster.

Planning a dream means you have to choose one. One. Maaaaaaaybe two.

Which one to choose? Hmm? Humph!  Don’t worry, one thing at a time my sweet little plums. Once you make the first dream come true, you’ll be inspired to work on the next one, and the one after that.

Whichever of your dreams you choose, there are a few things you need to do to put the often slow, rusty wheels of the dream-making machine into motion;

quityourdaydream1) First of all, hang out with people who have similar hopes and dreams. You want to be a business success? Hang out with people who are business minded and enjoy sharing information and ideas. If you want to be a writer, hang out with other writers.  Much like getting into a new fitness routine, it’s nice to have a partner to keep you motivated. Surround yourself with people who will be your, I-think-I-can-I-think-I-can cheerleaders.

2) Research. Do some research. Do you have to save some money? Do you need to prioritize your time differently?

3) Talk about it. Talk, talk, talk, and talk some more. The more you talk about what you want, the more likely someone who can help you will hear you, or someone who knows someone will hear you. Don’t be afraid to voice your hopes and dreams out loud.

4) When it feels impossible, out of reach, and foolish, seek support from someone who will encourage you to be fearless.

If you’re a dreamer like me, sometimes it’s difficult to quiet your mind and focus on one thing that you really want. More difficult still is to become as fearless as possible.

Do your best to coax the root of your anxiety into the light, and make a really honest assessment. Most fear can be overcome if you get your ego under control.

The new year is no longer new. We’ve already lived out the first quarter. It’s time to make the remainder of the year matter.

Dream on sweet dreamers, the world needs more of that!belowthem

Happy Monday!

I NEED this mug!

There are so many deadlines looming I’m drawing straws

to see which one goes to the bottom of the list this morning.

Happy Monday to you.

My wish for you is a week full of met deadlines,

flowers on your desk,

and happy customers!

what deadline