Posts Tagged ‘Fiction’

Writing Update: Even my owl knows it’s writing month

From friend, Karen, via last night’s “Your owl” email:

“Turned the page in the paper and there he was! Happy writing month to you.”

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Thanks to everyone who’s sent encouragement, writing care packages and little sync winks. 😉 The characters in this paranormal historical fiction novel have already made me bust out laughing and then start sobbing a few pages later. In other words, the wild ride of novel writing has officially begun. I will continue with a full load of phone sessions this month, but no email sessions. You can also expect fewer blog posts in November, as I focus most of my writing energy on developing characters, scenes and themes.

My Taurus hubby begins full time Kalamazoo living as of this evening, so we have lots of shifts in store. Tomorrow’s Full Moon in Taurus adds particularly apt and potent energies to the mix. Wishing you and yours big opportunities, the vision to recognize them, and the courage to act.

Cheers!

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Retiring “Schizandra and the Gates of Mu”

After long consideration and the recent appearance of the external sign I requested for timing, I have decided to remove my first novel, “Schizandra and the Gates of Mu” from distribution. For the past couple years, I’ve wanted to de-list this book, since I wrote it for a pre-2012 audience, and so much has changed since its 2009 publication. Every time I thought to take it out of print, though, I received the word, “Wait.”

I finally sensed the time had come and requested validation, which came in the form of a new review which expresses my own feelings — that this book “is a product of its time.” So many of the fresh and imagined things I included have now become mainstream or even cliche. Although the novel still works on a mythological level, when I left California and my entire life behind, I also left behind the intended series. I honestly don’t know if or when I will return to those characters.

I have spent the past few months delving into how-to-write-fiction books, something I never did before writing “Schizandra and the Gates of Mu.” I do feel proud of it as a first novel; however, I also see clearly how I will shift my future storytelling. Synchronously, the retirement date, November 1, occurs on what would be Schizandra’s 30th birthday, as well as the date I will return to writing fiction after an 8-year hiatus that began while writing Book 2 of the Schizandra series. You can read the strange story behind that hiatus by clicking here.

All of which is to say, if you’ve ever wanted to purchase “Schizandra and the Gates of Mu” and still want to, then you have two more weeks to do so. In honor of her 30th birthday on November 1, 2017, Schizandra will enter retirement for the foreseeable future, just as her creator comes out of retirement.

 

Garden Update: The Good, The Bad, and the Undetermined

Despite last week’s heatwave into the mid-nineties, which we had not reached all Summer, signs of Autumn continue to reveal themselves. A cool breeze here, crunchy leaves there, along with more squirrel activity than I’ve seen since Spring.

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It’s also the start of Fall bulb planting season, and — since CPL (crazy plant lady) ordered those bulbs before what turned out to be a slightly dislocated rib causing all the neck and upper chest pain — I’ve got a lot of bulbs to plant. Not the 1,000 I planted Continue reading

Lyme Book Update

Some people have inquired about the collaborative healing Lyme Disease book project between Catherine Grace O’Connell and myself. Although we remain in contact, at the moment, it seems that life has sent each of us in different directions. When Catherine was ready to start working on the project in 2016, I needed to finish up several other projects; when I started writing the book in early 2017, Catherine’s other work ramped up so much that she couldn’t do any writing at that time. Then, David and I had the whirlwind of our house purchase, move out, and still ongoing relocation.

Around the time of our move, Catherine and I decided that we will support each other’s work and writing, but not write the book together, since we currently have very different foci. She started Continue reading

The Importance of Starhawk’s “City of Refuge”

As predicted, levels of intensity, exposure, and reactivity continue to increase, so we best learn how to deal with rapidly thinning veils. I’ve said for years that this is not a time for keeping secrets and hiding from your Shadow, as the energies no longer support codependency, collusion, treason, or sweeping things under the rug. They just don’t. I’m rarely surprised by “shocking” revelations, as I read people’s energy signatures and therefore notice the darkness amidst the light, the smudges, the shameful feelings, fear and Shadow boxing. We will see more and more of this as the veils continue to thin.The Hopi prophecies even predict people losing their minds due to enhanced abilities to “see.”

Best remedies?

As I have said for years, we must each address our own Shadow. Doing so takes tremendous courage and often results in internal and public shaming or rejection by friends, family, and society. Do it anyway. The energies do not support running from your own Shadow. It is far easier to address the Shadow from a place of quiet safety than to have a Tower Card situation force you to do so, but these times offer lightning strikes and paradigm shifts galore. As Carl Jung said, “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”

Learn to recognize your own responsibilities of giving away your own power, and learn how to reclaim any energies forcibly taken away from you –by whatever means provide strength and power to, not power over. The means of reclamation themselves usually demand engagement with your own Shadow. As within, so without. Walk the Middle Way of Atreyu. Sift through complex moral dilemmas and move beyond black and white thinking. Find your own firm moral compass in each situation by assessing your heart, intuition, facts and your awareness of others’ energy signatures. Freedom requires responsibility. Get used to it. There’s much, much more to come in terms of revelations.

And now, onto some recommended reading:

Starhawk has released a sequel to her highly prophetic novel, “The Fifth Sacred Thing,” which I’ve referenced many times on this blog, especially that novel’s exploration of El Mundo Bueno and El Mundo Malo. I still recommend reading “The Fifth Sacred Thing,” but the urgency of our times leads me to suggest her latest novel, “City of Refuge” even if you have not previously read “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” This new novel begins right where the earlier novel ends, and it deals with issues we are now — or will very soon be– facing as all the old structures ordering life and perspective crash and burn.

Specifically:

How do we convince people to walk away from their own enslavement if they have no concept of anything better?

How do we transition people from utter dependency into an empowered life if they’ve only known slavery, abuse, learned helplessness, and top-down control?

How do we integrate vast armies (real and metaphorical) of people “just following orders,” whether in the military, political “honey traps,” cults, torture chambers, or areas of life where these ways seem like “the only ways available”?

What do we do with people who have been so abused and broken that all they know is abuse?

How do we instill a positive sense of Self in people who have lost their own humanity through abuse, educational and media brainwashing, and/or collectivism?

How do we treat people who have failed — sometimes in spectacular ways — but who repent of those failings and attempt to make restitution?

What do we do with unrepentant psychopaths with every likelihood of repeated and increasing offenses?

How do we tell the difference between them?

How do we get real food into people who’ve only subsisted on chemicals, heavy metals, addictive BigPharma drugs, Frankenfoods and processed pseudo nutrients?

How do we fight for change against powerful, conscienceless forces without resorting to their level and methods?

How do we teach broken, abused people to lead themselves without ourselves becoming the next pop icon, guru, dictator, villain, or cult leader when the people we are helping project the only things they know onto us?

How do we step into leadership roles when that triggers our own need for Shadow Work, as well as others’ unresolved Shadows massively projected onto us?

What is truly compassionate, and how do we navigate hierarchies of compassion?

These questions and more run throughout Starhawk’s masterful “City of Refuge.” It’s a gritty, disturbing, yet redemptive book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough during these troubled times.

 

 

Laura Daligan ~ Wine & Wild Wisdom with Anna McKerrow

This is a fun and fascinating conversation between the ever lovely Laura Daligan and YA author of “Crow Moon,” Anna McKerrow, perfect as we creep closer to Halloween:

Schizandra Series Update and Instant Manifestation

“Remember, my friend, you must go down the road to know, it is as above as so below.”

Now that we’re approaching Spring 2010, many people have begun to inquire about Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar, Book 2 in the Schizandra Series. True, I had planned to finish it around this time, and no, my divorce and move to Chicago are not the reasons for the delay. I actually think writing Book 2 may have catalyzed these changes, rather than the other way around.

In September, artist Tania Marie and I went on a quest to Mendocino, feeling that we would find something there to help our creative endeavors. What we discovered were some ancient teachings on Runes and language coding through number, color, symbols, and association. I had intuitively used some of this in Schizandra and the Gates of Mu, but I began consciously coding Book 2, and it was moving along quickly with lots of subconscious stirrings. It felt mysterious, fast paced and fun. In short, I liked it, even upon first draft.

Then … I ran into a strange “problem.” I’m not sure if it was the Runes or synchronicity or what, but I began to notice that whatever I wrote about started to manifest instantly in my life. If I introduced a character with a certain birthday, for example, someone would immediately appear in my life with the same birthday. Cool, right? Sure, with birthdays it was cool, but fiction thrives on conflict. In order to keep a story moving, an author really needs to give his or her characters the worst case scenarios. I found that whatever conflicts I introduced in the story, no matter how bizarre, began to weave their way into my own life. At first I started attracting clients with those issues, but then the conflicts began exponentially manifesting in my personal experiences. People with the same names, birthdays, and challenges as my characters started appearing and interacting with me in the same ways as in the novel. Situations that I thought stretched the imagination in fiction began to appear as everyday occurrences in my “real” life. They would be slightly different, but recognizable as a reflection of whatever scenes I happened to be working on.

Those of you who’ve read Book 1 know that some strange events occur. Well, Book 2 is even stranger, and my life suddenly grew even more surreal than usual. Fiction and “reality” began to blend in ways I did not particularly enjoy. Whatever I created on the page started to become my life, and I don’t like conflict. I much prefer fun, calm, wholeness, and a sense of total connection to the Divine. Throw in some chocolate and I’m good to go. 😉

Fall 2009 did not feel good, despite copious amounts of raw cacao! I am incredibly grateful for all of the shifts and transmutations, but whoa Nellie! I needed to tighten my imagination’s reins a bit.

So … I decided to take a break from fiction and started painting instead. The same instant manifestation occurs with my painting; however, I paint from my heart and I paint whatever I love, so I find this process much more fulfilling and sustainable. If I can find a way to separate my creative efforts on the page from the creations in my life, I will complete Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar. I’ve worked so hard to reintegrate parts of myself that I’m not sure separation is on the agenda, but I’m open to the possibility. In the meantime, I find my art continues to deepen and offers a lot of joy and positive transformation both internally and externally. I have always been a big “manifestor,” but the intensity and speed of those manifestations with my creative projects have stunned me. I’ve spoken with other authors, even spiritually oriented ones and they agree that fiction is hard work, but I haven’t heard of anyone experiencing QUITE this same problem with their characters and conflicts bleeding into real life. I’m sure it does happen to some people; I just decided I didn’t like it happening to me. 🙂

Artwork, though? Loving it! I promise to post some of my more recent projects soon. I keep taking upside down photos with my BlackBerry, and my computer won’t let me reorient them. LOL, no matter which way I turn my BlackBerry, the photos come in upside down! Several people have pointed out the appropriateness of this as I feel like The Hanged Man from the Tarot, suspended upside down, pondering the Runes until I “get” them, hop down and fully claim their knowledge. I haven’t hopped down yet, though, and likely won’t until sometime in June if my lease and other synchronicities are any indication. Hopefully, I’ll get those photos up sooner than that, though!

In the meantime, yes, I am still offering coaching, intuitive, medical intuitive and Reiki sessions and classes. My extra meditative state these days seems to enhance the insights, so do feel free to contact me. I thoroughly enjoy connecting with and helping people, finding it a mutual blessing.

Namaste.