Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

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

A Few Updates

Blue House Nearing Completion:

Five months into the happy detour of taking over the house next door as a writing office/community space/larger classroom/guest house, along with expanding my garden into another yard, including the planting of 1,000 spring bulbs this fall, everything is now finished except my writing office and the back laundry roomed turned indoor garden center. Those will continue to progress, but the main public spaces are finished except for some very minor details. This feels like a milestone, because I’ve finally finished enough of the setup to return to some of the exciting projects I initiated shortly before life opened up in that highly expansive way.

First order of business: finishing my Permaculture Design Course so that I can officially share my permaculture knowledge via classes and consultations.

Permaculture Education Center is one of only two accredited online versions of the original 72-hour PDC created by Bill Mollison. Although many people prefer to take their PDC in person, for me, the online option works well — no travel complications, no need to worry whether or not a locale can meet my dietary preferences/needs, no concerns about fluorescent lights in a classroom, no need to be away for two weeks or several weekends, much lower cost than in-person classes, plus the ability to work at my own pace.

Since I already have a lot of experience gardening, designing, and visiting various permaculture set-ups, I didn’t feel like I needed another in-person experience if that meant I’d need to wait for perfect timing to begin. When I first signed up, I thought I’d jump right in, but with the wonderful, yet unexpected late summer through fall detour, I really appreciated the flexibility to put studies on hold until fully able to concentrate on them.

Dr. Enzo contacted me back in 2014, recognizing I’ve been using permaculture design principles in our yard since I began transforming it in early 2013. He explained how the PDC would offer expert feedback on those designs, as well as additional, more in-depth permaculture information than what I’ve learned through books and mini-courses. So far, I’m enjoying the course, and I can attest to the thorough critique of homework and excellent response time for emails! As mentioned before, Dr. Enzo has also offered a $50 discount for any of my blog readers who wish to study through Permaculture Education Center. Just use coupon code LauraB when you sign up. (I’m not an affiliate — just passing along the discount to my readers.)

Writing Update

Some people might remember that I originally became interested in Haus am See (our name for the Blue House), because I wanted a writing office with better views. The downstairs bedroom overlooks my extensive gardens instead of staring at a wall, factory or blank field. I had given up on writing any fiction in our lovely home, because the only spaces I could write in here either have offensive views or are filled with the energies of phone sessions, blogging and/or everyday living. In order to create something inspired and new, I knew I needed a very different space that allowed for my soul to exhale the everyday and inhale Awen.

Earlier this year, pre-blue house, I had begun OBOD’s Bardic Grade course as a jump start to my writing and inspiration. I actually credit those initial studies with the spark that led to the magical intention that drew forth the new opportunities via expansion next door; however, the appearance of that intention in real form resulted in me putting a serious delay on continuing those studies. As the winter months settle in and we make our way past holiday guests and travels, I will be taking advantage of weather imposed restrictions on gardening projects and teaching large volumes of in-person classes so that I can spend more time as a student, completing the courses begun earlier this year.

What This Means for the Blog:

When I first began my studies, I had announced a conscious inhale and reduction of posts and outer commitments. After a very quick inhale, the sudden, unanticipated new direction of the exhale resulted in a surge of larger in-person Reiki classes, house guests, and hosting community events, plus all those new gardening projects! All my creative energies focused on setting up Haus am See, researching plants, finding decorations, manifesting more furniture and bargains, and designing the yard and sacred indoor space. Blogging felt like a still-productive and creative chance to sit down, so after a short respite ,I ended up continuing nearly the same level of blogging as before.

While I do enjoy blogging and view all the support I offer here as a sort of tithe, blogging and excess email correspondence remain the easiest, most logical areas from which to draw extra time for other creative projects. I will still continue a regular load of coaching and intuitive clients; however, please don’t be surprised that frequency and length of blog posts will drop into hibernation-maintenance mode for awhile. I need to reclaim that time and energy to focus on coursework over the next few months in order to be able to offer those things I feel led to share in 2016.

New Website in the Works:

As further preparation for the expanded direction, I also feel led to consolidate old websites and create a new website that focuses much more on gardening, permaculture and in-person, local classes, along with a shorter bio and vaguer descriptions of intuitive services palatable to the local customs and consciousness levels here. This blog will remain, but some of the free time I would devote to blog posts will get funneled into creation of a new WordPress hosted website, which I’ll announce when ready. I’ve already shut down two eBook websites and redirected them to the books page on this blog. If you’d like copies of my novel Schizandra and the Gates of Mu, or my non-fiction books, The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide and/or If I Only Had a Brain Injury, please contact me for purchase details.

The new website will include a new newsletter signup, as well as standalone information about classes and offerings. Since my international blog readers and clients appreciate far greater depth and breadth of topics and discussions than what most of our local community finds comfortable or comprehensible, it seems wisest not to try to be all things to all people via a single web presence. The new site will also provide clients with a chance to refer people to me or my services, without requiring new people to wade through the blog.

Wishing You a Blessed Winter Season:

‘Tis the time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere) for going indoors, hunkering down, reading, dreaming, incubating and nurturing seeds and bulbs that won’t reveal any evidence of themselves until spring. I wish you all a creative, productive and joyful season. You’ll still hear from me, but in order to preempt concerned emails about my seeming incommunicado or a deluge of “must post” links, I wanted to share the new direction now.

If you have must share links or information, please find ways to share that through your own channels. I’m not currently looking to host my own radio show,  become a news aggregate website, or list every single article available on faeries, permaculture, growing your own food, Putin, geoengineering, magick and/or countless other things I’ve blogged about. I’ve always envisioned this blog as a springboard offering — a place from which to bounce as your own interests and passions lead you to respond to the many challenges and opportunities facing our world today.

If you would like my personalized attention or discussion of various issues, then please contact me to book a session. This blog is a public service, but the income from private sessions and classes is what allows me to offer so much here for free. It also allows me to model how local volunteering and local projects help to ground effective and empowering changes in our larger world.

I know many wonderful, informed and creative people through this blog, but in order to create deeper and more informed, wonderful offerings, I need to focus my time and energy on the projects at hand. You are powerful. If you believe I need to post a link or become aware of some new topic, please step back and ask yourself what you feel called to do with that information. Please let your growing awareness of our crazy world inform and inspire the actions that you take, as I follow my inner guidance here.

Blessed Be … and be the blessing!

 

Moving Stories and Tips

You asked, and I’m delivering. Every time I move, I receive so many emails and longing comments during sessions from people who “would love to move” like I do, who “would love to just pick up and go,” and “would love to inject a little more adventure” into their lives.

I’m writing another ebook on these very topics! It will cover everything from moving on a shoestring budget to synchronously finding that perfect spot to utilizing all your resources in all dimensions to make things as easy and fluid as possible. After all, The Lazy Raw Foodist is also a Lazy Mover.

And a Lazy Author! I intend to share all of my own tips, but I’d also love to include some others’ stories of Divinely inspired and managed moves, as well as some of the more mundane matters like packing tips and finding the right realtor in case you want to buy instead of rent. If you’d like to contribute, please email me at brunoleaf (at) yahoo.com to give me a sketch of what you’d like to offer. All chosen contributors will receive a link to your website and a promotional tag line, along with an acknowledgement and repeat contact information in the beginning. There will also be an affiliate program through ClickBank.com if you want to recommend this resource on your own site.

I tend to move fast — in relocations as well as ebooks. I penned The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide in three weeks from start to finish, so contact me soon if you’re interested. I don’t know that it will be THAT fast, but the instant manifestation seems to be continuing.

Many Blessings!
Laura

Halloween Fun and NaNoWriMo

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Karen Lang of Lemurian Stargate offered me one of the best Halloween celebrations ever: a trip for the second year in a row to her family’s vacation home just north of Bodega Bay. Last year I hosted a weekend of classes, but this year, it was all about the writing. National Novel Writing Month, that is. Yes, she and I have officially joined the somewhat insane quest to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November.

I considered doing this last year, but opted not to push myself so hard in my quest to finish Schizandra and the Gates of Mu. Even though I’ve recovered my vision from my 1998 brain injury, 50,000 seemed like a LOT of words! But this year I realized that I had written about 20,000 words of character studies, scenery and research during the final week of October, and suddenly 50,000 words didn’t seem so impossible.

I am, of course, working on book 2 of the Schizandra Series, Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar. So many people keep asking when I’ll release this book that I’ve felt the need to hunker down. In addition to the 20K of background prep, I began November 1 with 5,782 words of actual text. I’m not counting that for NaNoWriMo, because we’re supposed to start fresh on the first. So far, I’ve written an additional 5,300 words or so, leaving me about one day behind, but still hovering over 11,000 words total.

I may or may not post progress updates this month. If you don’t hear from me, you’ll know why. I’ve got another 1,400 to write tonight. Considering that eleven years ago a brain injury left me unable to read or write longer than five minutes per day without an excruciating migraine, I figure getting anywhere close to 50,000 words in one month will be cause for major celebration. It’s just a first draft, but all books begin that way. If I keep pace, then Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar really should be ready by Spring 2010. No promises, though!

Speaking of celebrations … I had so much fun dressing up for Halloween that I put on fairy face paint the next day, too.

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November 1 is my character Schizandra’s birthday, so Karen and I said a little Happy B-day to her and then hit the beach to look for stones. I found a pocketful of jade, pictured below:

Handful of Jade

OK, I’m off on a mad dash of words, kombucha and cacao. Wishing you a wonderful November! Fairy Blissings …

Laura Fairy Bodega 4

Writing, Writer’s Block & Editing

Traci Moore, my editor for Schizandra and the Gates of Mu just interviewed me for her website. We cover a bit about my writing process, along with how I knew when to hire an editor, and what inspired the Schizandra Series. If you know me primarily as a Medical Intuitive and Life Coach, my nerdy English major side might surprise and/or amuse you. Enjoy!

Amazon Reader Reviews of Schizandra

Schizandra’s getting some really interesting reviews on Amazon. Test readers noticed more vivid dreams, too. I’ve also been hearing from clients who bought the novel but haven’t finished it yet that their dreams and thought patterns are becoming noticeably more creative and fluid.

Cool! I edited the heck out of this book to help people feel and experience a sense of oneness and movement in and through different realities on the edge of their current consciousness. With my soul readings and medical intuitive work, “dimension hopping” as Shazzie calls it, comes naturally to me. Moving in and out of ancient memories forms an everyday occurence. I’m happy to see from these initial reviews that Schizandra and the Gates of Mu has begun to weave its magic in others’ lives.

Here’s a HUGE thank you to everyone who has ever had a soul reading, intuitive life path assessment, animal communication session, Reiki class/session, or medical intuitive reading from me. I didn’t know it at the time, but providing those services was honing my brain to write a book about conscious expansion into freedom and bliss. Much love!

Laura Bruno

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

Shazzie Reviews Schizandra

Schizandra and the Gates of Mu

Schizandra and the Gates of Mu

Review by Shazzie
I’ve always wondered where the novels were that I’d want to read! With more people waking up every day, the need for switched-on fiction is growing ever more pressing. Laura’s ability to write a book like this without everything becoming a raw-vegan-yoga-cliche is notable. She achieves this because she truly lives this lifestyle, fluttering from dimension to dimension, pulling it all back into 3D words. And happily, though the characters are also flitting from dimension to dimension, they are all very interesting and funny, with not a trace of brown rice and sandals to them. It’s like reading about people we know doing things we do: drinking yerba mate, ignoring phone calls, ’80s pop music, drowning in spam and emails, 2012, feeling ascension, finding crystals to heal instead of calling your GP, tarot card readings, synchronicities, modern classic literature, the history of the future and of course yoga. Laura even mentions the non-leather seats of a Jaguar, and all us vegans know how frustrating it is to have to buy half a cow when we just want a nice car.

With lines like “I will love you forever for thirteen cacao nibs”, “When you vow a vow to God, do not delay in paying it. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and then not pay” and “Give me liberty or give me death”, we are blissed with profound realisations coated in chocolate fun. And, yes, Laura squeezes the history of cacao, real chocolate into the novel. The novel draws us into the desert and its desolation, weirdness and otherworldliness so well you start to feel the cold odd nature of the place, despite its heat. Telepathy, teleporting, all we want and need to make a quantum leap to the next level of communication manifests in this work.

Laura skillfully weaves a tapestry of an orphan’s magical journey, the prophecies of 2012, a mystic grandmother descended from witches, twin maiden reflexologist great aunts and alien-like cacao guzzling frog creatures. The orphan, Schizandra, has an ability to see pain and illness in others, but she doesn’t really understand her power. However, it’s clear she is a metaphor for being the centre of the universe, a portal for transformation. And as with our personal growth, we can only truly heal when we become the centre of our own universe, creating life from our thoughts. We come to realise why so many have a foot in both worlds, afraid to truly let go: because this is the “time of no time” according to the Mayans. As she rebirths, we realise that we all have to do the same and leave the old world for once and for all.

The work we do on ourselves reflects perfectly in Schizandra’s condition. While reading tarot cards, Tom explains that Schizandra’s very reason for incarnation is to trigger evolution and ascension of the species. “This Ascension process would only occur in a calm and loving heart.” Yes! It’s all about the love, love. Laura pulls together the stories of all involved at the same time, as everyone works in their own way to save and rebirth Schizandra, which in turn does the same for all of humanity.

This unique work of heart is so fast paced it almost reads like a short story, yet it’s a full-sized flesh on vegan bone novel. I furiously flicked through the pages wanting to know how our own end will spark our own beginning, in rebirth.

Review by Shazzie.

You can find Schizandra and the Gates of Mu here, immediately on Kindle, or order an autographed copy here.