I’ve begun reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book is a workshop to discover and recover your creative self.
All of us lose that dauntless creative spark as we get older, and I wanted to develop a creative lifestyle so that I would get into a better writing routine. I didn’t even feel creatively blocked, but now that I delve into this book, I realized I do have some rusty, old blockages and stale issues with self-doubt that need to be resolved.
I bought this old copy from Amazon. I like the worn-in magic of used books. I feel they hold some of the residual energy of the previous owner. The book is very spiritual and it’s also superstitious. I love its wide margins peppered with inspirational quotes. I’ve been using the extra space for notes, which is what I’m sure the author intended.
There are many exercises to do each week, but so far, I’ve only been doing what’s called ‘morning pages.’ They are three pages of stream of consciousness writing first thing in the morning. I thought this journal writing stuff would take up too much of my time, but I find that after I’ve done my three pages, it’s as if time moves more slowly. My head is less cluttered with aimless ruminations, and I have space to think productive thoughts.
I also started going on the ‘artist date.’ Scandalous, I know! This is a date you have with your inner artist to fill the creative well and trigger inspiration. You must be alone on this date – and it’s not setting aside a few hours to write/paint/create by yourself. It’s inventing some other activity that isn’t directly related to your work.
For instance, one week I watched and reviewed Bitter Moon. The next week, I gutted and refurbished the woman cave – my artistic haven. It can be anything from going to a garage sale to making an exotic recipe you’ve never tried before. I think it’s all about training your brain waves off the usual tasks to allow the unconscious processes time to gel.
I plan to give this copy away when I’m done with my journey. I hope to pass the creative spark and the notes along to another artist. This book has changed the lives of people all across the world. Artists form groups and go through the journey together. I will at least share my experience with you and pay it forward.
So, join me in my journey if you’d like to cultivate your creativity, and hashtag your posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #myartistdate so we can share in the creative cauldron!
May the artistic force be with you!
Whaddya know? I forgot that I scheduled a promo! And it’s the last day.
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We’ve recovered from our hangovers. Get ready for some news, bitches.
I meant to get this news out in individual posts before New Years, but that never happened. I blame my tardiness partly on holiday preparations, but it was mostly the coma-like state induced by excessive eating and champagne consumption. So here’s a round-up of the latest news from my little place in this world.
New Reviews for The Wrong David
I was surprised to see two new reviews for The Wrong David. I still feel awed (and terrified) when I find out someone read my book. And I’m stupefied whenever I receive a review, especially 5 stars. I am both humbled and flattered because Max Tomlinson is a highly respected author of noir, dark fiction, thrillers, and Sue Archer runs one of my favorite blogs on writing and editing called Doorway Between Worlds. I thank these reviewers from the bottom of my heart. (These were unsolicited reviews)
New Victims for Writers Roast
I have two brave writers willing to be skewered for the Writers Roast. Amanda Mabry will be put over the hot coals first. She’s an “author and bibliophile, redeeming villains and scandalizing saints one chapter at a time…” She submitted a chapter from her fantasy WIP that I really enjoyed reading and you will too.
My next carne asada (as we call it here in Panama) will be Doug Stuber, “a visiting professor of English at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea.” He requested to be served “with a nice reduced glaze, a side of salt potatoes and pickelled garlic on the side.” I’ll see if I can manage that.
My winners will tell you…
coffee tastes better in a mug with a naked lunatic on it. This took place before Christmas, so I have no excuse for failing to announce my winners for the Mad Genius coffee mug contest. Please, accept my apologies. Congrats to Kim Whaley and Cecil Parsons!
Kim Whaley is my #1 fan on My Sweet Delirium’s Facebook page. She’s been there from the beginning and says she enjoys all the inspirational and funny posts and quotes. Thanks for your support, Kim!
When Cecil Parsons received his mug he tweeted, “I love it and it enhances my coffee flavor.” He also said he was fighting to keep the co-workers from stealing it. I was surprised to hear this, since blogger buddy/beta reader, Charlotta Amato, says my crazy naked man (whom I’ve named Figment) “scares the hell out of her.” I think I’ll take a poll to make sure he’s not frightening people away from my fanpage.
I have another really cool prize coming up this month, so stay tuned and make sure you like Sweet D’s fanpage to participate.
The Sculptor is Finished, Kind of…
I vowed to have my third full length novel done before Thanksgiving, but travel and business prevented me from keeping my promise to myself. I left my poor heroine, Ona, in an excruciating position and felt terribly guilty for abandoning her while I was off living real life.
Read 7 lines from the third book.
After a two-month hiatus, I finally sat down and wrote the ending. I considered it a present to myself on Christmas morning. Although it felt good to get it overwith, the final moment was sort of an anti-climax. After being away from my characters and story for so long, I didn’t feel like I did them justice.
This is not only the ending of the book, but the ending of the whole series, and I intended to build up everything to a such an emotional crescendo that I’d leave the reader bawling their eyes out. As of now, I think it faded out more like a hot fart, but oh, well. That’s part of writing.
At least I know I can write novels and finish them. Now it’s time to learn how to revise. I’m dreading this part. With three books in their crudest forms, where do I begin? Fellow writers, any help is greatly appreciated! I have no idea when I’ll be publishing these babies. Maybe by Christmas 2015? In the meantime, you will enjoy more posts involving Kristine Poole, my amazing sculpture consultant.
I know there was more stuff I forgot to tell you…
…but I can’t remember right now. Let me know if I left anything unresolved and share your New Year News below!
Also, please share any revision resources or tips. I have a huge mess to clean up here.
Hello, my friends! Today’s the last day to enter to win my novelette, The Wrong David, at Deranged Writers for their December Delights festivities. I know it’s kind of a last minute announcement, but I’ve been traveling the past few weeks and I’m totally disoriented. Apologies!
To win a copy, just pop by Deranged Writers and visit Anne and Chani. If you’re feeling Scroogy, they will put you in the holiday mood with food, decor, folklore, and travel.
Enter by visiting these posts! (Follow directions at the bottom)
HOLIDAY FOOD & DRINK: BREUDHER
GOOD OLD ST. NICK
CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. ONE
HOLIDAY DECOR: CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S
HOLIDAY DESTINATION WISH LIST: CHRISTMAS IN PARIS
Learn more about The Wrong David.
The Wrong David with my tote bag from the giveaway. Can you tell I’m obsessed with Klimt?
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Who doesn’t need an extra coffee cup? Or maybe you know someone who suffers from a shortage of mugs for hot beverages.
The latest nifty prize is this coffee mug featuring my crazy little mascot dude, whom I have named Figmento, and the quote by Aristotle “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.”
This is the first edition quote mug I’ll be designing in a series for My Sweet Delirium, which will be available for purchase after the contest.
If you don’t drink coffee, already have a cupboard full of mugs, or are just plain broke–I’m holding the drawing before Christmas. Then you’ll receive the prize in plenty of time to re-gift it to the caffeine fiend of your choice.
Carry Klimt with you wherever you go.
A legendary painting on an ordinary tote bag.
Perfect to carry your books in.
Enter My KLIMT BAG GIVEAWAY
I’m finally starting a Facebook page for the blog. The truth is, I found out that WordPress.com websites don’t accept Rafflecopter after I already paid for it. So I created the fan page out of necessity because it’s the only place I can host the little contest widget thingy.
Please give the My Sweet Delirium page a ‘like’ and send over your friends. I promise I’ll post lots of interesting goodies on it. I also plan to giveaway a nifty prize every month!
Win the KLIMT TOTE!
DRAWING NOVEMBER 1st 2014