Feeding the Holy, crafting a spirit

Words of encouragement shared by Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring. ““Weaving, writing and painting our stories into the things we create is a way of feeding the Holy in Nature, which has kept us fed and alive,” says Toko-pa.” And so much more to help us through our writing journeys.

Leaf of the Tree

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So many thoughtful souls keep us company when we’re on a path of creating.

“Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem,” said Rollo May.

Kurt Vonnegut said, “The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow.”

“People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore,” Anna Quindlen has noted. “It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit.”

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“Weaving, writing and painting our stories into the things we create is a way of feeding the Holy in Nature, which has kept us fed and alive,” says Toko-pa. “And as we put all of our lostness and longing into the beauty we make, we do so knowing that we…

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At the shores of discovery

Struggling with your writing process? Feel like you've hit the wall? Read Phyllis Edgerly Ring's blog post below. Phyllis has the gift of explaining those moments that we feel we are sinking in quicksand, but her gift extends to showing us the way out.

You’re Not Alone – An Indie Author Anthology for Macmillan Cancer Support

I am happy to re-post a blog that is doing something for the good of humanity. It is my hope that you will get behind Ian D. Moore’s venture to publish You’re Not Alone – An Indie Author Anthology for Macmillan Cancer Support. The e-book is available for pre-order now on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk -the links for the respective sites are available in Ian’s blog. The paper book version will be available soon after the release of the e-book.

To help grow support for this worthwhile project, please help get the word out to the masses by reblogging Ian’s blog, tweeting, posting on your FB page and word of mouth. I can tell you that I will be first in line for a paper book copy for myself, as well as extra copies to give as gifts. Please do what you can do to support this cause.

The Quill Pen Writes

After much international formatting and file assembly spread over two different time zones and several thousand miles, we have managed to get You’re Not Alone available for pre-order on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk the links for the respective sites are below.

Amazon.co.uk

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Not-Alone-Author-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00Y5RCOOE/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1432472635&sr=8-10&keywords=You%27re+Not+Alone

Amazon.com

Please help us to raise as much as we possibly can through the sale of this anthology to help those who need the support of the Macmillan Cancer Nurses. The Anthology will be available in paperback version shortly after the full release of the ebook which is scheduled for 11th July 2015. I would ask that if you’re able to, please reblog this post, tell your friends, utilise your facebook contacts and let’s see how far around the world we can gather support.

The anthology has already proved that the theme of relationships is woven into its very fabric, given that authors have contributed short stories…

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My anger is real and just.

Carolyn Riker’s blog “My anger is real and just” is the most honest blog about feelings I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Honest and raw in feeling. Well said, Carolyn! Thank you for your honesty, and sharing it with the masses.

Magic of Stardust and Words

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Warning. I’m super grumpy.

I almost dread what’ll come out of my mouth.

Skimming through my newsfeed, I detest the catchy psycho-babble nonsense that’ll cure your [insert any label] in 10 quick easy tips!” All I hear is blah, blah, blah.  Flip [scroll] the page and shake my head.

I assure you it’ll take a lot more than 10 tips to ‘fix’ me. Perhaps I don’t even need fixing. Maybe what I need is to be heard and seen.

Equally annoying are the sexy click and bait posts.

I’m tired of the BS and the steady stream of artificial-flavored-super-happy and perfect people. How is that even possible – every-flippin’-day? (I have a hard enough time getting clothes on.)

My rose-colored glasses have been dipped in real and that’s when I stop for few seconds because this wicked heart-throat-lump forms.

Maybe just maybe I’m ranting and raging because (big sigh)…

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Couple Thousand Miles, Two Time Zones, One Goal

Show your support by helping to raise awareness for Ian D. Moore’s venture to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support through his writing of You’re Not Alone – An Indie Author Anthology. If you do not care to purchase the book of short stories to aid Macmillan Cancer Support, you can still show your support by reblogging Ian D. Moore’s blog and share his blog on Twitter and Facebook. And be sure you follow the progress of Ian’s venture on FB at http://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015. Will you do your part to help with this venture?

The Quill Pen Writes

You're Not Alone 43D

At 0200hrs UK time and indeed, for most of the day today on and off, myself and the very talented author Nico Laeser, the digital designer who created this cover image alongside the simply awesome Christine Southworth, batted backwards and forwards ideas relating to the font and text layout. The first image was far too generic for me, in my head was something smoother, older looking, something to give real ‘feeling’ to the efforts of both artists.

I wasn’t keen on the first cover with the italics and the regimented lines, it needed something to make it speak to me. After a couple of hours (the wee small ones in the UK) and much discussion with Nico, he sent through the image you see on the above picture and, with a little 3D magic applied from me, what we have now is the finalised cover to You’re Not Alone –…

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