Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Eternity Knot by

 




 

Mairi has been shown the future and knows humans must change their ways. Continuing on their path of disconnect with Nature will cause the destruction of human life. Tasked by the Seelie Fae to save the human world, Mairi and friends seek out ancient wisdom in the stories of old. The Queen of the Unseelie Fae decides humans have to prove themselves worthy of the Earthly Realm, or die trying. Dark magic makes Mairi push harder to find the answers she needs, but the Undersea Faerie Queen is weighing in and Mairi is uncertain whose side she is on. When young people representing cultures from all of the continents share their knowledge, Mairi finally feels the seeds of hope. Deadly faerie magic is working against humanity, but humans and faeries are working together like never before. As humans begin seeing the earth through ancient views, they are waking up to their dormant powers. Now Mairi must put all the pieces together before time runs out for human life on Earth, and for once she's starting to feel worthy of the task. Join Mairi and friends in this exciting conclusion to the Celtic Magic series. 
 
 
 

 
 
The Celtic Magic series is a unique tale connecting modern day California to the Scotland of centuries ago. Join Mairi during a life-changing year in this eco-heroine's journey, following the Celtic wheel of pagan holidays through the seasons and time as she meets druids, witches, and faeries of both Light and Dark. Discover what role mythic stories play in saving the Earth from imminent destruction, and what happens when the world is inclusive of all people. This series includes The Trinity Knot, The Witch's Knot, The Faerie Knot, and just finished is book 4, The Eternity Knot! 
 
 
This book is perfect for teens and adults of all ages who enjoy a 
modern take on myths and fairytales! 
 
 
 
Publisher:  Independently Published (June 12, 2021)
Genre:  Coming of Age Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
Pages:  329 
ASIN:  B096TTR9PK
ISBN-13:  979-8700673150
 
Purchase The Eternity Knot on AmazonWaldorf Books, and/or H.R. Conklin's website: Wild Rose Stories. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.
 
Buy Links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eternity-Knot-Celtic-Magic/dp/B096TTR9PK/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=celtic+magic+h.+r.+conklin&qid=1625601403&s=books&sr=1-2
 
Waldorf Books Online: https://earthschooling.info/thebearthinstitute/product/celtic-magic-book-4-the-eternity-knot/
 
Wild Rose Stories: https://wildrosestories.com/shop
 
 
 


About the Author H.R. Conklin 
 
H. R. Conklin grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where her mother gardened and her father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where her parents were a dancer and an actor. This undoubtedly led to her overactive imagination and love for nature. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, two adult children, and three dogs. She used to teach kindergarten at a public Waldorf charter school in which she told many fairy tales to the children, and made up stories in her spare time. Now she is a Story Circle Leader and guides parents in homeschooling at a private Waldorf school.
 
 
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Symbolism in Sleeping Beauty By H. R. Conklin

Symbolism in Sleeping Beauty

By H. R. Conklin

(author of The Eternity Knot in the Celtic Magic series)

 

Sleeping Beauty has long been my favorite fairy tale. I first heard it on the little toy record player my grandmother gave to me. The record set came with several classic European fairy tales, both as an illustrated book and a corresponding record. I was preschool-aged when I first listened to Sleeping Beauty, and I thought the story must be about me. After all, just like Aurora, I lived in a small cottage on the edge of a sunny meadow and a deep, dark wood. My house was even surrounded on three sides by a dense blackberry bush we could not penetrate. It was enough to cause me to fall in love with the story. You can imagine how difficult it was for me to grow into a teen during the late 1980s and hear that the popular fairy tales were being considered anti-feminist. Was I really expected to turn my back on the fairy tales I loved so much if I also wanted to demand equal rights? As it turned out, no. Fairy tales are actually full of empowering feminist symbols.

I came to learn that Sleeping Beauty is about the societal forces at work attempting to keep the young girl a maiden, never to grow into womanhood. This is the story of an overpowering masculine force, the king/father, trying to keep his daughter a little girl forever. He does his best to keep her from ever pricking her finger, symbolic for experiencing her first blood or menses. But the menstrual cycle is a journey that not only do most women go on, it is a journey that we go on alone. We might be, and hopefully are, surrounded by a group of women we can turn to with questions (i.e. our fairy godmothers), but ultimately, we are on a personal journey of transformation from maiden to woman.

Let’s look at the twelve fairies (in older versions of the story than Walt Disney’s) who are invited to the christening of baby Aurora, served dinner with twelve golden plates. These plates symbolize the twelve full moons of the year, golden and round. But the king and queen have left out the thirteenth fairy, just as the thirteenth moon was left out of the solar calendar.  Thirteen is often considered an unlucky number, and while I was growing up I often heard that a woman’s period was “the curse” and not to be spoken about. This version of the story comes out of an austere era of chastity belts, corsets, and long skirts to hide the women behind. We are only just stepping away from such an era. It was less than sixty years ago that a girl had to wear skirts to school. So, when the thirteenth fairy is not invited it is a lot like women not being invited to the table of men. Because there are only twelve plates (the solar/masculine year) the thirteenth fairy (the lunar/feminine year) cannot attend. Yet, the thirteenth fairy shows up anyway and curses the girl. She will prick her finger, she will have her first menses. Kind of like when “Aunt Flo” shows up when we least want her to. But is it a curse or a blessing?

We know that growing older can’t be avoided, but the father especially struggles to fathom letting his daughter grow up, so he reacts to the thirteenth fairy’s curse by burning all the spinning wheels. Spinning wheels in fairy tales represent fate, and he is determined to change his daughter’s fate. Even in the Disney version of three fairies, who are the three old women raising Briar Rose (Aurora’s pseudonym) out in the woods, they represent the three Fates common in many a story from the Norse, English, and French. Fate cannot be changed, at least not in a myth or a fairy tale, and certainly not when it comes to the coming of maiden blood.

Aurora returns to the castle and climbs the stairs, symbolizing attaining knowledge, pricks her finger on the spindle or spinning wheel and falls asleep. Her age varies with different version: thirteen, fifteen, seventeen, but coincides with the age girls often get their first blood. Some as young as eleven, but not usually so young in this fairy tale. This is another clue to what this story is really about.

With the whole castle and the entire countryside fallen into a deep sleep (symbolic for blindly following a norm, in this case “keep girls young,”) a thorny hedge grows up around the kingdom, protecting them. An interesting thing about the teenage mind is that teens are known to need more sleep. There is actually a physiological response going on that this story accurately depicts in metaphor. Their rational brain, the frontal lobe, is still developing so rational decisions are not readily available. Their Limbic system is firing so their emotions are extreme. In essence, the young teenager is asleep, not yet an adult. Aurora, a young teenager, sleeps as she waits to grow up, and society sleeps with her, unwilling to let her grow up. Society, after all, prefers young humans over old humans, as often advertised on television.

While Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) sleeps, she is given a gift. We aren’t told what happens to her as she sleeps so we often assume nothing at all happens. She must simply be waiting for her prince to come and kiss her awake. This is where this particular fairy tale gets in trouble with feminism. However, if you’ve read The Myth of Inanna (a Sumerian myth) or Persephone (a Greek myth), I believe we get a hint to what is taking place while she sleeps. In these two stories, both women travel into the depths of the world and must overcome a trial. Inanna triumphs over death while Persephone embraces death, both journeys culminating in a more complete woman in these two stories.

The gift for Aurora is completeness; in essence, womanhood. In stillness, sleep is bringing alive Aurora’s imagination on her way to becoming a woman. Rational thoughts, which are still under the influence of the emotional brain, are maturing. When she awakens, she is a woman with a well-rounded, rational, emotional, and imaginative mind. She has had her first menses, (remember when she pricked her finger.) The king cannot stop the natural cycle of Aurora becoming a woman. The thirteenth fairy made sure of this.

Yet, something else also took place within the princess while she slept. Her feminine and masculine sides came together in her. The original story of Sleeping Beauty is “Sun, Moon, and Talia” from 1634 in which Sun and Moon are the twin children of the sleeping maiden, who is raped while she sleeps. This is a harsher metaphor of her coming into womanhood. The 1697 version of this story is “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” by Perrault and it, too, has a rape bringing about twins. As harsh as this metaphor is, the sun is often seen as masculine and the moon is often seen as feminine, as we saw with the cycle of the year. Disney removed the rape scene and the twins (Sun and Moon) and placed instead a prince that penetrates the hedge and awakens the sleeping princess. The hedge, like a forest, symbolizes darkness, or an unknowing. With the arrival of wholeness (masculine and feminine coming together) the roses bloom, something the philosopher Carl Jung considered to represent the integration of male (thorns) and female (flower.) Again, higher knowing is gained by the girl who is now a young woman.

Through understanding the symbolism in fairy tales, my favorite childhood fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, is saved. A person with a well-balanced mind, one with rational thinking, emotional thinking, an imagination fully blossomed, and the feminine & masculine energies intertwined is, indeed, a happy person. The “happily ever after” has nothing to do with the marriage between two humans, but a marriage of the mind of a complete and whole woman, in spite of her father trying to keep her young forever. The feminist in me rejoices and it’s still one of my favorite stories. I have shared it in my Women’s Story Circles.

For more about my circles, check out my website www.wildrosestories.com. For more about symbolism in other fairy tales, read Marina Warner’s From the Beast to the Blonde and her other writings. https://www.marinawarner.com/book/from-the-beast-to-the-blonde-on-fairy-tales-and-their-tellers/ I have found I enjoy reading fairy tales even more now that I know they contain sacred symbolism. I thoroughly enjoyed researching the fairy tales and myths I used in my Celtic Magic series for this reason.

 

  

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Paper doll update

 Paper dolls will be available very soon! Stay tune!

In the mean time here is a video of the creation process:


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Your Next Level Life by Karen Arrington

 

Book Summary
 
If you’re a Black woman in business and feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success means for you. It’s time to get that upgrade.
Channel your black girl magic. Karen Arrington―author of Your Next Level Life, founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women―is your guide to getting to your next level life. Build a legacy of black excellence.
How big do you want to live? With the seven simple rules in Your Next Level Life, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve.
Give the gift of confidence. Looking for inspirational gifts for aspiring black women in business? Your Next Level Life is unlike other self-help books for women. It’s a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women.

Adopt the 7 rules of power, confidence, and opportunity and you can find success:
  • Create all the money you need
  • Position yourself like a star
  • Connect with other powerful women 
 
Print Length: 73 Pages
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher: Mango 
ASIN: B07N8FWXCN
 
The Checklist Book is available to purchase online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Be sure to add this to your GoodReads reading list.
 
About the Author, Karen Arrington
 
Karen Arrington is an award-winning author, women’s empowerment expert + global philanthropist + winner of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Karen’s coaching, mentoring + philanthropic work spans over 100,000 hours of service — including her position as a Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra Leone, her work as the co-founder of the first Diabetes Awareness Day in West Africa, and her role as the founder of The Miss Black USA Pageant.

She won a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for her book, Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence and Opportunity for Black Women In America. She has also been honored by The Lifetime Network, Jones New York + other major media outlets for her tireless advocacy for women’s health, success + empowerment -- including a Red Dress Award from Woman’s Day Magazine for her efforts in the fight against heart disease, the #1 killer of women.
Over the past 20 years, Karen has helped over 1,000 women step into powerful careers in media, business, medicine + law — transcending hardship, abuse + financial limitations, and transforming their lives + communities. Today, Karen offers private coaching + global service retreats around the world for ambitious women who want to live their best lives -- only better.
 
Find out more about Karen by visiting her website KarenArrington.com, follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
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Monday, June 21, 2021

Illustrations in Fantasy Novels by Hugh Fritz

 Illustrations in Fantasy Novels



I’m always considering ways to make the characters in my story more realistic. Illustrations seemed like an effective way of doing that, but I never practiced drawing or painting. My sister-in-law is an artist and I asked her if she’d be willing to try making some images for the novel. She gave it a shot and completed images of Flarence and Claire, but they’re not in the book because she didn’t want them to be public. That’s why she gave me the contact information of Lothar Speer, who is an old friend of hers.


There were a lot of aspects of illustration production that I wasn’t aware of when I requested it to be done. My sister-in-law didn’t want her work in my book because she prefers still-life and the kinds of images I asked for required the characters to appear as if they were in motion. I realized that she excelled at still-life, but I’ve seen her use human figures in her paintings before, so I didn’t expect it to be a big deal. It turns out transitioning from stationary to movement is difficult because the techniques require completely different uses of shading since portraying movement is done by having some sections lighter and making them gradually darker (that’s probably a simplified summary, but that was my takeaway when it was explained to me).


Another lesson I learned is that when working with illustrators there isn’t any room for partial ideas. You need a clear image in your mind and be prepared to stick with it. This wasn’t an issue when developing the inside pages. As expected, Lothar asked a ton of questions about where the scene took place and how the characters should be positioned. It became an issue when finalizing the cover. Lothar spent a lot of time on the image, but he didn’t include the text. The deal was that once the cover image was complete I would email it to the publisher who would add the title and author information. Based on the cover of the first book, I speculated that the title would be on the top and my name would be on the bottom. The problem was, I didn’t tell Lothar that was just speculation and I didn’t confirm with the publisher that it would be the case. The first version of the cover was reversed, with the words “Public Display of Aggression” on the bottom and my name on the top. I didn’t expect it to be a big deal because the characters were still visible. Once again, I didn’t grasp the difficulties that accompanied this change. Lothar was under the impression that the top of the cover would be filled with the long title, so he dedicated more time to the details of the bottom portion. When he saw the title on the bottom of the cover blocking the parts that he’d spent days perfecting, he took it as an insult. It took a few panicked conversations with both Lothar and the publisher to change the cover but thankfully we were able to come up with an image that was agreeable to everyone.


I realize that my experience isn’t representative of everyone who has worked with illustrators, but if anyone is considering hiring an artist I hope this post provides some advice. Decide if you want the image to be stationary or portray movement and ask the artist if they are adept in one or both. If the artist is not going to be putting in the title themselves, make sure you’re able to tell them exactly where it will be placed, how big the font will be, and, if you can, what color it will be. These are things I didn’t dwell on because (pardon the cliché) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Since I’m not an artist I didn’t realize that it isn’t enough for an image to be visible; some portions of images are given more attention than others and are intended to jump out at the audience. I also can’t appreciate how much a single picture can mean for an artist’s career. As a writer, I’m accustomed to taking a step back. There may be a chapter that a reader doesn’t like, or somebody may notice a plot hole, but I’m not bothered by those kinds of specified issues. It’s unlikely that someone will pick up a book and read only one chapter, and people can find plot holes in any work of fiction if they look hard enough. I’m concerned with my book as a whole, not individual paragraphs, and I’m interested in the overall audience response instead of a few isolated nitpicks. For artists, I’ve learned, it’s different. Somebody may only ever see one of their works, which means they may only be known by that single project. That’s why it’s important to be crystal clear with artists about what you want when hiring them, and to be patient when they take a long time to complete it. For all they know that project may be the only thing a patron will ever associate with their name.




Sunday, June 20, 2021

Only My Horses Know and Read Aloud Stories with Fred

 


In this full collection of Read-Aloud Stories with Fred, we have included all six stories from volumes 1 and 2, a bonus story "Looking Inside" by Margo L. Dill (only available in this collection), and a foreword by Margo also. Each story has an illustration to start the story along with a question for children to consider while the story is being read aloud to them (or older children can read to themselves). These stories are perfect for parents and grandparents to read to the children in their lives.

The stories are:

"Looking Inside" Join a kindergarten class as they learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how he believed all people were the same on the inside.

"Ben and the Terrible Red Card" Ben is always getting in trouble at school, but he feels his teacher just misunderstands him. He's trying!

"The Hobbling Hermit" The hermit's feet hurt, and he takes out his grumpiness on his new housemate, a small, smart mouse.

"Sammy and the Cross-eyed Crow" Sammy lives in the jungle and talks to animals! What happens when he meets a crow who can't fly straight?

"Ben and the Bully, Billy Bob" Here's another Ben story, and this time, Ben's in front of the principal's office for a run-in with Billy Bob the Bully!

"The Cheerless Chairmaker" Fred Olds has written a new fairy tale with a poor, sweet chairmaker and a smart, savvy princess!

"Sammy and the Royal Rabbit" Sammy is back in the jungle with Jonathan the crow, and this time, he is visited by a rabbit who thinks he's a king!

This is a very special collection of short stories by two experienced children's authors. Don't miss out on getting this collection today! 

 

Purchase Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.


About the Author, Fred Olds

 

Fred Olds has crafted dozens of stories over the years and has been involved with various writing and critique groups. At the age of 92, he is a devoted husband and proud father and grandfather living in Central Illinois. After retirement from the Postal Service as an electronic technician, he finally has time to concentrate on writing. A true storyteller at heart, his first love is writing children’s books with an occasional murder mystery thrown in for a change of pace. Check out his kids’ short story books, Read-Aloud Stories with Fred, Vol. 1 and then Vol. 2, and his first book for adults, The Hobo Who Wasn’t, an exciting detective story. He's also the author of The Dog and the Flea: A Tale of Two Opposites and The Cat, the Mouse, and the Neighbors' Dog, two books of the Perky Pet Problems picture book series.





Book Summary of Only My Horses Know

Life on a Montana horse ranch has always been the best for twelve-year-old Kylie Hannigan. She bonds with the horses, rides them with her friend Joey, and helps her mom train them. Plus she barrel races her favorite horse, Kiwi, and with plenty of practice and grit, they will definitely beat her rival Olivia this year.

But then, something starts happening with Kylie’s mom. She sleeps all the time, and Kylie has to do the chores, the training, and all the care for the horses--and it’s too much! At least it’s summer, so she doesn’t have to worry about school, and she can spend time talking to her favorite animals. One day, a strange-behaving horse with an even stranger name shows up for

training but is only ignored by Kylie’s mom. Training a difficult horse used to be a fun challenge Kylie could share with her mom, but that’s not even happening now.

Then her mom changes again, and she’s up doing everything—including cooking and cleaning in the middle of the night. Kylie still gets no rest because Mom thinks Kylie should be able to do it all, too. So when school starts and Mom’s behavior goes back and forth and back and forth, and then embarrasses Kylie in front of Joey more times than she can count, Kylie decides the only thing she can do is hide everything from everyone—accept her horses.

Kylie’s life spins out of control along with her mom’s. She can’t train for the barrel races with Kiwi or keep up with homework or talk to her best friend. What will it take to get her life back to the way it used to be? Or is that even possible?

Purchase Only My Horses Know on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Be sure to add this to your reading list on GoodReads.


About the Author, Cinda Jo Bauman

Cinda Jo Bauman lives in Central Illinois with her husband and dogs. During her high school years, she took every art class offered along with every child development class. After a class where she spent part of the day at a daycare, child development won out over art. Years of story time led to a love of children’s picture-books, which made her wish she had stuck with art. 

Flash forward to today, and she still loves children’s books! After researching and much study; learning about writing and illustrating children’s books, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and found her passion. Besides writing children’s picture books and middle-grade novels, Cinda also creates with cut paper sculptures and paints in oil and acrylic. She loves iris flowers and the color purple.

Only My Horses Know is her debut middle-grade novel.

Find out more about Cinda:

Cinda's website is: https://kidsillio.com/

Cinda's YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spQ7Vyc-4ZA




 

About the Author & Publisher, Margo L. Dill

 

Margo L. Dill is the CEO and owner of Editor-911 Books in St. Louis, MO. She is also the author of the American Civil War Adventure Series with two books, Anna and the Baking Championship and Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg, for middle-grade readers. Her other books are That's the Way It Always Happened and Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies, which are illustrated picture books, and she has a short story about kids learning about Martin Luther King Jr.'s teachings in Fred Olds's collection of short stories, Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Vols. 1 and 2. Her next book is for teachers and parents and is out in June 2021, It's Not Just Academics: A Guide To Teach Kids' Health, Communication, and Social Emotional Skills. She lives in St. Louis with her tween daughter and lively rescue dog, Sudsi. 

 

Find out more at:

Her website: www.margoldill.com

Editor-911 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoDill.author.editor

Editor-911 website: https://editor-911.com/editor-911-books-1



















Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Hugh Fritz with Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series: Public Display of Aggression!

 

 Public Display of Aggression

 By Hugh Fritz


Book Summary:

 Soleil and Flarence are immortal Genies who can bend the fundamental forces of the universe through willpower alone. For centuries, they have considered themselves the most formidable beings in the world, but some newcomers just might give them a run for their money.

Magic has always been limited to living things. Throughout his life, Soleil has never come across an object with supernatural capabilities. Now, a human has somehow constructed guns with the ability to fire spells. Genies are normally resistant to offensive magic, but Soleil knows from experience that the enchanted revolvers harm all creatures equally.

Resurrection is one of the few limitations to a Genie’s abilities. Not even magic should be able to bring a person back from death. Recently, though, Flarence saw a corpse not only rise but also fight. Endowed with incredible speed and strength, the revived man seeks revenge on his murderers.

To make matters worse, Darren (the third member of the Genie “family”) is still missing. He's been lying low, biding his time, but hasn’t forgotten about Officer Tymbir, and has every intention of settling their score.

Darren, the revived corpse, and the man with the magic guns have a list of people to kill, and are eager to spill blood. With the help of Mohinaux and Claire, Soleil and Flarence rush to locate them, uncover the sources of their powers, and find a way to stop them.

 

This book is perfect for adults who want to get in touch with their inner child!

 

Purchase Public Display of Aggression on Amazon, Organic Books, Page One Books and Barnes and Noble. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

 

About the Author Hugh Fritz: 

Hugh Fritz is a fan of monsters, mad scientists, sorcerers, and anything that involves beings with incredible powers beating each other senseless. After years of writing research papers, he decided it was time to give reality a rest and let his imagination run wild.

 

 Find out more at:

website:  http://www.hughfritz.com 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Stories-by-Hugh-Fritz-397896477228957

 






Saturday, May 22, 2021

Time Management - Creative Energy

 


Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/344P0Jj

 

 

The modern world works on billable hours, clocks watched, and the mantra, “Produce, produce, produce.” Even among other creatives there is a massive emphasis on getting more done, not to mention the competition. The pressure can kill creativity, damper the joy in your work, and knock you off balance.

 

You might find yourself somewhere between totally overwhelmed at the prospect of managing your time or you’ve tried and failed so often you are ready to give up.

 

It’s because you are a creator! You see the world in terms of expression and potential. You dream the impossible. You have exactly what it takes to make life functional, balanced, and beautiful all at the same time.

 

Having a creative spirit requires discipline. Creators like to let their ingenuity run wild and free. A dog can be a friend, a protector, and companion. But just like creativity, if not disciplined, the dog can go feral and then turn on its master. Once creativity is tamed, this energy can be harnessed, focused, controlled, commanded, and become a powerful ability for the creator who can masterfully control their artistic energy.

 

 

What kind of creative energy method (or combination of) are you?

 

 

Zig-Zagging

Zig-Zagging energy is great for brainstorming, seeing the applications of available resources, recognizing opportunities, and fueling enthusiasm for new projects. However, the struggle comes with actually completing tasks.


Obsessing

Obsessive Focus Energy gets things done! It is the arrow shot from the archer’s bow: one target, one path, one destination. No distraction! No deviation! 

When Obsessive energy ebbs, as all energetic cycles will, the creator is left in befuddlement, wondering where everyone has gone. They may realize that they have broken promises, missed opportunities, or simply strained their own capacities too far.

 

Evading


The Evading creator would like to write a book. They have lots of notebooks at home, but they need a fresh notebook. They may redesign their entire office, and then say, “I can put my mind to my work, but only when the dishes are done”.

Evading Focus Energy is about preparation. The wonderful thing about Evasive creators is that they generally control their flow of creative output and balance. They are great team members because they will never let the group run off half-cocked in excitement about the latest endeavor. They have prepared for every contingency and once the ball gets rolling, it can roll much farther.

 

We cannot change the outcomes of our lives if we don’t change our understanding of creation, time, and ourselves. You can channel your desire to create into the powerful motivating force it is meant to be. 

 

 

 


 

Deirdra is a social and behavioral scientist and the author of Time Management for Creative People, in which she explores the seasons, cycles, and how to be in the right mind for right-brain creators.






Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Healthy Meal Ideas

 





Stir Fry




Dessert:  Dark hot chocolate and rice pudding with cinnamon. 

Green curry


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