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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

If I had a Rider...(Repost)

Riders are basically negotiations that actors and musicians attach to their contracts; you know, like only blue M and M's in the dressing rooms, etc.
That got me to wondering what I would need in order to perform my job as a fantabulous and uber rich and famous (and prolific) writer WRITER. (Let us not forget the capitals;-). I have just one question; who do I send it to?

1) A lakeside cottage with the above aforementioned view, or one similar, in a forested mountain setting.

2) A personal trainer, one with the physique of the actors in '300'. (The better to motivate me...)

3) A personal chef, one schooled in my personal desires and quirky expectations.

4) A stash of All-Dressed potato chips, preferably a closet full.

5) A second storey office in said cottage, with windows on all four sides that open to the mountain breezes.

6) An extensive library of an eclectic variety of books, also in said cottage.

7) An awesome SUV, with all the bells and whistles, to take me to and from said cottage.

8) A Mac computer (I'm told this is necessary) to do my writing on.

9) Hours of uninterrupted bliss to follow my wondering mind.

10) Blue M and M's on the left-hand side of said Mac computer.

I've actually picked out the cottage I want, but dagnabit, someone already lives there;-)

What would be numero uno on your rider?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Following The Artist's Way: Introduction

Following The Artist's Way: Introduction

I'm sure that the majority of you have at least heard of - if not partaken in - The Artist's Way: The Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. I myself have undertaken the start of the twelve-week program three, maybe four times. Notice I said "the start of". Alas, once I came across the bumps in the road, I performed what Julia refers to as a creative U-turn. I don't think I've made it past Week 5, yet. Let me repeat that. YET. As of today, I pledge to myself (and to you all out there watching me) to complete the twelve week challenge that is The Artist's Way. I'm not so sure that Julia would choose the word challenge to describe it, but that's how it has stacked up for me in the past.

If you care to follow along, there is The Artist's Way Online. If there's enough interest, perhaps we can start our own cluster group and join the forums on the site.

To start with, there are two Basic Tools: Morning Pages and Artist Dates.

Morning Pages are written long-hand, and are stream of consciousness writing done first thing in the morning. Three pages of it.
Sometimes, three pages was a challenge. Heck, some mornings, just getting out of bed early enough to get them done before I had to get my day rolling, was a challenge. But I am the first to admit to the miracles that Morning Pages created. I'm not the same person I was before I started them for the first time. I'm more confident and self-assured than I ever was, even though I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm any smarter or wiser than I was before. I'm much more in tune with who I am and what I want out of life. I didn't have a clue before I started them. Why did I stop?
 {NOTE: Morning Pages are intended to be a lifelong practice, like brushing your teeth. Just because I slacked off on them doesn't mean it's good practice to do so. I now have plaque buildup on my  muse.}

 Artist Dates are weekly outings to explore something that interests you. By yourself. No children/buddies/significant other tagging along. These are basically play dates with your inner child.
I admit, I've had resistance to Artist Dates in the past. Part of me felt silly, part of me just simply didn't know what to do.
My Artist Date for this week: a shopping excursion to Josee's Handmade Imports. It carries a collection of New Agey stuff that I find stimulating and engaging. Then I'll hit the local craft store for drawing supplies for next week's Artist Date.

I'm hoping I can make it through the challenge this time without balking when things get uncomfortable. (No one has ever accused me of being the touchy-feely-let's-talk-about-our-emotions type. Emotionally stunted? Probably.) Each Monday for the next twelve weeks, I'll report on my progress. Or rant about how frustrated I've become. Or cry on your shoulder. Just warning you.
So I'm off to read Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety, and see what I can accomplish in the TASKS.
Have You ever completed The Artist's Way challenge? Any pointers?
Would you care to join me on this journey?
Any ideas for me to do on my Artist Dates?

Extensive List of Julia Cameron's Books

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm Baaaack!

I figured it was high-time to get back up on the horse. I've missed you guys!!! (Even though I've still been stalking a great number of y'all from the shadows...)
Is my life tuned-up and in perfect running order? Er, no.
Have I finished a series of novels and self-published them on Amazon Kindle and made my first million? You're at the wrong blog.
But I've been polishing my skills, rethinking  story structure and, of course, started another NEW AND SHINY story. (I can't help it!)
Over the next couple weeks I'll be revamping the blog; you know the drill;-)

In case you're interested and planning a trip to the Calgary Stampede, my daughter, Leanna, will be performing at the Calgary Stampede Talent Search at the Boyce Theatre on July 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm, for the preliminaries. And if you miss that performance, there's always her gig in the beer gardens at the Canadian Country Weekend in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, on August 12 -13, 2011.