Last time we looked at vocation and how spiritual practice can be used in your work. In the final post of this series, we explore practices for creativity that are relevant whether you see yourself as an ‘artist’ or not – they may even be an essential part of your life if you want to… Continue reading Mystic Warrior Practice – Creativity
Merry Solstice and a Happy New Year to all my lovely readers! Thanks for visiting and reading my ramblings this year! An especially big thank you to those who donated – particularly Denise Byron and Roi Wamboldt – you’ve made it possible for me to continue running this site for another year. I’d also like… Continue reading Happy Solstice and Thank You!
It’s been quiet around here for the last couple of weeks and I’ve fallen behind in my writing schedule. But I have the perfect excuse: I’ve broken my left wrist and thrown everything out of whack. No more touch-typing for me – at least for a while – and pecking out words one letter at… Continue reading A Fateful Encounter and an Unscheduled Pause…
Exciting news! There’s a whole load of new stuff to explore on this site – recently arrived from my neglected (and soon to be comatose) other blogs. More on the details in a moment, but first, some context: Regular visitors to this site will have noticed that I recently upgraded to get rid of the… Continue reading New Stuff has Come to Light!
Writing as a Sacred Path by Jill Jepson is a practical guide to discovering the deeper purpose behind your writing. She describes writing as a vocation or calling; not just a job you do, but something you feel compelled to do regardless of the outcome. Writing becomes a central part of your life and you… Continue reading Review: Writing as a Sacred Path – Jill Jepson
Recently you may have noticed that WordPress has started to put an insane number of adverts on this site – and every other blog with a free plan. I understand the commercial imperative but seriously doubt that carpet-bombing pages with ads creates a higher click rate. Not only that, but the adverts are shitty too… Continue reading WordPress Carpet-Bombing Ads and a Plea
Inside Story by Dara Marks is a book that can help you to write stories with real emotional depth and impact. It’s aimed at screenwriters but the advice can be applied to any story of any length. The transformational arc refers to how your characters change over the course of a story. But it’s not… Continue reading Review: Inside Story – The Power of the Transformational Arc
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande is a classic in the field of self-help for writers. It was originally published in 1934 and has been much imitated since. It’s similar in intent to Writing Down the Bones and aims to get you writing by tapping into your inner genius. Sounds great, but is it worth… Continue reading Review: Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg is a collection of short reflections on writing designed to help you become a better writer. The advice and inspiration is rooted in the practice of Zen but you don’t need to know anything about Buddhism to benefit from it. There are many similarities… Continue reading Review: Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my lovely readers! Thanks for visiting and reading my ramblings this year. I’ll be finishing the Zodiac Myths and films series over the next couple of months and then… I don’t know… we’ll see what comes up! In the meantime, have a great holiday season –… Continue reading Happy Holidays and Thank You!
Stranger Than Fiction is a perfect example of the Virgo archetype on film. It’s a modern fable about the interconnectivity of life and the power of stories and literature. The story follows Harold Crick, a taxman who lives a very ordered life until his wristwatch decides to stir things up a bit. The film is… Continue reading Stranger Than Fiction: Death and Taxes, and the Meaning of Life
Don’t expect applause is about not expecting recognition or applause for the things you do. The original slogan is the same and it encourages you to let go of attachment to the outcome, in a similar way to slogan 28. Nobody in their right mind expects applause for practising mind training and meditation. You know… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Expect Applause