Happy New Year! What’s new in the Garden?

Happy New Year, Gardeners!  It's a great time to be in the Writer Zen Garden. Inside this blog: Prompt Circles are back - next one is Jan 21st from 2-4 at Open Books Walking In This World online workshop, Jan 22nd through April 22nd F.E.A.R.S. Workshop - Finish, Edit, Analyze, Research and Submit, Feb 5th to Mar 4th Dialog - Who Says What To Whom, March 12th to March 25th A to Z Blog Chal...
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Zen

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End mind, beginner's mind?  We're at the end of our challenge for this month, the April A to Z Blog Challenge.  Six of the WZG crew participated this month, and we've brought you all sorts of content from, well, A to Zen.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. Why Zen?  Why Writer Zen Garden? One of the central ideas of Zen Buddhism is to be in the now.  By being fully in t...
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Y is for Yoga

Some of the benefits of Yoga are: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved respiration, energy and vitality. Maintaining balance. Weight reduction. Cardio and circulatory health. Improved athletic performance. Protection from injury While I love Yoga...I really do, in this instance I'm using it as a metaphor for writing. Now how can you apply these w...
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An Alternative to Xanax

Writing can serve as a path to the self.  In troubled or stressful times, we need this more than anything, but our society's advice is to avoid the problem - take a pill, a powder, and do anything but face it head on.  As news of Prince's death trickles out, and his possible addiction to prescription medication, it's become even more apparent to me that we are a nation addicted to drugs - lega...
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Whoops! R Is For I Gotta wRite Something Quick!

So, I have a cold.  I went hunting around in my archives for a funny picture and came across this gem, snapped by my partner in crime, Rachel Wilder. With friends like these, ... Of course, it captures perfectly how I feel right at this moment, even though it was taken some time ago when I'd just gotten out of bed and was trying to do morning pages.  :) Today is my day to post somethi...
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P Is For Prepper

P Is For Prepper - by Rachel Wilder All right world I can say it - I’m a Prepper! So many people give me the reaction that I’m crazy. That I’m actually hoping something horrible will happen so I can break out my canned goods and emergency radio. That people should suffer around me so I can test to see if my batteries are really good for ten years. That is the last thing on my mind. B...
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N is for Nice Girls Writing Naughty

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  Since I am not affiliated personally with the blog Nice Girls Writing Naughty, I feel it’s not inappropriate to promote the group. On the other hand our own very dear and talented team of A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder are very justifiably represented. I can personally vouch that these two are both extremely nice. And they write some extremely delicious naughtiness. In case you h...
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For the Love of a Library

I didn't like books at first.  I liked it when my dad read to me, but I didn't read myself.  I learned how to read interesting books around age six, graduating from the boring "See Jane Run" types.  My mother had a set from when she was a child that were graded by year, and I read those.  But something was still missing. Then my father took me to the library and showed me how to find good b...
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K Is For Using Krav Maga To Kick the Inner Evil Critique Away

Before you’d go into this post thinking I’m some kind of Krav Maga expert about to enlighten you on martial arts, let me assure you that I’m no expert. At all. At any kind of sport…I’m more of a couch potato, really.  ~grin~ What I’d like to do is utilize Krav Maga’s basic principles to dealing with the evil inner critique. Julia Cameron calls the evil critique we have in our head The Censor, a...
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