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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D is for Day Dreaming

My favorite pastime in the world is day dreaming. I love it! No matter where I am, with whom, and despite what I'm supposed to be doing, I'm always day dreaming. It's like magic...best during dedicated slots of time when I can day dream without any interruptions. :) For an ADD girl, day dreaming is part of my nature, but it doesn’t mean that I always have it easy. I need to let go in order ...
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Just Do the Next Right Thing

I have shamelessly borrowed today’s blog post idea from Corinne Rodrigues. She quoted my blog’s title from a book by Matthew Kelly while I, interestingly, first heard the advice from Julia Cameron.Just do the next right thing. Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? And therein lies the beauty.We can easily bog ourselves down with overly ambitious goals. They often pile on the emotional weight until the wh...
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Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel”

I've been fortunate to have a warm, safe place to share both my writing successes and frustrations in The Writer Zen Garden forum. And now my friends there have welcomed me to host a workshop based on Alan Watt's "The 90 Day Novel".A local writer introduced me to the idea. I resisted at first, not wanting anyone telling me what and when to write. That's how I initially saw this process despite her...
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Darla’s Path to Enlightenment – Another Small Step

Traditional Chinese dance, instrumentation, costumes, and storytelling all fascinate me. This attraction is one of my earliest memories. As a very small child I actually snuck into my mother’s bedroom and borrowed her Mandarin collared satin pajama top. Too short for the sleep pants, I eschewed them for the look of a Cheongsam style dress.(Not that I knew that word then, mind you. Nonetheless, my...
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Darla’s NaNoWriMo Update

Now that National Novel Writing Month has begun, I’m really finding my stride.No, I’m not a horse.  ~rolls eyes~  But I am writing.  My word count is in a range I haven’t produced since last November.  Quite frankly, NaNo inspires me.And inspiration is what I’d like to spread today.  I read a terrific pep talk on the NaNoWriMo website.  Author Chuck Wendig shared ide...
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Darla’s Day of Synchronicity

 "Rawr"AKAThe Bisque on my Wishlist Today I visited a pottery painting studio, wanting to do something relaxing yet creative. It fit in perfectly as an artist's date for the Julia Cameron "Walking in This World" workshop in which I'm participating. Also, it wouldn't cost a lot.I ended up painting two discounted Halloween pieces. As I relaxed over my projects, the shopkeeper unpacked her...
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Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

Wow!  Is it really October eighth?  In another month we’ll be through the first week of National Novel Writing Month.I’m attempting to stoke the artistic fire with activities like those mentioned in my previous post.  Likewise, I’ve joined a “Walking in this World” workshop.  There is a great group of folks delving into this Julia Cameron book together, so I’m excited about ev...
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Pictures and Pottery

Today, I had some ridiculous fun.  Hopefully, as “Artist’s Way” author Julian Cameron suggests, the activity will refill my artistic well.My adventure started with a visit to my favorite art framer.  All-around gifted, this photographer is working with me to recreate some damaged wedding photos.  I usually bring him something more eclectic, but I feel certain he and his wife will h...
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Writer Wednesday – Our Artistic Inner Child

In her multiple books and workshops, Julia Cameron repeatedly affirms that artists must let themselves play.  Her logic?  Our creative selves are much like children.  Her various interpretations make a great deal of sense to me, especially considering how modern Western civilization discourages both artistic endeavor and play in its adults.Grown-ups are dissuaded from doing things ...
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