Hello again! Did another month race past for you as well?
Now is a great moment to take a breath and think about how you would genuinely like to celebrate the Christmas/end of year festive season. It's so easy to get caught up in Black Friday and Xmas shopping and cooking and planning fever and miss out on actually enjoying time with family and friends (Covid permitting!) - and there are options...
The retreat starts tomorrow, November 22nd, so check it out right now if the idea of writing with prompts to to soothe the mind and nourish the soul appeals to you.
Books and Art
On the writing front, NaNoWriMo is the usual chaos of ideas extracted to a deadline. Overall fun but feeling like a slog right now to be honest! Hopefully a finished novel at the end of the process that those of you who like fantasy will enjoy.
Sunday Afternoon Poetry Live is still happening on Instagram, so check that out here if you like.
I am thrilled to say that I recently sold one of largest paintings through the Federation of Canadian Artists online gallery in Vancouver. It's 2 x 4 feet acrylic on board, called The Path By The Bow, which is the large river running through Calgary not far from my home.
You can see my profile here, although I would encourage you to buy direct from me if you can.
Christmas shopping? I have some fun new things at my online art store (prints, mugs, shopping bags, make-up/pencil cases), and you get a discount for being a first time customer, just use the code NEW10 for 10% off. Or order a gift poetry book, novel, anthology or Doctors Without Borders fundraising memoir here.
Stories for Healing
I'm almost ready to run my online workshop on rewriting the stories that define our lives. It's free this time around, so click here to watch the Intro video that explains it all, enjoy a free Gratitude Meditation, and sign up if it speaks to you.
Just for Fun
Here's a minute of astonishment.
Do all flies have wings? Bet you would have got it wrong!
So short and sweet this month!
Don't forget to let me know if you like any of my suggestions, or topics you might want to discuss or learn about. prints or other gifts you would like added to my art store, and cool stuff you find that I can talk about here.
Happy pause before the end of the year celebrations,