I remember my first ever Halloween party. I was 9 years old. It wasn't really a thing in England back then, but a girl in my class was American, so we all got dressed up, bobbed for apples, played hide and seek in her enormous house, ate spooky 'cookies', and my witch's costume, complete with pointed hat, won the prize for being the cutest. I wasn't exactly impressed.
Fast forward a few decades, and I still get called that more often than I would like.
So, how do we chose the stories and labels that define us?
If you are interested in exploring that, and creating a better story for your life, then click here or the image below to learn about a new live class I am offering and get on the waitlist for a session that suits your time zone. The experience will be via Zoom and it will be free this time around.
Books and Art
I am home again!
I had a wonderful five month visit to England to be with my mother and extended family, visit parts of the country I had wanted to visit and attend a writer's conference at a distance. I'll let you know when the panel discussions I was part of are uploaded to YouTube, but since the whole event is volunteer run it might be a while.
So now, I am dusting off my basement art studio, and preparing a new work of fiction for NaNoWriMo in November, when I will join thousands of writers all over the world to write 50,000 words, roughly equivalent to a first draft of a novel. It's a blast, and great for beginners. Right now there is a ton of info on the site to get you ready, so if you have ever wanted to write a book, come and join us! If you do sign up and let me know, we can be writing buddies and share our progress.
Sunday Afternoon Poetry Live is still happening on Instagram, so check that out here if you like.
So as most of you are heading with me into the winter season, I was wondering what you might need, what might make your lives easier/better/more joyful.
Here we go:
For podcasts, I suggest this curated list from artist Zoe Keller, who I follow on Instagram. Her graphite drawings are extraordinary, see them here, and she has assembled these podcasts, Wild October 2021, to celebrate her love of nature and help us deal with climate breakdown and the anxiety it provokes.
Are you getting into costume for Halloween? Eliminate single use make up items by using reusable sustainable alternatives from LastObject.com (good any time of course)
Are you feeling as if recent times have left you jaded? This 4 min video from Alan Watts might help. Life is not a Journey
Do you struggle with back pain and posture issues? Then Eve at Spinefulness.ca has got a treat for you. What she has taught me is genuinely transforming how I sit and feel. I haven't got to the walking section of her material yet but I am excited about what I will learn.
Early Christmas shopping? I have some fun new things at my online art store (prints, mugs, pouches), 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.
Traditionally, All Hallows Eve was a time to mark the ancestors, so let us take a moment in our lives to remember those who came before us, to appreciate the care they took of the Earth, the wisdom they handed down to us, and our own lives that spring from theirs.
I wish you more treats than tricks wherever you are and whatever you are doing this season.