Awakening your inner creative with yoga

Awakening your inner creative with yoga

Yoga is the perfect means to get your creative juices flowing when you are looking for inspiration and an injection of passion into your life. We all know that yoga offers a lot of benefits. It is of course a great means to stay physically active and healthy by toning and stretching the body. It’s medicine for the mind, helping it stay calm, clear and focused and beneficial for emotional wellbeing too. To add to all of this, yoga is also an ideal way to get your creative energy flowing. If you’re thinking, “that’s all well and good, but, I’m not the creative type,” think again. We all have a […] Read more…

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I’m a crazy creative and I love it

It took me 20 years to embrace my creative side and at times I feel like a total crazy person. I’ve always felt different but as I get older I’ve learnt to embrace the crazy creative spark. It’s my compass and I’m totally grateful for it. So here’s how I’m a crazy creative: I Love ALL the arts. Plays, dancing, painting, drawing, writing, design, architecture, decorative arts, sculpture, you name it, I love it. I jump from idea to idea. Stopping and starting projects all the time. I can’t choose what I want to do and I want to do it all. I’ve lost respect from people but gained respect […] Read more…

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Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pay, Love’  and you can put me into that bucket of women who can say ‘It changed my life’. I also love reading books on creativity and writing. Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear seems like a match made in heaven for me and it didn’t disappoint. The stars aligned and I had many small and big magic moments reading it. What I loved about Big Magic: Idea’s are living entities that visit us and unless we pursue them and give them our dedication they can leave us in the blink of the eye. Ideas move around people so you better catch […] Read more…

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Depression and the Writer

I personally don’t think writers are any more susceptible to depression than anybody else in this world. Creative or not creative it can affect anybody, anytime, at different stages of our lives. After coming out of a recent mini black hole I decided to write about my own experience but the main reason was I haven’t written anything in over a month and what better way to get back into the swing of things than to write about the very thing that stopped me from writing in the first place. Disclaimer: I’m not a psychologist. Depression is serious so please seek help if you need it. All thoughts below are my own […] Read more…

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How to build an email list with a Coloring Book

If you are thinking of adding an Adult Coloring Book to your portfolio of books or already have one, this post is for you. The rise of The Coloring Book has coincided with the rise of the email list. As authors the email list is our most powerful tool. There’s only one problem. It’s a coloring book? How do you capture emails with a coloring book? But let’s rewind to the start. I had been watching the rise of the Adult Coloring Book and they seem to be popping up everywhere. They were now in supermarkets, retails stores, art and craft stores and just about every bookstore had them displayed. […] Read more…

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How to write a book and not go crazy

The hardest part of writing a book is the actual writing. Writing is everything from plotting, editing, brainstorming and of course putting the words on the page. And then there’s all the time constraints we have and obligations we must keep up. Then throw in your creative hunger which keeps tugging away, giving you heart palpitations in the middle of the night and great ideas at the wrong times. It’s enough to drive you crazy! And writing a book can do that to you. It’s not easy to write a book but it shouldn’t steal your sanity. So here is my guide on how to write a book and not […] Read more…

The Book and The Beach by Guest Blogger April Klassen

The Book and the Beach

The following post is by Guest Blogger April Klassen. Reading a book is escaping reality in the form of a very cheap holiday. You can go on all kinds of adventures with all of your friends and even have a cheeky romance that no-one can judge you for because it was fictional. And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own bed to experience all this, unless you need to return the book to the library because it’s overdue. But is it appropriate to bring a novel, or even a stack, with you on a trip you’ve paid for? The answer is rather murky. So, when is it […] Read more…

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Eight reasons why I want to be like Joanna Penn

One of my virtual mentors is Joanna Penn and while it’s a little embarrassing to say, I want to be just like her. Over the years I’ve watched her rise to an authority in the Indie Author ranks, now turning over 6 figures a year in her business, Joanna is a total inspiration. I discovered Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn in my cubicle around 2011. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon her website but I downloaded her Author 2.0 Blueprint and began reading it one weekend. This is when I discovered self-publishing and the penny dropped like a ton of bricks. You can self-publish a book? There’s a […] Read more…

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March Selection: Book Cover Design

It took me a while to compile this post this month. Trying to sift through the emails, I finally looked at the Goodreads Newsletter. As always there are so many amazing books coming in in 2016. Equally there are so many amazing book cover designs to choose from. It was a hard choice and here they are. Here is my pick of covers for March:   Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs  In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he’s had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to […] Read more…

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LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINATION

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been nominated for a blogging award! Thank you to the lovely Blog Diamonds and Duddas who nominated me. The award I’ve been nominated for is a ‘Liebster Award’, which is an award created by bloggersfor bloggers in our community. The goal of the award is to introduce our followers to newer blogs on the internet. Here are the rules: To accept the nomination you must answer 11 questions as set out by the person that nominated you so here are my responses to the questions set out for me by Jolie: What is your best piece of advice for new bloggers wanting to get ahead? Write as much content […] Read more…

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