Blog & Guestbook

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Below is my blog about my books, thoughts and advice on how to Go Creative! (see also #gocreative on Twitter) and  first glimpses of new stories and poems.

Here is also where I post advance copies, free giveaways and signed books.

Comments are invited in the GUESTBOOK.

199 Comments in “Blog & Guestbook”

  1. June 27th, 2014 at 9:45 pm
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  3. December 12th, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    paul murphy Says:


    Love the posts about the Christmas poems, one of my favourites is BC:AD by U A Fanthorpe. I had not heard of it until I was asked to read it out at a service and I fell in love with it and her poetry generally


    This was the moment when Before
    Turned into After, and the future’s
    Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.
    This was the moment when nothing
    Happened. Only dull peace
    Sprawled boringly over the earth.
    This was the moment when even energetic Romans
    Could find nothing better to do
    Than counting heads in remote provinces.
    And this was the moment
    When a few farm workers and three
    Members of an obscure Persian sect
    Walked haphazard by starlight straight
    Into the kingdom of heaven.

  4. November 30th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    Briane Pagel Says:

    I love the Dickens quote. Saw you on Jess Bell’s site today and I’ve bookmarked this site for the future. Great writing.

  5. November 7th, 2013 at 11:28 am
    Phil Mason Says:

    Orna, it is very interesting to read the context of these poems, When You Are Old is one of my favourite of Yeats’ poems. The piece in your last blog about Maud engaging in ritual sex with Lucien down in the vault under the chapel is the most bizarre thing I’ve read in a while. Maud was some character – can’t wait to read more,


  6. November 4th, 2013 at 9:54 am
    Phil Mason Says:

    Orna, I can’t wait to read these blog posts about Yeats, I’m totally fascinated by him and his life. I read his autobiography but I must confess I found parts of it hard to understand and I’m now reading a biography of his wife George.
    Thanks for this,


  7. October 18th, 2013 at 11:31 pm
    Michael Cantone Says:

    When I go off on a rant that sounds perfect to me I realize there is no one there to listen. It is true what I say but I cannot seem to remember the exact words to write them down.

  8. September 27th, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    Andree Says:

    Thanks Orna for this very interesting posting. But I do not agree that creative people are ‘abnormally sensitive’. To me they are normally sensitive. Being creative and sensitivity are natural human qualities. Everybody is born with it. Yeah! Look at the kids. They are extremely sensitive and creative. But unfortunately there are images and pattern of what ‘society’ is expecting. And so the kids learn to shut up, striving for ‘success’ / money, etc. and they learn to burry their sensitivity deep inside. They don’t want to be seen as losers or misfits. And I believe that’s the courageous work, creative people are doing. Whatever they do doesn’t matter, etc. painting, writing, making music. They’re working on overcoming the skilled inner resistance to unfold the natural potential of creativity and to dare being highly sensitive. What a wonderful fact that we have all these artists who inspire us to see and develop true humanity.
    Well, I guess it’s a big issue. Maybe there is even no such thing as a ‘writers block’. It could be a block of daring inner truth and listening to ones heart voice.
    I’m, sorry if this sounds a little complicated or confused in my bad English. But I don’t want to see the creative work as an extraordinary or abnormal path. It’s simply a normal and truly wonderful necessity.
    All the best wishes!

  9. July 17th, 2013 at 9:36 am
    Roberta McDonnell Says:

    Hi Orna, I just listened to your interview at The Zone, brilliant! Much enlightenment and encouragement. Especially resonated with your point about leaving the work with a thread to pick up next day, as Hemingway did. Having recently read A Moveable Feast, I had been trying to apply that principle he talks about- letting the well fill up overnight and stopping work when you still knew where it was going so you had something to start with next day. Best of luck with Blue Mercy by the way, as it moves on in its life- I read the Kindle version as soon as it came out – it bowled me over! Thanks again and best wishes . Roberta

  10. July 10th, 2013 at 12:43 am
    Valorie Grace Hallinan Says:

    I am really enjoying your series on creativity. It’s great. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  11. July 9th, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    Tracey Holley Says:

    creative writing – I can relate to your comments as i suffer from emotional distress and this kind of writng can be very therapeutic – good for the soul good for the compassionate self ie seeing failure as a learning opportunity. With depression there is such a disconnect – therefore to make a connection to others or even to yourself through writing your self can create the process of self validation which in itself is very healing. Thank you Orna for your enlightened and encouraging words.
    I think I have just made the connection to help get me through.

  12. May 6th, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    Phil Mason Says:

    Orna, this preview of The Pilgrim Soul is magnificent, I can’t wait to read the finished work. WB Yeats has always fascinated me and although I read his autobiography I didn’t get any feel for what he might be like to know as a person but this excerpt from your book does just that.
    Kind regards and thank you for all your inspirational submissions on Facebook,


  13. April 13th, 2013 at 3:36 am
    Paddy Says:

    Very nice articles. You have a unique take on life and are what I call a real writer. I ordered your novel about Ireland from Amazon this morning and I’ll be taking it on holiday. I’ll do a review when I come back but thank you especially for your article on creative time and clock time. Thx for writing :)

  14. April 10th, 2013 at 10:50 pm
    Tony Cuckson Says:

    Dear Orna,

    Love the writing. You are an inspiration

    Thank you so much


  15. January 29th, 2013 at 9:53 pm
    Rose Says:

    Hi, This is my first time on your site and I want to thank you for the F-R-E-E Writing articles which I enjoyed reading and plan to put into good use. I also found it very interesting about the various health conditions and general physical, mental and emotional health which can be improved by doing this type of writing.

  16. January 4th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    Kevin O'Kendley Says:

    Congratulations Orna and thank you for your great writing. -Kevin

  17. January 2nd, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    Roberta Says:

    Congratulations on your success with the books Orna, you’re an inspiration! I loved Blue Mercy. Wishing you a peaceful and abundant 2013 :)

  18. December 28th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    James Navé (@JamesNave) Says:

    When the wonderful poet William Stafford was often asked during interviews how he managed to write a poem a day, he would chuckle and say, “I lower my standards.” Of course it was a joke. Even so, I suspect Stafford was really saying he ignored the standards around him in favor of his own.

  19. December 17th, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    Vera Says:

    Orna, I wait each week for your posts to drop in my email. You’re an inspiration in all that you do and you’ve encouraged me to pick up my pen and try to write myself. Thank you for the gifts! ~ Vera

  20. December 14th, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    Christi Says:

    You can definitely see your skills within the article you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid
    to mention how they believe. I loved your book After The Rising and am now reading Before The Fall. At all times follow your heart. Thank you.

  21. December 9th, 2012 at 7:15 pm
    Gwen Says:

    Good day Orna! It’s always a better one for me when I read your articles. You have helped me so much and i just wanted to say thank you.

  22. December 7th, 2012 at 12:00 pm
    Sally Says:

    Thank you for “Are You.” Your poetry reaches the deeps.

  23. December 7th, 2012 at 11:01 am
    Linda Anger Says:


    “Are You: A New Poem” –



  24. December 7th, 2012 at 10:02 am
    Orna Ross Says:

    Really kind of you to comment, Jackee. More than any other kind of writing, poetry needs creative reading. Thank you for being that reader!

  25. December 7th, 2012 at 9:28 am
    Jackee Says:

    Orna your poem this morning caused me to pause and take in each line. It was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  26. November 29th, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    Tonya Rothe Says:

    You are an inspiration to all of us! I certainly see this as an underhanded bully move to punish all authors in the name of any who dare to go against the omnipotent publishing houses. It is highly resented, I’m sure, that many writers no longer wait to be anointed by a corporate publisher. Hooray for Indie Authors’ Alliance!

  27. November 29th, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    Claire 'Word by Word' Says:

    Interesting move by S&S and probably happening because they’re looking for new revenue streams and knowing there is a proliferation of writers out there wanting to be published and prepared to pay for it.

    I guess they will create another imprint to avoid it cannibalising their better known imprints. But with Amazon getting in on it and writers networks like SheWrites now offering interesting (and supportive) packages for self-publishing, this looks set to be a competitive domain.

  28. November 21st, 2012 at 4:23 am
    Mike Cooney Says:


    You make a persuasive argument for action in an area of Irish life fraught with difficulties. I am an old man and enjoy my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren some of whom might well have been aborted but for the resolve of their mothers to give birth. It is a tremendously difficult decision for a mother to terminate her newborn babe growing inside her – at least I hope that it continues to be a time of soul searching and not a ‘family planning’ afterthought. Therein lays the dilemma for me. I have no blanket answer yes or no for the right of a woman to abort her fetus – all people are different and circumstances may differ, so why should anyone other than the mother have a say in the matter? It is the mother who will live with the results of her decision. Gentle support during an emotional time – isn’t that what the expectant mother needs and deserves? A time for Ireland’s lawmakers to be brave and compassionate – finally.

  29. October 17th, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    Orna Ross Says:

    Roberta, I read, and was touched, by your very perceptive and generous review. Many thanks for it and your kind comments.

  30. October 17th, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    Roberta Says:

    Looking forward to continued inspiration from the new newsletter Orna – thanks for putting so much into Go Creative! It’s a great motivator and I loved Blue Mercy by the way. All the best :)

  31. September 20th, 2012 at 11:52 am
    Roberta Says:

    Thanks for the CREATE poem – it was just what I needed, when I needed it! As always, love catching up with your posts and the inspiration and encouragement they never fail to bring. All the best, R.

  32. September 5th, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    Linda Runnebaum Says:

    Hi Orna, I wanted to tell you that my son visited the United Kingdom this summer. He is a People to People Ambassador. He’s 11. He went to Scotland, Ireland, Wales and London and had the time of his life. He was over there in June right before the Olympics started. Wish I could have been there with him but I’m living vicariously through all his pictures. :) Thanks for the posts. They are always good reading.


  33. August 17th, 2012 at 4:48 am
    Linda Hale Says:

    I am delighted to hear that information on the Easter Uprising and War of Independence can be accessed online. A boon for someone like me who lives in Australia but drawn to writing about Ireland. Thanks for making this known Orna.

  34. July 28th, 2012 at 11:11 pm
    Toni Prescott Says:

    Would be delighted to read and review it. I read both your other novels and enjoyed them both.

  35. July 27th, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    Mary Bailey Says:

    Orna, I would love to read and review Blue Mercy. I read Before the Fall and After the Rising on my Kindle, and loved them both. Mary

  36. July 27th, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    Linda Story Runnebaum Says:

    Sign me up. I’d love to read it!

  37. July 27th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    Holly McCabe Riordan Says:

    HI Orna!! Would love to read your new novel!!

  38. July 27th, 2012 at 11:13 am
    Natashja Singleton Says:

    Hi Orna, I would love to read and review your new novel! Kind Regards Natashja

  39. July 26th, 2012 at 11:11 pm
    Madeline Says:

    Hi Orna, I think you mean July 31st? ….. I’d love to have the free copy and do a review, but I’m sorry, my techno-incompetence has struck again, and I can’t see where to apply. Hope you will see this and do it for me? Madeline

  40. July 16th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    Suzanne Power Says:

    Love it Orna, what a great message for the times when pain might win but the practice has all the answers. Thanks so much for being a Patti Smith to those of us who admire you.

  41. July 16th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    valorie grace hallinan Says:

    This is a great post. I look forward to reading her book. Thank you!

  42. July 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 am
    Yolanda Cholmondeley-Smith Says:

    Great article on a few of the amazing ways we can experience, manage and use, time, thank you Orna. I have shared it with everyone I know. I have seen it through my own ‘work’ as so ‘alive’, malleable and flexible – ‘we are in amazing times’ and more to come … grace to you and yours.

  43. July 2nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    valorie grace hallinan Says:

    I found this post to be extremely helpful. Thank you!

  44. July 2nd, 2012 at 4:34 pm
    David Nelson Says:

    Excellent article. Thanks

  45. June 27th, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    Orna Ross Says:

    Thanks Tony for your kind comments. I’m very pleased to have connected with you and your work through Goodreads.

  46. June 27th, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    Tony Cuckson Says:

    I love getting these creative emails from you. I especially love the link to the U2 Youtube video. I love U2. They are very inspiring and its lovely to connect words with music and great imagination. You do that for us.



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  48. June 22nd, 2012 at 11:54 pm
    Diana Says:

    Love the exercise to find the no thought space! I think it would be good for general meditation and de-stressing, too. What inspired thinking… :)

    Best wishes,

    Diana McMahon-Collis

  49. June 20th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    Caroline Hurry Says:

    Congrats on getting Karen Lotter … she helped me so much in getting my own website off the ground. I love your posts Orna … best of luck to you both ….

  50. June 7th, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    Ross Mountney Says:

    Looking at sites like yours for inspiration and connection – under the guise of research! Great to find you!

  51. June 6th, 2012 at 5:37 pm
    Anita carol smith Says:

    Once again, Orna opens the door to living with the reality of being a writer — that more often than not, we are playing solitaire (or Scrabble..after all, we love words) when we wish we were writing. But it’s good to know we are all in this together.
    Anita carol smith

  52. May 28th, 2012 at 9:49 am
    Mia Gallagher Says:

    Re: what writers do – spider solitaire

    oh no! Rumbled!

  53. May 16th, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    michael lewin Says:

    Wonderful poem!

  54. May 14th, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    Sally Says:

    WiFi hogs? Ha! Mr. Big found Carrie by going to her favorite coffee shop on SITC. If it had not been for Peets in Petaluma, CA, I would have gone mad. Mad I tell you! Anyway, coffee shops want us, or WiFi would not be available. Right? Write?

  55. April 24th, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    june kidd Says:

    Re: The concern about “Brain Training and Crativity.”
    I am a writer with dyselxia, who, having completed a course on Meditation, Imagination and Mind Discipline ( a heightened spiritual sensitivity. Living in the Middle East, and working on a 20th cent novel, “Unshriven” set near Shakespeare’s Stratford-on-Avon, this most extraordinary gift was to result in my writing the 17th cent., biographies of Rachel and Hannah Myer. Returning to U.K. I found myself following a most bizarre trail of manorial and church docementary evidence, proving of their amazing detaied life. Please visit:

  56. April 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Carol Says:

    I was an exercise addict for many years, an got through my degrees, and early career in corporate, purely from the endorphines from exercising. After severe and prolonged life crises, (tog with an A++ type personality) I now suffer from fibromyalgia, back degeneration etc which prohibit me from exercising without severe pain and fatigue. It is heartbreaking to be in a situation of ‘exercise paralysis’, virtually. I loved exercising, and find it difficult that my body won’t come to the party, so to speak. Also, being aware of the addtional benefits of exercising, as the blog indicates.

  57. April 23rd, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Mia Gallagher Says:

    That’s a great post about exercise. There are some very interesting movement practices (e.g., Feldenkrais, Somatics) which work on expanding neural pathways in order to create more options around movement. The aim is to expand awareness in a practical way to allow people to do more than follow their habitual patterns. I think connecting that type of work with creative practice would be a rich area for research.

  58. April 23rd, 2012 at 3:54 am
    Jackie Paulson Says:

    I tried to contact you it wouldn’t go through, I would love to do book reviews of your books,
    Jackie Paulson Please

  59. April 22nd, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    Becca Chopra Says:

    Thanks for sharing all this great info from the London Book Fair. My best friend, a literary agent in London, is quite tense about the move of many authors to self-publishing. Like Joanna Penn said, it feels like the freedom movement of the 60′s! So, let’s all keep writing and helping each other promote our work – traditional publishers no longer market the non-celebrity authors’ books anyway. Will share some of your words of wisdom on our blog post –

  60. April 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    Liza Says:

    Thanks for a very informative post!

  61. April 18th, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Deb Logan Says:

    correction should be

  62. April 18th, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Deb Logan Says:

    Hi, Orna. Link to John Logan’s page did not work on your April 17 post. should be Thanks.

  63. April 17th, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    LindyLouMac in Italy Says:

    Have shared this great post on the Extras page on FB.

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  65. March 28th, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    Lorna Fergusson Says:

    Hi Orna,
    Life is crazy busy right now but if I get the chance I’ll come along to your talk at the all-nighter. If not, we’ll be meeting at the London Book Fair!

  66. March 27th, 2012 at 5:15 pm
    Jonathan Chamberlain Says:

    I think your plans for an Alliance of Indep. Authors is great. I will be joining as soon as funds permit.

    Blog: In Praise of Older Books

  67. March 21st, 2012 at 3:29 am
    Marlene Says:

    Love your posts. Thank you for sharing your ideas and encouragement. Loved the link today. I particularly appreciated the message today. I’d been feeling a little silly about my rather unorthodox way of juggling my passions, so I appreciate the permission to indulge in more than one. Take care!

  68. March 20th, 2012 at 11:39 am
    Hayley Says:

    Hi Orna

    I enjoyed today’s post. I often condemn myself for being involved in too many projects. But your post today put a new spin on this. We are multi dimensional beings, so we should stimulate our creativity in a variety of ways. If we always use the same nerve path ways and synapses they will eventually wear out. Much the same as always wearing the same pair of shoes!

    Thanks once again.


  69. March 20th, 2012 at 6:39 am
    Claire 'Word by Word' Says:

    Definitely in favour of maintaining secondary passions, for me reading is primary along with writing, but I have an interest in the energetic, spiritual and healing properties of essential oils and the philosophy of traditional chinese medicine and how they perceive the individual not just the illness in treatment, but not just through reading, I work with people to help restore equilibrium and I am endlessly fascinated by how the body responds and the mind is soothed.

  70. March 18th, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Peggy Ullman Bell Says:

    You don’t have to be Irish to love Orna Ross.

  71. March 17th, 2012 at 9:09 am
    Bob D'Costa Says:

    The blog was a lovely read especially being on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m an Indian, residing in India, but my eldest brother, Tony is an Irish citizen residing in Dublin and married to Ailish, an Irish woman. The theme of your novel is very interesting. I’m sure it’s going to interest readers. In fact I’m linking it to Facebook

  72. March 14th, 2012 at 1:02 am
    Mary Says:

    Hi Orna
    We have two experiences in common.I know all about self-censorship. After 32 years in the newspaper business,I’m trying to write a book and finding it extremely difficult to let it rip,so to speak. The second thing we have in common – the book is partly about my cancer.
    Best with your book.

  73. March 10th, 2012 at 9:39 am
    Navin Says:

    Wow. Reading this felt so fresh.

    Thank you there Orna.

  74. March 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm
    Peggy Ullman Bell Says:

    Please be sure and let us know when the book/s are available on the B&N NOOK reader. Thanks.

  75. February 24th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    MrsT Says:

    Great post, thank you..
    Am just reading Stephen King ‘On Writing’ – he says much the same, it makes good sense!
    I’m new to (trying to) taking my writing seriously and still feel I need to make excuses – when people ask me what I’ve been doing I often tell them ‘just pottering’, what’s THAT all about?!! I am enjoying it though and I am constantly amazed at how generous people are with their encouragement and expertise on Twitter and Blogs.
    Thanks again

  76. January 26th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Linda Runnebaum Says:

    Very well said, Orna. You are very wise and always give people such wonderful things to think about. Thank you!

  77. January 26th, 2012 at 10:21 am
    Mia Gallagher Says:

    Great post on passion and a relief to read given the america’s got x factor talent culture we find ourselves living in. A cynical part of me can’t help wondering though how they’re going to rebrand commitment ;)

  78. January 25th, 2012 at 5:31 pm
    Tonya Says:

    I enjoyed this post. It resonated for me because as an art student in college (many years ago) I felt like something was “wrong” with me. I didn’t seem to have the “passion” to express myself as some of the other art students did. It made me question my creativity. I did, however, have the commitment to complete any project put in front of me — with pride and to the best of my ability. It was that trait I think, which resulted in me being given a “solo” exhibit in my senior year — something that was rarely given. Fast forward almost 30 years, and it is still commitment over passion that drives me. Thank you for posting this for all of us who may not be feel a “burning desire”, but rather the “need to not give up”.

  79. January 17th, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    Linda Stanek Says:

    Nice post, Orna. Though I never have enough time for it, I love my garden. In my early years of gardening, I wanted everything. And while I find value in almost every flowering thing (and many unflowering beauties as well), I’ve learned over time to be selective in my choice of plants. Because space is always at a premium, each flower has to earn its place by wowing me in its season. It may seem a little vigilant to some, but I can honestly say that when I look at my garden, I absolutely love everything I see. Sometime less really is more.

  80. January 17th, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    kenn Says:

    Hi, i’m a long time reader, first time replier lol. seriously though, i always read your blogs and find them very insightful, useful and elegantly written. Big fan! So why am I suddenly replying to this blog, well the reason is I finally got to watch the movie, ‘age of stupid yesterday which is a very hard hitting inconvenient truthful movie about global warming. So your blog today I feel is very apt and hit me. I believe the only reason to create is to share, to help clear away what is in the way and to move us in the right direction. Your work does this and I admire you for it. I try to do the same with my company that I run. Its all about creating the space for people to explore their creative potential. Anyway Keep up the great writing. Its a beautiful addition to the world, peace kenn

  81. January 17th, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Claire Says:

    thanks for this, orna,
    i’m doing just this with my groaning bookshelves – keeping the ones i love, selling some on amazon, giving others to charity – after friends have chosen any they’d like :)
    it’s not easy – i’m a serious bookaholic – but i do feel better for it…

  82. January 10th, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    Linda Runnebaum Says:

    Orna, Thank you! I really needed this today. And I’m not really “into” jazz but the message was clear. Thanks so much!

  83. January 9th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Paa Laing Says:

    Hi Orna,
    Found you this morning while researching articles for an assifnment. Found your articles to be very uplifting. I was able to do my assignment and now i am reading on. Thank you very much for your great work and also given me the opportunity to see life from a different path.

  84. January 8th, 2012 at 9:38 pm
    Faith Says:

    Perfect. When my marketing assignments were beyond frustrating with revisions and do-overs, I used to think of it as just starting a new assignment each time instead of re-doing the same one over and over again. Okay, that’s a little crazy, but it’s a mental game really–and letting your work get you down is also a little crazy. Work is work and you have to work at it. Oh, and I love sharing this: instead of making a resolution, I look at it as an evolution. How do I want to evolve next? What do I want to grow into & become? It helps me stay focused on doing and getting better at the actions that get me to where I want to be. Sometimes it takes more than a year to make a real change. I’m really glad I found your blog, newsletter, twitter… you! Thanks.

  85. January 8th, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Amelia Says:

    great idea for New Year resolutions 2012 :)

    Happy New Year!


  86. January 5th, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    Peter Clothier Says:

    I loved your “small stone”, posted today. Re: you most recent blog entry, yes! But I’d tend to place more emphasis on process, then results.

  87. January 5th, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Claire Says:

    What a wonderful blog and a wonderful outlook you share Orna. I came straight here after reading your excellent post on the Mslexia Blog, not only venturing into the uncharted realms of epublishing, but inpsiring us with mindfulness and meditation. I loved the ‘Good News’ poem and I too am an admirer of the works of Thich Nhat Hanh’s work. I look forward to becoming more familiar with your work too.

  88. January 5th, 2012 at 12:07 am
    TimidBucaneer51 Says:

    I JUST discovered your web site while trolling the internet. I wish I had stumbled upon you sooner, but I am so thankful that I have now. I will look forward to every post on your blog, always hungering for more.

  89. January 4th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    Henrique Fogli Says:

    I’m always thrilled when I see someone in a quest to develop his creativity, for I really love this subject. You have a wonderful blog, Orna! Keep up the good work!

  90. January 3rd, 2012 at 11:23 pm
    Doreen Pendgracs Says:

    Hi Orna:
    I, too, found you via Joanna Penn. You’ll have to thank her for all the connections!

    I LOVE your post about resolutions vs intentions. I’ve never been one to make resolutions. But I’ve begun to realize the importance of our intentions.

    I have a very clear intention for 2012: To get “Chocolatour” (my chocolate travel book) published. There will be lots about London it it! If you’d like a sneak peek, please visit my travel blog at:

    All the best to you,

  91. December 29th, 2011 at 3:59 am
    Nancy M. Popovich Says:

    I came to know about this blog through Joanna Penn’s interview. And, I like what you say. Your inevitability blog struck home, as it prompted me to honestly address those statements. I am dealing with my husband’s terminal illness, and they are relevant in my life at present. Great food for thought.

  92. December 29th, 2011 at 2:36 am
    Marcia Richards Says:

    Hello, Orna. I found you through Joanna Penn and am so glad I did. Your book, After the Rising, sounds right up my alley. I write 20th century historical fiction, so this intrigued me. I’ve ordered it for my Kindle.
    I like the idea of a freewriting notebook and plan to answer your questions, including the ‘why’ question. Looking forward to receiving your posts regularly. Great video with Joanna, by the way!

  93. December 9th, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    Peggy Ullman Bell Says:

    I think I’ll wait for Skin Diving. A Dance in Time was wonderful!

  94. December 9th, 2011 at 4:53 pm
    Shawndel Says:

    Dear Orna,

    I am interested to read your non-fiction to connect the self with one’s own creative intelligence. I am walking a path where such a meditation would be infinitely helpful both to me as an artisan academic and healer, and I would recommend the book to my clients who are survivors of trauma. I work with them to envision and create safe spaces in their everyday life, and such a meditation would center them amidst the challenges in their day to day experience.

    your blog was suggested to me from my Irish friend and Dubliner, Ruth. Although she and I don’t get to talk very often, your blogs always remind me of her and the moment of magic that inspired our meeting.

    Thank you for your work, I look forward to future posts, to reading your book and to creative success!

    With sincere regards,

  95. December 9th, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    Julie Hedlund Says:

    I’d love to review Inspiration Meditation, if it’s still available.

  96. December 1st, 2011 at 12:36 am
    Rod MacKenzie Says:

    Hi Orna, thanks for your blogs, especially the last one on anxiety and worry. Marion and I are going through a truly traumatic and stressful time and blogs like these are most uplifting….. and so true. Thank you


  97. November 17th, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    canon eos 600d kit Says:

    Ez a blog is csodálatos. Mindig minden az ideális info elképzeléseit az ujjaim. Köszönöm, és folytassák az eddigi kiváló munkát!

  98. November 13th, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    Linda Angér, The Write Concept Says:

    Another intriguing chapter, Orna! I love the play between past and present, the story of 1916 slowly coming out…

  99. October 24th, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Orna Ross Says:

    Hi Roberta, thanks for the lovely feedback — I’m so pleased you noticed the pictures. It’s interesting actually. This guy wrote to me, a bit of a troll, telling me that my nature pics etc were cliches, an email was full of effing and blinding and insults. Anyone who has been online for a while gets used to that but I knew by the way I was feeling about his message that a small part of me agreed with him. So, ignoring the abuse, I read what he had to say and then had a little think (i.e. did some FREEwriting on it) and realised I had been coasting, taking it too handy — so decided to up the game a bit. Thank you so much for noticing, that’s really gratifying. And of course for the ongoing connection. Happy hatchings this week! x

  100. October 21st, 2011 at 10:52 pm
    Roberta Says:

    Just to re-iterate how much of a motivator your blog is for me, especially the regular emails that remind me to check out the latest post. Lately I have been finding the imagery particularly pleasing and wonder how you manage to keep it fresh and updated?

    All the best

  101. October 6th, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    Julie Hedlund Says:

    Hi Orna,

    Just found you from your Writer Unboxed article. So glad to find a writer who also focuses on the more spiritual side of creativity!

  102. October 6th, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    Sue Orton Says:

    This last couple of years wonderful Irish women are coming into my life with fire and creativity a plenty, I have a good feeling about you too! At 58 I am stepping into a new phase of my life out of academic education and into re-kindling, restoring and loving my own creativity. I have spent years and years doing it for others, now it’s my turn. I sense that your writing and presence may be excellent food for this journey and I thank you.

  103. October 5th, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Roberta Says:

    Thanks again Orna for bringing me back onto the constructive path. It is so easy to forget and slide into negativity and that draining self-driving that ends up getting you nowhere. And again, these memos always seem to pop up in my inbox just when I need them most! Synchronicity again – and thanks again and all the best with your work.

  104. October 1st, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    August McLaughlin Says:

    Love your post on the “No Box!” If naysayers gather as we bloom, I say bring them on. ;) Terrific blog, Orna. Glad I found it via SCWC’s Facebook page.

  105. September 22nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    Lynda Says:

    Enjoyed the article Mentor Tormentor! Keep it up ;-) .

  106. September 22nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    Hans Lussenburg Says:

    Well said, well written and, at a minimum, two fine examples of abuse by personages in a position of power.

    Hans Lussenburg

  107. September 18th, 2011 at 12:48 am
    Linda Angér, The Write Concept Says:

    Orna, just finished Ch 4 of “Skin Diving.”

    I’ve got a demon on one shoulder screaming “Damnation! I want the rest of this RIGHT NOW!” and an angel on the other whispering to me that I get to savor the richness of this story, and your masterful writing, over and over again, as each chapter is released.

    So, the anticipation grows. I love it and hate it at the same time.

    Fabulous job, Mack and Zelda come alive in this chapter!

    Linda Anger

  108. September 17th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Caroline Hurry Says:

    Just wanted to say that was SUCH beautiful writing: I loved ‘the years pooled in the sag of her breasts’ … I have a million things to do but this extract popped into my mail box and I was competely transfixed! Thank you.

  109. July 28th, 2011 at 9:48 am
    Loretto Mara Says:

    Orna – apologies! Just realised I left a comment in the wrong place!!It’s under Skin Diving!! Loretto Mara

  110. July 21st, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    Sue Healy Says:

    This site is a light. Thanks for the words, Orna. Cool to see you were also born in Waterford…

  111. July 19th, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    Peggy Ullman Bell Says:

    Have a lovely holiday. But first please read the fine new review of my American Civil War novel copied from Goodreads to my blog @

  112. June 20th, 2011 at 7:06 pm
    Sandra Leigh Says:

    I’ve had a busy week — just had time (finally!) to open the e-mail entitled “Skin Diving”. What a great surprise, to find the first chapter of your novel. Your description of the countryside and the Palladian building grabbed me right away (I had a Stourhead moment) and the childhood memories left me wanting more. Thank you so much for sharing this story. I saw something about asking for donations. Will you not be selling your story as an e-book?

  113. June 16th, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    vwnikkijamesl7 Says:

    Superb web-site yours sincerely, Angelo Krysh

  114. June 10th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    Michael Cantone Says:

    Great idea!

    Just a thought, for you.

    How about doing something with Kindle. I do not own a Kindle but I have it installed on my PC and my Mac and when you read on either it syncs to the last page you read. It’s free!

    I am very interested in reading your novel.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. as far as a reader goes. I have no idea how Kindle works the deal out with the writers but I have read two novels over two weekends.

  115. June 10th, 2011 at 5:28 pm
    Orna Ross Says:

    Thanks so much Sally. What I’m going to do, thanks to you and others who have said the same thing, is have a donation button so if people are enjoying it, they’ll be able to show their appreciation. I’m a wee bit nervous, as the outline I have in my head is very nebulous, but hey, if it worked for Dickens and my great hero, George Eliot… maybe some of their magic will rub off!

  116. June 10th, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    Sally Says:

    Hurray for serialization! Is there a way you can pay yourself for this? I would buy a (very cheap) membership–such a miser I am, but an enthusiastic supporter. Or, an ad to run with the episode?

  117. June 10th, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    Linda Angér, The Write Concept Says:

    Orna – I am excited about your serialized novel. It will be interesting to see how this works for you online, what following you gain, and, from my perspective as an editor, how you handle revisions of early chapters if/when things have to change as a result of what comes up as you work through later chapters.

    Count me in as a reader!

  118. May 31st, 2011 at 12:15 am
    Linda Angér, The Write Concept Says:

    Love the water poem, Orna! Reminds me of one I wrote in 1997 titled “Iced Water with a Twist of Time.” You can read it here:

    Everything on the planet is water, lovely water, in endless recycle.

    Your posts are always wonderful.

    Linda (your follower #TWCinMI on Twitter)

  119. May 30th, 2011 at 11:44 am
    Phil Mason Says:


    These are quite simply the loveliest lines I have read in such a long time. They bring tears to my eyes, thank you so much for posting this to me.

  120. May 30th, 2011 at 9:45 am
    Phil Says:

    Love the water poem. Go raibh maith agat. X

  121. May 29th, 2011 at 10:42 pm
    Gina Says:

    I loved the poem about the rain. I currently have water standing in the yards and seeping in the basement so I badly needed a new way to view it. I shared it on my FB page as all the locals are equally tired of the rain and I thought they might enjoy a different mode of reference. And yes, I’ve been to the lovely isle of Ireland and am familiar with its frequent squirts of watering. I say squirts because that’s what they are compared to the thunderstorms we experience and when my Irish friend visited here, he was amazed at the difference. It’s good for me to be reminded of those refreshing “squirts” though. Thank you!

  122. May 24th, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    Mo Neville Says:

    Hello Orna! Just found your blog recently and wanted to mention how much inspiration, or rather “clarification” I’ve gained from a particular post – “Becoming a Writer”. Your mention of the writer’s struggle because “no one seems to care,” struck a cord with me as this is probably the biggest pitfall for me. But your fresh perspective of “no one really asking you to do this, so you need to strengthen the bond with yourself” – sort of shed a whole new light. You’re right, no one did ask, so why should they be sooo invested in the outcome? I do it for me; for creative expression; I’m the one that’s got to connect with it first…

    Ok back to work now! Love your site.

    Mo Neville

  123. May 17th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    Tonya Says:

    Really interesting topic. Getting clear on ours WHY’s. Sounds so easy, but as you said in your post, can be quite perplexing. I look forward to reading this series.

  124. May 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    Tonya Says:

    Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post on how to dissolve!

  125. April 21st, 2011 at 9:43 am
    Leon Enriquez Says:

    Dear Ms Orna, I happen by
    Your web page as I researched;
    Words I gotta, smiles on the sly,
    Now stray thoughts stage in fleeting surge!
    I like the way you sculpt your words,
    Surprise pulls me ere I can flee;
    Yet I must say: your echoes’ heard…
    Charm now flings free: intense, squarely!
    I like your stuff when words spring clear;
    I’ve said enough, late moments steer.

  126. April 14th, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    Dennis Says:

    Thank you for posting this. It has been years since I last read this story and I had completely forgotten about it. I will be passing this on to my friends who I am not with NOW, but will be.

  127. April 12th, 2011 at 11:05 am
    Mareli Says:


    I love your blog! so inspiring!
    Could you elaborate a little bit more on the open and close creative modes?

  128. April 10th, 2011 at 1:29 am
    Breda Moore Says:

    Aine ‘Go raibh mile maith agat’x Breda

  129. April 9th, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    Roberta Says:

    Thanks for this Orna, along with all the other memos, often they are the first thing to re-motivate me when my energy and confidence are flagging. This is such an important maxim I would love for it to be sent to every teacher in the world – so many times my daughters have been inspired by a teacher’s enthusiasm and encouragemnet yet, sadly, really demoralised and put off by a critical teacher who thinks she / he is helping the child by running down their work or even their person. I read a brilliant book years ago by John Gray, the psychologist who wrote the Mars / Venus stuff – the book is called Children are from Heaven and emphasises the fragility of self-esteem right up to the teenage years and the destructive nature of criticism. I also researched Maria Montessori’s work for my thesis on self-development. She said the child was like a delicate seedling, needing nurturance and gentle training but anything beyond that is destructive. Criticism she said was an act of violence to the delicate mind of the child and we all still have our inner child, in fact often it is in that free, imaginative part of ourselves that creativity lies. So thanks for reminding me of all these things and I am doubly motivated now to be accepting and gentle with all around me.

    All the best, Roberta

  130. April 6th, 2011 at 10:43 am
    Michael Says:

    Hi Orna

    A good post – indeed, business as usual.


  131. April 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm
    Uva Be Says:

    It is interesting how many wield words without thinking of their meaning. But, what I am hearing here is an argument about the kind of creative resources that poor and working class people have always used. We creatively get by in hard economic times by cooking every bit, and eating all our “leftovers”, by mending our clothes (creatively) by packing more people into a small living space. etc…

    Then uncreative noise, or sound bites are about people who have been blindly making money, for the sake of making money for so long, that they don’t have a clue what it’s like to live in the red of credit debt or a budget that doesn’t cover every day cost of living for themselves or their family.

    Both, creative and uncreative ideals have gone on for as long as there was a class division in any population.

  132. March 28th, 2011 at 8:36 pm
    Tonya Says:

    Loved the Creative Principles article! As I struggle to find clarity regarding my perspective on creativity and its purpose for humans, I appreciate your insights. Can’t wait for part 2.

  133. March 22nd, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    Selena Wolff Says:

    Wow, Orna. Just found your site through my friend Haley Whitehall. I’ve subscribed to receive more great information about inspiration! You’re site is beautiful, inviting and filled with great stuff!!


  134. March 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 am
    Orna Ross Says:

    HI Bill, thanks for your interest. The 7 Stages is a series. Part 3 is here: Part 4 will go up on the blog today & thanks for the reminder to tidy up the links. If you are interested in the stages as they apply to writing, you’ll find a bit more on and If your interest is in creating something else, anything from money to meaningful relationships, the good news is I am working on an e-book which will bring together all 7 stages, with examples drawn from real life and exercises that will take you through each stage. That e-book will be available here on the blog (free to subscribers) later in 2011, hopefully, depending on other commitments. Hope that helps.

  135. March 21st, 2011 at 11:53 pm
    Bill Says:

    I was reading through your blog and got as far as

    Creative Process Stage 2. Incubation.
    Monday, November 29th, 2010

    Where is the link for Stage 3 (and beyond)?

  136. March 11th, 2011 at 3:58 am
    Kristy Reimann Says:

    I love this! You couldn’t have said this better! I put a link to this on my blog. I love your posts, and I think a lot of creative people can benefit from your advice. Thank you!

  137. February 21st, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Chris v Vuuren Says:

    This site has reminded me of so much we forget about creativity. Like I used to love writing small stories when I was a child and send it to my grandmother. But we get so caught up in the maelstrom of the world we forget.

    Thanks for allowing us to open ourselves again and remember

  138. February 18th, 2011 at 1:44 am
    Μaria Papadopoulou Says:

    John Smith,

    Besides reading and writing a lot…reading and writing well are equally essential, if not even more. Quality is more important than quantity.

    Author of the poetry book: From Hell With Love

  139. February 17th, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    Maria Papadopoulou Says:

    You are absolutely right that the whole process of reviewing your work before sumbitting it for publication is a living nightmare. What happens with me is that the more i look at my work, the more i want to make changes. I try hard not to give in to temptation, otherwise i will never submit anything.LOL So i give myself three chances. After three reviews, i am ready. I had to set that specific limit for my own peace of mind.

    Maria Papadopoulou
    Author of the poetry book: From Hell with Love

  140. February 17th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    Μaria Papadopoulou Says:

    You know Orna, i always believed in creative intelligence. I specifically always thought that it was directly related to emotional intelligence. The deeper you dig into something, the bigger treasure you will find, and this is exactly what you are doing with your blog. Keep up the good work!

    Maria Papadopoulou
    Author of the poetry book: From Hell With Love

  141. February 16th, 2011 at 10:54 am
    mary jo Says:

    Beautifully inspirational, thank you

  142. February 10th, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    Brian G. Mc Enery Says:

    Fritjo Capri’s book the Tao of Physics, was one of the indicators which lead me deep into exploring the correlation between the concepts of modern physics and the systematic knowledge of consciousness as expounded by the vedic science of india. Some of this knowledge is most eloquently expresses by John Hagelin, a Harvard trained physicist who has done a lot to promote the knowledge and technology of Invincible Defence. His website, is worth having a look at.

  143. January 26th, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    Kate McNeilly Says:

    A profound connection between physics and so called mysticism. It’s only in the last 2 years that I’m particularly aware of such connections and it’s wonderful! I have a number of friends who are scientists who are coming round to such connections, and the work of Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden have helped me enormously. This is something I will comment on at my next book study meeting because it is such a thought-provoking post. Thanks, Orna.

  144. January 25th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    Tanner Christensen Says:

    Truly inspirational. :)

  145. January 20th, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    John Howlett Says:

    I really enjoyed and love your blog. It is very interesting and quite inspirational. A nice change of pace from the every day hustle of life and business. I will pass this blog along to my friends and business associates. Great job! Orna, I now have one more blog to read every day.Thank you.

  146. January 13th, 2011 at 10:05 am
    Supriya Lala Says:

    Hi Orna,

    Your blogs are quitre inspirational. I love reading them.

  147. January 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    Sarah - Dodeline Design Says:

    I very much enjoy your blog, thank you!

  148. December 16th, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    Sally Says:

    Blessings, light and joy.

  149. December 10th, 2010 at 9:54 am
    Sasha Hitchner Says:

    Just read your blog again – thank yuo for your inspriational writings. They mean a lot to me.
    Love Sasha

  150. November 17th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    Sally Says:

    Sometimes breakdown clears the way for breakthrough, don’t you think? Like demolition before rebuilding.

  151. November 11th, 2010 at 4:50 am
    Sandra Leigh Says:

    Thank you, Orna, for so eloquently expressing your concern about the wearing of the poppy. I share your concern, and every year I dread the approach of Remembrance Day and the social pressure that accompanies it. I understand the need to remember our history, and I am grateful to those who have given their lives in war; but I do not understand the need to glorify war, and I doubt that I ever will. Thanks again for speaking out.

  152. November 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm
    Brian G. Mc Enery Says:

    Just started to write a book during my last trip to Cape Clear Island. The title is ‘Síol an tEó Fís – The Roe of the Salmon of Knowledge.’ The reference to roe is a play on the word toe, as Cape Clear Island may be considered the toe of Ireland, also I believe that I have found a way to resolve the 100 year old search for a TOE, a Theory of Everything in Physics. If this is true, and accepted as a process of gaining total knowledge, then the TOE changes to ROE, the Reality of Everything.

  153. November 10th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    Linda Says:

    I love your posts Orna, but your reference to f—– for virginity was repulsive to me. It was in bad taste to use such a phrase on your lovely creative forum. I wish you hadn’t.

  154. November 1st, 2010 at 8:53 pm
    John Anderson Says:

    I small boy awoke from his kindergarten class & was told to run home the president had been shot in Dallas. The boy ran fast as other walked and laughed. Life changed after that.

    Interesting how life slips along.

  155. October 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    Robin Stevens Payes Says:

    Can recommend Mlodinow and Stephen Hawking’s new book, Grand Design, for as readable a version of quantum physics as you’ll ever find (e.g., our perception of our universe is as skewed as the view of a goldfish swimming in a clear, round fish bowl).

    Having just attended a conference at Johns Hopkins on the neuroscience of the arts with Pat Metheny on improvisation and a Hopkins ear surgeon on hearing and perception – and what the brain does on improvisation based on fMRI scans.

    My own summary of that conference – and how artists are about 6000 years ahead of scientists in understanding the universal creativity here:

  156. October 27th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    Christine Cox] Says:

    Love this post, thanks! It’s a great way to remind psuedo writers and wanna be-s that writing ain’t for sissies – if you really want to write, you have to love the grinding discipline that comes with it – whether you’re noticed or not!

  157. October 22nd, 2010 at 2:19 pm
    Tom Evans Says:

    So lovely to see a fellow 1+1>2 thinker – found you serendipitously (always the best way) via Judith Morgan – much synergy and sharing I can see :-)

  158. October 14th, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Ted Smith Says:

    What is a poem? Impossible to say or define…… There are rhymes.. there is also alliterative poetry…. but I would say it has to sing in your mind and do the same for others – mind you it will never do the same for all, or even many, others.. but that is essential.. I often write something I call prose-poems — written paragraphs in prose that paint pictures and project music – that flash across your soul….


  159. October 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm
    Ted Smith Says:

    Wonderful stuff on creative intelligence! And the term sounds much better than ‘right-brained’….
    It is only in the past year that I discovered what has been ‘wrong’ with me all my life! A female friend said to me, “Well, you are right-brained!”…. and being right-brain dominant, I had to run home and google it as I could not remember which was the creative half! Categories escape me…… It is especially difficult being male and being this way – for one’s entire life you are expected to be able to function as a left brain dominant person – and I have always been an utter failure at this. I have new sympathy for left-handed people who were forced to write with their right hands as kids…..

  160. October 7th, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    Cynthia Reed Says:

    Thanks for much for the daily ‘pops’ of inspiration via Twitter. I always look forward to your Tweets and info. Well done and today was no exception. Waiting for my “Animoto” images to upload so just taking a moment to express continued gratitude. Go well!

  161. October 6th, 2010 at 3:04 am
    Ron Leith Says:

    I have been teaching Spiritually Based Leadership Workshops for years as an independent consultant. These blog posts are an excellent resource for those of us who work at helping others achieve their maximum life-source potential. Outstanding work. Pidamayedo.

  162. October 5th, 2010 at 2:19 am
    Sally Says:

    Microsoft approached Evergreen State College, a school renowned for encouraging students to fly their own pathway, and requested four interns who would really “think outside the box.” Each of the four were offered permanent positions at the end of their internships. The next year, Microsoft returned and made the same request, but with a caveat: “This time, maybe not so FAR outside the box.” Giggle.

  163. October 4th, 2010 at 6:39 pm
    Mary Says:

    To teach my own children some sense, I took them from the box that is called school and taught them or let them learn at home. Those kids have more sense than normal and show more intelligence since they had some exercise to think for themselves without accepting the norm. My son is very well red and so intelligent that the people around him have a trouble accepting him and allowing him to pursue his passions…music, the right job, etc. This is where the right decision will get a backlash or a result that was not expected at all but are victims of the majority.

  164. October 2nd, 2010 at 9:48 am
    Heather Says:

    I was actually looking up a citation for “creative intelligence” for my online psychology course. Albeit not a “legit” scientific source ;) I really liked it and used it as one for a discussion assignment. Then I had a crazy notion to look further into your web page. Something about it intrigued me. I was reading your “about” page and realized I had to mention it to the lady in my class I was posting my reply to. She is also an author and advocate for vegetarianism. So far she has written two books and is currently on her third. She mentioned to me about having written about how diet affects health and can cure many things. She also mentions being on the radio to further advocate her approach. I don’t know her very well, as it’s an internet course; however, I am sure she will be highly interested in what you have to say about such issues (and also inspired by your writing;) Hope you don’t mind, but I relayed your information to her in a second reply to her. :) I love your website layout! (Maybe because I have some Irish decent in me… hehe) Great job and I’m glad I “ran” into you.

  165. October 1st, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    Rahul Anand Says:

    I’m a regular subscriber of your blog. And I guess there’s nothing more to be said about the confidence we get from your write-ups! :)
    The thing I wanted to notify you is something technical about the website. When there are images in your post, usually the thumbnails are small, but I can see that the actual image is very large. The size of the image is over 2MB or so. This makes the thumbnail load very slow and also steals my Internet bandwidth as well. Please try to resize the image to a smaller, sufficient size, which is favorable to both you and the readers.

  166. September 22nd, 2010 at 7:43 am
    Aj Gupta Says:

    There is no moment like the present. Worrying about the future or dwelling on the past are just wasteful ways of spending your present moment. It is very important to cross bridges only when you come to them.

  167. September 20th, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    Michael Says:

    Hi Orna

    Wonderful story from the master, Tolstoy. Buddhist wisdom from Russia!

  168. September 15th, 2010 at 8:05 pm
    Michael Says:

    ” While you can probably squeeze out some creativity by sitting at your desk in front of a blank page, anxiously willing yourself to ‘work’, it’s a creative fact that you’ll have more inspired results through snoozing, daydreaming, taking a mental or physical ‘wander’ or meditating.”

    I think it was Octavio Paz who, when he retired to his bedroom for an afternoon siesta, hung a sign on his door reading: “ Quiet! Poet at work.”

    Nice thought on creativity Orna

  169. September 7th, 2010 at 5:41 pm
    Michael Says:

    Nice piece on insight. For my part I see insight cultivation as:



  170. September 5th, 2010 at 6:09 pm
    joseph baron-pravda Says:

    Cheers! Brilliant!

    (there, my Anglophilia is in check, for now)

    The author/reader interface hasn’t been this good since Cervantes wrote ‘Don Quixote’………….

    Truly, writer accessibility is something that enriches her/him—like some catholic coffeehouse w/o walls; which reminds me, let’s bring back the original coffeehouse, the organic internet of olde.

    Postscript: I’m doing screen/stage adaptations of some of my short stories, including microficition; how’s your intermedia experience going? Peace, IN!

  171. September 4th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    Ramona Says:

    Amazing,amazing web-site! I`m just mesmerized with your work! Just wonderful! Congratulations and keep going! :)

  172. September 4th, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Offbeat Woman Says:

    I started my blogging journey here in this wonderous website a month ago, and I feel I have entered a whole new world. I have travelled so far in those weeks that I feel as though my life has been turned upside down, inside out and my spirit has come back to life! Thank you so much Orna Ross.

    offbeat woman

  173. September 3rd, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    Orna Ross Says:

    Thanks Sally, one of those ones that arrived more or less complete. So glad you appreciated it.

  174. September 3rd, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    Sally Says:

    The poem about listening to life–wonderful! Thank you.

  175. September 2nd, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    Mary Wogan Says:

    Hi Orna,

    Just read the Idea of the Decade post. (Camille Paglia) It sounds to me more like an observation than an idea, and it’s very simplistic, ie go back to using your hands, being craftsmen. I suppose people who write, who are in the media etc live in their heads a lot and the internet info overload doesnt help stress/tiredness, but not everyone is suited to being or wants to be a craftsperson. I think Camille needs to come up with something else a bit more noteworthy.

  176. August 28th, 2010 at 11:01 am
    Michael Cooney Says:

    What a comforting thought to imagine/believe that you can hold a conversation with a writer you admire. I’m about to start one with Stieg Larsson. Hopefully my very rudimentary Swedish will hold up. MC

  177. August 16th, 2010 at 8:08 pm
    Jim Shanor Says:

    Thanks for the invitation. Very nice, very welcoming. The Steinbeck notes hit home. Bestest and warmest regards. Jim

  178. August 15th, 2010 at 2:20 am
    Ron Leith Says:

    This is the most viable and worthwhile connection I have come across since entering twitterville. Thank you for myself and for all others who are engifted by your time and effort.

  179. August 9th, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    Orna Ross Says:

    I love drabbles, flash fiction… all the shorts. Especially as my books are about 600 pages long!

  180. August 9th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    Jane in Australia Says:

    …and always that wonderfully scary example of Hemingway.
    ‘For Sale: baby shoes, never used’. (or was it never worn?)

    sometimes I practice writing drabbles (100 word) stories
    but it is an endless challenge.
    thanks for the thougths, and sharing.

    Jane from @ Number 8

  181. August 3rd, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    Rosemary Hannan Says:

    I am so inspired by this site but even more so by your enormous generosity of spirit in ‘spreading the creative word’!

  182. August 3rd, 2010 at 8:56 am
    Christo Heyworth Says:

    You are right about Answering Back, Orna.

    In addition to getting enjoyment from the talent on display, the concept on which it is based can provide a fresh inspiration for creation – find a poem which is striking for you in some way and respond with your own Answering Back poem.

  183. July 23rd, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    Lynette Benton Says:

    So glad I found this site! Looking forward to browsing here.

  184. July 22nd, 2010 at 7:33 pm
    Karen Says:

    Love the no-nonsense tips you have shared here. I do enjoy writing (although I’m in a different category of writing), and sometimes it is very hard to find inspiration. Thanks for giving me the shot in the arm I needed to continue doing what I do. :-)

    Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments and violent reactions)

  185. July 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Ita Roche Author Says:

    Love your posts Orna – they are like music to my soul. Because beautiful words, like music, are my refuge – I crawl into the space between the syllables and curl my back to loneliness!
    Bless you Orna

  186. July 20th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    Anne Graham Says:

    I could never be without my books. They are like old friends to me. I often run my fingers over their spines and have even been known to kiss them on occasion. I could never contemplate defacing a book , but keep my favourite quotes in a file where I can read over them often.

  187. July 20th, 2010 at 9:19 am
    Jess Says:

    I look forward to receiving the Orna Ross blogg because there is always a message that resonates with truth and depth. With fresh encouragement and helpful links I am growing through this authors generous spirit. Thank you Orna Ross.

  188. July 19th, 2010 at 8:50 pm
    Elizabeth Says:

    I loved your post on books. I am exactly the same way! That is why I really cannot borrow books from the library anymore, because I love to scribble notes, highlight/underline key information, fold corners over, and tear out pages to carry around with me as well. :-)

  189. July 19th, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    Claire Says:

    It’s very possible to be both a Book Owner AND a Book Reader, though! I love rereading books so it makes sense to hang on to as many of them as possible.

  190. July 19th, 2010 at 5:11 pm
    judith barrow Says:

    I felt so much better after reading’ Book Owner … or Reader. It’s been a guilty secret of mine that I too scribble comments in margins for when I next re-read a book, or cut out paragraphs. My mother would be horrified (but there again she has never passed on or lent anyone a book in case they’spoil’it. Special words and phrases are like chocolate; they melt slowly in the mouth as they are savoured. Often, they will conjour up images that can, in turn, lead on to ideas for my own writing.I once read a very evocative description of a storm in a piece of travel writing that immediately brought back memories of a storm from my childhood. It helped me to set the scene for an event in my wartime saga, Pattern of Shadows. So thank you Orna – at last I have a clear conscience!!

  191. July 19th, 2010 at 2:51 pm
    Stevie Godson Says:

    Me too, me too – but I can only ever bring myself to use pencil!
    My friend’s late mother used to do the same. When Jeannie was going through her mum’s books it was as though some of the essence of her mother had permeated the pages.

  192. July 19th, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    Kate Hannon Says:

    Friends and relatives are always amazed when they learn I’ve actually read 98% of the books on my shelves, many of them multiple times. As I near retirement age, I’m learning to acknowledge that my books actually own me. While it will be like losing old friends, I know it’s time to say goodbye to most of them. One of the reasons I love my Kindles (2) and iPad is that I get to haul around dozens and dozens of books at a time. In my neck of the woods when we get rid of stuff we don’t need anymore, we call it “de-crapping.” If anyone lives in Massachusetts, USA, and wants books, get in touch! As a procrastinator of the first order, you don’t need to hurry as I’m sure I won’t get around to it for a while.

  193. July 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    Judith Morgan Says:

    Hi Orna

    Great minds think alike. I shall be getting rid of all my books this week. Yes, I’ve always recycled books but there are those I love, those I feel I cant be parted from. But no more – they are all going this week – bring on the ipad, I can travel more lightly through the world.

    Clutter-clearing rocks. If anyone lives near London SW2 and would like to collect an armful, do get in touch. Quick!


  194. July 17th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    Mark Woodland Says:

    Thanks for all the thought-provoking articles, some of which have really hit home and impacted the way I approach working on my book project. Speaking of which, I really need to knock off 1,000 words today…. :)

  195. July 13th, 2010 at 6:35 pm
    In a Welsh Garden Says:

    Hello – I have just found your site (via Caroline_S’s blog roll) and it is fabulous, inspirational – I shall be visiting here often, I suspect. Thank you !

  196. July 10th, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    John Smith Says:

    The best advice to learn how to write is to… read a lot and write alot.

  197. July 10th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Kim Wulfert Says:

    I really enjoyed and appreciated your ebook about your version of meditation. it was packaged pretty too. thank you for sharing it. I use it (among others) and am a firm believer that meditation is the best thing we can do to help ourselves and the world.

  198. July 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    Charles H. Bertram Says:

    Good morning. One day there were five, (5) rejection slips in my mail two from book publishers, two from agents and Budweisher rejected a one dollar rebate coupon. That hurt. My new book BIKINI WEDNESDAY features a novel about a Muslim girl who wears a bikini to a public beach a a rotest, but all hell breaks loose when her photo turns up on the internet. This is my seventh book, one with a traditional publisher and six with Infinity a POD publiher.

    Keep writing & many thanks.

    Charlie Bertram

  199. July 10th, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    Jo Says:

    I love getting the motivational and helpful emails from Orna. They help my writing efforts tremendously and give me hope!!! xx

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