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Creative Living: Creative Presence, Miscellany

Creativist Me, Creativist World: Donald Trump

This week, thoughts about Donald Trump, the new President-elect of the United States, were all over my F-R-E-E-Writing. And all over my Twitter feed, as friends and followers poured out disappointment, anger, fear and despair, and countless assumptions about what it will means for the US, and the rest of the world, that the American people have voted in a man like Trump as their president. It was like deja vu here in the UK,  after the recent referendum in which the UK voted to leave the European Union. The response is a kind of fear and hatred and intolerance, from those…

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The Winner of The CAP Awards To Be Announced Tonight

The Carousel Aware Prize for the best independently published books in Ireland will be announced tonight, at a gala event in Dublin. I’m honored that Her Secret Rose is shortlisted in the Best Novel category and sad that, for personal reasons, I can’t travel to Ireland to be there. It’s going to be a great evening. It very fitting, because Ireland’s most famous poet, WB Yeats, one of the protagonists of the novel, was a self-publisher, through the printing press his sisters ran, Cuala Press. From long before Yeats’s time up to the contemporary Booker prizewinner Roddy Doyle, self-publishing has been important to Irish…

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On The Go Creative! Show This Week: Episode 8, The Seven Mind Modes

If you want to be more creative in everything you do, and help further the movement from conventional to creative in our world, support this free weekly broadcast that has those aims at heart. DONATE HERE This week, in Episode 8 of The Go Creative! Show, I talk about the seven mind modes you can bring to creative living. Nothing has more influence on what, and how, you make what you make. The question is: which one is yours? You can find out more about the show, read the transcript, subscribe on updates on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube, and donate…

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Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Oct 21 2016

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway is talking about the disappearance of the latest literary laureate after performing at a Rolling Stones gig. Dan also talks about the big indie event happening this weekend, further evidence to suggest the decline in indie representation and what’s new with Kindle Direct Publishing, as well as rounding up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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The Go Creative! Show

The Go Creative! Show is a new weekly broadcast I’m going to be doing, all about applying the creative process to everything in life. And today, I’ve launched the first episode, which welcomes you to the show and tells you what to expect. Just like here on the blog, I’ll be sharing insights, ideas and inspirations, about creative writing and creative publishing, but mostly about creative living. I’ll be: reading from, and talking about, my novels and poems. bringing news from ALLi, the self-publishing advice centre and the Indie Author Fringe online conferences. sharing my own attempts at conscious creation beyond writing and publishing,…

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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow #6: Between The Words Breathing

Adopt the usual position With eyelids closed, bring your eyes to look into the left corner of the left eye and see your first name, your given name, imprinted there and sound the sound of your name slowly in your mind, three times. Keeping eyelids closed, bring your eyes towards the right corner of the right eye, and see your surname, your family name, imprinted there and sound the sound of your surname slowly in your mind, three times. Bring your eyes center, to the place known as the “third eye”, and enter the space between the words. Breathe into…

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Mind Mapping Your Creative Intentions

Key questions as you map your creative intentions for any project are: what am I trying to achieve here? what am I trying to express?  what exactly is the problem I am trying to solve?  what would I like the finished project to achieve?  where might this project take me? what might I make of it? What might it make of me?

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: Miscellany

The Creative Power of Seven

Why are there so many sevens in the Go Creative way? Seven stages of the creative process?  Seven ages of life?  Seven mindsets? And all the Go Creative! guidelines mostly given out in sevens? Seven is said to be the lucky number but creators don’t believe in luck, per se.  (We don’t believe in any concept… instead we experiment  and observe). There are so many sevens in the Go Creative! books for the same reason that there are so many sevens in Harry Potter. And that there are seven notes in the musical scale, seven planets visible to the naked eye, seven colours in the spectrum…

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: Miscellany

Do you have an equality complex?

We all know what a superiority complex is… and can easily see that it drains creative energy. Thinking you are better than others is one of the fastest ways to shut down your capacity for experimentation and collaboration, two key creative traits. Also problematic is its opposite, an inferiority complex, which is a hive-bed for fear, resistance and self-sabotage. But what about the equality complex? I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I heard it described by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), who pointed out that it too required you to see yourself as separate from (some group of) others and…

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: Miscellany

Wild swimming in Florida

As many of you know I love wild swimming…. or as we used to call it in Ireland where I grew up, er, swimming. So when I was invited to speak at the NINC conference I didn’t have to think twice. Not only was it Florida in October, but the very wise women who run this great association hold their conference literally on the beach. I’ll be reporting on the conference over at The Author Advice Centre’s blog on Monday. In between conference sessions, I’ve been running the sands and swimming the waves each day. (No that’s not me in the pic…

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