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“Her Secret Rose” Shortlisted in The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors

Rather thrilled have been shortlisted for Best Novel in the CAP AWARDS-2016, along with: Thomas Paul Burgess for White Church,Black Mountain James Lawless for American Doll Pam Lecky for The Bowes Inheritance and Neil Rochford for The Blue Ridge Project Read More: CAP AWARDS-2016 Shortlist – Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors

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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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Creative Living: Be More Creative, Creative Practice, Miscellany

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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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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creative connection
: 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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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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many rivers
: Miscellany

Music For Creativity & Creative Focus

I came to The Many Rivers Ensemble, Through the work of Kimba Arem, who did the music for my Inspiration Meditation CD. This isn’t music to put on in the background as an aid to focus and concentrate but something to play with your eyes closed before you get started, to get you into the create state. (Warning: mindfree movement may occur!)

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Special September Offer: Secret Rose Special Edition Half Price

You will receive: WB Yeats’s short stories The Secret Rose & Orna Ross’s novel Her Secret Rose brought together, in a specially commissioned and digitally crafted replica of Yeats’s 1897 first edition. A unique gift book (only 500 numbered copies available) signed, lovingly wrapped, and dispatched directly from the author. A personal dedication on the signed book Handwritten card from the author. Enter the recipient’s name, and any details about what you’d like Orna to say in the Special Instructions box you’ll meet as you go through the Paypal payment process. And, Orna says, “drop me an email here once you’ve ordered so we can…

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Secret Rose: Special Edition
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Special Edition Thanks To Special Edition People #1: Joni Rodgers

As most people in my orbit know, I’m in the middle of launching a special edition print book. Before I blog about the takeaways from this latest adventure (learning so extensive that I’ll be breaking it into three posts — one on the writing and editorial; one on production; and one on promotion), I have some people I want to thank. And number one is the person who had most to do with this book, aside from myself: my editor, Joni Rodgers. I first met the fabulous Joni online. It was 2011, when authors were heady with the new excitement that technology had added to…

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Secret Rose Press Release

 “WB Yeats Was An Indie Author” says Orna Ross, Irish Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, launching her new book which combines Yeats’ short story collection with her novel in a special tribute edition for #Yeats2015. 15.7.2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Irish Launch: At the Yeats International Summer School, Yeats House, Sligo (Aug 3 2015, 5pm) & UK Launch: At The London Irish Centre, Camden, London  (Aug 20 2015, 8pm)   Leading Irish self-publisher and Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross, will launch Secret Rose, a unique two-in-one book tribute for #Yeats2015 in Sligo and London this August….

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