16/11/2014

music sticks, talking sticks, everything sticks

sticks

I see I’m not alone in my love for wonky wood. Of course it’s not easy to find seawashed and sunbleached branches in urban areas so you are able to buy them on Etsy – these are Norwegian sticks. I use my sticks for lots of things, not least just to touch or have as decoration. They are wonderful for stacking balls of wool that have open areas in the middle like quoits, hanging clothes – you just wrap ribbon or yarn around the ends. I feel today with all this computer activity and its super-charged electric static activity making me zing I’ll move from 2D looking at sticks to 3D skin on wood playing with sticks.

DRiftwood pieces from Green Wallet on Etsy.

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03/08/2014

As good as it ever was

ride the wild storm book cover

That book you loved when you were a child?

It’s as good now as it ever was. Better even.

Re-read it. You’ll probably enjoy it even more now. Certainly your appreciation of it will be greater. And your heart will expand. Stories written for children are often far more soul-touching and issue-resolving, comforting and entertaining than those for adults.

If you don’t have the actual, original book you remember, and I guess most of us don’t, see if you can find the same edition you read on ebay with a ‘saved search’.

 

07/07/2014

Question everything

lily moon

Things may not be as you believe. This can be good.

Lately I’ve taken to questioning all sorts of things. I’m noticing a sense of expansion and freedom.

Questioning helps us to re-frame our world and make it better for all.

Ask the questions you asked as a child. You don’t need ‘answers on a postcard’.

Questions lead us to considerations. Possibilities. Opportunities.

Question everything.

 

Image “The natural history of the imaginary world 002” borrowed from LilyMoon. Available to buy.

06/06/2014

What do you think of “The Wild Folk” cover?

The Wild Fol cover

What do you think of the concept cover for my new novel, “The Wild Folk”? Please leave a comment below, c’mon, c’mon.

I love it. I’d like an embossed print copy immediately so I can fondle that fur and sea rock.

For 3 years I’ve had the characters in this book talking at me, nagging, laughing, whispering amongst themselves. Now, with the release of The Wild Folk next week I can breathe a sigh of peace.

Prepare for Lorna, Lachie, Malky, Aunty Ruby, Kirsty, Johnny and all the rest of them to be unleashed upon the world. I hope you’ll enjoy what they have to say as much as I did. Ah, the wild ones.

– Or as the publisher would have it in the blurb:

“Some folk are born wild. Some have wildness thrust upon them.

When Lorna discovers the body of her childhood friend, Lachie, tangled by the tide on a Hebrides beach long-submerged family secrets and murderous truths rise to the surface threatening to wash away everything she holds dear.”

Love or loathe? Likey? No likey? Let me know below.

——————————-> UPDATE 13.05.14 THE WILD FOLK released today, Black Friday. Of course. #Scottish noir And it’s a Full Moon tonight. Read it on Amazon CLICK HERE.

07/05/2014

Look Up, Live Well

26/02/2014

Art Therapy

Art-therapie

I don’t know why colouring-in a French book feels a little more enchanting but it does.

Maybe when you only have a vague idea of what the text says you let your conscious mind relax into a dreamy, mindful state more easily than if you’re reading and thinking.

No matter. Have a look at these beautiful art therapy books from French company, Hachette-Practique. There’s also a sweet kit of colored pencils. Trying to figure out which brand of coloured pencil to buy can be so stressful as to have you colour-in more pages to re-balance.

 

02/03/2013

Tenderness

inapaleplace

My short story “Tenderness” was included in the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival‘s “Worth The Wait” ebook in September.

You can download the ebook for free courtesy of the short story competition sponsors, Glengoyne Whisky.

Sláinte!

* Image courtesy of Kat from In A Pale Place. Available to buy along with more of her beautiful art in her Etsy shop.

 

 

24/02/2013

Journeying with instinct

journeying

It’s been a while.

I’ve suffered a little performance anxiety.

I’ve received many beautiful, heartfelt emails in response to the little pieces I’ve been writing here at Inner Wild Therapy. Wonderful people baring themselves to me. My response was to feel uncertain.

I didn’t like the cloudy, unformed sense of influence over others that floated up around me as my writing journey on Inner Wild Therapy continued. And so I paused.

I stopped.

In the time between then and now I’ve realized the very last kind of someone I want to be is a someone who advises others directly about their lives. It’s just not me.

Instead I’ve been writing my {third} novel, The Wild Folk.

I’m smitten by the characters in this story. Now I’m done with getting what they want to say into a book, they push and poke at my back to get them out in the world. I

Thank you for continuing to walk with Inner Wild Therapy now and again even when I’ve been absent. I notice from my site stats a lot of dearhearts have been visiting and that makes me feel like everyone is watching and judging me so I freeze up like a bunny supported and appreciated. {hug}

Ah, I love Inner Wild Therapy. I’m not exactly sure what it is but it is. And that is good.

We shall journey with instinct.

 

* Image courtesy of Kelly Louise Judd of Swan Bones Theatre. See more of her art in her Etsy shop.

10/08/2012

Torn wonderment, come closer to read

10/04/2012

We cannot escape ourselves

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