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November News

cropped-ramonalogofinal.jpgThe end of one year means planning for the next. I am busy scheduling appearances and readings, signing contracts for online classes, and making a major change in my career as an editor. Ahead is a peek at some of what’s ahead in my world.

November Events

Book Fair

On Saturday, November 10, I’ll be a featured speaker at the Art & Book Fair, one of norther Delaware’s biggest book events. I’ll also be selling the Mindful Writers charity anthology INTO THE WOODS. The event will feature multiple readers, and vendors selling books, art, and crafts. Lots of people to chat up and fun to be had. I hope to see  you there.Hockessin 2018

Literary Reading and Discussion

On Thursday, November 15, I will join Jen Epler for a reading and discussion “When Family Becomes Inspiration for Fictional Stories” at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Jen is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Our talk will include readings and a discussion forum on making the jump from truth to fiction when writing stories inspired by family.  For my own experiences in writing about family, you can read my IAF interviews: Masters Fellowship in Fiction in 2016 and Established Artist Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction in 2013.

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Teen Writing Workshops

On Sunday, November 25, poet Jane Miller and I will present a workshop for teen writers interesting in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Seven workshops will be held in county libraries throughout Delaware to provide critique, guidance, and encouragement for young writers and artists.

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Courses and Classes

It is always my pleasure to teach online courses for Sisters in Crime. In 2019, I will lead three courses for the Guppy chapter:

March 3 – 16:  Story Arcs
August 8 – 13:  Necessary Parts
Sept. 29–Oct. 10: Strong Starts
Stay tuned for updates on workshops and other classes at conferences in 2019.

Editing

My one woman editing business has been alive and well for ten years now–a cause for celebration but also for review. I have been fortunate to have enough work come my way that I can’t always handle the load, and I’ve been happy to refer writers to other trusted editors. In my 10 years as an independent editor, I have worked as a full time editor and part time writer. For 2019, I’ve decided to switch those roles and make writing my priority. I will be writing more and editing less. This means that I am happy to keep my current roster of clients but will not be accepting new ones in the coming year.

To the authors who have trusted me to review your manuscripts and brainstorm ideas, I am honored to have worked with every one of you. There is no greater job than helping people find the heart of their stories. Thank you.

 

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Mindfulness & a Signing

Into the woods front coverOn Saturday, I’ll have the pleasure of participating in the Hockessin Book Shelf’s Local Author Showcase. I will be signing copies of Into The Woods, the charity anthology compiled by the Mindful Writers Retreat Authors.

I’ll also be happy to chat about mindfulness and how it has benefited me as a writer and as a human being.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of living with awareness. Mindful living means that, rather than channel surfing through your day, you live each day with purpose, even the mundane of days of work or rote activities. Mindfulness means you pay attention to the world around you, whether it’s your home office or a place you have never seen before. Mindfulness means raising your head and looking around at the world and all of its colors, smells, sounds, and sensations as you journey through it.

From a physical perspective, mindfulness encourages familiarity with your body and acceptance of its quirks and wonders. A mindful person learns to breathe one breath at a time and to recognize that each new breath brings fresh energy to the body. A person breathes 12 to 16 times per minute. Shouldn’t you pay attention to something you do so often?

Mindfulness might mean learning the practice and benefits of meditation. There is nothing tricky or hard about meditating. One way to meditate is to listen to a guide’s voice as it takes you on an imaginary journey through a wood or along the ocean, or through the energy points of your own body. Another way to meditate is to sit, be still, and notice the silence around you and in your mind. Silence allows your mind to empty so it can become free and calm. A free mind is open to self-exploration and new external ideas. A calm mind makes it easier to find focus.

Mindfulness might mean learning a mantra—a comforting word or phrase—to repeat over and over during a meditation session or during times of stress. The repetition of a comforting phrase helps re-focus your energies to where they can be relaxing, rewarding, or healing.

How does Mindfulness help writers?

A calm and free mind is open to creativity. A routine of meditating for a few minutes followed by a writing session allows you to write when you are relaxed in body and focused in mind. A daily habit of meditation followed by writing means you will be more productive.

Each fresh breath you take with mindful intent brings new energy to your mind, your body, and your writing. Fresh energy brings clarity that you can apply to investigating new story ideas or tinkering with current ones.

Questions? Stop in at the Hockessin Book Shelf and let’s chat!

Hockessin Author Signing