Thursday, 19 December 2013

Wanna see me dancing with my dog? Sure ... no worries. (Merry Christmas!)

Just signing off for the year ... I will be back on Monday January 6. I hope you all have an fabulous Christmas and New Year! I'm sure you'll see me around Facebook and Twitter, so I won't have totally disappeared.

If you've dropped by for some leisurely reading, why not browse this year's The Artist Unleashed posts from various writers and artists who chose to unleash parts of their lives as artists on this blog.

Or maybe you'd like to revisit a few of the most popular posts of the last seven days, here, here, and here.

And because I'm not afraid of making a fool of myself, I'll sign off with a video of me doing some crazy (horrible) dancing in my dressing gown with my dog, Holly, recorded especially for youa reminder to embrace the spirit of Christmas! (Because Joan Jett is the epitome of Christmas, don't you think? ;-) And by spirit, I don't mean the intangible kind.)

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Artist Unleashed: COMPELLED TO SELF-PUBLISH FOR CHRISTMAS, by Debbie Young

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Monday, 16 December 2013

New York and ... stuff.

As most of you know I've been away. Hence my absence from this blog. But now I'm back!

I spent 10 days in New York on my own, took a day trip to New Haven, Connecticut, for a TV interview on CT Style (click here to watch!), and on my way home I headed to Atlanta for a night to meet a few blogging buddies. There is SO much to tell you and show you, I really don't know if I should bore you with the details, but maybe ... maybe I can squeeze in a few visual highlights:

Note: Some of the photos aren't that great, because when you're on your own, and have to ask passers by to take shots of you, you can't really get fussy now, can you? Haha. I loved travelling on my own, but this photo issue was definitely a problem.

View from the Empire State Building




Times Square
Um ... do I really need to tell you what this is?
Central Park
Outside the Natural History Museum I saw them filming the new TV series, Power, created by 50 Cent. That's Omari Hardwick, and Lela Loren in the photo. I also got a photo of the back of 50 Cent's head. Haha! :-)
Brooklyn Bridge
Um ... sorry, didn't you know? Johnny is made of wax. :-)
Ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center
Yup. This is SO COOL.
Meet up with New York literary agent, Katharine Sands, who is teaching with me at the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek isle of Ithaca next year.
I finally met the fabulous Matthew MacNish and Nicole Ducleroir!

... and Zoe C. Courtman!


... and JM Diaz and Schwa Michaels (right)!
... and Jadie Jones! Stupid me forgot to get a photo ... :-(

Without further ado, I shall leave you with a poem I wrote while I was away.
Have a great week, all!

Statue of Liberty

A couple stand at the railing.
She says: hey, it's pretty neat.
He says: Yeah. Let's go back. I need coffee.
A seagull squawks.
A helicopter propels
me to look up
at her grand stature.
A zero degree breeze
chills a tear
as it slides from the corner
of my eye to my temple.
Who needs coffee
in the presence
of so much freedom?
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Artist Unleashed: RECOGNIZING AND SURVIVING THE VALLEY OF DESPAIR AS A WRITER, by Sarah Madison

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Artist Unleashed: FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER: THE ETERNAL PROCESS OF LEARNING, by Christine Frost

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