Day 10 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

  111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 10: In the Moment Standing with my arms outstretched and my head tilted back, I relish each drop of rain. They kiss my eyelids as gently as a mother would and slide down my cheek until they reach my lips – without theContinue reading “Day 10 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 2 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was onContinue reading “Day 2 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Following My Dreams into an Artistic Career

…once I pinpoint what they are exactly! BACKSTORY In all my time as a mentor to teenagers, I spouted the idea of believing in yourself and following your dreams.  That’s wonderful advice which would be even more valuable if I took my own insights to heart.  I have many “dreams” and coordinating skills but haveContinue reading “Following My Dreams into an Artistic Career”

The 2014 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Did Not Disappoint

Writers, like their fellow artists, tend to spend a large majority of their time absorbed in the creation of their art. As pivotal as that may be, we also close ourselves in with only a laptop or notebook for companionship. We become immersed in our own stories that we don’t always take the time toContinue reading “The 2014 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Did Not Disappoint”

Story Time: Why Reading My Work Aloud Strengthens My Writing

The art of verbal storytelling is strong in my family.  With both Irish and Native American ancestors, you’d think I’d have a natural inclination to recite stories with intrigue, precision, and insight.  I do…but only when I write them down. “How was your day today, Kelly?”  Seems like an easy-enough question, right?  Not for meContinue reading “Story Time: Why Reading My Work Aloud Strengthens My Writing”

An Artist’s Dream

“I had interesting dreams last night.” Those words escape my lips at least 3-4 times a week, but I seldom write down the details.  Even now, as I sit at my laptop and draft this blog post, flashes of the dreams slow my typing. I believe very firmly in the power of dreams – notContinue reading “An Artist’s Dream”

Stuck in the Middle

Quite literally actually. This is very difficult for me to come to terms with but…I have misplaced the most up-to-date version of Part 2 in my novel. I have a version saved but I know that I made significant changes in story, tense and dialogue. I’ve looked in all the places I would’ve saved aContinue reading “Stuck in the Middle”

One down, two to go!

Part one of three sections in my YA novel is edited and ready for family and friends to read.  I welcome constructive feedback, yearn for honest criticism and welcome both praise and “eh, it was okay” comments.   I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll reiterate it once again…I love, love, love the direction of this story. Continue reading “One down, two to go!”