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Monday, February 22, 2016

Inspirational Images

Judith Ashley is the author of The Sacred Women's Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual traditions that nurture the soul.

I’m what’s known as an organic writer. I have a general idea of the story and some scenes are clear to me. What I know is if I start writing, the story will appear on the page. I have written six full length novels, over 600K words total and five short stories, over 50K words total for a grand total of over 650K words that way.

However, when it comes to writing blog posts, my process is somewhat different. I don’t turn into a plotter with outlines, charts, and character studies but I do have more than a general idea of what I want to talk about.

For example: I did a series on Relationships and another on Making Your World A Better Place. Most recently I wrote four posts on Peace. You can read these posts by scrolling down or using the Archive feature on the right. 

This month I’ve started talking about aspects of being a writer. At Romancing The Genres, I’ve a post on my book covers.

I’ve a post here also about the covers.


Today I’m showing you inspirational photographs. These pictures help me stay connected to the spiritual thread that runs through all my writing.

Originally I thought the apples would be on the cover of Sophia but after seeing a draft I knew they didn’t work. You’ll see the final Sophia cover in a couple of weeks!



The spruce cone is from a tree in the yard of my long-time friend, Judith, who lives in Ohio. When I visited her in 2015, I had finished Hunter. Since sacred geometry plays a role in Gabriella it was important to me to have a visual that spoke to me. As soon as I saw the cone, I knew I had to bring it home with me.

Although the bird on Sophia’s cover is a blue bird, Gabriella’s power animal or totem animal is the blue jay. The characteristics of these birds are not similar at all. If you are interested in the energetic differences there are books you can read or you can observe them on your own and see what messages come to you. Also, I’ll share my perspective another day.

I’ll share a funny story about blue jays on Wednesday that will give you a clue as to their personality.
 

You can learn more about The Sacred Women’s Circle series on my website.


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© 2016 Judith Ashley

2 comments:

Sarah Raplee said...

Blue Birds seem more graceful and gentle than Blue Jays. The Bluebird has an air of sweetness and gentility. The Blue Jay is boisterous, clever, and persistent. Among other traits!

Judith Ashley said...

Very true, Sarah - blue jays are more boisterous, clever and persistent than blue birds. I had fun adding captions to the blue jay pictures on Wednesday's post.