Judith is the author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrates the journey from relationship to romance.
Last week at this time I was traveling home from the Desert Dreams Writers Conference in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area of Arizona. I promised in the post I’d scheduled for my travel day that if you checked in this week, you’d learn more about my trip and the conference.
I am fortunate enough to have friends in the Phoenix area therefore I traveled a week before Desert Dreams so I could spend time re-creating myself on several levels. This year has been one of unforeseen challenges and I’d diverted from my writing routine. Deviated enough that I wasn’t as happy and energized as I wanted to be.
Spending a week before the conference gave me time to reflect on what has been happening in my life and make some decisions.
My Android Tablet was my friend, giving me an easy place to read some craft books (highly recommend Maggie McVey Lynch’s Book One Secrets Every Author Should Know, ChuckHeintzelman “The Author’s Guide to E-book Bundling”. (Click on Chuck's link to learn about Bundle Rabbit). Learned a lot about the importance of attitude from Dean Wesley Smith in his “Writing a Novel in Seven Days”. Mary Buckham “Writing Active Setting – Book 1” had great examples that drove home her point.
And since all work and no play makes for a dull blog post, I will also admit to finishing a great reread of Sarah Addison Allen’s “Garden Spells”. Yes, it is back on my keeper shelf. Enjoyed former Genre-ista and Cover Designer of my Sacred Women’s Circle book covers Christy Carlyle’s “Rules for a Rogue”. I purchased Victoria Alexander’s “The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen” and read that in the airport and on the plane.
The time away from my ‘real life’ was long enough for me to realize what the changes were that I needed to make. And after that initial realization, I gained clarity on what those changes needed to be.
Every day I engaged in fantastic discussions on a wide variety of topics several of them having to do with the Buddhist view of the world. I’ve made a commitment to aspire to wise compassion.
Changing Hands is a great book store. We traveled from North Phoenix to the one in Tempe because it is so much bigger than the one in downtown Phoenix. I went looking for something in particular and came home with three decks of cards: two Tarot Decks and one Oracle Deck.
Mikhaela Asheena and I have talked over the years when I’ve visited Vision Quest which I’ve done whenever I’ve been in town. Mikhaela is an expert in Sacred Geometry and I’ve learned a lot about that subject in my conversations with her.
Check out her creations and you’ll see what I mean about being inspired by her. One of the joys of this trip was gifting her with a copy of Gabriella and sharing with her how she inspired me to keep learning so Gabriella would know enough to have find her way to Giovanni Migliori. I will always remember the surprise and joy on her face when I handed her her copy.
So much more to share but rather than do an exceptionally long post, I’m breaking it down. Next week I’ll share a story about the Grackle (bird in case you didn’t know) and tracking down rose quartz and desert quartz.
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