April 2018

"The bond that links your true family is not [necessarily] one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life."
 ~ Richard Bach


While many of us equate April with April Fool's Day, I thought I'd bring your attention to another April holiday.

April 2nd is Family Day, which in my opinion is good cause for celebration. Coincidentally, this year, Easter is also being celebrated on that date, a time when many families come together. Even though it's wonderful to unite with loved ones for no apparent reason, holidays offer a special opportunity to do so. Plus, it's a little easier, because family members are usually given the same time off of school and work.  

Whatever you decide to do with your family this spring, may it be blissful!

Oh and .... Happy National Poetry Month!

Creatively yours,

April Writing Prompts 
  • Write about your first family memory.
  • Write about a family member you're close to.
  • Write a poem to a family member.
  • Write about an eccentric family member.
Recently Published Works

"An Ode to Health" (poem). Poets Unlimited. March 1, 2018.

"What Story Should You Tell? (blog). Psychology Today. March 14, 2018.

"The ABC's of Writing a Personal Essay (article). Thrive Global. March 21, 2018.

"What You See Depends on What You're Looking For" (guest blog).
          The Ravens Perch. March 25, 2018.

"Boredom, Violence, and Passion." (blog). Psychology Today. March 26, 2018.

"Take One Thing." Poets Unlimited. March 26, 2018.

Workshops + Appearances

April 29, 2018

"Writing for Bliss" 
Mystic Journey Bookshop
Venice, CA
To register: Click here
June 17-22, 2018

"Memoir Writing"
Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Santa Barbara, CA
To register: Click here 

Interviews / Videos

Unity Radio: The Voice of the Awakening World  with Dr. Evelyn Higgins
March 12, 2018

Suggested Reading

Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times (memoir) by Flor Edwards

This book was just released in mid-March. It's not often that you read a published book that you can't put down by someone you know. What's also rare is reading a published book by one of your writing students. Many years ago, Edwards took my memoir-writing workshop at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, where I read the beginnings of this memoir and instinctively knew she had a gift for writing. I'm over-the-moon thrilled that she's now sharing her riveting story with the world.

Here's my review on Amazon, which has been excerpted for the book cover:

"An astounding work written with indelible clarity and style.
Apocalypse Child is a brilliant and vivid depiction of what goes on behind the walls of a cult--revealing how terror permeates each and every waking moment. Flor Edwards is a wise and savvy soul who was forced to dance the dance--intuitively knowing it was wrong, but also knew she had to do everything in her power to be set free. A singular achievement."

Highly recommended!

This final issue of The Café in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal was released on February 21st, what would have been Nin's 115th birthday. Sadly, this is the last volume in the collection of fifteen, which holds a prominent place on my bookshelf.

I've greatly enjoyed receiving this annual volume; however, I'm even more honored that there is an excerpt in it from my recently published book, Writing for Bliss, which was inspired by Nin, and whom I quote a great deal. Also, in this final volume, I'm thrilled to be included among others who were also influenced and inspired by Nin, such as Tristine Rainer, Judith Citrin, Mary Frances Knapp, Steven Reigns, Colette Standish, Frank Rutledge, and many more. Writer Leah Schweitzer, who knew Nin, shared how the author encouraged all those around her to carry the waking life into the dream, and how we can transform that information into fiction and poetry. "She wanted us to believe in and understand ourselves, to feel more confident, worthier, to experiment...Nin had a nurturing instinct, combined with a gift to be intuitive. She seemed to have x-ray vision into what she sensed each of us needed as writers" (p.148).

A special shout out to Paul Herron, the journal's editor for continuing to keep Anais Nin alive.

I am going to miss this journal!


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