Thursday, 14 February 2013

Awakening from the Dream

"Love is the only cause of happiness. Its nature is all-pervasive like space. Love is the sunlight of the mind."  . . . . And as our minds are connected . . . if we are able to pervade [all] minds with love, [we] will awaken from the dream of self-grasping and suffering."

                                                                  ~ His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

The older I get, the more I think of love as a universal force. You know, the stuff that makes the world go 'round, the sunlight of the mind. I guess you could also call love the "sundogs of the mind," if you lean toward liking sundogs.

Romantic hankerings, eh, not so much fire in that for me any more. But because of my passion for reading and writing, I sometimes think of love as in "I LOVE that book."  Heh-heh.

Seriously, though, if we write with love, with true passion, with sunlight in our minds even though we might be writing a horror story or a suspense, or any other work of fiction or nonfiction, writing can be a cosmic game changer. We speak of reading books that have "changed out lives."

May our writing change many lives for the better.

This morning I woke up thinking about my many writing friends and associates. As we write to change the world, may we all find writerly happiness and the causes of happiness in a world fraught with jellyfish days. Let's awaken from the dream of self-grasping and suffering and change this jellyfish world!

Arleyna Garr (Arlene Eisenbise) is wrapping up the final volume of her YA trilogy. Stay tuned!

Gene Twaronite has just announced publication of his collection of juvenile fiction, Dragon Daily News.

The second volume of Amber Polo's Shapeshifter's Library series is out, and Book 3 will appear in 2013.

John J. Rust just published a story in Strange Lucky Valentines, a Whortleberry Press anthology, and another, Fallen Sun at He also had an interview with ArtistFirst Radio to discuss Dark Wings, his most recent sci-fi novel.

Willma Gore will appear for a book(s) signing at Books Off Main in Porterville, California (San Joaquin Valley) on 13 March, 2013.

Math Bird is working on a PhD in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.

Dr. Nancy Owen Nelson teaches at Henry Ford Community College, is offering workshops in memoir writing, and putting the final polish on her own memoir.

Writer and cartoonist C.A. Brown recently posted Somnium, an experimental comic about dreams, at Deviant Art.

Samantha Dillard has a new job with a Humanities organization in New York City, and she's writing screenplays and scripts.

Carl Hitchens is looking for a home for his inspirational poetry collection, Shades of Light.

Delena Epstein is putting the polish on Second Chance, a sci-fi novel manuscript.

Joe DiBuduo recently won the quarterly New Fiction Award at Jerry Jazz with his short story "Night Cafe."

Kristen Kauffman is teaching high school English and writing, writing, writing, reading, reading, reading.

Moses Siregar III is co-host on a new writing podcast and he also has nose to grindstone on research and writing for his second novel.

Elaine Greensmith Jordan just published Mrs Ogg Played the Harp, her memoir, and she'll speak at the Professional Writers of Prescott on 27 February about writing and publishing memoirs.

Cynthia Allen has a new short story, "The Fragility of Love", at Creaky, a website devoted to arthritis.

Gene Garrison has been busy with her fine art as well as working on an art book.

Kathleen Ewing is working on Hang the Moon, a novel about a rodeo cowboy in Prescott, Arizona.

Nancy M. Turcich is busy blogging and writing articles about her natural massage therapy practice, and promoting her books.

If I've omitted any writer friends or colleagues from this list, the omission wasn't intentional. Refresh my memory - I'll add you to the list! Just chime in below.