We are the authors Sierra Wolfe, Tierney O'Malley, Wendy Ely, Alisha Paige, Mark Alders, Kate Davison, and Gracen Miller. Welcome to our blog. We hope to entertain and inform you. This is where we will share our writing journeys and life experiences, and maybe, share a bit of wisdom we pick up along the way. We hope you enjoy it!
Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a "normal" person in southern society. When not writing, she's a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She's addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She is convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at www.gracenmiller.com.
I like to read and write just about anything. But I am a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After. I need to know characters ride off into the sunset and all is right in their world. That's why I chose romance instead of another category. HEA's aren't always promised in other genres, though I do read them too.
Most of the time you'll find me at the keyboard, moving between the 5 projects I tackle at a time.
Most of the time you'll find me at the keyboard, moving between the 5 projects I tackle at a time.
I write paranormal, magic realism, fantasy, erotic and vintage romance. I live in a haunted house built in the 50s and love to drink red wine and eat dark chocolate while sitting in the swing out back. I love to watch my children play in the sandbox while my dogs wrestle on the grass. Does life get any better? It's the simple things in life I cherish.
Writing is an adventure I started at a young age but never took it serious until last year. My focus is on contemporary romance and have two books coming out later this year. Besides writing, I run a childcare, attend college, and am a single mom. Life isn't boring for me!
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Before you go running and screaming from the room thinking I've called a Sunday Come to Jesus Meeting, fear not...I have no intention of raising my fist to the congragation and calling down hellfire and brimstone on anyone. What I'm talking about is how I've neglected my spiritual side for the past...um....maybe 7 or 8 years.
Yeah, I know. It's very sad.
However, this past week something happened to me that made me realize that pushing that part of your soul away to the distant corner of your life because you "just don't have the time" isn't always a good thing when you have a creative personality.
It's not a secret and I make no bones about the fact I am a practicing witch. (Well, I guess not so much practicing lately if you read the above paragraph!) For me, I never cared what name something was given, it's the intent of the prayer or positive energy raised during a working that is the main thing. The reason I was drawn to the craft was that I could practice in my own home, in my own time and be at one with the Creator without the middle man. It just so worked for me. I'm not so much a fan of organized religion, I'm more a fan of disorganized ones. That's not to say I'm not spiritual, or don't believe in the teachings of Christ or Buddha. On the contrary, I believe in them all. I'm very much an equal opportunity believer. I wear my pentagram on a chain with a Celtic Cross. I have the symbol for Ohm in my truck. I think there is power in all religious symbols and I leave nothing to chance. As Fox Mulder said, "The truth is out there."
But my point is, that no matter what you believe, sometimes life just gets in the way. And with "disorganized" religion - like the solitary practioner Wiccan- it's very easy to get busy with a project, or into the groove of a busy work schedule and cut that out of your life. The "Oh, I just don't feel like it tonight," is an excuse easy to fall back on. As I did many Sundays while still going to church, back in the day.
But I digress. So, I had this thing happen to me that made me really freak out. It was an illogical fear over something that nearly made my heart stop. I decided the best way to combat the negitive energy I believed someone unleashed on me was to do a ritual and banishing of said negitivity. (If you know anything about witchcraft, you know we are all about the positive and ethics are extremely strong. Words have power and you say nothing that could do harm or call negitive energies down on another which is what I felt someone had done to me.) I needed to just cancel it out and move it away from my life - something I hadn't done in a very, very long time.
Here's where it gets rather embarrassing.
So, I'm going through my filing cabinets, trying to find my wand, candles and all the other paraphenalia of a working. I found charms and altar figurines I forgot I owned. I no longer had a broom. Damn! Had to call my hubby at work and ask him to pick me up one fit for a magic circle. Oh, and can you get me two red candles, a silver, gold, yellow, blue, and green? My chalice is on a high shelf covered in cobwebs and kitchen grease. Gross! So, I made due with a jelly jar shaped like a chalice that we use for a juice glass. I pulled out my Book of Shadows and ...Gee, where's North in this house? Needless to say, I probably should have spent more prep time before the day before.
With my materials collected, I cleansed body and mind with a scented oil bath, some Tibitian chants, incense and candles. I hadn't meditated in years either. I was a bit rusty...but then something wonderous happened. I found my center. This amazing and uplifting energy began to stir within. Where I had been dreading the prep stage of the practice, I suddenly couldn't wait to get started. I listened to the prayers of Hildegard von Bingen set to music. It's a lovely CD of very spritual music from Vision Records - (I think they're the same company who put out the Gregorian Chants.) As I'm meditating, I have a very clear vision come to me of my problem and me crossing out the negitivity with sword strikes. Immediately I felt lighter, untroubled. I went on to do my ritual and banish the negitive energy as I'd been taught, but I think I did most of the hard work during meditation. For the rest of the evening and even today...three days later, I feel so much better than I did a week ago.
My heart is lighter. The world is...I don't know...shinier? And I feel like the veil that had come down on my writing has lifted a little. The creative energies are flowing quite well now.
So, don't be like me...don't wait years to indulge your spiritual side. No matter what you believe, or what path you choose to walk, be sure to walk it if only to get your mind right. If your idea of religion is sitting in a dark room and staring at a cactus, do it! If you believe in nothing... then find something that makes you feel light and do that. But do something, you might be as surprised at the results as was I.
Oh, and wish me good travel as I drive to Atlantic City this week for a conference. I hate driving alone that far.
Posted by Kathleen Scott/MK Mancos at 2:46 PM
Hi! My name is Tierney O'Malley, contemporary and paranormal romance author from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My publishers are Cobblestone Press, Museitup Publishing, eXtasy Books, and Silver Publishing. I'm excited to join this blog and hope to share you fun and meaningful posts. :D Click here or go to my website http://tierneyomalley.com to learn more about my books or contact me. I would love to hear from you.
My name is Mark Alders. I live in a house. This house has a street in front of it which is a good thing because if it didn't I wouldn't be able to drive down to the shop and purchase the chocolate I need on a daily basis *giggle* Seriously, I am a mild mannered post office worker by day and an erotic romance writer (mainly male/male) at night. Not much else to say other than, like everyone else, I have bills to pay, a mortgage and family that I love and drive me crazy all at the same time. Oh, and I have a dog, too! See? Average Joe...execpet when I get down and write...then I let my imagination go to places I never knew existed and my characters invade my mind.
I have an Associates Degree in Nursing and work as a traveling nurse. Although, I miss my family and friends back in Missouri, I enjoy meeting new people and love to travel. Of course, I wouldn’t go anywhere without my wonderful daughter and two rotten dogs. Writing has always been a part of my life, but for many years, I thought it was only a hobby. Finally learning that I couldn’t live without writing my beloved stories, I decided to see where it would take me. Who knows where my next adventure will be? Either in nursing or writing, I will continue to look for new and fun places to explore.
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