Why pre-ordering Jeff Goins’ book about not starving as an artist is a good idea

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I don’t write and post very much any more. Because I’ve been stuck in my creativity for quite some time. But then there is Jeff Goins. I really can’t explain why his words always manage to find a way in to my inner core, where the creativity dwells and he re-kindles the flame within that is begging for fuel to light up my being as a whole.

So, since my Tribe Writer days I still get news about what’s going on, and now he is in pre-launch mode of his new book Real Artists don’t Starve. And since I believe in doing good to others I believe I want to share this book and this pre-order opportunity in case there is somebody out there who could benefit from his words and ideas.

This is how Jeff Goins’ team introduce the book (and yes, if you happen to be interested and follow the links below to pre-order and receive all the awesome bonuses, I would actually be helped to add a small amount to the Lisa Congdon on-line course I’m dreaming of attending) here is:

Real Artists don’t Starve

 is not available in stores yet, but thousands of people have already pre-ordered the book.
 And because they acted quickly, they have gotten access to the amazing bonuses that Jeff is offering to everyone who gets the book before the June 6 release date.

Click Here to preorder and get your bonuses:

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Today I wanted to share with you a couple of the lessons from the book.
One of them is:
  • The Starving Artist waits to be noticed. Or: The Thriving Artist cultivates patrons.
This lesson revolves around what Jeff calls the “Rule of the Patron”…which is that before you can build a huge following, you have to learn to please a single reader, follower or patron.
Another awesome lesson is this one:
  • The Starving Artist works alone. Or: The Thriving Artist Collaborates with others.
In this portion of the book Jeff shares the story of the Inklings — the famous group of writers that included literary legends C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, among others.
These are just a few of the amazing lessons Jeff shares in his book to help YOU succeed in your creative pursuits.

CLICK  → Order your copy today of: Real Artists Don’t Starve

Oh yeah, plus the awesome bonuses you’ll get if you pre-order…

Bonus #1:
The Real Artists Don’t Starve Online Course ($100)
In this 12-part video course, Jeff teaches how to make a living off your art, elaborating on the principles in the book and sharing his own knowledge and experience.

Bonus #2:
All the Expert Interview Transcripts
Learn from the hundreds of experts and Thriving Artists Jeff interviewed during the research of this book.

Bonus #3:
Exclusive Community Access

Get special access to a private Facebook group where Jeff will answer your questions regularly and you can connect with others reading the book.

You WANT these bonuses…here’s how to claim them:
  • Go to  https: Don’t Starve
  • Follow the instructions on the page
  • Enter your email and receipt number
  • Collect your bonuses
 Simple as that!
Here’s to not starving!
P.S. These bonuses go away completely on June 6. Click the link below before then to not miss out.
 
With Love!
Lotta

Transformations

I thought about changes, transformations.

A lot has changed during the months I haven’t been writing here.

Interesting changes. Liberating.

I have come to learn how changes may heal, how healing helps us to grow, how growing helps us to live.

I am grateful to life for leading me to where I am supposed to be.

So I have changed theme of the page, again, (I really enjoy doing that). I have a million things and thoughts I want to share here.  I have lost my passion for photographing (for now at least) and replaced it with painting and sketching. And I recalled a poem about transformation I wrote some time ago, but I called it Reshapings then:

The coffee is good
strong and hot
I don’t always
feel strong
and not always
hot any more

Because
life changes
with time
new passages
reshaping
old wounds
healed
some things
understandable
some things
not

So
I follow along
in life
enjoying my
coffee
my day
people I meet
my thoughts of joy
this is the plan
for my stay

Still
all is forgiven
when life passes
broken body
unhurt again
unsettled mind
finding peace
life IS
a beautiful
place
to be

 

I would really love to see us all helping each other to find the best way to live together. Reaching out to see and listen to those who are lonely and don’t find the lights in life. Using our own light, our experiences and our tools to help. Every glimmer of hope counts.

I wish you a light and bright day today

Love

Lotta

Writing slow

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Today I received a mail from The Write Practiceit inspired me.

One of the ideas in the descriptions of cures for  The Monster That Lives in Every Writer’s Heart is:

Writing slow

So I started.

Writing slow. I love to see the words flow smoothly on the paper. The ink coloring the white in fascinating swirls and lines, combined in an eternal diversity. Like the human mind. Writing is for humans. My writing is for me, for spreading the love I feel in my heart out in the reality, out from my system into the bigger sphere, of which I also am a part. As I keep the words inside my own body they can never reach others for help and benefit. As I reach out to comfort others I also reach out to my inner self. To dissolve a mass of emotions being untangled by each word stated on paper through my arm, hand, fingers. I thank life for this enormous possibility.

I can understand fear of words. Words help, to heal each other, but words also hurt. They can hurt so much life feels completely out of reach and as if your heart will never breathe again. (What if only we existed) And wounds raise fear, fear raises anger. Many people live with anger inside every day. That is the sadness of our race. Living with anger against all words is a very sad life. Trying to release anger from our life is a very rewarding strategy. Each one of us can work with helping ourselves, finding a word that spread a sense of love inside instead of fear and anger. One word is all it takes. But it might also take a lot of courage to search for that word. So many words are loaded, they mean good for someone but bad for somebody else. Each one must search for their special words.

When we start finding peace inside ourselves we can also start giving peace through our words to others. That is rewarding to all mankind.

This proverb has followed me for a very long time, the wisdom is without doubt. It is written a very long time ago, translated from Chinese and the author is unknown (to us):

If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.

I truly wish you will find beauty in your life today.

Love

Lotta

 

Water

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Today, a refreshing poem!

 

Clouds swirling, hovering
exhausted by thirst
seeking, seeking over land
for water lifegiving

 
Unseen stream leaking
clear, fresh hydrogenic life
‘find me, find me’ it calls
‘I want to be part of living’

 
Clever clouds searching
now below the clustered forest
closer to the ground sniffing
eagerly approaching its lure.

Lotta

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How do you start writing again after days of silence?

How do you dare to take the step necessary to once more open your heart and mind and place the words on the screen where they will be seen?

I discourage myself; when a new idea for writing turns up in my mind I silence it. With words like “someone has already said that, and probably in a much better way too.”

“Well, you are right” my discouraged me says. “There is no use trying.” So I go back doing some brain and soul lulling activity that the true I don’t really want to do.

Last night my true I took my hand and led me to my easel with an empty canvas on. It opened the doors to the color bottles and showed the biggest one, the one with bright yellow in.

I didn’t dare to loose time searching for utensils. I just opened the bottle, turned it upside down and squeezed the paint straight on to my fingers. Thick, creamy layers of beautiful, yellow paint. My soul looked at the paint and breathed with a big sigh of relief.

Insecure, trembling strokes on the canvas with my fingers. The sensation on my fingertips, the texture, the smell of paint and how beautiful it looked! I was not at all insecure. This was what I wanted to do. “Where have you been all this time??” I asked me. I wish I knew.

Can I write about this? Or will it be another unwritten post, not interesting enough to share?

No, this one will be posted. To show the next step on my journey. To encourage others, who like me struggle to come back to life.

Together for a new life

With Love

Lotta

My Road to Rome

What a wonderful city this is! Rome!

“I found Rome built of bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.”  ― Augustus

“She had always been fond of history, and here [in Rome] was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.”
― Henry James

  

I could have stayed wonderfully lost there for a very long time

Ceiling at the Vatican Museum

So crowded I could only look upwards… 🙂

Something for the big wallet 🙂

Now I’ve found something new to tick off my To-Do list

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What’s on your list?

I wish you a wonderful day!

Lotta

 

Struck by Thunder

I get so overwhelmingly happy whenever someone makes something artistically completely unexpected!

This is one such occasion !

Two guys from Croatia, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, showing their incredible talent and apparently not afraid of bursting the boundaries of their art.

5 million viewings on YouTube in a week when they published this video , over 7 million today, 10 days after the post !

Enjoy!

Did you see how the bow-hair of the bows just flies off ! The instruments are, however, preserved . They have pimped up the music a bit to increase the effect of the video and it makes the result so incredibly good!

They call themselves 2Cellos, take a look at their homepage here, it is full of goodies

Some of their other cool videos are available here, with superstar guitarist Steve Vai , here  (their humour!!) and here with one of their several wonderful posts from the live concert in Stjepan’s hometown Pula. They also have a wonderful stage presence . When listening through a few of them I realize how truly amazing they are!

The effect of the old Roman amphitheater ruins in Pula surrounding their live concert gives an impact of the contrasts the music brings; the old and the new, war – peace, classically – modern. Just as the artists themselves personify the contrast of being full of humor and yet entirely seriously present the most beautiful music .

If, by any chance, there is someone who does not know the original AC/DC piece I’m sending it here too.

My very personal point of view, yes I realize I’m sticking my neck out here , is that 2Cellos provides a stronger musical experience.

So, enjoy the day !

Lotta

Another home

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I really need to be in the forest, often. I find my peace there and I can breathe. It feels like home.

So today’s assignment in a poetry class I’m doing, was to use Figurative Language in some different ways, all in 6-12 lines. I managed to squeeze in all I wanted to say in 12 lines (after editing) and naturally it had to be about the forest:

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Another Home

Liberated moves in a home of the living

where I am enclosed  by giant breathing

my steps are muffled by the moss clad floor

and the sky is a ceiling I have no wish to reach for.

The old crooked man with staff to lean on

is one fallen tree embracing a friend

the end of an era that no one is counting

a twig branching  lifeform of endless contour.

Now the woodland lake shouts: “don’t come close,

seek safer sounds of bubbling waters”.

And when darkness falls I’m still in this house

where windows and doors are so out of use

Lotta

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Please take care of you today!

Lotta

Hosted disaster

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I tried something new today.

I entered a contest with words prompt at All Poetry, a community with lots of poetry, and this is how it turned out

Hosted disaster

A secretive depression hiding
in the depths of the obliterate mind,
instead the irresistible elated brings impeccable glamour
to the viewable confidence,
to the outside viewer it seems so amusing
as if easy-going life is the only present
but the seething expressions
will no longer accept
being silenced and shut
with the label of “crazy”
it is poking and pushing and blowing
its parasitical way from the hiding within
to surfacing freedom
and hosted disaster

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The words to choose from was:

  • secretive
  • amuse
  • seething
  • depression
  • elated
  • easy-going
  • life
  • crazy
  • irresistible

I really enjoy pushing my limits and try to learn more about poetry!

I’m sending love and beauty for your day!

Lotta

Attention to the Tribe

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This is where it all started

Who would know how coincidences may change our life.

Listening to the inner self without knowing why and for what reason. Responding to a barely audible notion from within.

When you know it is time to take action, for something that benefits yourself.

That is what happened to me that October day year 2012 when I signed up for the Tribe Writers course led by Jeff Goins.

It already started some months before. Words kept turning up in my head that I didn’t know what to do with.

Not in Swedish my native tongue, but in English.

I tried to ignore them, but after a while realized they were constructed as poems.

The words kept knocking on my mental door until I finally understood only pen and paper could relieve me from these recurrences.

This was my first poem, already edited and done in my mind, without further thinking I could write it all down:

The sound of waters
soothes the soul
no need to seek reasons
just enjoy the flow

Each day of karma
listen to the plan
a new dawn arises
in holiness of land

All together warriors of love
creativity and nourishment
in lighted souls of peace
breathing with awaken glow

To write, to feel the words
the joy that leaps inside
of reverence and bliss
a present mind at peace

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I am a very slow understander and didn’t think much more about writing for a long time. Except the fact that I was writing my Journal as a lifeline in the recovering stage I was in. And from time to time added some every-day philosophical ideas I meant could be good to share for aiding others.  But I had no idea of how to share. Just a vague idea about maybe writing a book one day.

What made me look up the name Jeff Goins that day? I don’t know.

A note in a writer’s magazine about writing blogs. Did I sense there was a light at the end of the tunnel?

Once again it was the words that illuminated the mind.

The words of Jeff Goins provided relief to what the mind had known but didn’t know how to express.

I still remember the exact moment I read Jeff Goins “The Writer’s Manifesto”. The world stood still.

One specific sentence crossing the path of life and changing it forever:

You are not alone.- Jeff Goins

It turned out to be so true and so important!

I could never have done this journey without the constant support and encouragement from the forever friendly, extremely talented and wise members of the community of Tribe Writers!

When I first started I knew nothing about writing, blogging, social media, congregations, facebook groups……

It all fell in place one thing after the other in the friendly, helpful environment of the Tribe.

So many people I would love to mention. Some will stay in my heart forever. Please feel free to follow the links to their beautiful, sincere blogs:

Katina Vaselopulos , Laura Mccoy , Pamela Fernuik Hodges

Christa Sterken , Shelley DuPont , James Prescott

Kathleen Caron , Kath Unsworth , Chris Morris

Laura Naughton , Renee Baude

Brianna Thompson Wasson , Joyce Glass

Shannon Cochran

And many, many others

I thank you all with all my heart!

 It scared me at first that most of them were Christian and wrote about their faith. But I soon realised their love for all living included me as well and they accepted me just the way I was.  Our struggles and successes in writing was just the same and even if the subjects of our writing were different our work was similar and our lives are forever connected. As it has turned out their loving faith has been a welcome refuge in a sometimes harsh world and their unselfish prayers for others’ benefits surround me with the feeling of how much good there is in us humans and the Universe.

It is impossible for me to find the exact way to express the enormous impact this Tribe Writer course and the fabulous group has made on me and my life from day one and forever. My friends have stood by me in a year full of difficulties in my personal life, which of course also has affected my writing. Their constant support in all matters is invaluable.

The practical matters the course itself provides are so personal rewarding as I appreciate the value it will bring when I’ll go in for it in depth. The lifetime membership is an awesome gift since this year has been hard for me to completely follow my dream in writing. But there will be a new year coming and I will always continue to work with my writing.

I will end with a poem. Since I during this year have realized poetry is as important to me as the air I am breathing.

This was written hundreds of years ago by an incredible creative, productive, talented man. He turned out to be very famous in his own time and for centuries to come. His name is William Shakespeare.

A friend is one that
knows you as you are,
understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become,
and still, gently allows you
to grow

I wish you a day in love and peace

Lotta

The Image of a true woman

I haven’t always loved art. At least I haven’t until now been aware of loving art.

But I have always loved the comics with Modesty Blaise! And what amazing artists who made her! Peter O’Donell, writer and Jim Holdaway and Enrique Romero the main illustrators. (You may follow the links below to read more about them)

The comic strips about this admirable woman lasted 38 years!

It inspired me to write a post about it last year. Today I recalled it and wanted to repost it just for a heads up for the persistence these artists showed in their work.

I have always loved a good story!

Modesty Blaise has at all times been involved in good stories!

She conquers all her enemies with clever, powerful techniques, physically fit, strong and unafraid.

Gracefully independent. Dependable coworker and friend.

Many reasons for Willie Garvin to call her Princess, ever since they first met and she believed in him.

Would she become a mother it would be with graze and great sense of justice and responsibility.

She always protects and speaks for the vulnerable and those without voice.

The clue to her success? She believes in herself.

I send many thanks to Peter O’Donell (1920-2010) the writer of the comic strip that lasted from 1963-2001 (!) and  the artist Jim Holdway (1927-1970)

After Jim Holdaway’s death Enrique Badia Romero (1930-  ) carried on. With short interruptions by John Burns, Patrick Wright and Neville Colvin.

They have all put hard work into their art.

Let us all work hard with our art!

A short and snappy post that was. Today I would have added that she has actually made an impact on and in my life. As art does, even if we are not aware of it at the moment, we might realise it 40 years later (or so). During the years I have considered her fairness and independence as great virtues. Her wisdom and bravery. When I became a mother I thought about the orphan Modesty who managed to handle life while growing up, but in a little different way and refreshingly ‘out of the box’. I’ve been helped many times thinking “If Modesty Blaise could make it, so can we”.

So art changes us. Art changes our perspective of life. It lightens up our day, or makes us sad. It may change the way we look at other people we meet or situations we handle. That is illuminating!

Keep your senses wide open for anything to do with art today!

May your day be prosperous and full of joy.

Lotta

Falling in love with fall, all over

Imagine, this time of the year, when we actually see life around us!

It is impossible not to be moved and touched by natures amazing, changing scenery!

Just like different parts of the year, our days also contains different parts of sorrow and joy.

If we look around and actually see life we get a better chance to make our days and nights manageable as we focus on the joyful parts and the sorrows may be diminished as they loose power.

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Time to bring in flowers sensitive to frost:

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Now I am ready for coffee reflected by the rays of fall

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I wish you a beautiful day!

Lotta

The out of date concept of – Yin & Yang?

I just love the concept of Yin & Yang.

At least the parts I know about.

There might be all sorts of explanation and ancient history and cultural aspects I am not aware of.

But I truly need to think about the aspects of balance in life!

Complementary forces interacting to form a dynamic system

Explanation from Wikipedia (follow this link to read more)

Thats how I figured out how clever the Biblical advice about a Resting Day is.

During long periods of my life I have worked Sundays and that has been mentally tough for me. Walking away from a sleepy family, who are planning for a fresh new Sunday, knowing when you come home in the evening you are too tired to participate in anything. During the day watching family groups being out together and in your heart just wishing for being with the ones you love.

Life is gracious to me in this stage of my life. I am free on Sundays. I wake up and make plans for a whole new, fresh Sunday with  my family. That’s how I found out the wisdom in a resting day. It really is ok to say “I am resting today”. It is wise not to arrange for to many things to do.

I am fully aware of the necessity for many to work Sundays. My heart aches for those who must while they wish for being with friends and family. Not everybody thinks it is a problem. For many it is an opportunity to make more money, or for meeting people and being busy, instead of having nothing special to do. In my country you normally get twice the salary on Sundays, that is a great motivation.

But for me there is balance in having: Resting Day – Busy Day

There are many other aspects of life when balance is very helpful. Just being aware of the fact that aiming for balance is good way to get along in life is helpful. Not so many are talking about Yin & Yang nowadays. I don’t know why, the concept couldn’t possibly be out of date. But fashion comes and goes, so does philosophies.

Anyway, today is a great Day and I am happy to enjoy it!

I wish you to make this a really good day

Lotta

Over the Ocean/in the Ocean!

I want to share something really admirable with you all!

The story of a very determined woman, who came up with an idea she couldn’t let go of. Who persisted in trying despite hard experiences. Who filled her life with a purpose , fulfillment and achievement. Truly inspirational!

Watch and enjoy this amazing woman and a great TED talk!

 

Reward yourself with persistence and purpose! During your attempts you will achieve things !

I wish you a beautiful day!

Lotta