Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Citizens for a New California

No One Move

No one dares make a move
except one lone hanger swinging
in dented car's back seat
at morning red stop light.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Manifesting Your Desires - The Experiments

Picture of Orange Car
Orange Cars Make Me Laugh

Something I’ve learned lately is that there are a lot of orange cars in my section of the planet. Maybe that doesn’t seem like much to you, but as part of my recent experiment, it means a lot to me.

Frustrated with life, I reached out to a friend who referred me to the book E-Squared (only $2.99 for the Kindle version), which is all about manifesting what we want into our lives. This subject isn’t new to me. I’ve been studying it off and on for years. It seemed I needed a refresher though and this book was perfect.

Now I’m not usually one to focus on material items. I have always been nonchalant about money, which in some ways has been my downfall. Anyway, when I read the first assignment, I decided to work on manifesting orange cars into my daily routines.

Yeah, yeah, there’s that old argument about whether or not I’m “manifesting” them or just bringing my attention to what was already there. Either way works for me.

I had two days to count the number of orange cars I saw. The first time I went for a drive after reading the book, I laughed so loud my son asked me what was funny. An orange car had pulled up next to me within about two minutes of getting on the road.

Over the time frame of the experiment, I really didn’t see that many orange cars; two or three at most. However, since the end of my allotted two days, I continue to see about one orange car a day, and it’s never the same one. I live in a small town and pretty much stick to the same schedule from day to day which makes that fact a little more convincing to support the theory that yes, I do create my reality.

Since reading the book, other interesting things have come into my life.

A separate exercise was to choose something material I wanted to gain ownership of in my life. I decided I wanted to manifest a new wardrobe. I wasn’t all that clear about what I wanted because part of me didn’t believe I could make it happen. So I tried focusing on the feeling I would have if I did receive a bundle of new clothes.

After a few weeks, I forgot about the clothing. I didn’t want to feed any negative energy into disbelieving it. At the same time though, I kept seeing those orange cars. And I started finding change on the ground again. (Since this is all part of my little experiment, I never pass by a stray penny.)

About a week ago, my husband went into the garage to get down the Christmas decorations, so I asked him to see if there were any bins of clothing up in the rafters. (By this time, my wardrobe experiment had been “put away” in my mind.) He handed three bins down to me. As I opened each one, I found piece after piece of clothing I hadn’t seen in several years, some of it still with tags on it. I was so excited, I found myself thinking it’s just like getting a new wardrobe. Ding, ding, ding! Experiment results had come in. I had manifested my desire. And the universe delivered in an unexpected way which made it even more fun.

There is much more to this philosophy, I agree. (Because I know that’s what you’re thinking, right?) What about crime victims or people with “bad luck”? That goes much deeper and is a subject for a whole other blog post.

For now, every time I see another orange car, I remember that I am creating my reality, and then I check in with myself to see whether I’m attracting a positive or a negative existence.

What about you? What are you manifesting in your life?


If you enjoyed this post, you might like to read one of my other posts on a similar subject: 


[Thanks for stopping by. My friend, Claudia, who referred me to the above-mentioned book is an artist, among other things. You may view the paintings she creates with her other half, Vito, for sale on Etsy.]


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Saying Goodbye to National Novel Writing Month

Just because National Novel Writing Month is over doesn’t mean my book is finished. 

This year I scrambled to put together a rough outline: one I could refer to when my pantsing hands were stuck. It came in handy. My work-in-progress is just over 50,000 words (so far) and even better, my 13-year-old daughter approves of my story. She liked it so much, she left a note on my iPad saying my story was “amazingly written” and that she could “not put it down.” That’s enough to keep me writing through to the end.

A funny thing: You know me and license plates, right? I don’t always read into them (it just sort of happens), but today I saw one relevant to my story. It was perfect timing because tomorrow morning I have a date with my writing partner to carry on with our novels. And yes, I will leave you hanging.

Something About Turtles

For tonight, I am creating mini-chapbooks of my poems. Each book contains six pieces.
Mini Poetry Chapbooks

But back to novels. 

Many of my friends also “won” NaNoWriMo. Does that mean they finished their stories or just wrote the required 50,000 words? I’m not sure.

How about you? Did you participate and, if so, were you able to make it to the end? 

Happy writing!