Sunbeams & Books

Some highlights of weeks past and plans looking forward. I’m near to completion on a poetry collection and overseeing illustrations for my children’s book ‘Moonbright’. Both will be published in 2019. My focus for the second half of 2018 is overseeing illustrations for another children’s book and editing an older project.

Reading has been non-fiction; I’ve particularly enjoyed Robert Lanza’s, ‘Biocentrism’. David Bohm’s, ‘Wholeness and the Implicate Order’. I read Carlo Rovelli’s ‘Reality Is Not What It Seems – The Journey to Quantum Gravity’ and listened to Bonobo a lot. All these books had fascinating insights that influenced new poetry I’ve been writing.

Dominique Loreau’s, “L’art de la Simplicite’ was thought-provoking and enabled me to release more in a few areas. Simplicity for me is greenery and wood with systems that create ease; an earthy, relaxed style that shifts with the seasons. Deepak Chopra’s, “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ (written in 1993) provides a wonderful study of how much body and mind is capable of.

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Cal Newport’s, ‘Deep Work’ was in support of avoiding fragmented attention over a time (which permanently damages the ability to problem-solve and focus, for long periods). A worthwhile read! Jaron Lanier’s, ‘Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Right Now’ talks about a great idea that became exploitative. I’d recently closed accounts on Instagram and Twitter and have been more relaxed and productive; so I think he makes some fair points and there are other ways to interact with people.

Matt Haig’s, “Notes on a Nervous Planet’ is funny, anecdotal and uplifting. It had some great tips to put your life back on an even keel. Rainer Maria Rilke’s, ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ and Hafiz’s, “The Garden of Heaven’ were classics I had been meaning to read for a while. Both had some beautiful sentiments and passages.

I’m eager to wander more often – return to some places and visit others for the first time. Despite the recent humidity, rain and wind return as old friends; scurrying around me like the dogs as I collect apples. In readiness for the intense periods of creativity and study that lay ahead, we’ve swapped unwanted stationery like sweets. Autumn is a season of activity. I love the freedom that the cooler months bring.

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Whatever you’re up to and wherever you wander… happy creating!

-louise

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