I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, USA and lived there for most of my life. I presently live in another beautiful place, Mount Shasta in the northernmost part of California. Mount Shasta is 14, 179 feet at its highest elevation. It is a tourist mecca in the summertime and considered a sacred site. Once the snow begins to melt at the higher elevations, beautiful springs, meadows and lakes are accessible for hiking and swimming.
One objective in moving to the mountains was to take myself seriously as a writer. I had written in journals for many years. I wanted to explore the possibility of compiling a book of poetry based on my life experiences. Prior to moving, I recited my poetry publicly in cafes and clubs in and around San Francisco to good response.
Arriving in Mt. Shasta, I was soon involved in local poetry circles. I wrote, crafted and presented creative writing workshops. These expanded into themed creative writing workshops utilizing both prose and poetry. The popularity of these workshops grew locally. I found great enjoyment sitting in writing circles (with mostly women participants and a few daring men).
Beginning in 2008, and for several years, my aging parents needed extra care. They lived one hour south of Mt. Shasta. I made regular trips to assist them. They were high maintenance by this time in their lives. I put the workshops on pause to be of service to them.
I offer this blog exploring the creative writing process and creativity in general. The blog provides inspiration, writing prompts and contemplative exercises. This blog is intended for anyone who has dreamed of writing, is currently writing and would like more variety or depth in their craft. It is intended for anyone who wants to foster their own creativity whatever the media.
Four years ago, I took an online painting class, Brave Intuitive Painting, taught by artist, Flora Bowley. For a period of time, I preferred painting to writing. I love exploring abstract, color, design, images. And then, merging images with words. Collage and mixed media are current interests.
I’ve discovered that creativity has to create…no matter what the media is.
Wishing you, whether you are a writer or any other type of artist an interesting and fun journey.