The Four Dignities of a Warrior-Writer

four dignities of a warrior-writer by Melanie Lamaga

I’ve been working overtime launching The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories and keeping various other businesses afloat, while writing a new novel, all of which necessitated organizing my files, because my head hurts from all the different hats piled on it, like so many mattresses atop the pea, and I needed a better […] Read more »

Leah Lamb Tells Medicine Stories

Medicine stories by Leah Lamb

Wouldn’t It Be Great If You Could Rewrite, Reclaim and Recreate the Story of Your Life? This is the question posed by storyteller and activist Leah Lamb. She is launching a new old kind of storytelling project this week at www.medicinestories.com. According to the website, “A medicine story is a one-of-a-kind story designed to bring […] Read more »

7 Reasons to Self-Publish, 7 Reasons Not to Self-Publish

The Evolution of Publishing, collage by Melanie Lamaga

In case you haven’t heard the news, writers now have a choice when it comes to publishing books. I’ve done a lot of research over the past year and here is what I’ve learned. You Might Want to Become an Indie Author Because… 1. Mo’ Money Most publishers give you an advance, and then between […] Read more »

Give Your Creative Self a Gift

Give Your Creative Self a Gift

Birthdays, The Daily Show, and Books of the Future It’s my birthday this week, and let me say this right off: I’m not one of those self-effacing, ‘aw shucks, doing nothing special’ types. That’s something else we could learn from 4-year olds. Bring on the cake! Bring on the Party! Pin the tail on the […] Read more »

3 Easy Steps to Reignite Your Creative Fire

3 Simple Steps to Reignite Your Creative Fire

Fighting the January “Back to Work Blues” I took some time off between Christmas and New Year, vacationing with family (fun!), and then friends came into town (more fun!), and the next thing I know, it’s Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM. The holidays have worn out their welcome, and I have no more […] Read more »

Creating Our Dream Life – What We Can Learn from 4-Year-Olds

Creating Your Dream Life, by Melanie Lamaga, The Metaphysical Circus

Creativity and Change… Because I Want To As anyone who has been around kids knows, at a certain point around four years old their favorite phrase becomes, “Because I want to.” It got me wondering, when do we stop believing that this is reason enough? For example, a friend or family member asks you to […] Read more »

Creative Thanks Giving, Reclaim Your Holiday

illustration of article by Melanie Lamaga Creative ThanksGiving, Reclaim Your Holiday

How is Creativity Like a Turkey? Thanksgiving, gratitude comes from feeling of abundance– that you have enough and some to spare. But American culture has always been about striving to improve ourselves, which too often devolves into a bottomless desire for more, more, more. It makes me wonder if Thanksgiving is really about gratitude, or […] Read more »

Attracting Abundance, Part 2

Mexican God statue

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? Five ways we block our own abundance.   1.) You’re simply in the habit of vibrating on the level of lack, want, frustration, etc. If this is the case, the daily visualization in part 1 should help you change your vibration, once you really tap into that feeling of […] Read more »

Attracting Abundance, Part 1

buddha flower-web

Ask, Listen, Visualize, Feel There is a book out there called The Law of Attraction that may or may not espouse similar ideas to those I’m presenting here. I don’t know because I haven’t read it. Normally, I am a big advocate of research, but there is a time for research and a time for […] Read more »