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irenepurcell
Apr 17, 2022
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Hi everyone. I wanted to share what’s been going on for me recently. I thought I’d be able to pick up the writing challenge but I can’t. I did a day of it where I wrote a new introduction to my book. But I have 18,000 (I think) autobiographical words already written in chapters, and a lot of other writings that I have to figure out how to weave in. So it’s not so much about writing new words for my book for me right now. I have a feeling that I may do a ‘campfire’ type leadk-in to each chapter - that image really works for me - but the thing is that I have slowed down on the whole process of pulling this book together to recognise where I’m actually at. And I am allowing this… I was definitely pulled in to do this course. But I could see from early on that the business of building an audience was very important and that that cannot be done ‘fast’. I’m already engaged in doing that with my visual art and I know it’s a gradual, organic process. I have to figure out how to start to weave in the coming book as a natural element of my overall creative life that current and future followers will naturally be interested in…and I very much feel that it will evolve. I can’t force it. The course content is centred around the Blueprint and I know that I will be able to utilise it to get through all the stages…but at steps 7 through to 10, I’ve slowed right down. I’m just noticing that…it’s something I have to honour as part of my natural rhythms. I see the crafting of my book as ‘important but not urgent’. At the same time as thinking about the book, I’ve recently moved into a new phase in my art, which is autobiographical and very personal. I need so much to stay attuned to my energies and the prompts and waves of action and rest that guide me naturally. And so, I rest again on my intuition and on trust in the process. So I haven’t shown up in the writing challenge beyond day one and I haven’t opted in to this weekend’s final Bootcamp. I’m winding down to having a break away from home and everything in less than two weeks and I am SO ready for that…being by the sea and just reading and resting. Over and out from me! Irene x
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irenepurcell
Apr 07, 2022
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I had to start today, Thursday, as I'm 8 hours ahead of US West coast time and don't do work in the evenings. Came off the Zoom call last night at 8.30 PM and my bedtime is 9/9.30! So... This morning, I easily wrote 1,037 words in the form of a new introduction for my book - and as I did it I tried to imagine the campfire model. Sitting round, having people engaged and cozy. Because I already have a lot of words done from times past, and haven't yet worked out how to do 'the weave', I'm not sure what I'll be able to write about each day...so I guess I have to look at parts 8 and 9 of the Blueprint, make sure I get an outline done, and see how to pull things together with whatever other writing it all needs to make it more of a single piece, more coherent. YIKES! It feels as if it might be a bit easier to write something new from scratch! Anyway - I'm in, l want to manage it all the way, every day, and if I only manage it in part, then that will be ok.
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irenepurcell
Apr 03, 2022
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Hi all! My last post here was all about how I’d heard the message loud and clear about the importance of committing. Now, I wanted to share, having not been able to take part in the opening Zoom for the Bootcamp weekend, that having kept to the need to commit, and to take part in the Bootcamp, that my intention for the week/weekend was to properly work through all the steps of the Blueprint, and not just inwardly say ‘yeah, yeah…’ before moving on to the next step! And so this past week I have re-visited every step and made more notes to lead me to greater clarity, and today I tackled (partly done so far) my Bootcamp intention of re-visiting the final exercise in Part 6 of the Blueprint before moving on to start on Parts 7, 8 and 9. Mission accomplished on that front. And now I’m into Weave and Flow. I’m also continually trying to simplify and clarify what my book is. It seems to be most closely aligned with Teaching Memoir. BUT… Today I brought it more sharply into focus by using the Camp Fire model/lens. I could so easily see myself sitting telling my story…and it became clear to me that my book will be “AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY WITH A CALL TO ACTION” I also realised, that I have a style of writing, a way of using words that is nowadays a little old-fashioned or quaint…and I seem to be in my element when writing in this way. For example, I use an Allegorical story in my Facebook Group, pinned as a Feature Post that I want all new members to read, to talk about going ‘further’ in our quest to be more fully ourselves and more fully in touch with our own inner artist…and it hits the mark with so many people. I remember many years ago reading a book called ‘Hinds Feet on High Places’ by Hannah Hurnard - described in the sub-title as “A beautiful allegory of the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights”. Another one of my own favourite pieces of writing, one which also gets a lot of heart-felt responses, is in this old-fashioned, atmospheric and evocative style… Might I be writing a kind of Hero’s Journey in a magical, evocative allegorical style? Now there’s a new thought to dwell upon!
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irenepurcell
Mar 29, 2022
In Main Discussion Channel
Having accidentally missed the first hour of the last two Wednesday calls because of glitches with the time zone thing, and last Tuesday’s Q&A because of family needs, I am writing this on Tuesday 29th knowing in advance that I actually cannot attend this week’s call - I have a pre-scheduled open studio event. But I want to pitch in and share - I don’t get to share on the Bootcamps and often feel like I’m missing a bit of connection to the rest of you. Each Bootcamp we‘ve had I’ve set intentions and completed them or at least some of the parts. So I’m doing what it feels right for me to be doing as we go. I wanted to talk specifically about some of my most recent experience in the course. Last week was a good example of synchronicities leading to lightbulb moments. I had read in one of my early morning readings (from “The Artist’s Way Every Day” by Julia Cameron) that until we are committed we will have chances to draw back, and we are ineffective - but the minute we commit then Providence moves and all sorts of things start to occur that would otherwise not have - incidents, events, meetings, material assistance, and so on. So I asked the question “Have I committed to writing this book?” Signing up for a course that wasn’t cheap in my world was definitely one overarching level of commitment, for sure, but commitment happens at many other levels along the way. I’d noticed a reluctance to get on with arranging the material I have already written, come up with an outline, or even settle on a genre. The book had also started to give me the sense that it was demanding that I get it ‘right’…it was feeling weighty…it was feeling ‘important’… Next, that same morning, I read a passage from one of my favourite books by Liz Gilbert, ‘Big Magic’ - which in the early morning I use like an Oracle Deck - I ask for a passage, I concentrate and slowly flick the pages in both directions, and see where I land (it’s one great advantage of a book written as she wrote that one - chapters consisting of a theme with several short sections!). That morning I landed on Motives (p98) - And she said these things as pointers to remembering why your are writing your book, what is is and what it is not: It is not required to save the world It doesn’t have to be important Don’t write it in order to help people Use the writing to entertain yourself OR to help save or relieve yourself Use it to figure things out It will then sound genuine/authentic Helping anyone else will become a by-product This was totally in line with what I already knew as an artist, and as an art coach. I help other people move past being unable to start by talking about the importance of PROCESS over PRODUCT and how ’the artefact is the BY-PRODUCT of the process’. I realised anew that my inner creativity is a child who wants to PLAY, and that means in my writing as well as in my painting. THEN - the next day, Liz Gilbert was waxing lyrical once more, telling me that there are hidden treasures within me to be brought to light and that it will take WORK, FAITH, FOCUS, COURAGE and HOURS OF DEVOTION. Yet again, there it was - commitment. I was in a good place to read that as a call to standing up and taking my place as a co-creator with the Great Creator. Less passive. Yes, still trusting the flow, trusting in synchronicities, trusting that I am being guided and supported, but, ALSO, realising that I have to do MY part of the work. And, as most artists/writers/musicians will attest, that means showing up and starting, which is the point at which the guidance and help really shows up. AND THEN, in one of our course sessions, Debra talked to us about committing to making an outline. Just getting on and doing it. Even if it later gets changed…if we don’t have one yet, we need to make one! All of these voices came together for me last week and let me see that somehow, this week, I need to get something down that will actually progress the book some way towards its becoming a ‘seamless robe’. You see, my situation with the content of my book is that I have 18,000 words of biography already done from a few years back (those words GUSHED out of me in a few days), and a bunch of poems (that GUSHED out of me in a short spell a year or two earlier) and a lot of journal entries, social media posts and essays, all of which document important parts of the journey I’ve been on that I’m wanting to write about. It is, in fact, a hero‘s journey thing, there’s no getting away from that. But I don’t know how to knit it all together - so yes, I have to come to the course handouts and get to grips with the ‘weave’. I haven’t had the time yet to look at that - I didn’t get last week‘s material till the weekend, and I also had to watch two recordings because I hadn’t been there live. Also, I have to work my writing into my week to allow for my art time too, as I’m progressing that at the same time. So, I’m trying to divide my week in a way that works. I have to guard against feeling pressured. As if that isn’t enough, I’ve bought Kat Coroy’s Instagram Makeover course and not started it yet…early in our course I’d felt that I needed to attend to my SM platforms…so there is a lot to be done on a number of fronts, and I have to get stuff done by COMMITTING but not making that feel heavy! I do trust the process, very much so, and know that what needs to get done, for me, will get done…but I have felt just a bit out on the edge of it all and wanted to lay it bare here as a way of sharing where I’m at and feeling more part of things. If you’ve read all of this - thank you! Onward!
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irenepurcell
Mar 20, 2022
In Main Discussion Channel
I just wanted to feed back to you that, even though I felt not very positive this morning, I did get into my 4-hour work block. It was more like 3/3 and a half, but it was fine. Of the things I said I might do during this session, and there were four distinct possibilities to choose from, I did satisfactorily complete two. I edited my Author's Inventory and this gave me further clarity, which is great. And I downloaded the browser version of MS Word on my MacBook. I had previously got the App for my iPad and I wanted other options. The process of doing that plus opening up the biographical document and doing a little bit of re-formatting and editing took more time than I would have liked - I'm having to find my way around how the tools work - but it was, hopefully, worthwhile. I've done a little less time than I might have, but a family matter calls.
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irenepurcell
Mar 17, 2022
In Main Discussion Channel
It’s me again!! I just wanted to share that I’ve signed up to Kat Coroy’s Instagram Makeover course! Somehow, the magic in this Book Incubation Programme is moving me forward into doing things I just felt I couldn’t stomach (ever heard of Liz Gilbert’s ‘shit sandwich’?), and learning about my ‘Brand Soul Essence’ would have been one of those! Now - well, again, the magic is taking its course. I’m on a journey of trust!
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irenepurcell
Mar 17, 2022
In Main Discussion Channel
This is a digital painting I did a while back, and I’m just trying it out as a background theme for possible memes on SM. Without knowing what the word SALVUS itself means, does this convey anything to you on a feelings/intuitive level? I’d love any instant gut-reactions to this if you have them. Thanks. Funny experience last night when I turned up to the class at my usual four or five minutes early to find you’d all been going for an hour because the US has already put their clocks forward and we in the UK haven’t done that yet! Looking forward to watching the replay and getting on with this week’s content. 😊❤️
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irenepurcell
Mar 13, 2022
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Hi everyone! I just wanted to break the ice in here with a post about where I’m at. I’m hoping to be hearing from others. Discovering this course felt both frightening and exciting. I’ve been incubating ’some sort of book‘ for a long time. I haven’t known how to form it, what type/genre of book it could be, how it would ‘fit’ in the world of books, but I’ve also had a strong sense of not having to push it, not exhausting myself with efforts that would be inappropriate or ultimately unhelpful. I’m an abstract visual artist too, and that is developing in parallel very much along autobiographical lines. I had felt that my art and my writing would somehow come together. That remains to be seen. Over many years, I’ve written a lot of journals (many pages recently becoming embedded in paintings), long social media posts, blogs, poetry (a big outpouring of metaphysical poetry in one prolonged spell) and a big block of autobiographical material that just demanded to be poured out and which came very, very quickly over a concentrated short period. All of it has sat waiting. I gathered it all together in hard copy form a little while back and now I’ve dug it out from various saved documents on my MacBook and sent them to myself to a new, dedicated email address to be brought together in some way within MS Word on my iPad. So far on the Incubation Programme, I’ve completed the Author Inventory and all the worksheets as they’ve landed, and focused on thoughts about my existing SM platform on FB and Insta and my website, which is fairly new, and is focused on my art - how can that expand to embrace the writing? The idea of that process still feels a bit clunky, with my website domain being irenepurcellart dot com, specifically designed to share my artworks. I’ve just started to post a few memes on my Instagram art a/c - @irenepurcellart - and added hashtags to reach others who post about writing. That needs more thought. I’ve been looking at the vexing (to me) issue of Branding and, as well as input from the Doulas, I’ve got some other (free) material from a lady called Mariana Durst of Desk and Design dot com - others may find it usefully tying in with what we’re doing here. I occasionally wonder if I am putting off actual writing - but I feel for me at this stage I need to focus on getting the platform at least moving in the right direction with any necessary subtle changes being put in place, and that the book initially has to be built out of existing components and then glued together under an overarching narrative - it feels simple when I say it like that! So I haven’t deliberately written anything new ’for the book’ as such, but I have been journalling daily, which is my norm, and I can feel things coming up there that could form part of the book. I want it to be for others life-changing insights and wisdom gained through my experience of personal transformation, from a moment of Direct Revelation when I was 30, my ensuing life as a Christian, the slog through all kinds of healing and learning adventures, to being called out of the church and into the wilderness to journey on to discover new ways of understanding the world and being human.…then my more recent revelations, and a continuing move towards an even more deeply authentic form of connection to the divine as a mystic and the assurance this gives me of the message I might have for others. Sounds like the hero’s journey when put like that! Phew! Just getting it out here so I can stand with you all, exposed and true to what the hell I think it is I’m doing! How about you?
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