Monday, March 18, 2013


I havnt checked out who is teaching but this is the what I did when I first started Journaling. It was great to be in a supportive group with a whole lot of ideas and encouragement floating around. I made some good on-line friends and continued studying with them in other on-line spaces. There is generally a good choice of things to do. Great for the winter months and kids for those days when you're stuck for ideas. Some of you out there have creative kids and will be stuck in a caravan while your house is being demolished (you know who Im talking about)
Not all the workshops will appeal but I recommend it if you are keen on learning some new skills and being part of an enthusiastic group ( participation is not mandatory you can just be a stalker if you wish)

march pages 2013

Bright eyes


Blood Transfusion

broken wings and ink stains

coffee grounds

House, Conifer and dark path

Playing with coffee and ink
two toucans watching tv

Sunday, February 10, 2013


I did this at the end of day. It became AHA as Gary and I talked about it and then a did a reading before sleep and it all related.I had been thinking about the word abide and what it meant. At the bottom of this page is a hammock slung between two palms. I thought it was a bit odd but kept going with the exercise.The words that came to the page were Abide and rest in me.
The Heart is multi layered with the blue scratched back to see the rainbow and I am held in big green hands.I am totally connected and it felt like all the colour's and light were what connected me.
I opened first to the reading. 'I am the Vine and you are the branches.He who abides in Me, and I in Him bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing'
The second reading I opened on was this one.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways,and he will guide you on the right paths. Proverbs 3:6.gaz had just written me a letter with this in it.
Lots of affirmation coming through.

Hospice pages

I hate that this is not as I want it to be

This page reminded me of when I first started journalling.I was painting and the colour's felt all yuck and I could get it right. It was hot and I found it all really frustrating .Felt like I didn't know what I was doing and it had no purpose. I made the decision to paint some words down and write what was happening and here it is .Always the profound when this happens and I am not surprised anymore by how this works.
Flowers in the hospice garden - Roses and lady's mantle.
This was just colour play and backgrounds for writing on which I havnt done yet

Christmas journal for me made by Lynn Taylor

I have been recording small moments in this beautiful wee journal that my friend made me for christmas. It is packed with all sorts of neat stuff that relates to me. I was so touched when I opened it. I cried, always a good response when someone puts that much care and effort into someone. I felt like I had been seen. I have been using it as space to record some of the ahas or just trying to notice something in my day. The yellow animal came from a shadow on the ground that I drew and coloured in.
Lavender from the garden and some writng from 2nd church that we had here. Daisy- our friendly duck and a prayer that someone gave me.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Creative writing Course

I participated in this course with Diane a few years ago when it was a year long Diploma through Aoraki. It was very worthwhile. I quit just before the end, due to health reasons and so missed the bit of paper that affirms this but felt very satisfied with all I learned.
Diane packs an encouraging amount of information and inspiration into her teaching.You wont regret enrolling.

Creative Writing Otago

Based in Dunedin, Creative Writing Otago offers a range of 
face-to-face  or online  creative writing courses designed for beginning and more advanced writers and covering Fiction, Writing Your Life, Poetry and Nonfiction. Award-winning poet, novelist and memoirist, Diane Brown is the designer and tutor for most of the courses.
Face to Face Casual Saturday Classes: Dunedin
·     Stimulating the MuseSaturday 23rd February 2013.·     Steering the Craft: Saturday 23rd March.·     Building Characters: Saturday 18th May.·     Who’s telling the Story: Saturday 15th June.·     Plot and Story: Saturday 3rd August. ·     Settings: Saturday 3 1st August.·     Looking For A Poem: Saturday 12th October.·     Best words, Best Order: Saturday 16th November.

Face to Face Classes: Dunedin
·     Developing your Manuscript 1: Fortnightly (8 session) workshop-based programme 10.30am-1 pm. Thursday 21st March 2013 till  4th July 2013·     Developing Your Manuscript 2: Fortnightly (8 session) workshop-based programme 10.30am-1 pm. Thursday 1st  August till 14th November.·     Writing Your Life: 8 week Monday 6th May 2013 and finishes 1st July 2013. 7 pm to 9pm.

Online Courses:
·     Finding Your Voice: 8 week online introductory course. Monday 25th February 2013.·     Tools for Storytelling 1: Meeting your Characters. 8 week online course follows on from Finding Your Voice but can also be undertaken by new students. Monday 13th May 2013·     Tools for Storytelling 2: Plot and Description. 8 week online course follows on from Meeting Your Characters but can also be undertaken by new students. Monday 29th July 2013 ·     Making Fine Poems: 8 week online course exploring the art and craft of writing poetry. Monday 7th October 2013 ·     Professional Writing Practice:  Online fortnightly (8 sessions) for advanced students. Tuesday 19th March 2013 ·     Professional Solutions and Publishing. Online fortnightly (8 sessions) follows on from Professional Writing Practice.Tuesday 30th July 2013.

Diane Brown

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stitch piece

I think this piece below is nearly finished, I may do some more detail down the bottom. Its been fun. reminded me how much I like thread. Really just drawing again with different materials, which is what I like but still a different way of thinking. The bubbles piece..not sure whether its finished will wait until I get back form Holiday. Off to Aussie for some beach and sun with my fine man.Yahoo.
I have a new journal to start and am sorting out materials to take today. How to be well equipped yet travel light.