No Lights!

I was just getting into my editing of my academic paper in a cafe when of all things there was a power failure! It’s sort of exciting but also frustrating. It’s now a little too dark to edit on paper and I was just in the flow!

The unexpected things which disrupt the flow! But the question is has this been beneficial or detrimental? Or neither?

I did consider leaving, but then a few lights came on nearby, so I had a bit of light to continue. I kept editing, mainly because I was so close to finishing this task! And I wanted to not just finish but continue what I was doing. And I couldn’t help think no his people would write in the most difficult situations and poor lighting. So why not keep going?!

All sorts of events and things can disrupt the flow, it’s how you react that matters. I could’ve gone home, but I stayed, wanting to keep connected to even a little of the flow I was in. And it helped. Round one of editing done!

A Rose is a rose is a rose…

Paint a rose I thought!

It will be easy I thought!

Gah I think I have too many lines πŸ™„

Astro is serious about it all, and Kimba is happy!

Must be time for a break…

Going it alone with a different technique as part of my Easter weekend cave style creative binge!

It’s good I’m trying to apply what I’ve learnt in class, but it’s hard!

It’s the next step in my creative journey and I’ve jumped in so the only option is to swim!

It’s early stages yet, so who knows how this rose might turn out!

Easter Cave

My aim for the Easter long weekend is to go cave-style.

I plan not to leave my house! And to relax and work on my creative projects, especially my painting.

Yet on Good Friday, I got out of bed and the desire to go and get a coffee and write was too strong to resist. So I gave in. And wrote a few pages. This was a good result, and choice for me to have made in the moment. It would’ve created too much tension with in me if I’d decided to resist and stay home as planned. Sometimes the flow is strong and I don’t need to resist.

A part of me wants to connect with the world, and with my immediate environment. To get out of the house for a change of scenery, a blast of fresh energy, and to interact with my surroundings!

Besides I can always go cave style for the rest of the day and weekend! Which is an important way for me to re-charge my batteries so it’s a ‘must do’ on my weekend list. It’s good to know that even though I do want some cave time, I also want to be with people, and it’s good to get this balance.

On My Own!

I’m about to go it alone and paint free style using a technique I learnt the other week!

So far I’ve had to work through a creative block, the weather, paper which was smaller than I’d wanted, no stool or place to put my paints etc.

I reckon I’ve finally got it sorted, though a last min tire adjustment with where I’m painting because of the drizzle of rain.

Fortunately I’ve got a bit of undercover area albeit it small!

About to test out what I learnt in art class the other week.

I suspect a dragon is going to be too hard… here goes, jumping in!

Inspired

What better way to start my Saturday than writing in a cafe and starting a new notebook! This bank page doesn’t scare me! I can’t wait to start filling this new notebook with words πŸ’–

I feel a poem coming on πŸ˜€

Lilliana Rose🌹

New Saturday Ritual

I’ve developed a new Saturday ritual, quite by accident. In my search to try new cafes to write, I’ve found a peaceful way to start my weekend. It’s quiet, rustic, and the sun comes through the window making it warm and relaxing. The coffee is great too! All of this helps the words to flow.

A perfect way to not only start a Saturday morning but also the weekend πŸ’•

Lilliana Rose 🌹

Clearing my mind

Journaling this morning after my Pilates class.

Perfect start to the day πŸ’•

Grateful for me time and being able to write to clear my mind.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

Productive Morning

This morning’s cafe writing was enjoyable, there was flow, cafe vibes and of course coffee.

I didn’t like what I wrote by hand.

Oddly, I felt it was a productive session.

Sometimes it’s about just getting the words out right now. Not later. No procrastinating. Just getting on with it.

That’s what’s this morning’s session was all about. As well as a good cup of coffee. By getting the words out, whether good or bad, it means tomorrow I can more on to writing the next scene. That’s creative productivity! πŸ’–

Lilliana Rose 🌹

Getting Goals Sorted

I’m excited to try these books to help organise my writing journey; the Author’s Diary, and The Novel Handbook both by Lauren Clarke.

While I’m more of an organic writer, go with the creative flow, and throw out the goals, I do recognise that using tools like these books can help ensure I keep progressing my writing journey. After all, there are parts to writing and being creative that requires a bit of structure from time to time! Both daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Hence the Author’s Diary for 2018. Plus it will be an interesting record of what I do this year and something I can use to reflect on to see if there are areas that need more attention than others for next year.

The Novel Handbook, is all ready to help plan out the next novel I write, whatever that may be. Normally I use notebooks which I often temporarily misplace, so don’t always have the basic details of characters or story development handy when I need it to be. So I’m hoping by having this book, I can easily enter character and story details and find it later without having to turn my house upside down!

Also books like this inspire me to get planning and organised and that’s always a good thing.

Do you have any prompts or writing tools that help you write it journal? Please share below in the comments.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

www.lillianarose.com

Old Haunts

Today I decided to go back to one of the cafes where I was Cafe Poet in residence a few years ago. The Annex Cafe, which is much different now, with new owners, a more open space and new menu, yet the vibe was familiar. Perhaps it was my memories that haunt me and make it feel familiar?

Sometimes it’s nice to visit new cafes, but then again it’s just as inspiring and good for the muse to write in one of my old haunts.

A productive morning writing, not bad for the start of the weekend. And I’m sure it’s got everything to do for visiting a cafe where I used to write a lot, and to re-connect with my muse who lives here.

This old haunt might just have to become a regular once more.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

www.lillianarose.com