Friday, March 24, 2017

Launch of the CAP Awards 2017

What a 'goosebump-creating' combination: Writing and mental health awareness.

One day last September I turned on my computer and saw an email coming in with the shortlist of the first ever CAP Awards for self published authors. 

In short, the Carousel Aware Prize is a competition is to celebrate writers who self publish their books. All proceeds go to Aware, an Irish Charity who educates and empowers people to look after their mental health.

Reading through the email I saw that my Into the Light book was shortlisted under the non-fiction category.

If you could have seen me you would have laughed out loud.

To paint the picture:
I was sitting in my wheelchair at my desk.
As I got so excited to see my name on the list, I was literary jumping out of my chair, and landing back in it... if that makes sense.
I had to put the brakes on as I was afraid the chair- and me in it- would wheel itself out of the room, or out the window.

You know, it is Very Exciting Stuff to have one's book shortlisted!

The Gala Evening to announce the winners was held at the Teachers Club in Dublin. I made the journey down. Most of the shortlisted authors were present, as where a lot of their supporters and others interested in the written word.
The room was packed and buzzing with the excitement, and nervous anticipation by the short listed authors, as well as from the thought provoking speeches about mental health.  It was quite amazing to hear how many people are in some way touched by mental health issues.

Of course there was lots of talk about books too. And about publishing. And announcing the winners of each of the categories.

Although I was not the winner in my category, I am immensely proud to have been part of this exciting new journey for independent authors. 

We are all winners.

The writers - the committee- the judges and Aware!

Since that time it is quite hearth warming to have made so many new contacts with the other short listed writers, and also with editors, and others who were involved with the event, and to have been contacted by publishers of book and writing magazines.
Thank you all!  It is wonderful to have been acknowledged into this world of publishing.

The launch of the CAP Awards 201 is this Saturday  25th March 14.00 to 17.00 at Club Na Muinteoiri  36 Parnell Square West, Dublin. See HERE for a list of speakers and activities for the day.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to travel down, but I am certainly there in spirit.

Links and further reading

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A broken spirit level

Page from HATCHED re-hatched

This kind of sums up how I feel this morning.
After a few disappointing, bewildering, frustrating emails yesterday.
I spend way too much energy on trying to find my way within it all.
I will find my way in it all.

For today I will focus on finding my balance -
my spirit level

Be well everyone!

(Will most likely tell you about what brought my spirit and energy down, as I think it is an important standpoint - but need to sort it out first with the organization in question)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Boxes, and more boxes ...

This ...
box full of Into the Light boxes by Corina Duyn

And all this...

has to become this.
Into the Light book in a box by Corina Duyn - a wooden box with paper sleeve

The next delivery of empty boxes for Into the Light arrived yesterday.
To make them truly into a book in a box, I am getting help to open each box; glue in the ribbon and sticker in the back to lift the pages out; add the pack of pages; close the box; and put the wrapper around it.

To celebrate the arrival of these boxes, there is no postage charge for orders placed between now and Sunday 26th March, using the Buy Now Button
Into the Light €30

Further reading and links

  • For more about the book, including a short video see HERE
  • For the first batch of boxes and books, see HERE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

those beautiful moments when all is well

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

Following from yesterday's creative-suggestions-blog, this thought came to mind...

Those moments you are doing something that totally absorbs you.
When you forget your body.
You forget the pain, the exhaustion.
You are completely in the "zone".
Life is good, for that one moment.
Maybe even more than one moment.
Savour it.
Enjoy it.
Let it happen.
Page from Into the Light

When the 
fully enters
the creative space 

an exquisite moment
can occur
that what
you are doing
is exactly
for you 

Monday, March 20, 2017

There are many ways to be creative

Creativity: The use of imagination or original ideas to create something
Oxford Dictionary 


I know I hammer on about the amazing power of creativity. But...

It does not mean that you have to be- or become an artist or a writer...

my greenhouse-
with Plenty of Creative space for me!

There are many ways to be creative

  • be playful with your day
    • plan little things that make you happy and you can achieve within your energy/pain limits
  • make Sundays different from the rest of the week
    • for example have a different breakfast from the norm
  • do some colouring
    • there are many adult colouring books out there now.  Colouring from early on in the illness has helped me regain my finer motor skills, and I love it too.
  • play to create a garden, or plant a few seed in a pot on the window sill. Growing things will bring joy
  • find a craft you liked as a child, or something you always wanted to do
    • I learned to weave, a long held dream fulfilled.
  • enhance the immediate lived-in environment with thing you love
    • hang pictures or photos of things you like
    • the photo is of my greenhouse, I made a bed to rest on during spring days, and have a sculpture and some gifts from friends in there too
  • collect different plates and cups to make each day special
    • on days when I was bed bound my homehelp brought in snack and and drinks on a tray using a different set of plates and cups each day. It brought a smile to my face
  • "Pimp" your mobility aids- to make them more fun
  • Create a MEme - ME-me to get out an about for you
  • buy the loveliest notebook and best pen you can afford to do some writing or drawing 
  •  ... You get the idea... Now have Fun and Be Creative!

Being creative is also the ability to adapt to your circumstances. There is almost always a way ... If we can give it time and thought 

Further reading and links

Sunday, March 19, 2017

We learn from many life events. Including illness

I am not what happened to me. 
I am what I choose to become.
Carl Jung 

I am not up to much writing today, so I will leave you with a page from Into the Light  to ponder about. (Kind of like "here is one I made earlier...")

(My words on the page)

We learn from many life events
Including illness

Reconstructing our lives 
we find new ways of

We find new 

The experience 
of illness
become meaningful 
by the creation
of a new
sense of self 

Links and furhter reading 

  • Into the Light is a book with loose sheets, with reflections on life, and is available form the web-shop, in various version. (The image above is showing both sides of the page)