Friday 15 July 2011

Online Friends & Writers Series — Kimberly Kinrade

Today I’d like to welcome Kimberly Kinrade to our online barnyard. I met Kimberley on twitter, and it was evident she was passionate about writing and people. If KK was a drink, it would come in a shot glass with a warning—drinking this may cause you to fall in love! This old bull watched a yearling, recently mustered out of the high-country, throw back a couple of KK’s, and surer than chickens lay eggs, he fell in love. Watching people fall in love is refreshing, and I admire Kimberly’s transparency, honesty and courage.  

This is from her bio: I’ve always believed that I have ink, rather than blood, running through my veins. As a child cloud gazing, where others saw shapes, I saw words.
By the time I was 10-years-old I was writing stories and poems and selling them to neighbors and family. (I also pulled out teeth prematurely to get cash from the Tooth Fairy, but that’s a whole other aspect to my personality.) — Pulled her teeth out!

Tena koe, Kimberley. E nga iwi o te ao katoa. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai ~ To the people of the whole world. Welcome, welcome, welcome.

Tell us why you love writing, and sell your book/yourself to us.

Why do I write? Because I can’t NOT write. To quote from a piece in my book ~
The world around me shapes itself into words without any effort or will. If I don’t put them to paper, they haunt me. They clamor about in my head all day and night. They write themselves in my dreams. They take over. So I write them. Give them their own world in which to live. Give my head peace for a moment. I write to free myself from the tyranny of my words.

Bits of You & Pieces of Me IS me. It's a collection of pieces I've written over the last several years that reflect the tragedy and joy as I journeyed through an abusive marriage, into single motherhood, and finally into a world of my own shaping.

If you could travel back in time and talk to yourself, what age would you be and what would you say?

At 7 years old: Don't tell your brother to throw all toys out the window. You will get caught. 

At 11 years old: Twinkies are NOT your friend and your stomach will not always be flat. Eat broccoli instead.

At 16 years old: Go to Ireland. Don't miss the trip for a boy.

At 17 years old: It's not your fault. What happened wasn't your fault. You will recover and you will forgive.

At 21 years old: Stay at Sarah Lawrence College. Don't marry him. He will hurt you badly. Wait, do marry him, you will have 3 amazing kids from that marriage. It's not your fault. You will recover and you will forgive.

NOW: Look at all that you've gone through. You have nothing to fear. The worst has happened and you are still here, still strong, still smiling and writing and dreaming. Trust that the future will unfold with the promise of all that you are.

If you had the opportunity to talk to high school students, what would you talk about and why?

I would talk about archetypes and how they influence our own movement through life. We are all the hero on our own journey. We are all waiting to claim our power. And we all have the ability to shape our story.

There are moments in my life that I’ll never forget, the images are fixed in my mind and the emotions are vibrant and telling. It’s these moments that define who I am, can you share a defining moment in your life?

The moment I looked into my first daughters eyes and saw God.

What’s on your bucket list that would surprise your family and friends?

I don’t think anything would surprise my friends and family anymore. I mean, I’ve travelled the world, am marrying a man WAY younger than me, have shaved my head ... there are no surprises left. But, maybe a few would be surprised to know that I want to become a black belt in martial arts.

And, because we love them, do you have a ghost/supernatural story to share?

Every proper theater must have a ghost haunting it, and ours was no exception. It was said that years ago the understudy to a play was in love with the leading man. She loved him so much that she conspired to poison the leading lady, his girlfriend, in hopes of stealing the role, and his heart.

Her plan backfired. When the leading lady became ill, the leading man dropped out of the play to be with her. In an effort to get his attention, the understudy hanged herself in the theater, hoping to be found. It is there that she remains, haunting the theater and all who act upon her stage.

When I was going to school for theater, I had glimpses of this ghost's handiwork. Props that disappeared and reappeared in random places. And one night, on opening night, even stranger things happened.
It was my job to ring the phone that the leading man would answer. I was young, only in 8th grade compared to the juniors and seniors in the play. I was the understudy to the leading lady.

I did my part, ringing the phone when it was time, then unplugged it and walked away. The leading man answered the phone, talked and hung up. The phone kept ringing. And ringing. I turned to see if I'd somehow left it plugged in. No, there was the chord, a whole foot apart from its outlet. But the phone wouldn't stop. It was then that I saw a shadow, a wisp of nothing turning the corner. And a chill went up my spine.

Understudies should never be ignored.

Thanks Kimberly!

Where’s Kimberly?  

If you want to fall in love with great writing you can order a shot glass of KK here and here. You can also follow Kimberly on twitter and keep updated on facebook.

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Monday 11 July 2011

Pie! Psychic, or Nosey Bastard?

Online friend and YA writer Lacey Boldyrev has an agent, which is exciting news for writers. You might remember Lacey from this interview — yep, she’s a keeper! If you have a spare sixty seconds, please follow the link and congratulate Lacey.

And, even though, “there’s a thousand pretty women waiting out there … and I’m just the devil with love to spare,” I baked pie! Congratulations Lacey!

Lacey tweeted a teaser about her then secret news two days before, which set my spider senses tingling. When I commented on her I have an agent post, she asked me if my psychic senses were tingling — did I know what her news was? Yes, instantly. Here are my top tips to improve your spider senses:
  • Relax, don’t try too hard, and don’t be a nosey bastard.
  • Everything is connected — Lacey and I share the same mind — and if you believe that without needing to know how, you’re half way there.
  • Exercise your mind, don’t be a lazy thinker, and pay attention to what you’re thinking about.
  • How do you record the world? I notice body language, eyes, movement, sounds, and scents around me. By knowing what’s happening in my world, I also know what’s happening in yours.
  • Every conversation in our mind is influenced by emotion, motive and intention. Learn what you’re feeling and why.
  • Improve the quality of your mind by learning about your mind. Meditate, not to silence the conversations in your mind, but to master them.
  • Every time we pose a question, the field of consciousness answers: Wow, Lacey has secret news! I’m excited for her — that’s what I’m thinking, no opposing subconscious thought — my emotion is genuine — no opposing subconscious emotion: I’m not jealous, I’m not disappointed I don’t have secret news, Lacey’s news hasn’t tweeked my insecurities — wow, what could Lacey’s news be? Lacey hears my question and, because my question is transparent and non-threatening, Lacey answer’s me, “I have an agent.”
  • Perception! Is a pig dog on a wild boar’s testicles! Let’s do this this way: I walk into a pub and perceive the group of bikers at the bar are aggressive bastards. I’ll see a threat because I believe one exists, and potentially two things will happen: I’ll get into a fight with one or all of the bikers, or I’ll miss that the weedy guy buying a keno ticket is the only person in the bar I should be worried about.
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Tuesday 5 July 2011

Spontaneous Distant Healing — a Client’s Experience

I’d like to thank Jen for allowing me to share this. This is common, and this also happens to some people at my events. Imagine if this healing vibration was present in a hospital. It is possible — all I’d need to do is to heal all the nurses, do a presentation about soul healing, and identify the gifted healers. I’d only need to find one natural healer and the vibration would transfer throughout the hospital.

"I am writing this testimonial for Simon as I have had the most amazing distance healing experience with him and it happened quite accidentally.

"It was one of those times that I had called out to the Universe for some much needed help, was just feeling so lost and unhappy and aching with it. Then suddenly I had stumbled upon Simon’s blog.  It was just what I had needed to read.  I felt so thankful that I wanted to find a way to say thank you.  I was feeling a bit shy though, so decided to say thank you to his photograph.

"I felt so much love and gratitude and there was a whoosh of energy and it was like Simon was right there with me and then I felt really hot, not sure if it was because I was slightly startled by the whoosh thing or it was healing energy. It was really strong, more like hands on healing than distance healing. I could really feel the love.  I think Simon was talking to me as the lips on the photo seemed to be moving.  I couldn't hear what was being said though, so sent Simon an e-mail sharing my trippy healing experience from looking at his photo. Seems this is quite a normal experience!  :)

"I have seen Simon in my dreamtime at least twice since then.  He is always smiling and Jesus is always standing to his right.  I have had CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) for about 12 years. In my dream I was shown the CFS as a pillow I was holding tight to my front. I was like a child, frightened, clutching tightly to the pillow. I don't remember much else except the love washing over me. The second time Simon and Jesus came, the pillow was still in my hand but it was dropped loose by my side and I was smiling at them and giggling. Not that I could hear what either of them was saying, but it was obviously making me giggle!

"I've been much brighter and feeling lifted. I was singing around the house yesterday.  I feel more self-confidence too.  I just feel happy and feel more loving towards myself. It's been a wonderfully healing experience for me and I can understand why he is called a soul healer as the healing feels deeply on a soul level.  I am so thankful that I found him and hope he comes to and tours in the UK soon! :)"

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