Love & Joy

Day 12 of 12: Spot in Sirens Secret Workshop

January 6, 2013
Day 12 of 12:  Spot in Sirens Secret Workshop

Introducing Sirens Secrets Workshops In these workshops, I’m sharing the secrets and insights I’ve discovered through my 7 year sensual dance journey into my sexy siren soul so that you can unleash your inner siren, fuel your feminine fire and discover your deepest yearnings. The inaugural workshop in the series is Winter Celebration Begins Friday 1/11/13 1/18/13 Winter postponed until Nov/Dec 2013. Spring Sensuality Coming in May! What’s the first secret?  ….LOVE Imagine Appreciating yourself like you do your best friend. Loving yourself, feeling it in your body, the way you do for a parent, pet, child or significant other. Celebrating YOU and your body like you do on Christmas, your birthday or your wedding day. Indulging in your deepest desires and yearnings (without feeling guilty) Devote 28 days to YOU. Spend precious minutes each day on body-based, heart-centered, activities that will be delivered right to your inbox. In less than one month you’ll re-discover a sense of joy in life that you may not have felt since you were a kid. Don’t you deserve it?  Make 2013 your luckiest year yet. Signup for all the details on this and forthcoming Spring, Summer and Fall Siren’s Secrets Workshops Enter below for

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Day 11 of 12: One hour of developmental editing

January 5, 2013
Day 11 of 12:  One hour of developmental editing

And most writing problems can be solved with helpful feedback from a developmental editor. Developmental editing (as distinguished from copyediting) focuses on the big picture, content and organization of the piece. The purpose is to improve the manuscript for the reader. It suggests a format to best communicate the author’s message as a whole. It suggests restructuring to strengthen the message and improve presentation, logic, flow and consistency. It identifies gaps in content, suggests how to address and also what to remove. When I joined a writing class I discovered I was talented at this from my years of providing feedback on student papers as a professor. And my dance journey made me fantastic at feeling emotions in my body and seeing them in stories. My teacher and writing partners expressed gratitude for my “astute comments.” Compelling stories need a strong emotion arc. When an essay or book aren’t quite working it can often be problems with this mood rainbow. Today’s giveaway is one hour of developmental editing by me. This will cover an essay of approximately 1000 words. Offer expires February 15, 2013. I’ll be busy editing the dance anthology after that! I hope the winner is a woman longing to

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – 2 Days Left to Enter

January 4, 2013
12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – 2 Days Left to Enter

Enter below for a chance to win one of the 12 prizes pictured above. Read more about each in the individual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway posts.

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Day 10 of 12: Best Writing Book. Ever.

January 4, 2013
Day 10 of 12:  Best Writing Book. Ever.

Today’s giveaway item is Naked, Drunk and Writing by Adair Lara. Best book on writing I’ve ever read (and since 1992 I’ve read several per year). Why? It’s a catalyst for writing consistently. If you want to write essays or memoir it also provides the details you need to know about structure (think of it as the skeleton of article or book). An outline of questions that makes it (almost) effortless to know the heart and soul of your tale. Lara illustrates her points with sample writing from her students. She teaches about craft (the quality that makes writing come alive and hold a reader’s interest). You’ll learn fine writing. Like a fine wine, quality writing has character and personality. Yours. Illustrated with well chosen, specific details. Most importantly, she shares insights from personal experience that help writers sit butt in chair and write. She anticipates excuses because she’s been there. And has heard them all from her students. I bought an earlier self-published version of this book at Book Passage (a favorite Bay Area Bookstore) the day after I discovered an ending to a book I’d been contemplating for months. Weeks later I was in Adair’s memoir workshop beginning that book.

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Day 9 of 12: Body Bliss from Music (7 Favorite CDs)

January 3, 2013
Day 9 of 12:  Body Bliss from Music (7 Favorite CDs)

My Dance Facts About By Your Side by Sade 465th dance at S Factor as second to last Thursday morning home class dance 6th time for this song in 7 years First time was chosen by classmate, song #37. Thank you Iris! CD as a lala.com trade. Still miss lala. And ping Top 15 pole dances in 2011 when it was described as a tender frolic & sweet sexy love shower Song #436 in 2012 as a dance of self-love Today I made my siren sisters cry with my dance of pure love Full circle moment Share love to free your heart to soar. I changed my planned gift for today because of this dance. I want to share seven of my favorite CDs (used, good condition) to bring another sister aural and body bliss. Each of these CDs has been an important part of my journey over the last seven years. The songs on different albums will appeal to you if you are touched by seduction, love, lust, passion, yearning, sadness, joy, playfulness and fun. Fascinating exercise:  Collect seven of your classic dance albums. Investigate the patterns across the albums to shed light on the emotional essence of your sexy soul. Albums

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