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Eastbourne book fest – come and feed your imagination

Published May 23, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Eastbourne book fest - come and feed your imagination

It is the start of the Children’s half term holiday, the sun is shining and they are looking forward to some fun in the sun. Maybe a trip to the seaside, picnics, ice-cream, rambling in the countryside? Children should be free to explore the world around them at times like these. They need to get out of those stuffy nurseries and schools, get off of those computers and consoles and stretch their legs and imaginations, play with other children and… be free to have fun!

When I was a kid, I loved nothing more than watching the holiday kids’ TV on a school holiday morning and then escaping out to the park with my bike and possibly a book and a picnic, play with my friends or sit under a tree and read – just let my imagination soar.

What better way this school holiday to combine all of that than to come to Eastbourne, enjoy the sun and the seaside and join in the book fest festivities. Whether you are 3 years old or 93, Eastbourne book fest has it all, poetry readings, fiction readings, workshops and story time in the park for the little ones. Dust off those reading glasses, dig out the sun cream and feed your imagination…

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‘My Writing Process’ Blog Tour

Published May 18, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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It seems I have been invited to join in with a blog tour.  I have never been a part of anything like this, so I want to thank Jean Reinhardt for asking me to participate in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’.  To see Jean’s answers to the blog tour questions and find out more about her work you can visit her blog by clicking on her name in this introduction.  Since I haven’t had the time to organise any Bookish Banter interviews recently I thought I would include this post in the Bookish Banter category.

Jean: What are you currently working on?

Laura: Well Jean, you know I’m always working on a million projects at once, that’s why it takes me so long to finish anything! Procrastination is my middle name.  If you check out my novels in progress section you will see that I have a few different novels in the making.  However, I am trying to concentrate on a Young Adult book called Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge at the moment, as well as a children’s book about aliens landing in the school playground and a book about dreams.  I don’t know when my next book will be published but I’m in no hurry because I enjoy the writing process, it’s my hobby, I really do get lost in the story.  I’m also a bit of a perfectionist so it might be a while – watch this space…

Jean: How does your work differ from others of its genre?

Laura: That’s quite a question.  I think I actually find writing for a particular genre quite difficult.  I have an idea for a story and I just start writing, it may turn into a science-fiction story or a fantasy story or a mix of both.  My stories usually have some kind of spiritual component because I am quite a deep person, I’m on a journey just like any of my characters, like any writer actually and those deep burning questions that are in your heart just tend to come out in your writing.  I find writing for children and young adults easier because I think I’m really quite a simple person myself.  I don’t like to read, write or watch on television any violence or sex or anything too graphic.  I think that’s why my novels are perfect for young adults as well as the older generation.  Also my work with children over the years has naturally given me the love of story telling, and that even includes for toddlers.

Jane: Why do you write what you do?

Laura: I write whatever is in me to write and usually I have a feeling that I have something to share with others.  I might not be as ingenious as some writers, but I think I have a pretty vivid imagination.  I really am there in my story, viewing it unfold as if it were a real place and the characters were real people – like a day-dream I suppose.  I just try and write what I am envisioning.  It’s an addictive thing writing, once you are in the zone.  It is my little bit of escapism from the pressures of every day life, much like reading, only I’m writing down the story as it happens – or drawing it, with the kiddies’ books.  If I can sneak in a little of my own pearls of wisdom about life, the universe and everything – well, that’s an added bonus, I just hope it inspires someone at some point.  I write a lot of poetry too, and the process works just the same for poetry as it does for a short story or a novel – if you have something to say, write it however it needs to come out.  Why does anybody write?  Because we all have something to say!

Jean: How does your writing process work?

I am a really disorganised writer.  Sometimes I try to make a plan and other times I just start writing and then just see where it takes me.  I would say being an organised writer works better, since the only novel I have published so far, my first children’s novel The Realm of the Purple Dragon was meticulously well planned.  It had to be because the story was woven around the Norse runes and each one needed to come out at the right point in the story.  The reason the second book in the series The Fire Giants and the Heart of Ice is taking so long to be written, is because it needs more planning than the first story and I need to be in a very organised place in my life to be really focussed with the planning for the book.  It will be worth the wait, don’t worry about that!  So basically my writing process is all about writing when I am in the zone and really making the most of those moments of inspiration, because I think that is when my best writing happens.  Also not worrying about how other people think I should write, because a writer’s work comes from somewhere deep and personal and only you know where it is going.

I enjoyed that – thank you for the chance to chat about my writing Jean.  Here are some links for my work and of course you can explore my blogs as a lot of my writing comes in blog post form.  I will think very hard about which other authors I will invite to carry on this tour and post their tour posts here on the Bookish Banter when they hop on board the tour bus…

Links:

Laura’s Amazon Page

Lulu Profile

Goodreads

Facebook

Twitter

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Inner Visionary Verses – Personal Intuitive Insights #9 – Education

Published May 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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Inner Visionary Verses - Personal Intuitive Insights #9 - Education ❤ I will add my painting when it is finished ❤

Thursday 15th May 2014

Personal Intuitive Insights #9 – Education

Yesterday I started a painting of the Buddha. Last night I dreamt that I was in a classroom. It was quite a long and complicated dream actually, but I think the point of it was fairly simple. The teacher was trying to teach a lesson that I felt uncomfortable with; I felt she was wrong in what she was saying and I was very unhappy and felt sad about her attitude. The teacher became angry with me and told me to smile. I refused to smile and told her I couldn’t smile if I wasn’t happy. She then tried to manipulate me into behaving the way she felt I should behave and when I wouldn’t conform she started trying to get me into trouble so she could expel me…

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Something different – a book review of “Encounter in Rendlesham Forest”.

Published May 11, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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A good documentation of the history of the UFO phenomenon leading up to Rendlesham Forest,

but it lacked substance! – 4 out of 5 stars

I thought this was a very well researched, organised and written book. I was especially impressed with the research of historic UFO cases and the official documentary evidence. I think the Rendlesham case is a particularly interesting one, especially because of the rank and professional status of those involved. I also think the evidence was very fairly looked at by Nick Pope and the overall linking to the UFO phenomenon and how officialdom has treated this subject was carefully covered. I was however a little disappointed with how little of the actual Rendlesham incident itself was covered in the book, and felt that it was more of a documentation of the history of the UFO phenomenon itself according to Mr.Pope, which although very interesting, did…

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Inner Visionary Verses – Personal Intuitive Insights #7 – Time

Published May 11, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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Inner Visionary Verses - Personal Intuitive Insights #7 - Time Sunday 11th May 2014 Personal Intuitive Insights #7 – Time The Earth’s clock cannot be controlled, the Earthly tide turns for no one. But deep inside of each of us a different kind of clock exists and that one can be controlled. Our own individual sense of time is relative to our own bodily rhythms, and consciousness is sensitive to time’s illusions… Day gives way to night and night drifts on till morning, the motion of the stars and the turning of the tides; seasons pass and nature changes, time is marked but is never still. And yet in dreams and the vision’s quest – time makes a different journey – the journey of the spirit lies outside of time’s control. Father Time and Mother Earth conspired to whisper this visionary verse to me as a cautionary tale that we should not squander the gift of the stars that resides…

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Inner Visionary Verses – Personal Intuitive Insights #6 – Attention

Published May 10, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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Inner Visionary Verses - Personal Intuitive Insights #6 - Attention Saturday 10th May 2014

Personal Intuitive Insights #6 – Attention

How do you ‘feel’ today? Perception gives meaning to sensations. In this busy world of over stimulation of the senses, it is hard to ‘make sense’ of the space we find ourselves existing in. Sometimes we need to ‘pay attention’ to our feelings in a concentrated, calm and meditative way. Peaceful reflection of how the world feels to us can help us find a connection between our bodies and the space we are in. I closed my eyes today and let my own breath guide me… Perception may give meaning to sensation but being attentive to your true feelings means becoming awakened to the senses you are not usually aware of, like balance, time and your own sense of space. Take the time to tune in to ALL your senses today and you will feel more alive and ready to…

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Inner Visionary Verses – Personal Intuitive Insights #5 – Meditation

Published May 9, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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Inner Visionary Verses - Personal Intuitive Insights #5

Friday 9th May 2014

Personal Intuitive Insights #5 – Meditation

Meditation is becoming aware of the forces of creation in their reflection in your own bodily rhythms; the breath of life, the pulse of time, the flow of consciousness, the sensation of physical tensions, these all become a focus of attention. I feel the spirit of God sigh and he exhales through the tides of the Earth… Meditation should lead to compassion, patience and humility and can only be experienced through the spirit’s attentive journey into deep reflection of the mind’s inner landscape, which is not bound by mere human sensation and perception.

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