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Archive for December, 2015

My New Year’s Wish For You <3 My Hope For Us All

There is an old story of a bear who goes into her den to dream the world into being during the winter. She dreams of deer, and pine, of clear water, sweet berries, and buffalo. She creates the world anew, each being, entire ecosystems, during the course of each winter, with her dreams. When she emerges into the green of spring, trailed by her cubs, she celebrates and is celebrated by all the creatures of the earth.

Centuries ago Aristotle said, “The soul cannot think without pictures. The reasoning mind thinks in the form of images… As the mind determines the objects it should pursue or avoid in terms of these images, even in the absence of sensation, it is stimulated to action when occupied with them.”

More recently, Denis Watley, a noted psychologist, brought attention again to this idea through The Secret.

We too can dream our world into being.

Visualization is similar to daydreaming. In both processes you create mental images; the difference between visualization and daydreaming is intention. Daydreaming allows your mind to wander, but when you visualize and focus on something specific, you are putting intention, all your beautiful power as a sacred soul, behind it.

It is the intention that creates the energy that creates the attraction. The attraction starts the action that produces the manifestation.

Ancient cultures understood this well. The bear, with its ability to seemingly die in winter and remerge in spring with new life, has long symbolized transformation, and the transformative power of dreams. Understanding the bear’s gifts, we have looked to this creature as teacher and guide and healer. These connections held true for ancient cultures around the world – anywhere people and bears lived together.

My New Year’s wish for all of you is that you come to know how beautiful and sacred and powerful you truly are, how powerful your dreams, and that in this coming year, you dream your perfect spring into being, that we all do. May 2016, for everyone, be filled with peace, and joy, and Love–always always Love ❤

xo

Mary

bear dream

The Last Daily Prompt of 2015 :-) Happy New Year, Y’all!

Daily Prompt
 
“a child carrying flowers walks toward the new year”~Bei Dao
 
Make art envisioning the new year.
 
(The Flower Carrier by Diego Rivera)
flower carrier

Celebrate the New Year By Sending Us Your Beautiful Work! HeartWood Call for Submissions!

HeartWood Literary Magazine

HeartWood, an online literary magazine in association with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA program, publishes twice yearly, in April and October. Our inaugural issue will go live April 2016.

HeartWood

Submission Guidelines

HeartWood, an online literary magazine in association with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA program, publishes twice yearly, in April and October. Our inaugural issue will go live April 2016.

We accept submissions year round through Submittable, and welcome previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from both established and emerging writers. We do love Appalachian voices, but we enthusiastically encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit. 

General Submissions

What We Want:

We are interested in writing that pushes into, dares to reveal, its own truth, that takes emotional risks, that gets to the heart of the matter.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.

We also welcome queries from Appalachian artists (writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, folk artists, etc) interested in being included in our Appalachian Arts section.

Submission Details

Prose submissions, fiction or nonfiction, should be 3000 words or less.

Fiction: Fiction submissions may include short stories, flash fiction, or novel excerpts if the excerpt can stand alone. You may submit more than one piece of flash fiction, as long as the total word count does not exceed 3000 words.

Creative Nonfiction: We’re open to a wide range of nonfiction, with the exception of academic articles, or that which would be considered more traditionally journalistic. Personal essay, memoir, lyric, literary journalism, or some blurring in between, are all acceptable.

Poetry: Poets should submit no more than 3-5 single-spaced poems at a time. Include all poems in a single document for upload. Lyric, narrative, experimental, prose poems–we’re open to all variations of the poetic voice.

Surprise us. Make us think. Make us feel. Make our hearts race.

Appalachian Arts Interviews

We also welcome queries from Appalachian artists (writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, folk artists, etc) interested in being included in our Appalachian Arts section. We define Appalachian artists as an artist who is heavily influenced by the Appalachian region and its traditions, history, and people. At HeartWood, we are looking for artists who take these traditions and speak to them in a new and unexpected way.

To query about possible inclusion in the Appalachian Arts section: Submit the following in one document (doc, docx) through the Appalachian Arts link on our Submittable page:

  • Artist bio
  • Artist statement addressing what being an “Appalachian artist” means to you, how you uniquely define yourself as an Appalachian artist, and how your connection to Appalachia as you see/define it connects (or doesn’t) to your work.
  • At least one link to where artwork or samples can be seen/heard (artist website, other publications, YouTube, etc).

If we’re interested, based on the query, editors will email requesting additional information and work sample.

What We’ll Do

Submissions will be responded to within three months. If you haven’t heard from us after three months, feel free to inquire by sending us a note through Submittable.  If your work is accepted, HeartWood acquires first North American rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication, but we do ask for first publication attribution in any future publications. We also reserve the right to include accepted pieces in any future anthologies or promotions. If we have passed on a submission, please wait 6 months before submitting again. Regrettably, time being as it is, we are unable offer feedback on submissions. 

As much as we would love to be able to pay our contributors, unfortunately we are not able to do so. This is a labor of love for all of us, and we will do our best to honor and promote your work. 

(Please note: We regret that current or past employees, current or past students, and alumni of WVWC are not eligible for publication in HeartWood, but we wish you much luck with your work elsewhere.)

http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/

Sometimes the Prompt Is All Wet

Daily Prompt

“..the great floodgates of the wonder-world swung open…”~Herman Melville

Make art about the mythologies of water.

water-life-crop

Special Tuesday Call for Submissions :-) Fire Tetrahedron Themed Issue: Go for the Gold!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Special Themed Issue
Fire Tetrahedron: Journal of Poetry & Art

Fire Tetrahedron: Journal of Poetry & Art is now accepting poetry, translations, artwork, and photography submissions for our Fall 2016 issue, a special issue focused on the theme of “gold.”

Think about gold’s history both as a metal and as a cultural object for people around the world. Humans have manipulated and forged it for millennia. At its heart, gold typifies the focus of Fire Tetrahedron: nature & culture twisting, shaping, & changing each other. Keep in mind, too, that creative license is encouraged, as with any theme. Even tenuous connections to “gold” may fit well in this issue.

http://firetetrahedronjournal.com/submit/

Check out their FB page: facebook.com/firetetrahedronjournal/

Find them on Twitter: @FireTetrahedron

The submission deadline for the Fall 2016 issue is March 1st, 2016. Contributors receive one print or electronic copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Sometimes the Prompt Is Doubtful

Daily Prompt
My son jokes, saying he doesn’t believe in electricity.
Make art inspired by the phrase ‘There’s no such thing as….’
human-lightbulb

 

Sometimes the Prompt Is a Change

Daily Prompt
 
“In the space between chaos and shape there is another chance.”~Jeannette Winterson
 
Make art about rising to the challenge of change.
 
butterfly woman

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