Burra Maluca

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since Apr 03, 2010
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Burra is a hermit, and a dreamer, and an eternal optimist. She loves ideas, and she loves testing them out and sharing what she finds out. She's constantly starting new things but rarely finishes them. She is hopelessly disorganised and lives in a state of total, blissful chaos. She loves apricots. And cherries. One day she'll grow all her own food so she never has to venture off her farm.
She is currently taking some time off to spend with her family.
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Recent posts by Burra Maluca

Not sure if this is 22 move the camera or 24 movement.  If I claim both, maybe I can finally move on to the full course rather than the 30 photos thing.

22 hours ago

Meg Mitchell wrote:

many webs for me to handle. From the woods came...

...a huge hairy man, saying "Who ate all my pie?"
5 days ago
John Yunker is a guest here this week, and, being a hermit on another continent, I'd never heard of him.  Sorry John...

So I had a look at the website of the publishing house he co-founded - Ashford Creek Press and found this.

Changing the world one book at a time
Ashland Creek Press is a vegan-owned boutique publisher dedicated to publishing books with a world view.

We're passionate about the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife, and our goal is to publish books that combine these themes with compelling stories.

Now my interest is piqued!

John, if you're reading this, could you tell us more about your writing and publishing philosophy?  

Why stories?  

Is writing stories something more of us could do to help our planet?

Any suggestions for blending writing such stories with the aims of this site to make the world a better place through permaculture?

Edit to add a link to a story I wrote years ago for my son when he was eleven years old and said he wanted a tiger for Christmas - Legend of Shaka
5 days ago
I'm in the throes of getting one place ready to sell and simultaneously renovating the new place.  There's no way I can concentrate enough to do anything other than make an occasional post, or possibly a book review, at the moment.

I have plans, however.

I'm designing my own writing room, a little haven where I'm surrounded by very comfortable, relaxing, nurturing, personal stuff with all I need to rest and dream and create right at hand.  With a window overlooking my garden.  The plan is to set up a routine where I have several hours a day devoted entirely to myself and that room, doing whatever I need to do to get the muse flowing.  Not every day, of course.  I'm certain there will be plenty of days were we just say 'Hey, fancy a trip out somewhere?' and disappear off until nightfall.  But having a special hidey-hole that's for my own personal growth and creative development and a routine that helps me do all the things I really want to do without overloading me and that specifically gives me time to concentrate on my writing without feeling that I should be doing something else is, hopefully, going to let me finally do all those things I've dreamed of doing but not actually achieved yet.  Mostly, get that book finished!

As to your list, my current thoughts are...

1. laptop - I can curl up with a laptop and my thoughts flow through my fingers to the screen much more freely and fluently that way. also easier to edit and share.

2. daytime - my sleep cycle is only just beginning to recover and I'm still chronically exhausted.  I'm trying to get back into sleep-while-it's-dark-and-enjoy-the-daylight mode

3. time spent helping the muse flow, and allowing it to do so - by which I mean I'll give myself a set time to retreat and nurture myself with the aim of getting my head in the right place to write.  if that means sleeping, so be it.  or yoga, or playing the harp, or curled up with the laptop bashing ideas or chapters out. I'll just do whatever feels right at the time

4. offer it to one publisher I happen to like. if she's not interested I'll self publish

5. hiding in a room, no lock, no door.  hate doors... I will, however, set a routine that involves time walking on the mountains, time nurturing my garden, time nurturing my home and my family.  

6. no time-frame, just building a habit of devoting time to the project, and learning to see it as self-indulgent me-time

7. just go for it. I'm fine reading other people's ideas and opinions, but ultimately I'm wring my book and living my life.  and I'm weird, and different, and only shine when I'm allowed to be myself.  
5 days ago