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Blue Air Globes Robyn Beattie

Tarot Tuesday: Sky Omens and an Ace of Wands Writing Prompt

Pelvic cradle cloud-- Aunt, Sister, Matriarch’s love Holds us when earth can’t. While on writing retreat at Sea Ranch, I had a generational family experience (Ten of Disks) that proved to me that regardless of physical separation, families stay closely attuned and communicate inexplicably with one another. Though I was aware that an aunt of mine had been ill for some time, I was in “retreat bubble,” resting, writing, and catching up with the eight writers that make up the Flamingos. One afternoon as I floated in the hot tub, ears below the water line, breathing peacefully, I felt a distinct tug in my chest. I began to cry without knowing why. As soon as I let go--stopped trying to figure it out--and allowed the tears to slip into the water, I began to focus instead on the vibrant blue sky above the ocean. I honed in on one large cloud directly overhead that looked like ... more

Sandy Frank sculpture red haired woman black birds and poem Someone by Tania Pryputniewicz

Tarot Tuesday: Idea to Form and a Ten of Disks Writing Prompt

Living my Nine of Disks week on writing retreat at Sea Ranch on the Northern California Coast, I found myself deeply connected to the card’s corresponding Major Arcanum, The Hermit. Though surrounded by eight of my writing sisters (a full flock of nine), I maintained a beautiful balance of solitary and social time. I rested, soaked in the hot tub, stared at the sky morning, noon, and night, edited my manuscript, and wrote new poems based on prompts during afternoon exercise sessions. I thought of all nine of us sitting around the dinner table as living manifestations of the Nine of Disks. All week, my sisters worked to shape and craft—make tangible to self and others--her story, poem, memoir, novel, journal, or as yet-unnamed form. On the other side of the retreat, I spent a morning catching up with two of my writer/artist mother friends. I stepped out into the Sonoma County morning ... more


What Makes a Writers Group Work?

Every writers group has its story: how it formed, what it provides. Ours, The Flamingos, is no exception. Nine of us started meeting in 2012 and haven't stopped since, taking shelter in abodes once a year at Sea Ranch where we hide out together in order to write, share exercises, swap publishing targets, and witness one another's varied paths to finding our multiple home forms for our words, stories, poems, prose poems, blog-posts, novels, essays, memoirs, reviews and forms-in-the-making. This year, we are coming out of seclusion to share our thoughts about what makes a writers group work and to hear from you about what fuels your own writing process. The Flamingo Meet and Greet (a free event) takes place at Four-Eyed Frog Books in Gualala on Saturday, June 18th at 4 p.m. If you are unable to meet us in person tomorrow, check our individual websites for opportunities to meet us on ... more

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First Tuesdays: Themed Monthly Poetry Workshop SDWI

While the poetry we write starts as a conversation with the Self, it inevitably becomes a ... more

Transition in Blue Robyn Beattie

Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Change

In this on-line Tarot Writing course, we will explore Tarot’s many faces of Change, from Public ... more

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Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Love

February 15, 2016: Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Love In this on-line Tarot Writing ... more

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Submission Sunday: Salvage Your December, in Person at San Diego Writers, Ink

Most writers I know are pretty grumpy around holiday time—don’t get me wrong—we love our friends ... more