Yesterday I wrote about my graduate school intensive retreat week in which I took a Gestalt course
. I’ve written a full paper about what I really learned in the class but I’ve also written this top ten list of things I learned, which I thought I’d share here on the blog today:
- Oh, wow, I live inside a body, not just a head.
- Beware of the word “should”; it signifies an introject that might be worth giving back to its owner.
- If you want to still look youthful after years of being a therapist then you should probably consider being a Gestalt therapist.
- Confluence isn’t always bad. There are orgasms, after all.
- All of those times that I’ve tuned out the world around me in order to rejuvenate were actually excellent self-care practices using the technique of shuttling.
- My ears still glaze over when someone starts talking about their dreams.
- How I eat may reflect the way that I take in information.
- The only dogma of Gestalt is that we work in the here-and-now.
- I am in a constant process of imploding and exploding in order to become self-actualized.
- I am not the same me that I was a moment ago.
It’s been about two weeks since I said that I’d be gone from the blog for a week because I was going on a week-long retreat intensive for school. I should have known it would take time to acclimate again to normal life including blogging and dog walking and seeing friends and basically anything else except napping. School is wonderful and this retreat wasn’t nearly as emotionally tough on me as last year’s retreat but it’s still draining and it seems that when I return I always need to just sleep and sleep and sleep to integrate everything that happened while I was there.
The Annual Retreat
I’m about to leave for my annual grad school week-long intensive retreat. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since the first one! The blog will be quiet until I return mid-month …
Welcome to an interview with Melissa McPhail, the author of Cephrael’s Hand. Below that you can see the newly-revealed book cover and check out the info to enter the book giveaway.
1. How important do you think cover art is to selling your books?
I think cover art is essential to book sales. A well-crafted cover will tell the reader in which genre the book is classified, represent in some way the story’s theme, and give an overall impression of the world. Fantasy book covers are vital to presenting a sense and feeling of the world. In many cases, the cover is the only visual representation a reader gets.
And of course, we all know that a book cover done well will catch a potential reader’s attention. It’s your best and sometimes only chance to make that memorable first impression.
2. For self-published and small house published authors, what do think is important to remember when deciding on the final cover for your work?
I mentioned recently that I’ve been checking out Walmart To Go, exploring how I can use this service. What I learned from the first delivery that I got was that it’s great for ordering items that are either too bulky to carry home from local stores or too expensice to purchase in my neighborhood. I kept that in mind when I placed a big order recently.
Canned and Boxed Goods
The main thing that I ordered was a whole lot of canned foods and boxed foods. This school semester is going to be really busy so I want to have a lot of food on hand for those days when I just can’t make something fresh with the local produce from the farmers’ market.
Although I watch a lot of TV, it isn’t too often that I’m so compelled by something I’ve watched that I feel the need to share it. However, when I was watching America’s Got Talent this week, I absolutely fell in love with Aerial Animation and wanted to share what I loved. So creative!
Indie Gift Box is one of my blog sponsors over on Crochet Concupiscence and I’m loving what I’m getting from them so I thought I’d share it here as well. With Indie Gift Box, you pay a monthly membership fee to get curated gift boxes of artisan items. I love the surprise of not knowing what you’ll get, the discount on what you do get and the items they’ve collected. Here’s what was in the July gift box:
I watched a lot of TV this summer. I have terrible insomnia so I watch a lot of television at night. I also watch TV while crocheting and sometimes I have TV on the background when I’m doing busy work (answering email, etc.) Here are some of the television shows that I watched at least one full season of in the past few months:
Orange is the New Black
Some recent puppy pictures …