Yearning for Wonderland

There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it...until they have grown so old that they forget the way. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again...The world calls them singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland. ~ L.M Montgomery

A Room of My Own: Angie Richmond

When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One’s Own, it spoke of a need for a writer to have their own personal space to read, reflect and think. The need for a special space, no matter how humble, is essential to any creative person.

I have decided to start a new feature on Yearning for Wonderland called “A Room of My Own”. This feature will highlight the creative spaces of my favorite writers and artists.

The first creative person featured is both a writer AND artist, Angie Richmond. She is the creative mind behind the 22 Things Exercise. You can visit Angie’s blog and should follow her on Twitter (@write_me_happy).

Q: Please describe your space, sharing any features that make it extra special to you.


A: My space is warm and inviting. It’s cluttered with a multitude of items that inspire me, including a statue of the Queen that waves (solar power is awesome!) My space is a shrine to all that is creative.

Q: What is your favorite/most inspiring object in this room?

A: Right now the most inspiring object is a headline from a newspaper that says “Imagination knows no bounds”. Different items inspire me for different reasons. How I feel in a particular moment, dictates which item inspires me most.

Q: What rituals do you go thru when you want to write in this space?

A: I make sure I have a cup of tea next to me along with paper and pens.

Q: Any other details you would like to share about your special room.

A: My space is ever changing. More items get added to my desk and corkboard often. Nothing has ever been removed.

Thanks to Angie for sharing her Room with us. Want to share your Room? Email me at annabbps AT gmail.com with a photo and answer the above questions.

Keep an eye on this space for more writers/artists and their inspirational spaces!

See the spaces of other creatives in “A Room of My Own”!

* Lillie McFerrin

* Daniel Swensen

* Angela Goff

Lucky 7 Meme: WIP Sneak Peek

The luverly Meg McNulty tagged me in this super cool meme, Lucky 7. I’m honored! This meme allows us to get a peek at the WIP from all our writer friends. Please go and read Meg’s 7 lines here.

I have included 7 paragraphs below from my current Work In Progress, a paranormal murder mystery set in pre-World War II Britain.


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Mr. Waters’ voice carried through the half-open door, “Just got back from my tailor. He told me that the government discourages cuffing on pants. They don’t want pleats in my trousers or vests with my suits or double-breasted jackets. Perhaps they’d also like the shirt off my back.”

Mrs. Waters said, “Robert, those extra three inches of fabric could save a life. You know they’re conserving for bandages. We have to do our part.”

“I’ll bet the Nazis have cuffs on their bloody trousers!”

Emmy peeked around the drawing room door. Mr. Waters was smoking at a furious pace, pausing only to tap the precarious spindle ashtray.

Mrs. Waters had not looked up from the book on her lap.

“First it was tyres, then meat, sugar, gas, typewriters and shoes. When the Germans arrive, they’ll find us barefoot and walking to market.”

Mrs. Waters set her mouth, “Don’t be infantile, Robert. We’re lucky you’re too old to be called up to the Front.”

Here are my Magnificent 7!

1) @surlymuse

2)@smosswrites

3) @emmiemears

4) @backthatelfup

5) @laurabenedict

6) @write_me_happy

7) @kitgrindstaff

And here’s what they have to do:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.

4. Tag 7 authors, and let them know.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s 7! I’d love to hear comments.

In Search of the Creative: #22Things

My lovely friend and fellow NoInkling, Angie Richmond (@write_me_happy on Twitter), has issued a wonderful creative challenge on her blog.

In this challenge, you choose 22 small goals, 22 stepping stones to achieve some of the big hopes and dreams of your creative life.

I love this idea and have been practicing this in one form or another for years. I have my BIG HOPES & Impossible Dreams list, which contains a surprising number of items that I have actually achieved.

So, I strongly encourage you to go to her blog and sign up for this Creative Challenge.

Without further ado, my 22 things:


1) Complete my long-suffering novella.

2) Revive Slowtime, in whatever form it wishes to be.

3) Finish editing NaNoNovel [Working Title] and send it to editor.

4) Resume singing lessons (find mezzo specialist).

5)  Ditto dance lessons.

6) Resume horseback riding regularly.

7) Star in a show (musical or play).

8) Return to my yoga practice, 2x week.

9) Develop NMP.

10) Redevelop my regular writing habit.

11) Go dancing periodically.

12) Create opportunities that allow me time to pursue my passions.

13) Create a library/reading room/writing room, a Room of My Own.

14) Plant a tree.

15) Reduce sodas and junk food intake.

16) Resume playing piano.

17) Document beauty in all of its forms at Yearning for Wonderland.

18) Develop my professional connections and social media relationships.

19) Star in an indie film.

20) Continue to develop SSSG.

21) Redevelop friendships at home that have drifted.

22) Love without judgement.

Please pardon my cryptic abbreviations, but I have a superstitious nature about unfinished creative projects: sometimes if I talk about them too much, they never manifest.