Moondancing with Past Life Regression Facilitator and Author, Sara Halcyon

Moondancing with Sara Halcyon as Muse Melpomene Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with the high spirited, multi-dimensional time traveling guide – typically referred to as a Past Life Regression Facilitator – Sara Halcyon.  Actually, I may have to lasso this gal because she could take us beyond the moon as she is also a Reiki Master, Intuitive, and author of the paranormal-fantasy fiction entitled Dream Bound. Sara is September's hosting muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as the long-time contributing muse, Melpomene, for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what keeps her multi-dimensional clocks ticking!  
Okay, Sara, lets get started with a quick warm-up … What's your best Halloween costume to date? I was a well-dressed Charmed one (a Witch)… As I saw it, I was just dressing up as MySelf! What are you wearing right now? Jeans, t-shirt, Supernatural (always keep fighting) hoody, and Halloween socks– because Halloween socks can and should be worn year-round. What is your favorite highway or Karaoke song? Anything by The Violent Femmes, mostly because I know all of the lyrics and can belt it out without any real musical talent. Their songs always remind me of good times with friends. What is the title of your autobiography? “StarSeed”… If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be ... and what would you wear? OH, that’s a good question. And a tough one to answer because there are so many magickal places that I would love to experience by moonlight. But to narrow it down to one, I think I would pick (generally speaking) anywhere in the Irish countryside. If it’s warmish AND private… nothing. If it’s a tit-nippy, then a long, gauzy shift dress with a cloak.
  Moondancing with Sara Halcyon Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
Checks! When I first heard the question I immediately pictured check marks rather than a pattern. I’m a list maker. Even in my creative endeavors I’m constantly making lists and checking things off. As a writer and author, my creative outlet and chosen form of expression creates an endless stream of consciousness that requires organization. Whether check marks or a checks pattern, I appreciate the order and THAT is why it would best describe my creative work style.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Same; all day, every day. It’s definitely a personality thing. I’m not down with chaos. I NEED order to maintain my sanity and to be productive whether I’m writing or managing my family responsibilities.
How about a favorite quote?
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” – Joss Whedon
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
To complete and publish my book, StarSeed. I’ve been working on it for the last couple of years and I couldn’t be more excited about putting it out for all to read.
I know StarSeed is your second book. Can you give us an "elevator pitch" synopsis of your first book, Dream Bound?
Sure! Here goes! Ava Hunt and Evangeline Stevens were reborn to a legacy that will bring about the apocalypse, a thinning of the veil, and an end to the separation between realms. Their shared birthright transcends time and space and catapults them forward toward an unknowable future. After haunting visitations and a warning of impending darkness, the girls soon discover they are Dream Walkers destined to wake those who bear the mark of the Originals [the first peoples of earth endowed with supernatural abilities]. With help from others of their kind they are introduced to a forgotten and ancient history very different from the one known to the rest of man. As Dream Walkers, Ava and Evangeline are compelled to accept their charge in order to restore cosmic order. Along the way the girls must also uncover the secrets of their Original past, an enduring love, and tragic betrayal before history repeats itself and the world is forever lost in the illusion of darkness. “Where dreamers dwell, I wish to know, the secrets held within my soul…”
How do you approach a new project or idea?
The creative process as it relates to my writing involves LOTS of brainstorming, outlining, and note taking. My husband acts as a sounding board while I ramble and bounce ideas off of him. He’ll give me some feedback and opinion, but he’s always supportive and patient. Then I sit in meditation followed by asking for dreams to clarify storyline and characters. Once I’ve established a story cord (a golden strand that extends into infinity, into the sea of potential and possibilities), I channel the story with the help of my guides/expanded consciousness/Beings of LIGHT. And VUALA, a story is remembered!
Moondancing with Sara Halcyon Rune Play Where or how do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my experience of the world around me. When I sit down to write, I open a channel to spirit and my expanded consciousness. Sometimes the information is received as visual ques and plays like a movie in my mind’s eye or sometimes they appear as still pictures. At the same time I experience a telepathic KNOWING, like a stream of consciousness downloaded and translated in such a way that I understand the intent.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I used to wait for a spiritual “Gibbs smack” upside the head. (For those who don’t watch NCIS, it would be the equivalent of spirit wielding a 2x4 of inspiration.) But during my training as a certified past life regression facilitator, I realized that I’m plugged into an endless stream of inspiration, ideas, and possibilities. Having the ability to explore my own past lives has provided a deep well of potential stories to remember and bring to life.
Have you always been creative or are you a late bloomer?
As a child I danced and dreamt of being a ballerina. Then as a teen I still danced but not as much because I moved onto drama/acting. After high school, I focused on my higher education (science and the realm of logic and reason which, for me, wasn’t super conducive to creating art and experiencing magick). Then came marriage and child rearing (a more literal form of creating, I suppose) and a rather long hiatus from what had been my creative outlets. From about ages 18–29, my only creative outlet was spellwork and ceremony. But at 29 I jumped head first into writing. I can honestly say that writing has become a passionate obsession. Once I started, I was hooked and I haven’t looked back!
What informs your subject matter?
What informs my subject matter is, Magick, Beings from other realms, history (known and the lesser), other lifetimes, other dimensions, a broader unseen reality, the unexplained and unknowable – I seek to explore and KNOW them all.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
My creative space is inside of me, in my dreams and meditations, in my heart space. “Where dreamers dwell, I wish to know, the secrets held within in my soul…” –SH
Sara Halcyon Creative Space   

Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Sara...

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
Melpomene speaks to me as a truth-teller. She encourages me to express myself without hesitation or fear of judgement. Intense and courageous, she inspires me to strip away illusion and ego revealing the true essence of SELF. This has been a tremendous inspiration to me as a writer AND influences the characters I bring to life. The integrity of a character allows those who engage with them to SEE them for whom and what they truly are and makes them relatable. As I continue to write and create, it’s that type of integrity and courage that I aspire to embody in my work.  
Moondancing with Sara Halcyon Profile Hi! I am Sara, a certified Past Life Regression Facilitator, Reiki Master, Intuitive, and author. I live in SW Washington State in the Vancouver/Portland area and offer Past Life Regression sessions in person or over the phone, as well as Reiki sessions. I love to write! I love feeling inspired and watching characters and scenes come to life. Storylines and words flow from beyond my comprehension and play out like a movie in my head. With each book I write, I learn more about myself and the world around me. I appreciate the infinite number of stories, truths, and experiences that we each hold close to our hearts and I relish the ability to BE another, even if only briefly, as I see the world through their eyes. I write to KNOW the unknowable, the unfathomable, and the seemingly impossible. The act of writing allows me to tap into an expanded consciousness where all things are possible. It challenges my perception of limitation and reality. For truly, all things are knowable. And even that which we consider unfathomable is in truth, possible. Moondancing Sara Halcyon Dreambound on Amazon Some links for Sara if you want to follow her dance: Click for Sara Halcyon on Facebook Click for Sara Halcyon's Website Click for Sara Halcyon, Dream Bound on Amazon Click for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook   Sara it has been a pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room and, if you don't mind, could you leave that portal open for a few days? There are a few places I'd like to visit!    Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!            

Moondancing with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen

Moondancing Interview withThe Art of Awen, Jamie Raley Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with the refreshingly divine and spirited artist,  Jamie Raley, of The Art of Awen. (Who is also the goddess of hand poured, magically crafted artisan soy candles available in her Etsy Shop under the same name.)  She is August's co-host muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as the long-time contributing muse, Urania, for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. So, I know what you're wondering. What's an "Awen"? Awen is a Welsh and Cornish word for (poetic) inspiration. But to Jamie it is so much more than that. The minute she lay her eyes on that word, something deep within her soul lit up and that fire has been burning ever since. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what else keeps her embers warm.
Okay, Jamie, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? I make my bed when it’s bedding/laundry day, but I do straighten it out a bit before I climb in every night. Cookie, cake, pie or doughnut? All of the above… with a brownie on the side. What are you wearing right now? I just finished up some painting in the studio so I am in my grubbies. A pair of yoga pants & a paint covered t-shirt. I am always wearing some sort of Crystal or rock as well and today it is lemon serpentine, lava stones, and black coral. If a sandwich were named after you what would be in it? I'm a pretty simple gal when it comes to a sandwich. No frills for me. Wheat bread, turkey breast, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, pickles and banana peppers. It would be called "Hold the Sauce," because I am not a fan of the traditional sandwich sauces/condiments. My family likes to make fun of me for it! If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? It is ever changing but today it would be around a bonfire, atop a craggy cliff on the Isle of Skye. I would be dressed in a long white flowy gown, with a deep purple cloak for warmth. I’d be barefoot, with flowers in my hair.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I'll have to go with paisley. My creative work style is very fluid with no real rhyme or reason. I tend to float from one thing to another and then circle back around until they are all finished. It's pretty typical to find a bunch of half finished projects when you walk into my work space.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
I'd have to say yes, with a splash of stripes. I have 4 young kids, all involved in school and sports, and a husband who travels often for work. So having some sort of linear plan in my day-to-day is an absolute necessity. However it is so against my nature to plan and schedule that I struggle with it sometimes. I tend to move through my house chores and errands a lot like I do my creative work. Bouncing around from one task to the next until they are all finished.
How about a favorite quote?
This is like asking me which of my children is my favorite. So I will go with what calls me right now in this moment. “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” – Alan Alda
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
My Moondance dream this year is to step outside of my comfort zone, push the bar on what I feel comfortable and capable of creating and share more of this part of myself with others.
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I believe that when inspiration strikes you have to act, and quickly! Often I will get an idea at the most inopportune time. But I always entertain it. If I can't go up and actually create, I will pull out paper or my phone and start to plan. I do find that 9 out of 10 times that plan will change once I am able to put my hands to work but that's what I love about being creative. There are no rules.
Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I 150% believe that my inspiration and ideas come from spirit. Whether that be my muse, an animal spirit, or the great mystery itself.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I'll take it back to something simple, and every day. Like cooking or baking. I'll whip up something different or new, and dance while doing it. That is one of my favorite ways to loosen up! Dancing in the kitchen.
Have you always been creative or are you a late bloomer?
I have never been a stranger to creativity. I have always had my feet in that pool since a child. Over the years though, it has morphed into a lot of different things. I am not afraid to try on different hats! As for Painting and Candle making, which is where I am now, I would say I bloomed exactly when I was supposed to.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen What informs your subject matter?
The way I paint is completely intuitive. I do not often know what the finished product will be when I start but my favorite way to get rolling is with sacred symbols, words, and throwing paint around with my hands. When it comes to candles, I create what I need or am looking for. Whether it’s healing work I am doing or a special sabbat or ritual.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
Considering I have a family of 6, I count myself really lucky to have an entire space above my garage that is all mine. The hard floors make it extra ideal for a creative gal like myself. (Easy cleanup!) While I know that it is only a temporary hang out for me, I am taking full advantage of it while I can. The short walls are adorned with artwork by my favorite artists, my children! They are great reminders for me to keep going when the going is tough, and to let go of perfection. The messier their art the more I love it. The East side of the space is dedicated to painting, the South holds most of my packing and supplies, the West is where I melt and pour candles, and the North holds an ever changing altar. A very special gift from a friend, a sun catching fairy, hangs right in the center of the space. This is where all the magic happens.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen - Studio

Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Jamie...

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
Art in any way, shape, or form is a deeply spiritual and healing process for me. The color and images on my canvas are an outward reflection of my own inward journey. The words and intention in the wax, a gift from spirit. They are what dwells in my soul. With the help of my Muse, Urania, I find it easy not to limit or label my creativity. I work with whatever medium is calling me at that specific moment. It may be paint, words, wax, nature, or something else entirely. I feel this allows for more growth, inspiration and excitement! Urania guides my hand and brings forward what is most needing to be birthed in the moment. Through a process of TRUST in something bigger than myself, SURRENDER to the divine, and ALLOWING the flow and unfolding of what images, energy or symbols are wanting to emerge, I am able to create from the heart without fear. As the years continue to fly by, my hope is that you will continue to find me creating away alongside Urania. Bringing awareness to her magic and keeping her mystery alive through stories on the canvas and words in the wax.
Moondancing Interview with Jamie Raley of The Art of Awen Hi! I am Jamie, a self taught, Intuitive Creatress, residing in the Pacific NW, along with my husband, 4 children, and our old mama dog. When I am not soul deep in creation, you can find me with my nose in a book, or my eyes focused on the heavens. I am inspired by the raw beauty in nature, the deep wisdom in animals, the mystery of the moon, the sacredness in symbols, and the capacity of love that the human heart can hold. My number one goal is to create in a way that is authentically me. Infusing my creations with beauty, inspiration, spirit and deep meaning. This is my "Awen."             Moondancing with The Art of Awen on Etsy Some links for Jamie if you want to follow her dance: Click for The Art of Awen on Facebook Click for The Art of Awen on Etsy Click for The Art of Awen Website         Jamie, your exquisite candles have graced my home during many a morning pages quiet time ... and now it has been a special pleasure to have your "inspiritus" energy grace my messy room.  Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!          

Moondancing with Ethereal Gypsy, Candi Walker-Snyder

Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography River Scene Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with photographer, adventurer, striped socks wearer, and foster mom to homeless but much loved books, Candi Walker-Snyder, of Ethereal Gypsy Photography and Literary Leftovers Used Bookstore. She is also June's  facilitating muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Candi's eyes get quite a workout between her love of books and her passion for photography. Whether wandering a nature trail or between a row of bookcases, Candi is right at home. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what else makes this muse tick.
Okay, Candi, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? Yes and No. I would love it if I did make my bed every morning, but I'm usually frantically trying to get myself and kids out the door for school and work!  What is your favorite comfort food? Spaghetti!! Yum Yum and Yum! I could eat it morning, noon and night! What are you wearing right now? Black Capri's, T-shirt, cardigan and a leopard scarf. Plain Jane I am. Best Halloween costume to date? Six years ago I dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow for work. I was one ugly Capt. Jack. But it was fun! You could probably say that was my best and worst costume to date. LOL! If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Haney Ridge in Gays Mills, WI. Beautiful open farm lands, clear skies and hardly no one for miles. It's the most comfortable, calming spot I've ever been. Not really sure, but clothes for sure. Something probably comfortable and easy to move in!! And bug spray. The mosquitoes are wicked there!!
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Forest Gypsies Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I'm just going to be honest and say Polka Dots just because well... I love polka dots! 
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
No, my pattern you could say is more like a tornado! My ideas hit spontaneously quick and I move quick to make them happen. It's usually a song I hear or a book I am reading that ignites that spark of an idea. Then I have to make it a reality.
How about a favorite quote?
"I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too." – Wicked Witch of the West ( I'm a HUGE Wizard of OZ fan!)
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
My dream for the year is simple. Step out of the shadows! Stop being afraid and be my true authentic self. If I can do it so can others. Stop hiding my art. I'm always helping others to grow and better their career and lives. I'm stepping up and finally bettering myself! Spending more time making myself healthy, happy and a little more adventurous!! 
How do you approach a new project or idea?
When I get a new idea, I usually let it consume me. It's all I think about. I make my list. ( I Love check-off lists.) Write up different layouts, plans, people I can convince to be my guinea pigs, costume ideas, do I shoot in black & white or color... Ect! What lens to use yada yada yada! I listen to LOTS of music, meditate and kind of go off into my own weird mind and work up creative ideas.
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Sand Dunes Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I get 90% of my inspiration from music or a quote I read somewhere. The other 10% is luck. Right time and right place and thankfully I have my camera!
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
Lots of nature walks, read, listen to music and meditate. I ask my guides for help also. Hoping they can help and give me a sign of some sorts!! 
Have you always taken pictures or are you a late bloomer?
I actually started taking photos in high school. When I was 16-17. So basically 20 years ago! I took a photography class in school and just fell in love. Ever since then I always have a camera on me. I love capturing the moments!
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Fungi What informs your subject matter?
I love nature photo shoots. Nature speaks when you are still and just wait. I love when the sun peaks through the trees and the tree sways and dances ... It's as if nature is putting on a show for you to capture.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
My creative space is really outside! Out in the woods. I love life in rural Washington. There are lots of trails and lovely places to curl up and wait for nature to do its thing! I carry an ipod with me so I can crank out reality and listen to music and work.  When I edit, I have a little corner in my bookstore I own. I make a makeshift desk/work area and, after I close, I edit for a while. It's quiet and no kids bugging me! 
Moondancing Ethereal Gypsy Photography Workspace

Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Candi...

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know my muse. Erato is the Muse of Love and Poetry. She inspires and encourages us to take discarded items and find their beauty. I do this daily in my everyday work and also in my photography. There is always something special in something aged and discarded that I can fall in  love with.  As time goes on, I'll take my steps out of the shadows. I'm not so scared to show my work. I am hoping to grow my portfolio and maybe even show a piece or two in an art show!  I think what inspires me most about my vision is I think a little outside the box. I do not mind trying something new. I prefer my work to be a little odd and different!!   
Moondancing with Candi Walker-Snyder Hi! My name is Candi and I live in Battle Ground, WA. The beautiful Pacific Northwest. I own a small local used bookstore. I love books! Especially old books! Oh, if books could talk and tell us their journeys and tales. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and have two daughters and two cats. Yes, I am that crazy cat lady whom treats her cats as her kids. My kids are very into their activities. Soccer, basketball and softball. So, I am always spending time in my car driving them to practices or games. I love photography, tea and laughing with friends! I always have my camera handy ready to capture special moments and adventures!     Ethereal Gypsy Photography Logo   Some links for Candi if you want to follow her dance: Click for Ethereal Gypsy Photography on Facebook Click for Literary Leftovers Used Bookstore on Facebook         Absolutely LOVE your quirky spirit that no box will ever contain, Candi! It has been a real pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room. Oh, and I will be doing a book count after you leave ... just so you know.   Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!  

Moondancing with Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey

Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with artist, adventurer, and creative collaborator, Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey, artist the Facebook page where her “Joyful Soul Sparks from the Heartland” – and co-owner of Twin Sis Creations – the Etsy shop she shares with her twin sister, Cheryl. She is also April's  facilitating muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Cindy enjoys using many different mediums to get her message of love out into this world and has learned that the most amazing way to produce art is to give your inner child permission to come out and play. To allow yourself to make a beautiful mess! So, before this messy room gets any messier, lets jump in and find out what makes this muse tick.
Okay, Cindy, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? Yes! What is your favorite highway or karaoke song? Footloose by Kenny Loggins. What are you wearing right now? Blue jeans and white t-shirt, my usual at home wear. Cookie, cake, pie or donut? Apple pie. I make some of the best apple pie. Secret is using three apple varieties for one pie, such as Gala, Fuji, and Jonathan. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Paris, France.  Something colorful and comfortable with a touch of class.
  Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Adventure Photo Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
Polka Dot. I like to have fun.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Yes. Smile and enjoy life!
How about a favorite quote?
Neil Gaiman’s, “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
To be a 2016 Adobe Creative Resident so that I may reach farther in my quest to inspire creativity through my project of empowering women and children. I also wish to learn from my mentors, new ones from Adobe and beyond, so that I may learn to be a mentor myself. I applied 2/29/16 and I am to hear back by March 31st!
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I usually let the idea or project roll around in my head so that it can take shape inside of me. I let this idea settle. Then I am usually nudged to begin by this idea or my intuition because the idea wants to see and be seen, to be, and to become. When I begin, I might start with sketches, but many times I just start by working on the actual project.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser WInfrey Cats Where or how do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes to me by always being observant, through looking for the magic. I might be walking in nature, driving the car, reading a book, looking at other artist’s work, or in the shower. There are times when the idea just pops in, usually when I am quiet with an open mind, or it might be right before sleep or come in one of my dreams. Inspiration is all around, you just have to be open to it.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I go back to drawing everyday, sketching, and playing with paint. I am always looking through art books to see if some technique or process might grab my attention. I play. I enjoy life. I breathe. I soak in the sunshine or stand outside to gaze at the moon. I might ask my spirit guides that are at the highest level of unconditional love to inspire me through my dreams. Often times, I just need to kick off my shoes and dance.
Have you always painted or are you a late bloomer?
I was born an artist. I have drawn what was around me or interested me all of my life. My mother told me that, at the age of  five, I explained to her that I was going to be a famous artist and marry a rich farmer. I am still progressing towards the rich and famous.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Dragonfly What informs your subject matter?
When I create my digital posts for my Facebook pages, I ask for guidance to know what needs to be heard or seen for that post. I look for a quote or try to come up with my own. Then I search my artwork and my photographs to create the post around the quote. I use the Adobe Photoshop program to pull it all together. (I am still learning from online classes.) When I am creating a painting, sculpture or drawing, I like to pull together photographs, either from books or online to use for references. Creating is my zen moment. I breathe, I listen to classical music, and then I open up to draw my strength and inspiration from the divine.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
My creative space can be anywhere I have an interesting subject, sketchbook and pen, pencil and/or watercolors. However, learning to sketch wherever I am is an ongoing process that can still feel daunting. My comfortable spot to create is my art studio. Sixteen years ago, we enclosed the garage and made it my artist studio. Of course, this space also includes storage for camping equipment and games, plus it serves as the laundry room and a guest room. But mainly, it is my space for creativity! I enjoyed having team practices for my Improv teams over many years in this space. I have also taught art classes in my studio. My intention for this space was to make it easily changeable for whatever creativity came my way. I have storage space and work space combined with cabinets and a counter. Tables can be put up or taken down. My drawing table is at the center of the west wall with my altar to the left. In addition, I grounded my room with my log cabin wall hanging where I pulled in the earth colors yellow and green.
Moondancing with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Art Studio

Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, Cindy!

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
My muse gives me the courage to stand my ground while moving forward on this fabulously beautiful place we call earth. I can feel her creative and loving energy flowing through me as I continue to learn new techniques while sharing my ideas. I began following Mused around the time Michelle Quesada, its founder, started offering monthly creativity challenges. The energy in this creative group was of an incredibly high vibration with lots of sharing and encouragement. As the creativity challenge events grew under the inspired guidance of Muses of Art & Soul and A Mused Community group, I was honored to be asked to join as the muse ‘Thalia,’ who matches my joy of life and adventure. I am encouraged to laugh with my inner child and traipse about in the woods listening to the whispered knowings of my intuition. The muses guide me to join in on this adventure of magic with our imaginations and creativity. I am excited to see where we will be led next!
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"The Art of Becoming" spread from an altered book by Bernadette Rose Smith When Patricia Saxton, art, design and writing diva of Saxton Studio asked me to join her in this Writer’s Blog Hop my first impulse was to hop back with an “I already have too many tabs open thanks but no thanks” response. I didn’t for two reasons: 1) I respect and admire her work and passion so to hop in her circle was an opportunity I did not want to miss. 2) I had just made a decision to better balance my blog time with other social media time when Patricia approached me. (Ask and you shall receive.) In my experience, when Divine Order answers a call this is not the time to become a cherry picker. The participants in this hop get to answer these four questions about their writing/work. (Links to my fellow hoppers, Juliette Mansour, J.V. Manning and Jill Alman-Berstein are below.) Here's my musings. Why do I write what I do? When I was little, I was gangly and clumsy, always skinning my knees and bumping my elbows. My mother signed me up for ballet in the hope that it would improve my coordination. It did. I fall much more gracefully  – but I still fall. Life is messy. Creativity is messy. And, sometimes we get lost. And, in the lost, a whole myriad of not so great stories start to evolve. Stories we breathe life into as we journey along comparing others seemingly neat and tidy outsides to our incredibly messy insides. I write to uncover and share the stories that allow us to be less than perfect so we can claim the goodness in the mess. Some challenges are pearls waiting for us to dive deep. Others are simply creative chaos waiting for a medium through which to express. There’s an art to a life well lived and writing invites us to witness and experience the exquisite nature hidden in its many layers. Words, in themselves, have no power of their own but point the way to what does. Thus, I write for my life not my livelihood. I Write to Think poster How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre? Unless messy is a genre, I don’t think I have one anymore. It was self-help. (Relationship. Spirituality. Creativity.) But, when those aspects of my life turned upside down, then right side up, then upside down – again – I threw my genre map into the recycling bin. I have more questions than answers these days. I figure others might, too. That’s why I like to muse about the messes we find ourselves in. In my writing, I stretch beyond comfort zones and give words to situations, feelings and ultimate storylines folks find hard to articulate and share. I am comfortable with claiming the messy room in my writing. Am actually having a lot more fun these days. My posts are kind of like cloths lines where I hang out my laundry and talk to the neighbors. Yep. That’s mine. Right out there, waving in the breeze for all to see. And you can pretty much tell what I’ve been up to or the week I’ve had by the size of the freshly laundered panties. What am I working on/writing? My latest passion is to create a forum where the writer-me and artist-me can play together with my project, 121 Ways to Tear Up that Book and Make Art. They are literally tearing pages out of my book, Bernadette’s Pages: An Intimate Crossroad, and making art that visually depicts the messages found within them. [caption id="attachment_4446" align="alignnone" width="540"]She Pitched Her Tie and Put On Pearls Close-Up One example from this collaboration.
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for a Cloth Paper Scissors magazine challenge.[/caption] I love it when writer-artists (or artist-writers) share the stories that inspire their pieces and want to do more storytelling in my messy room using both mediums. Not sure how all this is going to come together but then, this is a messy room so what better place to explore. (Any artists/writers out there that blog and would like to join my “121 Ways to Tear Up That Book and Make Art” project? Contact me for details.) How does my writing process work? My process is a selfish one, in that it responds to me first with my most intimate need for maintaining center, balance and focus in my multi-tabbed messy room of a life. Its origin is organic and finds its best expression in the first quiet moments in the morning, starting with the texture of my journal as I turn to the next blank page. Next comes the pen ritual. Color and tip reflect the mood. Purple fine point is my staple but sometimes I go for green, brown, burgundy or red fine point or ultra fine markers. (I used to love pink but my more mature eyes rebel against its now invisible ink effect.) [caption id="attachment_4736" align="alignright" width="459"]Journal Place with Mikey the Kitty A PURRfectly contented Mikey
is keeping Mommie's spot warm.[/caption] My favorite spot is the loveseat in the living room where I can curl up and look out the big picture window between thoughts. Always there is a cup of coffee and at least one of my three kitties in attendance. Highlighters and post-it page markers are within reach to mark special passages I want to come back to because this is often where my best blogging or art ideas pop up. I don’t like to break the flow – ala The Artist’s Way morning pages technique – and I never censor. Afterward, if one of my muses snatches up an idea and runs with it, I grab my spiral bound notebook for writing or my leather bound  journal for art. Time permitting, I go to my computer station in the neighboring room to capture and expand the writing idea or my studio to start pulling out eye candy for the art piece. If I have time for neither, then my morning writing ritual keeps a better me flowing through what might become a messy day and my idea journals become a treasure trove that I can draw on when the mood hits to be creative! I hope you enjoyed your hop here and give yourself the gift of hopping back and hopping forward to find your muse. Visit my fellow hoppers sites below and be sure and say "Hi!" And, as ALWAYS in the messy room, I love to hear your thoughts and musings!  

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Patricia Saston of Saxton Studio Who Is Patricia Saxton? Somewhere around the age of 3, Patricia Saxton picked up a pencil and never quite put it down. A multi-disciplined artist, Patricia is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, writer, and fine artist. Creative Director of design firm Saxton Studio, she’s also the author/illustrator of 2 best-selling children’s books, A Book of Fairies and The Book of Mermaids, and the inspirational design book 52 Weeks of Peace. Her paintings have exhibited widely and hang in private collections throughout the U.S. On a personal note, as a 24/7 single Mom, Patricia has come to see much of her work as a real-time, real-life experiment in “doing what you love.” (p.s: it’s not always easy, but chocolate helps!) Click Why I Write What I Write (And Other Pressing Questions) to see her spirited answers to these four questions. You can follow Patricia at any or all of these hot spots: Saxton Studio BlogSaxton Studio WebsiteFacebook: Saxton StudioFacebook: 52 Weeks of Peace, Amazon, and Twitter.   Juliette MansourWho Is Juliette Mansour? Juliette is a first generation American, born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the 1970s, within a blend of three cultures. Along the way, she went to Roman Catholic schools where she learned important things like… how if you don’t discipline yourself, someone else probably will… how Jesus probably never interrupted anyone mid-sentence… how “haste makes waste”… and how making a practice out of consistently connecting to a Higher Source can make your earth journey a lot more manageable and happy. Juliette has lived in Atlanta all of her life but travelled to different cities and countries every year since she was a toddler. She harbored a clandestine love for an artistic life since the age of 3 and spent decades never believing she could have one.  In love with words for life, she learned to read at the age of 4, read incessantly, has been writing in a journal since the age of 12 (she says she must write) and has been compelled by stories all her life. She won a few creative writing awards in school, majored in foreign language literature, got another degree in linguistics, and out of nowhere, took a fast left turn in 1998 away from language teaching into technology. It was then when the innate curiosity that drove her to pull apart transistor radios at the age of eight was reborn into a love for media, photography and visual arts. On a more personal side, she has met some interesting people along the way, has cultivated the finest of friendships, has learned some hard lessons and ultimately, Juliette has “found herself.” So now she feels compelled to share all of her creative pursuits on her website, www.juliettemansour.com and her blog at the additional f-stop. She also knows what she cares about and uses her images on this site as a way of communicating what she continues to learn so that she can inspire others how to find their additional f-stop. Click Changing Hop into Hope: Staying Present To Grief to read Juliette's answer's to these questions shortly after her experience of loss. "Some requests come at difficult times and seem easy to dismiss..." I am so glad she didn't dismiss this hop and you will be, too!   J.V.  ManningWho is J.V. Manning? She is at times her own best friend and at times her own worst enemy. Some days she has her stuff together. Some days she is a hot mess. 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Her first book, "Random Thoughts n' Lotsa Coffee: A Collection of Writings Inspired by Real Life," was published in 2013 and her second book “The Other Side- Where all the life lessons learned from your past are put to use for a brighter, happier future” was released on May 2014. J.V. lives in Gorham, Maine, with her husband and stepson. She can often be found down at the coast - coffee in hand - contemplating life while staring out at the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Jill Alman-Bernstein, I Must Be A Mermaid ~ Who is Jill Alman-Bernstein? 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