“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.” ~Rumi, poet

And hey, being an artist applies to everything…it means you recognize that Life flows and creates through you in a myriad of ways. It means you know that you are that Life. As an artist, expect your doing to be as amazing as your being. Expect it quickly, right now. ~Cricket



“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that—but you are the only you… There are better writers than me out there, there are smarter writers, there are people who can plot better—there are all those kinds of things, but there’s nobody who can write a Neil Gaiman story like I can.”  ~Neil Gaiman        

This is totally true. It applies to anything you want to do with your life, not just writing. Whatever you like to do, you will do it with your own personal flair. IF you let your peculiar self go free. There’s unity, and there’s individuality. Both are awesome. ~Cricket



stop the words now

open the window in the center of your chest

and let the spirits fly in and out


This bit of Rumi poetry was posted today on tumblr by Lazy Yogi. I reblogged and added:

Oh, I DO like this. As a writer, in my mind I changed the first line to: “Wait for the words now…”  My practice as a writer is to first intentionally open up, feel appreciation and happiness…and when I get that familiar expansive, flowing feeling in my chest (Read from Rumi: “open the window in the center of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out), I go ahead and write. Those spirits fly in and out, giving me ideas:) They really do!




One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative  reading as well as creative writing ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think it’s amazing that a novel is never the same for any two people. Our imaginations fill in a legion of details than no author could ever write. And the cool thing is, our imaginations add in details that we like, and this makes the story extra entertaining.  It’s a fact: readers help writers to create great stories. It’s a collaboration.

It’s exciting that if people read my novel, they’ll expand the haunted world of Memento Mori using their own creative powers.  I really love that it’s a bit of a lie to say that a book has only this one author.  Don’t stories become bigger, richer…the more people who share the experience?