A Pixie-led Vlog!

YFM Book Launch PosterAs I know there are a lot of people who can’t make it to the launch (by which I mean most of the world, which is probably for the best as we wouldn’t all fit in the Old Hall!) I thought I’d make a couple of videos to introduce myself and what I’ve written about and… well… I started off trying to stick to some kind of script and then it became very clear that there was little point in doing that! Instead, then, you have a rather candid ramble about what Faeries mean to me and why I think they’re important to us today. Enjoy!

I’ve toyed with various outlines for topics for the introductory talk at the launch and I suspect I’ll find myself doing a similar thing and following the Will’O’Wisps of inspiration rather than a script, which is generally the best way to work with Faery magic. I will probably also read a bit from the book, which you can listen to now if you like?

"Your Faery Magic" Book cover
New Book due out 11th December 2015!!!

I’m getting very excited now, the books have arrived, I’ve booked the room and collected candles (LED) to light the space, the dancers are gathering their wings and the storytellers are preparing their tales…

And I’m looking forward. What is next on this adventure? I wonder if I can offer my work as a workshop again, as I have at events in Spain and in my homeland of Wales… what do you think? Where might be a good home for me to share the Feyhearted path?

 

 

 

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Pixie Kisses… revisited

The collected Pixie Kisses
The collected Pixie Kisses

Almost five years ago I created a series of weekly prompts for re-enchanting your life on the FeyHearted blog (now an archive of posts from that time) which I eventually collected into the book Pixie Kisses with additional pieces and illustrations. It feels like now is a good time to revisit those prompts. I wrote these whilst working in a town far from home and commuting five hours back and forth every other week. I was exhausted and unhappy and holding on to every piece of magic I could find… and although I knew that it was only temporary I did not know when it would be over. Five years later I live and work in the beautiful heart of Wales, supporting my blossoming creative career with a part time gentle retail job in a lovely art shop and a book contract signed this Imbolc! These Pixie Kisses are pieces of magic, woven each week then as a spell that would re-enchant my world, and shared in the hopes that they would help others too. You might be in a similar position now; tired, bored and unhappy. Anxious about the world and feeling powerless. Or you might be feeling good about things but still know there is more enchantment to be had. Either way, I offer these as a weekly blessing to you and for the world.

What follows was the original introduction, and I shall repost each of the Pixie Kisses on Fridays, in honour of the Nordic Goddess of Beauty, Magic and Strength, Freya.

Let the Pixie Kissing Begin!

Do you ever feel like there is magic at the edge of your life, but its easy to forget it? Its easy to slip into a space where you miss the wonder waiting at the edges of your world and you feel weighed down by the 9 till 5 of a workaday life, or 6 till midnight in some cases!

Have you ever felt so sure that there is more than this?

Or have you found those sprinkles of pixie dust? The flashes of wonder? The kisses of the fey? And do you want more?

I know that each and every one of us could benefit from more playtime, more magic, more wonder. Every one of us is a little happier when the world is enchanted.

I’m writing to show you that you are right. There is more than the mundane world, more than the grey. There is more to life than this. Life is full of wonder and magic and pixie kisses. And sometimes its dangerous too, and thats ok. Life is full, thats what makes it life.

Wonder at the light and the dark,

Feel the magic in your heart,

Break the grey world right apart,

And set the magic free!

Its time to re-enchant the world.

Do you want to get in touch with your Fey side? Or with the Fae themselves?

Do you want to bring Faeryland closer for yourselves, or for everyone?

Do you want to bring more magic and creativity into your life?

Do you want to face both the light and the dark and find wonder in both?

Or do you want all these things?

Whichever it is, the actions are the same, only the angle you look at the world changes. If you seek to know yourself, you’ll understand the world better. If you fill your life with delight, others around you will also be delighted. We are each a part of this world, by choosing happiness for yourself, you choose happiness for everyone. In choosing magic and wonder in your own life, you re-enchant the world, one pixie kiss at a time…

I will be posting Pixie Kisses, small steps you can take to re-enchant your world, here, once a week for the next four months. Take them and play with them. Let the ideas inform your work and play. Find them under the category “Pixie Kisses”.

And, if you wish, you can join us on Facebook in the Enchanted Grove for sharing and discussions on the enchantment you find!

A Tour Through Blogland!

Hello!!!

Welcome to my little world. I was nominated to join in the blogland tour by the inspiring Wendy Steele who I met last summer in the guise of Dance Goddess… but who has fast become a close friend and partner in mischief when it comes to writing inspiration and other such things. She writes stories full of magical realism and non-fiction about how to be happy, and is currently working on the second in her Wales-inspired trilogy which began with “The Standing Stone” set across the times all in one place. Her books are all beautiful pieces of re-enchantment. Find Wendy here!

I nominate… James Baker of James Baker Performs! James is a performer and writer of plays currently devising a one-man show on the intersection between creativity and madness. He is also my husband, so you know he has good taste.

I nominate Elinor Prędota, an Interfaith Minister and Pagan Priestess from Scotland who I have had the pleasure of being friends with for over a decade. (Website is currently under construction but should be up and running over the next day or two!)

And I nominate Demelza Fox, Rockstar Priestess, Belly Dancer and Mermaid extraordinaire!

I choose Monday 2nd or 9th of March for your postings, lovelies. ‘Rules’ at the end of this post.

Right then, on with the show!

As part of this tour you get to hear a little about my writing process through the Q&A (And if you follow the breadcrumbs backwards and forwards, you’ll find the answers others have given too…)

The questions, and my answers:

1- Why write? Why not sing, dance or figure skate?

Well now, this is a silly question, on two levels. Firstly, why not write? How could I not? I love to let words flow onto the page and it is a wonderful way of communicating ideas with others. I love that I can fossilise my ideas into paper (physical or virtual) and hand it to you to hear those words far away and a long time from here and now. I love that we can communicate at vast distances through writing, and that I can speak to people in the future right now. I also find that writing is the process by which I come to understand. I often feel like my head is empty, like there is no knowledge, no understanding of the world, until I write. Then the words begin to form themselves into ideas, into stories, into whole worlds of webs of connections that make sense of it all.

The second level that this question makes me giggle is that I don’t just write. I couldn’t just write if I tried. I paint, I dance, I tell tales, I study philosophy. I’ve learnt healing skills and fortune telling, I travel and run rituals, I perform am dram and I’m learning the guitar. So whilst writing is something that I have always done, it is not something I do to the exclusion of all else… though I don’t think I’d be any good at figure skating!

I write because I love it, the same reason I do anything else. Writing, more than any of my other activities, though, helps me to make sense of the world and of what I think and feel about the world. It allows me to make a stand, to say; “here I am, this is what I believe, this is what is important.” And once it is on the page in black and white, then I can see the stories that I wish to share with the world.

2- Do you have a musical play list or do you need to write in absolute silence? If you have a play list would we recognize any of the songs or artists on it?

Ooooh, I don’t like writing in silence but I also don’t have a particular play list… I tend to put on whatever artist I’m most in love with at the time or something really familiar, so SJ Tucker and Talis Kimberley get played a lot, or something classic/prog rock-y like Led Zep. I’ll also find compilations by other people and stick them on, especially if they are long ones so the music keeps flowing without a silence to distract me. My husband made me a collection of all the theme songs from True Blood, so that quite often gets put on as it is several hours of music I enjoy with plenty of variation.

My favourite writing set up is in a noisy, busy cafe where I can sit on a sofa and stare out of the window, with my headphones in and a good, long playlist. And a tasty soya chai latte. Nom.

3- Can you see a future for yourself in which writing forms no part of your day to day life?

I don’t think we live in a world where that is likely, but even assuming that writing falls out of favour somehow… no. I don’t think so. I remember catching bits of early episodes of Big Brother and being horrified that they weren’t allowed pen and paper to write. Bonkers idea. I write in my journal most days, I write poems and snatches of songs that probably no one will ever hear, I write ideas and dreams, goals and plans… I’d be lost if I couldn’t write anymore, I wouldn’t know what it was I knew!

4- Which author/s inspire you currently? I am not talking about some of the greats but departed. Authors alive today, which of them inspire you?

Cat Valente is amazing. Her novels are full of imagery that makes my mouth water with its lushness. Her children’s series which starts with “The Girl Who Navigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” is a beautiful meander through fairyland, and full of magic!

Share an article written especially for this tour!

Ok! I wrote something on what the Goblin Circus means to me, and how it came into being, over on the Goblin Circus site here!

Now, for my nominees, these are the rules for this game…

1. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.
2. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
3. Answer 4 questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
4. Write a one-time article which is to be posted on a Monday (the date supplied by your nominator). This article can be in the same post in which you answered the 4 questions. The article can be anything of your choosing.

Thoughts from the Fey – Introduction and Thought 1

Hello Feylings!

In celebration of my upcoming publication and continual love of all things faery, I have discovered the Record function on my phone! Long have I bemoaned the lack of a pagan voice on the ‘Thought for the Day’ type programs (or at least the ones I’ve encountered, if you’ve heard a pagan ‘Thought’ on a BBC channel, do let me know) and so I was partly inspired by those… but being pixie-led means I might be slightly less linear.

Anyhow! This post is to announce a new game. 1-2 minute musings on all things faery, from the Fey that is I (and, hopefully, guest feylings? Get in touch if you want to play!)

Starting now! Enjoy!

Art and Prints For Sale

Hello Lovelies!

I have some beautiful artworks and they’re looking for homes… do you know someone who loves beautiful art? Are you such a person? These would make lovely gifts for yourself or for someone else this winter-holiday time…

Each of these (and most of my designs here too!) are available as cards or prints (without the watermarks), just fill in the order form at the end and I will send you a paypal invoice with the correct shipping for you! Any questions? Comment below!

  • Cards: £2 each or 6 for £10
  • A4 Prints on smooth card: £7.50 each or 3 for £20

Rough Postage Guide:

  • 1 card: 70p UK (1-3 days)
  • 2-12 cards or 3 prints: £3.20 UK (1-3 days)
  • 1 card: £1.50 outside of UK (5-7 days)
  • 1-3 prints or up to 6 cards: £5 outside of UK (5-7 days)

Originals also available, and I take commissions! What would make you smile?

ORDER FORM:

CALL FOR MODELS: Healing Hearts

Something I’ve come to realise is that I paint more lifelike pictures when I paint from reference pictures than when I paint from memory. It is surprising that someone as bright as I am would take so long to work out something that I’ve been straight-out-told since primary school, but there you go. (I think perhaps it is less that I didn’t realise this and more that I was too stubborn to accept it.)

My attempts at creating reference photos of specific poses to use for the Healing Hearts oracle, however, are rather unsatisfactory!  For example:

This, then, is a plea for help! Or an invitation to add ‘model’ onto your CV, however you’d prefer to look at it.

I’m looking for people in Aberystwyth (or Lampeter, though we’ll have to find a space) with a spare hour or afternoon to meet me, in which I’ll ask you to pose (clothed!) so I can create some reference pics for the Oracle deck paintings. In return I can offer you a basic print of one of the paintings that I make from your modelling and your name in the acknowledgements when the deck is finished, if that interests you.

So, consider this your invite to Art Alley Studio… comment below or email me and we’ll arrange a time to play!

Art Alley Studio pic
My humble, slightly sparse studio space now has a table!

GUEST POST: Feeling Enchanted as a Writer

This is A World Enchanted’s first ever guest post!!! Woohoo! Welcome Llinos!
In this post, Llinos shares her feelings around having published her first book, and the act of using her creative skills as a writer to share her journey so that others can find healing and enchantment during their own struggles too. It is my pleasure to hand over the stage to author, speaker and another enchantress of Wales, Llinos Mai Thomas!

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Some creative people struggle with calling themselves an ‘artist’ or ‘writer’. At the moment, I’m trying out ‘author’ as a label for myself, as my self published book ‘Cancer, Chemo and Curls’ is now available on Amazon.

Part of me is a bit scared. The book is about my time as a teenage cancer patient; it is very honest and raw. It’s a very bold book, and I don’t hold back about what happened to me. I feel vulnerable and visible in a way I haven’t been before. But, I’m choosing to harness that feeling as a great personal strength and channelling it into my creative flow.

I didn’t used to feel creative at all. Yes, I liked doodling and making up stories, but I didn’t take Art in school and I didn’t think I was very good at it. didn’t think I was what a creative person should be or look like.

Now however, I feel creativity is a core part of who I am, and what I can offer the world. I want to make handmade greeting cards to cheer someone’s day; I want to write a story which makes people smile. On a larger scale, I’m passionate about what my book can do for women who need to hear this story, of how a young girl took on cancer and won.

I’ve also found myself dreaming up stories about queens in faraway lands; tinged with my love of history and with an essence of fantasy from the part of me that loves fairy tales, oracle cards and inspiring, whimsical art. Living in Wales, I am moved by the beautiful castles and legends which are so firmly locked into our culture. This creativity has come forth out of my health problems, including depression, and now I’ve unlocked this part of me nothing can stop it flowing. During depression, I have found creative outlets help me emotionally as effectively as any professional medical treatment.

That’s what holding my completed book in my hands feels like. A pure, inner smile. As though I can take on the world and follow my deepest dreams and live an enchanted life. I’m the fairy queen in my own life and there’s nothing that can keep me from connecting with my deep creative joy and purpose.

 

Llinos Mai Thomas

 

Llinos Mai Thomas is a writer, speaker and charity fundraiser who lives in Cardiff, UK.  She is a creative soul who loves reading and history.  She shares her health journey at www.inspirationafterillness.com