One of Life’s Little Pleasures I think you should know about, too.
Your future teacher, Cutter Videan.
As his final elective in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, my son Cutter took a fascinating tarot class. My first reaction was… Wuh? Really?
But, in that class, he learned about the rich heritage of tarot: its history, theology, art, and mysticism. We all gained an appreciation for the rich insights the process can bring into life, not just through readings, but through discussion, creativity, and openness to ideas.
His love of the class led him to start doing free readings for friends and acquaintances. (Ask him, and he’ll do a free reading for you, anytime.)
This led to the recent launch of Second Sight Academy, his business, designed to educate others about the teachings of tarot, and to share with like-minded folk its fascinating background and potential.
Cutter now holds tarot discussion groups in a central-Phoenix coffee café, and launches his first round of tarot classes this week. I’d love it if you came along on his journey of exploration.
If you would like to be in on his gatherings simply to discuss the topic, check this out.
If you’d like to take his six-week class on a weekday, express your interest on this Facebook event page.
Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS)
Meet in-person with the ALWAYS writers’ tribe of established authors to discuss writing and support one another. In March, we’re talking about the structure of the ALWAYS group and how to better interact with and support one another. I hope you can join us! (We meet the second Thursday of each month in Gilbert, except for the first Thursday of each quarter when we meet in Phoenix.) Romeo’s Euro Cafe, downtown Gilbert, AZ 11:30 a.m., Thurs., March 14, 2019
My Words Jump Off The Page! [A presentation at the Society of Southwestern Authors—Valley of the Sun Chapter.]
Authors, learn a handful of writing and editing techniques to help you discover ways to build visual imagery and emotion, and subconsciously compel readers into your story. I’ll share my thirty years of marketing experience to show you how to make your story “jump off the page” for readers and publishers. In this two-hour hands-on session, explore:
The edits I make most often as an editor
What to look for when hiring an editor
Leveraging the scene question to develop a compelling plot line
Writing with active voice, and deep point-of-view
More effective editing tips using MS Word
Tempe Public Library 2:30–4:40 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019
Just for a bit of Absolutely Wild! fun, find out by visiting Images.Google.com and searching for: [your name] + the “magical creature” [Note the use of quotation marks to search for the full phrase, not individual words.]
For me, that would look like: Ann the “magical creature”
Above, see a favorite from my search—a gorgeous illustration by Anne Stokes.
Please share by posting your favorite found image (below in the comments).
Living Brave… Women in Business book debuts at conference
I attended a women’s conference Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz., that made my mind explode! The “Voices of Success” conference, forged around Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern’s new book Living Brave… Women in Business, took all 200 of us in the audience to another level in many ways. So much so, the authors received a standing ovation at the end of the day. How often have you seen that?
Emcee Devita Lewis did an outstanding job keeping everyone interested and laughing, and the program moving briskly. Plus, she performs an amazing hula.
FABRIC and Labelhorde Founder Angela Johnson introduced us to twelve Arizona designers in an inspiring fashion show. One of the designers was twelve years old, others used fabric remnants to create envy-worthy multi-patterned garments, and all were uniquely innovative. (How I wish I’d taken photos…)
From the moist breads and muffins at morning break, through the healthy fare at lunch, to the crunchy homemade potato chips and nuts in the afternoon… the food was delicious and healthy.
The selected women, whose stories also appear in the book, who shared their stories on stage These included the indomitable Disability Wisdom Consulting Founder Arielle Silverman; and speaker/consultant/coach Silver Rose, who shared steps for Socratic delegation.
Not to mention the other, nearly 50, women’s business success stories detailed in the book, which each attendee received at the conclusion of the day. Brilliant!
You, too, can benefit from the voices of these successful women. I highly encourage you to visit Amazon and invest in the book Living Brave… Women in Business, which I was honored to “shepherd” for Hilda and Mary Beth. Read it and reap. If you find it as inspiring and motivating as I did, please consider writing a short Amazon review.
What other successful women’s books/stories/events can you recommend?
Write on! Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Publish • Word-of-mouth strategy
Today’s Cup o’ Tea: Prickly Pear Lounge, Howard, CO
Perks (what I really like!) Besides the friendly service and delicious coffee and tea, my favorite part about this beautiful, refreshing stop is the featured artwork from the many local artisans. Relaxing atmosphere. Cozy rooms. Friendly staff.
Share a Cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name) With an affinity for the prickly pear cactus, the owner, Danielle—who sports a tattoo of the cactus—envisioned a place for community to gather and enjoy good food and beverages, music, and camaraderie.
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food) • Made-to-order breakfasts and lunches • Baked goods • Fresh-roasted coffees • A variety of teas (Did I mention that incredible chai tea?)
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service) Danielle has turned her “community gathering place” vision into reality with coffee chats, kid programs, crafts, and community learning programs.
The Grind (what I would change) If I could, I would make a change at every other indie coffee shop to emulate Prickly Pear. Coffee shop owners worldwide, please install a rack with hooks where regulars can hang their favorite mugs!
The Grounds (location): 9236 US Highway 50 Howard, CO 81233 United States 719.942.3789
Tea Times (hours) M.–Sun: 7 AM – 6:00 PM
Yelp rating: 5 stars from 3 reviews Facebook rating: 5 stars from 20 reviews (You know only 500 people live in Howard, CO.) Though there are few reviews, trust me when I say it’s amazing… Totally worth a side trip from State Route 285.
I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!
Okay, it has no sticker, but it is a mule! You’ll find Sticker Mule and much more info at the link provided.
Authors—or anyone marketing—are you looking for an awesome place to buy affordable printed “merch” for your books or products? You know… marketing merchandise, like stickers, buttons, labels, magnets, packaging, and such? Maybe something imprinted with the cover of your book?
One of my author friends, Haley Rose, uses them with relish to raise awareness for her darling, educational children’s picture books.
Direct from Sticker Mule’s website, here’s what they’re about: “We relentlessly focus on making it fast and easy to order custom products. Order in seconds and get your products in days. Free proofs, free artwork help, free shipping, and fast turnaround are why people love us.”