Just felt like sending out some heARTful inspiration today. Hang in there, the Universe has our backs.
An exploration in drawing cute monsters brought me to this sea slug.
Hoping we all find a little buoyancy this week.
“My Playbook: A Daily Practice Of Recording My Divinely Guided Magical Life” is one of my favorite secret weapons for living a creative life.
As an empathic creative, I am constantly bombarded with ideas, inspirations and messages from spirit. I used to have a day planner, several spiral journals, a sketchbook, and about a million post it notes floating around my house and work space. It was maddening trying to keep everything straight. I had no single resource to turn to to really measure my progress and reflect on where I had come from and where I was going with an idea or project. One day, I decided to try… (read more…)
This is what it feels like to finish cancer treatment! I did it. I survived. I am humbled and ultimately a better person because of it. And, yes, it sucked. I am still a little angry about the whole thing, actually, but just a little bit, deep down where I hardly notice it anymore.
Now is where the fun part begins. I get to live again. I might not be base jumping any time soon, but I’ve started moving my body fast enough to feel my heart-beat again. This is a quality of life improvement that I am ready to fully embrace.Continue reading
This Halloween I decided to enter a writing contest (frenzy) for fun. Below is my entry. It had to be 100 words or less, which was a challenge. My shortest story yet!
Harper, the witchling loves Halloween!
six candy corns,
a sprinkle of dust-everlasting.
She sips and waits…
Children shout, “Trick or treat!”
As they leave more appear.
“Trick or treat!!”
On and on it goes…
Harper grows weary.
The children line up down the street
and around the corner.
“I must sleep,” yawns Harper.
“TRICK OR TREAT!!!”
Frantic, Harper stirs a new potion.
three candy corns,
a sprinkle of normal-essesnce.
The sun rises.
“Whew, maybe Halloween is better once a year.”
My sons and I have been crafting a story about our cat since summer break started. This morning we had a brainstorming session and they helped me come up with this character sketch. It’s actually kind of funny, because our real Frida is terrified of thunder and lightning (or as we call them, the “Boom-Booms”).Continue reading
Abigale is an antelope squirrel and she wants to know where the water comes from and where it goes. She’s also the main character of my new book, that will hopefully become available this summer. Just wanted to share with you a sneak peak at her. Here she is going for a ride on her friend Blu’s back. I wish I could do that! Imagine all the things you could see from up there.
Ooooh! Hang on tight!Continue reading
Today I want to share with you a video I made with my son, Donovan. I’m stretching my own comfort zone by sharing his video here, but since it’s only on my blog, and we’re all friends here, I guess it’s okay. Besides, he really, really wanted me to share this with other kids, so if you know a kid you can share it with, please do so.
As I’ve been writing my new children’s story about a mouse and composing my cast of desert animal characters, Donovan has been very interested and involved. It’s a great advantage to have an expert child so easily available to me when I write. I am constantly asking him what he thinks of a drawing or cluster of words. There are often days like today, when he wants to get involved even further, by sharing his own experiences and ideas. So, without further ado, I present to you, “Making Paper Spiders: (A Tutorial) By Donovan.”
May you embrace your own ideas with enthusiasm and a willingness to share them.
Bonnie Kelso writes and illustrates children’s books that celebrate diversity, creativity, and all the special qualities that make each of us unique. Her book EVER OPEN is now available on Amazon in print and for kindle.
Deep in the heart of the Everglades, 26 tiny eggs are beginning to hatch in a giant nest under a tall cypress tree. The fourth alligator to see the light of day is about to embark on a classic hero’s journey. Join Baby D as he explores his world through the innocence and wonder of a natural dreamer. Discover what makes him special while pondering what it might be that makes you special, too.