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What the Dickens?

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This blog hasn’t been updated for a while as I am now working in a supply chain support role. It’s a dream job and I have been so absorbed by it that, I am sad to say, I have neglected my own creative writing and this blog.

However, yesterday, I had a lovely surprise when I received an email from Victoria Bantock, the creator of the bimonthly magazine for writers, readers and all literary types, What the Dickens?

Victoria is now preparing Issue 2 and she will be including an extract about Frances Burney, from this blog’s Soft Footsteps series.

Virginia Woolf described Frances as the Mother of English Fiction and her satirical novels and plays about eighteenth-century society were thought to be the literary precursor to prominent authors who came after her, including Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray.

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Frances Burney

I am thrilled that Frances Burney will be appearing in Issue 2 of What the Dickens?

And I am also very grateful to Victoria for including my work in her amazing online magazine. Do yourself a favour and visit What the Dickens? The beautiful snow edition is full of inspirational work. Be sure to visit the jokes on Page 4 too.

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Soft Footsteps

 

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Nirvana Moment on Bonfire Night

Wikipedia declares a general definition of Nirvana as “synonymous with the concept of liberation (moksha) which refers to release from a state of suffering after an often lengthy period of committed spiritual practice

Perhaps you could describe the practice of writing as a “state of suffering”. If you are a solitary writer, you may have to isolate yourself at some point to actually get on with the ‘job’ of writing. This isolation could be seen as a “state of suffering” as could writer’s block; lack of self belief; worry that your work and words are not good enough. Then when you actually release your words, in book, script or thesis format you may have your greatest moments of suffering, lack of acknowledgement of your work by your peers, a bad review, poor grades, As a proofreader and editor I have nursed many people through the pain of getting their words and ideas into a happy and healthy format and liberating them from their isolation and self doubt. Support and a good review can give you that writer’s Nirvana Moment.

I have been lucky enough to have that Nirvana Moment with my book, Soft Footsteps, this weekend. I have worked with Ajit Jaokar, the owner of the futuretext publishing group for many years now. I was thrilled to see this wonderful review on his Open Gardens blog. A short extract is below:

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Maggie Baldry has long edited many futuretext books including my latest book (to be launched in Jan 2012). However, she had an idea to be a writer and came up with this excellent idea for a book . As Maggie discusses below, I was one of the inspirations for Maggie’s book. I loved the ethos and idea of this book – and Maggie is a great writer and believes in this book. Very glad to be a part of it”

Soft Footsteps celebrates the achievements of women who are leaders in their professional and creative lives, historically and in the 21st century.

The 21st century Soft footsteps of change are pioneering women because they have all been involved in projects that are making best use of new media platforms and leading edge technology. Their work provides pathways within the new media industry for other people to follow, hence, the title of the work; Soft footsteps. Soft footsteps will reveal how individuals with passionate ideas, a strong work ethic and self-belief can create successful and satisfying careers doing work that they love.

I was totally fascinated by the stories of all of the ladies featured in the Soft Footsteps book. It was a labour of love combined with a spiritual practice for me and I hope it will be a source of inspiration for others.  It is probably just a coincidence that Ajit’s blog was posted on Bonfire Night, but it was most definitely a Nirvana Moment for me. It lit up my evening like a spectacular firework display. I would say to anyone else who wants to write and they are still at the “state of suffering”, keep committed, keep writing and enjoy and celebrate any Nirvana Moment.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Soft Footsteps

 

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Soft Footsteps : 6 questions

Can you answer these questions?

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  1. Who was the first woman writer to be published in the English language?
  2. Which woman was the first “man of the year” in 1969?
  3. Who is the most famous actress in the history of the world?
  4. Who is convinced that ignorance and terror can be ended by global connectivity?
  5. Who can tell you about successful social enterprise business planning?
  6. Who is the creator of the PulseWire Web Portal?

Can’t answer these questions? You need to buy this book and download it to your Kindle device. It will answer these questions and inspire you.

Hush now, it’s a steal at £2.46 GBP.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Soft Footsteps

 

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Soft Footsteps : Now available as a Kindle e-book

If you enjoyed the Soft Footsteps blog posts, you can now download the e-book to your Kindle device here.

Hoping that you enjoy the Kindle version. Would be great to hear your reviews,

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Stars of the book

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Soft Footsteps

 

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