published in Achieving Your Dreams, Beauty, Creativity, Gratitude, Intuition, Productivity, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | December 10, 2019 | No Comments

Bahamas Beauty Boosts Creativity

 

Tarpum Bay, Eluethera

“Perhaps this is the most important thing for me to take back from beach-living: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid; each cycle of a relationship is valid.” 

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

And, I would add, each phase of a writing project is valid

Because goodness knows, for some of my bigger projects there have been an awful LOT of phases. It’s all part of the process, I know, but there’s nothing quite like watching the crashing waves of a powerful ocean to remind one that the tide comes in and the tide goes out…day in, day out.

That, of course, is also the way work gets accomplished…day in and day out.

I was very blessed to be back in the beautiful Bahamas recently. The main purpose of my trip was to spend 5 nights at the home of the Bahamian writer, Sherelle Wallace, to give her feedback on & brainstorm ideas about her upcoming “Live With a Local” program (to be launched in late 2020).

The idea is that a female traveler (preferably a writer but not necessarily) stays at Sherelle’s home (for maximum of a week) for a small nightly fee. In exchange, the visitor gets to experience the life and home of a local Bahamian.

In other words, I was Sherelle’s guinea pig 🙂 and it was a pretty good gig!

Sherelle picked me up at the Rock Sound airport and the laughs started there. I would write in the mornings, then in the afternoons (when she wasn’t working at her other job) she would show me the beaches & sights of South Eluethera. Sherelle’s home is in Greencastle.

Here are a few shots from our time together:

MA & Sherelle enroute to what the locals refer to as “Shoe Beach” because of the ship full of shoes that sank off the coast

 

Stunning Shoe Beach (not a shoe in sight)

 

MA & Sherelle at Cape Eluethera

 

Kalik & conch fritters…who could ask for anything more?

 

Post dinner rest in hammock at Cape Eluethera

 

 

Birds of a feather…Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera

 

My cozy creativity zone…I was writing up a storm!

 

Some of the items for sale in Enchantment store (in her home)

If you are interested in learning more about the “Live with a Local” program, please e-mail Sherelle at enchantmentgiftshop@hotmail.com.

Pineapple Fields Forever 

After parting ways with Sherelle, I moved to my old stomping grounds of Pineapple Fields (near Governors Harbour) where I wrote to my heart’s content for 4 days. I finished the next rewrite of my God’s Country screenplay (about the silent screen star, Nell Shipman) and got a new screenplay started. Yippee!

Here are some photos from my time at Pineapple Fields:

 

My PF writing zone 🙂

 

Wow.

 

My beloved Tippy’s beach

That’s it for now from this gypsy gazelle. Hope you are doing well and gearing up for a happy holiday season 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

published in Boundaries, Confrontation, Humour, Inspiration, Wisdom by Maryanne | December 10, 2019 | No Comments

Beware of Mrs. Claws

 

Crazy Mrs. Claws photographed by Roxanne Low

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”

– Alfred Mercier

Oh, the joys of being 50-plus & thus no longer having much of a filter…

So I was on the plane the other day, trying to snooze on an evening flight. As we all know, Mrs. Claus needs her rest this time of year. About half way through the flight, the guy behind me decided to start sliding his meal tray back and forth, back and forth. Yes, that’s the right…the meal tray attached to the back of my chair.

I let him do this for about, oh…90 seconds. Then I turned around to have a little chat. He momentarily stopped sliding his tray and stared at me, stunned. He was about my age and rather handsome.

Now, he wasn’t stunned because he thought he was going to get into trouble (which he would soon find out) but rather because the mere sight of me was somewhat alarming in and of itself.

I was wearing an eye mask (with big letters that said “HUNGOVER” – which I wasn’t but he didn’t know that), the hood of my vest was up (which dramatically increases my “Don’t mess with me” look), plus I was wearing headphones and earplugs.

So after letting him have a good look at the irritated creature he was now going to be dealing with, I moved my eye mask to the top of my head, removed my headphones and ear plugs and gave him The Look.

“What?” he says.

“What do you think, what?” I say back.

“Was this bothering you?” he asks, then proceeds to give me another demonstration of his tray-sliding trick.

“Yes,” I say. “It was.”

“Oh,” he says. “I’m sorry.”

But I wasn’t finished. Oh no.

“What,” I ask, “would possess you to think that I wouldn’t feel you sliding that tray and back and forth?”

“Uhhh…”

“Exactly,” I say. “What are you…eight?”

“No! I just – ”

I shook my head and wagged my finger at him, big smile on my face. “You just STOP that right now,” I say. “No more sliding of the tray. Deal?”

He smiles. “Okay.”

Then I turned back around and fell fast asleep for the duration of the flight.

After we landed, I stood up, looked at the guy and smiled.

“Did I behave myself?” he asks.

“Yes,” I reply. “You were good as gold. Thank you.”

Then I pointed to the luggage compartment above his head. “Now could you get my bag down for me?”

He looked at me. “What’s the magic word?”

“Please,” I say. “But make it snappy, would ya? People are waiting.”

To which we both threw back our heads and laughed.

“You’re just like my wife” he says. “You gave me heck but you were smiling while you did it.”

“That,” I say (with a wink and a smile), “is because it’s a very effective strategy.”

Crazy Mrs Claws

As mentioned in a blog a few weeks ago, the professional photographer, Roxanne Low, was on hand at the First Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney, BC. As perhaps you can imagine, we had an awful lot of laughs doing the Mrs Claws photo shoot (photo at top of blog).

Here are few more photos of the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table & wares taken by Roxanne at the First Chance show:

 

Wax & tissue prints by Melanie Pope

 

Wise Owl Wisdom quote cards

 

A Wolf Called Nakoda story sets

 

Hand painted sand dollar decorations

All of the above products are available in our Etsy store (except the Wax & Tissue prints – if you are interested in those, please e-mail me).

I will be at Last Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney Dec 14th & 15th

If you are in the Sidney area, pop by and say hi. I will NOT be in my Crazy Mrs Claws outfit…and I WILL be nice to you. Promise 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

published in Inspiration, Wisdom by Maryanne | November 19, 2019 | No Comments

Second Edition of Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards Now Available

 

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.”

– Paul Bear Bryant

This Wise Owl Not Always So Wise…

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may recall the Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards we launched a few years ago (30 cards in a set, each card with a different quote on the back, and the beautiful owl on the front of each card is a print of a painting done by my niece, Melanie Pope).

People seem to love these cards and they are often our top seller at Christmas gift shows. But here’s the thing: not everyone loved these cards…and I have the gulp-inducing e-mail to prove it.

About six months ago, I received a polite but firm e-mail from the estate of a deceased author who, upon seeing one of our quote card photos on social media, asked that we do NOT use this author’s quotes in any of our quote sets, nor in the on-line marketing of the quote sets. They don’t grant permission to anyone for the use of this author’s quotes.

Oops.

Even though I had just used a few of the author’s quotes in the Wise Owl Wisdom quote set (and in some of our other quote sets) and, of course, attributed his name as the source of the quote, apparently that was still not acceptable from a copyright perspective.

Lesson learned!

So we immediately stopped sharing all photos of quotes (from our quote sets) by authors whose works were published after 1923 (prior to that, all works are part of the public domain so no permission is necessary to use their referenced quote). Then we began the process of replacing the contemporary quotes with quotes by people whose works were published before 1923.

THIS is why there is now a revised edition of the Wise Owl Wisdom quotes! And do you know, I love the new collection of quotes 🙂

Here is a sampling from the revised edition: 

 

 

 

It’s the same thing with our other 3 quote sets: Intuitive Insights for Soul-Inspired LivingPotent Prosperity Principles and Life After Loss. We are gradually creating new editions of these quote sets. As these revised versions become available, we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, if you wish to order the original versions, there are still some left in our Etsy store (except for Wise Owl Wisdom – the ones on Etsy are the revised version). The quote sets are $7.95 each (and make great little gifts or stocking stuffers).

To order, please visit our Etsy store.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.