My Writing Space

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My creative messy space

It may not be your day, but it can still be your year – Unknown

Just a quick post. There have been a few distraction over the last week which has made me reflect on what is important to me. I vowed to be more selfish with my time so I can achieve the goals I want to achieve and grow into the writer I hope to be.

I want my life to be filled with inspiring people and I want to look back on this year and be proud of the work I have done.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and productive start to the week!

Love and Light,

Anushka xx

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A writing related art project I’ll post about later in the week

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I love the smell of fresh flowers in my office ❤

Finding My Creature in Images

 

 

 

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Lolly Bar Love! One of the many moments I fell in love with at a close friends engagement x

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It’s the little touches that make a moment magical

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LOVE!

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Capturing a magical moment full of everything…

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I have always been drawn to fire…

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Nostalgic childhood moment..

Love and light,

Anushka xx

A Little Facelift

I am in the process of planning a revamp for the ‘About Me’ section referred to confusingly as ‘That Creature’ on my blog. Well not confusing to me, but I can see how that might not make immediate sense to new visitors to my blog.

There will be new photos, new wording, a little bit of this and a little bit of that and some laa diiiii daas. All in all, I hope it captures the vibe of this blog and the weirdo behind it a little bit better.

Since everything isn’t all about me, I thought I would open the floor so to speak and ask everyone what do you actually want to know? Although I post regularly-ish…I know I don’t reveal much about myself other that the fact I am writing a book. I also I haven’t done the whole:

 Anushka Dhanapala graduated with a BA in Arts (Journalism/Communications) and then…blah blah She lives with her pet dinosaur and three-legged lamb in a ranch somewhere in Columbia where she writes under the sparkle of the stars…blah blah blah….

So if you have any suggestions or questions you want to know about me feel free to ask so I can take that into account when I give that little empty section a little bit more ZING!

Love and light,

Anushka xx

My Writing Space


Paper can cut deeper than a knife, because a story can gut you through and through, until you’re forced to be reborn

– Kesenia Anske

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I have been falling into a revision routine once again which feels great! I have been so absorbed in my work I didn’t even realise today was Monday! I don’t work Monday’s so that’s okay, but it does mean I forgot about my segment Finding My Creature in Images. If I get a chance I’ll post it today or tomorrow, if not…I’ll make sure next week is extra exciting!

I changed my location today because my lounge room is the only room with a heater (got to love little old houses with character). It’s been raining outside – finally – so all I wanted was to be snuggled up somewhere warm while I got lost in the dark, haunting world in my head.

It’s nice feeling like I”m making progress again, no matter how small. also, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has been so supportive during this journey, it means a lot!

🙂

Love and light,

Anushka xx

 

 

 

A Revision Funk

Chase your dreams until you catch them…and then dream, catch, and dream again!

– Dee Marie

Part of being an artist of any kind is about letting go – soaring into heights madness or uncontained delight – and being anchored. At the moment I feel like I’m floating through space in slow motion like a fat kid chasing cake, struggling to move my mind to focus on edits. It’s not that I don’t want to, I feel like I simply can’t. My brain has turned from malleable to concrete…or cake.

Last October I hired a freelance editor to look through my newly overhauled ms and fast forward a few months later I still haven’t been able to dive into the much yearned for feedback with my usual speed. I could blame this on a serious case of procrastination or I can sit down and be honest with myself.

Yes I was recovering from jet-lag, yes the soul-sucking heatwave consuming parts of Australia sucks my creativity and hydration out the window and yes I prioritize other things like study and work on some of the days allocated to revising. But that is not the heart of my problem here.

I have broken routine.

There is no point dwelling on what is broken, the real question is how do I get back into routine? What happened to me? Then it hit me today with startling clarity…I am surfing the internet way too much for no particular reason. I am normally very strict with my time online but somewhere between coming back and now, I kind of forgot that fact and paid dearly for my lapse of judgement.

Therefore, I have decided to do what I always do when I need to do some serious brain work…slash my internet time to pieces.

My plan of attack is as follows:

–       Deactivate Facebook, I don’t actually care about the mundane every day people post about.

–       Get rid of the unlimited data on my phone

–       Invest in a calendar. I had one last year and my productivity hit the roof.

–       Revise every day – even for 15 minutes – for 30 days. It takes 30 days to form a habit. I need the feeling of sitting down and looking at my manuscript to feel natural once again.  Once I reach that point again only then I will reevaluate my schedule.

Writing this post has been very cathartic for me and I feel like now I admitted I have a problem I can try to be brave and enter the world of words again. I’m not going to lie, It’s scary being away from a project for a while. Your brain feels clumsy and unrefined. But the important thing is, I’m willing to face the page again.

How about everyone else? Any tips in getting back into the revision swing of things once you’ve been away?

Love and light,

Anushka

My Writing Space

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit

– Aristotle

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Keeping hydrated in this heatwave.

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Each folder contains a separate project and sometimes just the act of reaching out for a colored binder gets me excited to do something and stop procrastinating.

After being away last month I have been struggling to ground myself back into a revision routine. The past week has been about overcoming jet lag and getting back into the swing of things at work so putting the creative brain on has been a little bit of a struggle I have to admit.

That said though, I believe this week will be better. I’m getting restless and just want to sink my teeth into revision and make some progress on this WIP! Catching up on everyone’s blog posts just wants me to make some progress too and I am a little bit mad at myself for the rusty start I have had so far.

How about you? What do you do when you lose touch with your revising mojo?

Love and light,

Anushka xx

Finding My Creature in Images

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After a long break from the WIP I needed to bribe myself with a little reward

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Fresh flowers always make me happy, the more vases I fill the better!

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My first day back to work was painful, but seeing the sunrise made me appreciate the beauty in the moment 🙂

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Catching up on some proofreading and editing assignments and looked up to see this. I love all the things in this picture. It captures the creativity (and coffee) I want my life to be filled with.

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A creative dinner date at home with my husband. I just love being a wife.

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My favorite picture of the week. I was so exhausted and almost didn’t take her out for a walk but I am so glad I did, she loved it 🙂

Love and Light,

Anushka xx

My Writing Space

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A disorganized mess.

It shouldn’t have come as a  complete surprise that my writing space morphed into a state of utter chaos, but I was.

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I have no idea where all these candles came from

February was a month of everything for me, but try as I might I do not recall leaving my favorite place in the house in such a state. It may not look as bad in the pictures –  but that’s because I decided against posting photographs of the floor. My theory is that the study was used as a rubbish room when I was away in New Zealand so the rest of the house looked spotless for our friend who was house sitting and taking care of the not-so-little puppy.

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Reading material I was excited to purchase while overseas…true bibliophile.

I’m not quite sure where I left off in my revision, but instead of being daunted I am actually looking forward to getting lost in my WIP again. I am ready for this baby to be polished and submission ready so I can work on other simmering projects!

But first, I need to clear out some of the random junk that has appeared…everywhere.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek.

Love and light,

Anushka xx

 

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Finding My Creature in Images

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ” – Dr. Seuss

I’ll be starting another regular segment in this neglected space where I’ll be documenting my week in pictures. It’s easy to forget the beauty in the everyday and I’m hoping this weekly post will inspire me to slow down and see what’s in front of me.

I hope you enjoy the snippets of my week that have moved me in someway to connect with my inner creature and my life 🙂

Here are few moments of my week in Malaysia below…

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Sunset at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Kota Kinabalu Wharf

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Deep in the jungles of Borneo

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River cruising through this incredible place! Was wonderful to be disconnected from technology, even though I was very sick this leg of the trip…as in I’m surprised I was able to sit up and appreciate the wilderness around me that’s how unwell I was.

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Taking in the the beauty of Borneo

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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. I was lucky enough to see one in the wild!

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Give this girl a coconut already!

Love and light,

Anushka xx