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March 2011

My book is nominated for the People's Book Prize

Gosh I'm so excited! I've just learned that Light Behind the Angels is one of the non-fiction books nominated for the People's Book Prize! This prize is entirely awarded via public votes- no judges. If you read and enjoyed Light behind the Angels please drop by and vote (you have to register & tick a little box)
 
If you have time leave some comments too...
 
Here's the link:
 
 
If you haven't read my book yet you can find out more on my site here:
 

The Angel's Game

I've just finished reading one of the most skilfully crafted books I've come across in a long time- The Angel's Game by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon. He weaves a complex and satisfying storyline that moves faster and grips you more intensely as you read on, becoming such a page turner that I found myself reading it late at night and early next morning to finish. Do be warned the subject matter is very dark in places and the body count is high, but this is a book of depth that can get you thinking about such questions as can your soul be bought and at what price?

The Weird Lauren D'Silva

Every now and again I take a look at the search terms people have used to access my site. It is always quite interesting to do this, but yesterday evening's search took first prize. Someone used 'weird Lauren D'Silva' as their search. Presumably they didn't want their search to come up with any of the 'normal' Lauren D'Silva's.
 
It made me think about how we are viewed by others. I don't think of myself as particularly strange, the things people might view as strange about me are normal everyday parts of my life. Steve suggested looking up 'weird' in a dictionary:
 
'Weird: connected with fate (1) the Fates (2) witches; supernatural, uncanny, unearthly'
 
Suddenly 'weird' seems a big compliment rather than it's colloquial use as 'odd' or 'eccentric'.
 
I am reminded of Clarissa Pinkola Este's work surrounding the Medial Woman, she who stands between two worlds. I do know that I fail to fit into the Over-culture's neat boxes of what is acceptable or normal, indeed from that perspective I am 'weird'.
 
For all those out there who feel like they are 'weird' I cast a vote for our own special tribe. There are so many of us all around the world and we are connected by our nature, even if we never meet in the physical world.
 
Never feel alone in your difference from the masses, you are not the only 'weird' one.

Crystal Courses in Glastonbury

February was an amazing, if somewhat busy, month. As well as teaching the Intensive ICGT course here and completing a Year One weekend we visited Glastonbury and got my Diploma course dates and venue booked at the Glastonbury Experience Courtyard, just a 'stone's throw' from some great crystal shops. I've also booked some beginner's workshops at the Growing Needs Bookshop close by. If you'd like to find out more click on the links, or contact me if you'd like to book.