Writers Conferences and Your Soul – guest post by Stephen Weinstock


I saw a clip from a TED talk the other day that enumerated the top ten factors that enabled people to live to a hundred years old. Yes, there was a focus group of long-living folks and tons of data about them. The topmost factor? Connecting with other people on a daily basis, whether it be a partner, a colleague, the mail carrier, or a random stranger in an elevator. Besides being a beautiful truth – that we keep each other alive – it provides me a bottom line for encouraging all of you to attend a writer’s conference.

I went to my first conference last November, after almost fifteen years of writing and networking on my own, or online, with very little face-to-face time. I had a writer’s conference on my To-Do list for years, but I needed a little shove. Although I have been in the performing arts for decades, your basic collaborative fool out for a good time playing well with others, as a writer I followed the shy, reclusive model happily. So what brought me out of the cave to seek the light of my fellow authors? My story will vary from yours, but hopefully it will help draw you out of the Writer Cave.

Two summers ago, I became curious about a training program in Akashic Records readings. Since my fantasy series, 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles, touches on this concept of a cosmic database of our soul histories, I thought it would be interesting research. What transpired is another story for another article, but my curiosity led me to become an Akashic Records reader, start working with clients, and work on myself with the teacher, Andrrea Hess. In one session where I asked Andrrea about finding an audience … Continue reading

Writing Realities Part 2 – Drew Fisher

This is the second and final part of this two-part article. For the first part, click here.

In May 2017, my cousin—a now-retired former chief editor for Reader’s Digest—coached me toward a wonderful self-publishing service offered by Amazon.com called CreateSpace. By the end of the year all three novels of the Osiris Plan trilogy were up and available on Amazon.

The Osiris Plan trilogyThe story that I chose to tell is based on several premises that are accepted fact in my personal reality, such as: the existence of a Spiritual world and; Creation as a realization or acting out of the Universal Consciousness. We are all a part of that Universal consciousness and, therefore, an active and viable part and contributor to Creation (whether we “know it” or not). We are inspired or, more correctly, inspirited by individuated perspectives of consciousness that some choose to call “souls” or “spiritual beings” or “monads” or “light beings” or whatever. What people ”forget” is that these spiritual beings are also part of an illusory or made-up version of reality (“Creation”) analogous to the writers, directors, funders, and builders of a play, while the players or actors are, in fact, the “spirit”-inspired, or ensouled, human beings playing out the stories on the four-dimensional surface of the “stage” we call planet Earth.

Another underlying premise in my story—in my personal reality—is that there are infinite versions/variations of what we like to call “reality” playing out in our universe and other universes and (for us) unimaginable other dimensionalities all at the same time. The Formless God’s Imagination being projected out into “Form.” It’s … Continue reading

Beta readers wanted for visionary novel – George Sourrys

From VFA member George Sourrys

I have a completed Visionary Fiction manuscript, and I’m looking beta readers that might be interested in having a read to help me to improve it before I send it to the editors.

The story is similar to books such as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma or The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. I did a psychology degree just to help me to write the book. It has been a vision of mine for a long time. And I would love to share it with people.

Please get in touch via my Facebook page: George Sourrys

About the Author

George Sourrys has a degree in Psychological Science and extensive experience in wealth creation including running his own financial services company.  He has deep interests in all areas of personal development and is soon to release his first novel.

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Writing Realities Part 1 – Drew Fisher

My name is Drew Fisher. I came to planet Earth, this time, in 1958, the last year of the “post war baby boom.” This was the year of Barbie, the hula hoop, the first US satellite launches and the formation of NASA, the post-Korean War recession, the Lituya Bay (SE Alaska) mega-tsunami, the first nuclear powered naval vessel, the USS Nautilus, Elvis in the US Army, an Academy Award to the film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, Lolita, “Volare” and Ricky Nelson topping the music scene, and the formation of the John Birch Society. I was born in the summer that brought us Prince, Rick Santorum, Annette Bening, Kevin Bacon, Kate Bush, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tim Burton, Jeff Foxworthy, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

I was born into a bloodline of relatively affluent families in the affluent suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. My parents’ families had both had significant and prominent roles in both the proliferation of the US and world automobile industries as well as in the success of the US military in World War II. As a young boy I became aware of the discrepancies between the so-called “haves” and “have nots” as the 1967 race riots in Detroit occurred only a couple of miles from my home. This rather rude awakening from my heretofore “blissful” childhood of ignorance and innocence led me to begin questioning my “right” to all of the privileges and rights that my circumstances of birth afforded me. Thus began a lifelong pursuit of “just desserts”—i.e. receiving what was due to me, what I had earned, not … Continue reading

My Inner Writing Nymph – V. M. Franck

In the mystical inlets of my being there lives a little nymph I named Violette. She is the best in me. She’s an old-time storyteller, one who desires to change the world for the better through the weavings of her mind. Her desire to come into her own was conceived when I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach years ago. First, she wanted to learn to fly. In so doing, she longed to teach others to do the same, like Jonathan did.

As she ventured out of the hamlet she called home, her innocence was battered again and again by events in her life. Some of the difficulties she encountered, she triggered herself, like we all do, and some were thrust upon her. She struggled through it all, and when she did, she found impetus to write. Everything is fodder for the writer. As she came into being and sprouted her own wings, she and I became one.

Sometimes one event alters the rest of one’s life. So it was for me and my inner Violette. My brother literally triggered the change. He shot and killed his neighbors on a damp, cold night. As I helped my loving parents through this horrific tragedy, I came to know that I must write the story of what it was like from the killer’s family’s point of view. With my first book on the subject I taught myself … Continue reading

Channelling as a Method of Creating Visionary Fiction – Elizabeth Beckett

I am always reluctant to describe myself as a writer, because although I have written 7 books and published 5, I didn’t really write them. Well, I was responsible for researching the material, typing them up, and publishing them, and of course I am the sole recipient of the royalties for the books, but did I think them up? I am still not sure.

I read blog posts and articles with interest about genres, book planning, plot & scene creation, characterization, and the like. As a conscious channel I have never done any of those things, and so could not take credit for being a true writer.

What is Conscious Channelling?

Conscious channelling can be applied to any and all professions by those who are consciously open to be inspired and led by energies and information outside of themselves. Doctors, teachers, preachers, metaphysical healers, mothers, accountants, writers, and even children going about their day may be working as conscious channels. It means that your consciousness is open to knowledge, inspiration, methodologies, and wisdom beyond what you have been taught or experienced in your lifetime. I realize this sounds spooky and I discuss my methods a little on my website under How I Work.

I hear my books. I do not plan any part of them. They start sneaking up on me years before I begin writing anything down. Then the nagging begins. At first I get suggestions, hints, and impressions about the relevant material. I become impelled to visit certain places around the world and begin desk research about nothing in particular. Then I start to receive … Continue reading

Soul Writing with Janet Conner, Part Two

Writing Down Your SoulIn Part One of my Q&A with writer, soul-community creator, poet, spiritual field guide, and deep soul explorer, Janet Conner, we discussed the techniques she outlined in her book Writing Down Your Soul, including the four steps to activating the Voice within.

In Part Two, Janet Conner shares the primary guides that helped her find her own writing process, then she delves into ways to activate the “theta brain wave state,” and finally, she discusses her Plug In for Writers telecourse, where she helps writers put into practice everything they need to create a successful writing life.


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Reign of the Plants Part II – Short Story – Jefferson Wallace

Nona had spent this morning, like so many mornings before, rooted in the expanse of an open field, rooted in the shadow of the great temple she now stands above, rooted in a field opened through the sacrifice of countless scores of martyred shrubs and trees; a holy site signifying the cycle of plantly existence. From mulch they are made and to mulch they shall return, and as mulch, they become a sacrifice to the perpetual care of the mighty Black Eye. The flesh of trees turned to chips, the shred of leaves turned to string, sugars to water, nectar to life. Mulch, made from the living, fed to the exalted.

Dead fieldNona thought back to this field, now. She and the rest of her colony were spending the day locked in silent pose. Worshiping, as the plants do, in silent radiance. A ritual on each of the seventh day: Sun-day. The group was following the warbling instructions of their high priest, Frond Peter.

“Palms facing the sky.” He ordered. “Channel your plantly spirit: arms angled for balance and symmetry, feet rooted in soil, energy harvested from the sky, trunk strong, arms loose.”

The gathered congregation was asked to accept the direction of the breeze with unquestioned course. To submit passively to its influence. To suppress reason in favor of pure reaction to external stimuli.

Frond Peter serenaded in angelic melody:

My petals may not be sweet,
my stalks may not imbue.
My roots may not hold,
my trunk next to you.

But if I do not flower,
I know just … Continue reading

Reign of the Plants Part I – Short Story – Jefferson Wallace

Nona flicked the match against the edge of the box. The strike ignited, causing light to dance on the head like a ghost materializing from aether, evaporating order into chaos. She raised the stick above her head, stretched her elbow straight, and rocked up to her tiptoes to lift the match as high as possible. As she brought the other hand up to meet the flame, she used the fire to ignite a kerosene mallet, then swept the torch over the bodiless figures gathered below. As the light penetrated deep into their ranks, it washed in the outline of human forms amidst the shadowed darkness of night like a waterline lapping upon the shore: never settled.

Nona could read the horror illuminated on their swollen faces. She could see the pulsing terror throbbing through the crowd, a pale fear accentuated by the monochrome darkness. A contrast as stark as the night surrounding them was to her taunting smile, sadistically draped on her face. Nona waved the torch so that it crackled with dynamism before stepping one foot closer to the ledge.

Templ“What do you hope to accomplish?” A spokesman emerged, shouting.

The provocation was answered only by the dim echo of sound reverberating against the hollow façade of the temple. Nona steadied her stance on the roof line and cemented her position atop the most revered of shrines, a divine tribute by her society to the holiest of plants: Black Eye.

Black Eye is a magical plant, if there ever was one. It was the first species to reemerge after the extinction. Deep black leaves connect to a central purple … Continue reading

Visionary Fiction as Thought Experiment – William Fietzer

We’re familiar with hypothetical, “What If?” conjectures. What if I have to declare bankruptcy? What if North Korea attacks the United States (or vice versa)? And what if the President is impeached—what happens then?

All of these speculations, some personal, some apocalyptic, suggest a story will follow—an answer, explanation, or procedure that addresses the initial set-up in some way that results in a narrative of some kind. Science, too, has its “What If?” speculations. Albert Einstein’s famous thought experiments about the nature of light led to his general and special theories of relativity which upended previous conceptions of the physical universe.

Visionary fiction also has its “What If?” speculations. Some are narrow in scope, such as “What if I could reach my full potential as a human being?” or “What if I could see into the future?” Others have more cosmic implications, like “What if I could access higher planes of spiritual existence?” and “What if I gained the power to manipulate good and evil?”

All of these questions open themselves to “What happens next?” consequences. Unlike Science, however, visionary fiction has been dismissed as unrealistic, trivial, or simply unimportant because it (supposedly) doesn’t deal with lives as they are led in the physical, sense-oriented universe with which we’re familiar. Though magical realists such as Jorge Luis Borges and Salmon Rushdie are cut some slack in this regard, many writers who explore the realms of the mystical and the occult find their works ridiculed and/or shunted to the distant back shelves of speculative and fantasy fiction sections in book stores and web sites.

Brain neuron activityBut recent … Continue reading