Delphinium blooming again. Happy #writerslife

I didn’t realize how critical it was for my creativity and general well-being to be able to be outside in Nature.

On April 1, 2013, I moved from an apartment that I never liked into a sweet tiny cottage. I now have a patio on the east side, beyond double French doors, and another on the north side, both of which I can see from my desk.

When I first moved, I went batty planting containers and containers of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Just yesterday I harvested the first of my cherry tomatoes and am in the process of picking sage that I’ll dry and burn in cleansing rituals.

The photo is of my Delphinium. Not long after I planted it we had a big rain (unusual for us) and it broke the Delphinium totally down. Happily, it has now recovered and as I write this I can see it out my window. This definitely makes for a happy #writerslife.

What brings joy to your life? What inspires your creativity?

  12 comments for “Delphinium blooming again. Happy #writerslife

  1. Elisabeth Casavant
    07/23/2013 at 6:56 pm

    Nancy, it was a pleasure to read your article! To be in contact with nature is absolutely necessary for my psyche. I love walking in big public gardens and taking hikes in forests. One of my passions is to contemplate the ocean, lakes, rivers, and cascades and to listen to the sound produced by these waterways. I do not write about nature as a theme yet but eventually I would like to let nature become a source of inspiration for my creative attempts.

  2. thewriter
    07/23/2013 at 7:57 pm

    Elisabeth – thank you for commenting. I didn’t realize just how critical it was for me to be able to be outdoors. Jessica Macbeth kept telling me that it was NECESSARY for me but at the time I couldn’t do anything different. The change in living here just a few months is astounding. I’m far more relaxed, happier, and have clarity of vision that has been lacking. Your hikes sound wonderful – particularly by the rivers and cascades – heavenly.

  3. 07/23/2013 at 8:23 pm

    Nice article, Nancy. Soft breezes, dancing clouds, sparkling water on lakes or pools, gardens. Gardens. Woods. I guess nature wins, hands down.

  4. thewriter
    07/23/2013 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Kathryn,

    I love your description – makes me want to get out onto a lake!

  5. OkeWriter
    07/26/2013 at 11:37 pm

    I don’t really feel my day is complete unless I’ve been out and ‘got some fresh air’. I am lucky enough to live in two very beautiful places (Devon in the UK and The Gambia in West Africa), and they are very different from each other. But they are both very beautiful. When I’m in The Gambia, my ‘office’ is actually outdoors overlooking the forest, and alive with stunning birds.

  6. thewriter
    07/30/2013 at 10:21 am

    Your writing places sound like heaven.

  7. 08/04/2013 at 11:19 am

    Whats up are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own.
    Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your
    own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  8. thewriter
    08/05/2013 at 10:01 am

    Yes, The Art of Extraordinary Writing is powered by the WordPress platform. You don’t need to know HTML to create a WordPress site – however if you want to get into customization, a little HTML will help. I wrote a Kindle book on this – you may want to check it out. WordPress Your Way

  9. janecastellanos
    08/18/2013 at 5:48 pm

    for my happiness nancy I need to see the stars, not the glare of street-lights.. I need to hear the gentle twitter of swallows nesting under the eaves outside my bedroom, not the cackle of urbanised sea-gulls and swearing and puking underneath my window.
    Last week I was ecstatic. I hired a car and whizzed down to cornwall, retracing my former life to the Lizard and Penwith peninsulars where the sea lies visible on several horizons as you turn from south through to west. I visited Boscawan-un stone circle again – 19 granite stones arranged around one central rocket shaped and took an old, non-driver friend, last seen 15 years ago to touch them and meditate sitting on the tussocks amongst bracken and magenta willow herb. We bought already melting ice-creams that dropped sticky globs on the steering-wheel. and she remembered words forgotten through sorrow.
    To cap it all I rediscovered with difficulty one of the most incredible beaches in the UK – Harvey’s Towans – Now hidden by a new motorway and ground plans for a mega-supermarket, the beach chalet where I was lucky to live while gathering myself for the trek down through Europe is still there. The beach has the finest sand you can imagine, formed into ripples by the last outgoing tide… dogs galloping and splashing… an Indian family in saris and turbans dipping toes.. me wading along the estuary river getting my clothes wet and Liz watching the sunset from the clifftop.
    Plus – I visited several friends from the olden days – and met their children and grandchildren – even greats… new dogs.. different breeds of chicken..And so on..
    Now back to Paignton – car returned. Space to be myself and write it down before memory dims x

  10. Nancy
    08/19/2013 at 8:08 am

    Jane – have you thought of starting a (free) blog at or Your writing is beautiful and you have so much to share – would be wonderful to see you getting the word out to other writers about your thoughts and feelings. I have a HUGE interest in going to Cornwall – primarily because my mother, who is 91 years old, is absolutely convinced that she had a wonderful past life in Cornwall. My regret is that she didn’t get there years ago and now travel like that would be exhausting for her. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  11. janecastellanos
    08/20/2013 at 7:52 am

    any new writing task to send out before i switch off on friday morning??

  12. Nancy
    08/20/2013 at 8:18 am

    Good morning Jane – yes, I’m going to invite people to make a mind-map about a place they want to write about. Will do a quick post about it this morning. Happy being gone for the weekend 🙂

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