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Belle BWHello I’m Belinda (McGrath) Witzenhausen~in a nutshell; I am a Writer,Editor,Creativity Coach, Artist, Amateur Photographer,Online Radio Show Producer, Lover of Psychology/Neuroscience, Armchair Archaeologist, Coffee Connoisseur, Bibliophile & Hubby’s Grossly Under-Paid Bass Roadie. ;)

I have always enjoyed helping others, both my education and work history have revolved around social services and as a result, I have been blessed to cross paths with many interesting, inspiring and creative people. I love life and try to make sure that each of my days is touched by the creative process.  I make it my mission to help others heal and ignite their creativity. I also am an advocate for children and adults with special needs, chronic illness, and learning challenges.

Currently, I am working on a book to be released  2014, am a contributing writer for various mainstream websites, main writer/creator/coach at www.IgniteYourCreativity.net, www.WriterzBlox.net, partner at Professor Owl’s Book Corner , Professor Owl’s Publication Centre and a producer for Blogtalk’s Radio show Conscious Choices (currently on hiatus).

My mission is to produce content that will impact people in a positive and memorable way.

You can also find me here:

 

IgniteYourCreativity.net

 

ProfessorOwlsBookCorner.com

 WBLOGO

WriterzBlox

 

 Bella’s Creations

 

Personal Development Blog

 COMING SOON!

Pleased to announce the re-launch of our publishing company ~

Professor Owl’s Publication Centre! 

www.professorowlspublicationcentre.com  


Taking a Break!

© Belinda Witzenhausen 2014

© Belinda Witzenhausen 2014

Decided to take a break from blogging for a week to focus on my writing and current course-load. Wishing all a wonderful week and I will be back on August 1st!

Books to Read ~ SWEET MYSTERY (Under The Moonlight Book 3) by MaryAnn Kempher

Sweet Mystery

Who Killed Candy Dashwood?

Candy Dashwood was young, beautiful, and accustomed to getting exactly what she wanted, by any means necessary, including sex and blackmail. Does that make her murder less important? Or her killer less guilty? Her mother doesn’t think so. She asks private detective Jack Harney to help find Candy’s killer. When all signs point to her police officer lover, the case seems cut and dry. So why does the evidence seem so flimsy? And why are the police so unwilling to dig any deeper. Jack uncovers a web of sex and deception in which nothing is as it seems, and the list of potential killers grows every day. Can he put the pieces together and discover who really killed Candy, or will her killer Sweet Mystery is a suspenseful murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Praise for Sweet Mystery:

“I absolutely LOVED this book. This is the third book in a series by MaryAnn Kempher, and they just keep getting better!!! The story line was awesome…. I was hooked from the very beginning and found that I was unable to put this book down. I loved the characters, and it was nice to see some of the characters from the other books return in this one, especially Nene and Gaga :-) Those two ladies are a hoot!!
I am really looking forward to book 4!! “~ Yvonne via Amazon ~5-star Review

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“I loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down. Out of the three in this series, this is the best one. I am looking forward to the next book.”~Wanda Downs  via Amazon ~5-star Review

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Books by MaryAnn Kempher

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If you’d like to connect with MaryAnn Kempher, that will be easy:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryAnnKempher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maryannkempher/boards/

MaryAnn Kempher’s writing is infused with romance and mystery. Her love of romance stories goes back to her teen years spent living in Reno NV where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set. MaryAnn’s travels have taken her to beautiful cities in Italy, Southeast Asia and the sultry desert country of Qatar. She met her husband on one of her romantic misadventures while traveling. She has two children and currently lives in Florida where she and her family share their home with two dogs and a cat. Her writing influences include favorite authors Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. She’s a huge fan of the Hercule Poirot mysteries. Her guilty pleasures are any and all sweets, including a good cup of Mocha.

Wednesday Wallpaper for Writers~ July 23rd, 2014 via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Hawthorne Wallpaper

“Words …so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Weekly Writing Spark~July 21st,2014|| via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Spark“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. ” ~ C. S. Lewis

Write about what happens when your characters anger catches up with them. How does their anger manifest itself? Does it cause them to lash out? Has it been channeled into something positive and productive? Do they manage to resolve their feelings? How does their anger serve them in the long-run?

Reflect and write …

 

Quote of the Week via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com ~July 18th, 2014

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“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.”

~Ernest Hemingway

 

You’re Invited: Summer Beach Reading Party!

Your invited to our Summer Beach Reading Party!
Come on over, & pour yourself a drink, relax and enjoy these great Summer reads

After a hard day at work, caring for children, or gardening, you deserve a night of pleasure!
Open your Kindle or turn the pages of these great books for summer.
Whether you’re enjoying the sun on the beach reading or simply curled up in your favorite chair – let us tempt you with these awesome summer reads…

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Young Adult Summer Reads

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into the light  the girl who swam to atlantis  entertaining angels

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Hot Summer Romance Books

Sisters in Love  Lovers at Heart
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whole latte love  home again  the curvy girls club  Game of Love  Taken By Love

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the collector of dying breaths  the stream

These awesome authors have come together to offer
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Ending on Friday 1st August at 11.59pm EST

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The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Stream by A. R. Silverberry
The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen Shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Into the Light by Amy Manemann
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

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The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Stream by A. R. Silverberry
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen Shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Into the Light by Amy Manemann
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

3rd Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

4th & 5th Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

6th – 10th Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton

Enjoy your reads !!

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Wednesday Wallpaper for Writers~June 16th, 2014 via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

 

Picoult Wallpaper

“Writing is total grunt work. A lot of people think it’s all about sitting and waiting for the muse. I don’t buy that. It’s a job. There are days when I really
want to write, days when I don’t. Every day I sit down and write.”

~ Jodi Picoult

Weekly Writing Spark~July 14th,2014|| via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Spark“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”~ Neil Gaiman

 

Write about what happens when your fondest dream becomes your reality. What happens to you and those you love? How does your life change? Do you long for your “old” life?

Get creative, write and most of all….have fun! :)

 

New & Good! A guest post by Lora R Fisher

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A new project and a new focus…

With so many things seemingly going wrong in our world, it’s more important than ever to align oneself with positive people and projects.

One such project that I’m currently contributing to is a new documentary, Green Feathers: The unlikely story of Native American logging, which follows the histories of Native American families from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and is currently in production. It recounts the forced relocation in the 1800’s from their homelands to a reservation in Western Oregon, and onto their success as loggers in Oregon’s timber industry.

Oh, how I love a new project and this one has all of the elements that make for a very happy contributor: a powerful social message; an epic story of survival; and the strength and industry of an adaptive people. Green Feathers is a story of struggle, personal and collective strength, and of finding creative ways to stay alive spiritually and physically by diverse tribes who had lived traditionally for thousands of years. They faced the unexpected reality of having to live an entirely new way, not by choice, but to survive, which can be a lesson for all of us.

Over the past concentrated weeks, graphic elements were designed and the website constructed and smoothly launched. Social media programming has also been successfully developed, and the response has been very positive. Additionally, the nonprofit Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon has selected Green Feathers as one of their fiscally sponsored projects, which is a huge boost that will help immensely with fundraising and ongoing programming.

It was, and is, a pleasure to collaborate with writer, producer, and director, Tanner Givnan, on these key facets of the project. I see great things ahead! http://GreenFeathersDocumentary.com

Tying up those pesky loose ends…

This past spring was a bit of a wander through the uncomfortable realm of Loose Ends. One project in particular prompted me to ask, “What’s next?” A question that resolved with a shift in focus, from advocating for other artists to advocating for myself.

That shift might sound easy, but as many of us know, putting oneself first is often the last thing we can comfortably do. It often is a slowly developing process, but when it hits, it’s undeniable. Advocating for oneself is positive, productive, and deeply satisfying. The result is that I now have a website dedicated to my photography, http://www.LoraFisherPhotography.com, as well as an active Google Plus page google.com/+LoraFisherPhotography.

FlairCreativ Presents continues to move forward. In an effort to keep the personal out of the professional, I have spent years avoiding layering my spiritual or political perspectives onto my professional social media presence. Recently, I’ve realized that that is a huge part of who I am, and to deny it is no longer an option. So, when appropriate, you will see more personal posts and commentary. With this new perspective in mind, I’ve developed a sparkling new logo and have redesigned the website to reflect a more open presentation. This will give the visitor a sense of my approach to life and social issues, as well as highlighting design and development services and current projects. http://www.FlairCreativ.com

Another significant outcome of this new perspective is that I’ve changed the emphasis of Galri Montaj from a broad focus on a range of artists and media, to presenting photography and digital media only. While currently in a quiet phase, I intend to provide a platform for emerging photographers and digital artists and am planning a call for artists later this year. http://www.GalriMontaj.com

This reevaluation has led to a profound bit of wisdom: if you have something to say, let it be positive. Look for the good and share it as often as possible. If we only have this one life, the world will be a brighter place for it. If we have many, then what we do and say today will have a positive effect through the ages. Besides, being positive is simply more fun! I’m a firm believer in the “ripple effect”, and now ask myself before posting or sharing: Is it useful? Is it positive? Will it make someone smile?

A few thoughts on social media…

Throughout this entire process, I have found Google Plus to be the biggest help in spreading my message of the moment. The folks who inhabit Google Plus are actively engaged and supportive. Additionally, there are a wealth of choices when it comes to participating in communities — one of the most effective ways to build a network and a following. And, if you own a website, getting it verified through a G+ page will boost your site’s ranking in searches.

Having developed both a G+ page and a Facebook page to present my photography this past year, I’ve found that between the two, there is no contest. Cleaner, more elegant, and a monster at building a following, G+ wins!

I’ve also heard great things about Tumblr, but with so much already in place to manage, I’m reluctant to take on another. There is wisdom in keeping things simple, plus there’s another story to tell that’s been waiting for my return.

Gratitude…

I’m grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself — to be participating in a project that adds to the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. I appreciate the opportunity to help share the story of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and am grateful that they have endured.

That I was fortunate to have crossed social media paths with Belinda Witzenhausen a few years ago is a significant notch on my gratitude yardstick. She is unfailingly supportive and generous, and does her part each day to spread joy, inspiration, and simple goodness in this often tangled and beautiful world.

Thanks so much, Ms B.

To learn more:

Green Feathers Documentary

http://GreenFeathersDocumentary.com
google.com/+GreenfeathersdocumentaryUS
https://twitter.com/GreenFeathersUS

Lora Fisher Photography:

http://www.LoraFisherPhotography.com
google.com/+LoraFisherPhotography
http://facebook.com/LoraFisherPhotography

FlairCreativ Presents:

http://www.FlairCreativ.com
google.com/+FlairCreativNet
https://twitter.com/FlairCreativ

Galri Montaj:

http://www.GalriMontaj.com
google.com/+GalriMontaj

Wednesday Wallpaper for Writers~ July 9th, 2014 via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

 

Fitzgerald Wallpaper

“Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created—nothing.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

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