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If you have been following my career you will know I wrote two spiritually inclined books. Then, kinda broke from those to have a baby. This too lent itself to a book in the form of Dear Poppyseed, the soulful, hormonal, emotional diary of my pregnancy. Since birthing Miss Ivy I have been all mother and no 'other'. I have thrown myself into being a mum more than I have ever done anything, like ever, ever, ever. It's been lifechanging. It's been my out and out everything for near on 15 months now.
I was beginning to think my overt 'spiritual' inclinations were lost to motherhood. I did not see this as a bad thing. Because being a mum, and all it entails is the most grounded, spiritual thing I have ever done. It is an ode to soul, an overture of love enacted through the very physical, the very day to day. So I was happy. If this was to be it, then that was enough.
But as it happens the whole spiritual malarky has come a knocking again. I feel myself inclined to get all hippy. I am lighting candles, reading cards, burning cleansing substances and giving reiki to cats. I have come over all spiritual, all over again. And this time I really, really mean it.
Of course I meant it last time too. It spawned two books, and so yeah, I was dead serious about it. But this time I feel different. I have my little bear, and so my spirit revolves around her. I am her moon. She pulls me back in when it all gets a bit too woo. But I am gently exploring my old stomping ground. The tarot cards have made a delightful resurgence, and the demand for readings has unexpectedly hit an all time high, without so much as a single advert on my part. I am exploring these new spiritual avenues, and I am considering how I may serve that calling well and serve it proudly.
This time round I feel so bold. I've always kinda hidden my spiritual inclinations under a bushel. Not really pushing my books, not really talking about my tarot, not really admitting to anything much... But this time round I am out of the spiritual closet. I am a tarot reader, hell yeah. I am an author of all kinds of magicky woo. I do believe in life aver after and non-coincidence and the soul, the spirit, all that jazz. I feel it in my bones and if it is of interest to you, I want to help you feel it too. Oh lordy, it seems I'm born again!
Anyway, if you do know my career, you'll know I used to run soul-cafe, an online interactive spiritual site. It got a bit too much when baby came along so I shut it down. But I miss the interactivity, the soulful sharing. So I have deleted all my facebook individual book pages and I have started a new one, cos like, everyone is on facebook right? If you want to follow me, or find a lovely little nest full of all my eggs, then here it is https://www.facebook.com/AliceGristHighHeeledSoul You are very welcome here, and I encourage interaction, sharing , questions.
I am feeling decidedly spiritual again. I am ready to embrace my Woo, and I hope you will come along with me for the ride! Alice x
Friday 26th July is the official due date of Dear Poppyseed. Anyone who has been following me will know the book kinda came out early... kinda. She has been available from Amazon, but not many other retailers. Nor has she been available by kindle or other e-readers. But all of this it to change! This Friday is the proper, official, no messing about book launch date. So fire up your E-Reader, download the book and/or buy it from a local store rather than the giant online sites! Dear Poppyseed is being born again, and I shall welcome the opportunity for a second celebration!
I have also been asked to do some interviews in relation to Dear Poppyseed. The first was published on the blog site Dust and Love. My favorite bit is where I say I 'sweat spirituality' these days, rather than intellectualize it. Seemed appropriate given my current situation of running round after a toddler in this unusual heat!! Any mum's out there surely know the feeling! Read the full interview here....
Later today I am doing a radio interview with a US station Everyday Connection . If you are able to at 10am EST or 3pm GMT, then tune in otherwise I will post a link back to it soon!
So with babies taking over the world it seems (congrats Wills and Kate) I will await official launch date with much excitement.
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I feel like an author virgin. I have, before Dear Poppyseed, written and had published two whole books. I've done this book malarky before. Some might say I'm experienced, to an extent. But for some reason this third book (three being the magic number) feels all different. I guess, in many respects I am assuming a new position. Let me explain...
My previous books are personal, but they are spiritual. To read them you have to be in at least a quasi-spiritual frame of mind. If you aren't in that place then the books just are not for you yet. Countless times I've had readers tell me that THHGT Spiritual Living or her sister THHGT Enlightenment sat on their shelves awaiting the day they were in the right place to be taken down and enjoyed. Eventually this day came, but for some it took years. For some, those books are still, no doubt, languishing on shelves, patiently, patiently waiting.
No matter how many radio interviews, articles, or awards I won (OK, OK I only won one award) it made no difference to those titles. Instead the books have a life of their own. The books find people at the right time in their lives. Readers have frequently amazed me with tales of how my spiritual books ended up in their hands. Often the stories are remarkable. One woman telling me how she picked up the book, looked at it, decided against it and put it back on the shelf, but somehow the book ended up in her bag when she emptied her shopping at home. Plus, she really enjoyed it despite her initial reservations! Other people have had the book, appear before them, as if a vision, albeit on the shelf of their local book store. The books find people. I am irrelevant to them. I birthed them and they toddled off. I have been a bereft author mommy for some time.
And then along comes Dear Poppyseed. A book in which my life is literally encapsulated. A book that covers the story of the most intimate relationship I have ever had, in detail. Christ, I talk about my nipples. I talk about my nipples more than once! And besides bodily parts I talk about my husband, our problems, our life together. It's the most raw and honest thing I ever wrote, and now it's in the world, and strangely I feel like it's my first book. The other two are like bawdy teenagers, rolicking off on their own, knowing everything. Dear Poppyseed is my baby, cradled in my arms as I type this and sprawled across pages of paper for you to hold and internalise.
Dear Poppyseed is perhaps the book I was always meant to write. I can't look at it, even now, without becoming emotional. And I know my readers catch that current of feeling, and I know they will cry. I hope that they will laugh. I know they will see themselves reflected in some of my passages. It's through this mess of hormones and pregnancy and babies that many will find a little soul, maybe then they will find my other books too. But unlike my first two offerings, you don't need to be in any frame of mind to read Dear Poppyseed. It just is, you don't need to be pregnant, you don't even need to be a woman. It's just a whole other type of book. And I wrote it. And since I wrote it I have been distracted all over again by the subject matter of the book and her needs. And so yeah, I feel all virgin like and new to this game.
Dear Poppyseed has been out for just over a week. It has gone up the charts, then down, then up again. It's been reviewed in ways I never fathomed before, see here... I've had responses from friends I never expected either. People buying it who never would have bought my first. One good pal of mine stated the following when she held her copy. 'You know I'm actually looking forward to reading this one'. She said that twice. She isn't massively spiritual, and so I take that as a compliment. It's a new world I'm straddling. Whilst I'd love people to connect to my spiritual books, that will only happen when their time is right. But this book is finding playmates all over.
I've dropped all expectation now. I really haven't got a clue what comes next in my life. I'm still publishing for Soul Rocks Books. I'm playing with baby as much as I can. I'm letting the world turn and we shall see what happens next. I'm no longer searching for spirituality, because in living my truth, living minute to minute, I am my spirituality. There is maybe a whole other book there... but I'd rather play with my baba.
Dear Poppyseed is available in all good bookstores and online.
Two bits of excellent news to report.
Since Poppyseed was released early (4 days ago) she has jumped really quickly up the book charts and given her mother (me) quite something to celebrate.
This morning she was at no.18 in amazon's wedding and pregnancy diary list. This afternoon she is at no.9 in that list and no.66 in pregnancy and childbirth books. This is out of millions of books. I am happily gobsmacked!
A few days, before release, she was sat languishing in the six figure mark, and now she is leaping up like crazy. Much like her namesake actually, who now having learned to walk, is attempting some very tricky climbing maneuvers. Oh how life reflects art!
This afternoon I was very happy to appear on BBC Leicester, with Rupal Rajani. You can listen back to this for a week here... In the interview I get emotional as I read from the book, and chat all about pregnancy, hypnobirthing, spirituality and stingy nipples! Enjoy!
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