“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”

There is something about stories…

Mar 9th, 2016 Micro Fiction, Musings Alison.Strachan 3 min read

There is something about stories that entwine us together In knots that can hold us in comfort, With bows that can be too hard to undo, that might strangle us, Until we are fighting against them.   Our stories are fragments of a much larger story; One of this planet, this race, this generation, this community, this person. Our friendships are made up of stories…

The Prequel: Blood Spilt

Oct 8th, 2015 Story Excerpts Alison.Strachan 19 min read

Everything had changed. And there was no going back now. As she crouched in the shadows, palms to the ground, Nora cursed. She had known deep down what had been happening. Perhaps everyone had. The rift between her people would not be easy to heal. And now their world was shifting, changing. If you stopped to listen, you would be able to hear it, feel…

Trust and the art of asking

Sep 15th, 2015 The Act of Creating, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 4 min read

At the core of every artist there is a small flame of hope. It burns brighter when we are caught up in the frenzied act of creation, but distance from our art gives the smallest of breezes enough room to blow it out of existence. Art, at least for me, by definition is really about the end result. The way you make someone feel, or…

3 Words to Inspire you to Listen

Jul 9th, 2015 Inspiration, Words, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 3 min read

As writers, and as humans who want to live, to be present in the cacophony of life, the chaos, the tenderness and the melancholy, the only way to truly achieve this is to pay attention; to listen. We tend to defer to passive listening; skimming the surface of what is there, what people are trying to tell us, what is happening outside our immediate scope….

The Art of Listening.

Jun 28th, 2015 Inspiration, Sunday Morning Alison.Strachan 1 min read

If you listen to the noise of the world, what do you hear? If I’m honest, I must admit that I’m a reactive person. I react to other people’s emotions, their experiences, their situations and I do everything I can to help, usually after the storm has passed. But I often find that if I’d paid attention in the beginning, if I had really listened…

Analogue Muse

Jun 23rd, 2015 Creativity Tools, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

I have fallen in love again. His name is Oscar and he is one of those types who are really great at teasing the details out of me, making me feel like he’s really listening, like I’ve connected with him. I can’t remember the last time we sat down together, but recently, we have been spending a lot of time sitting and bonding. He has…

Dreaming is Essential

Jun 13th, 2015 Inspiration, Musings, Uncategorized, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

This blog was originally designed to lead my readers through the rough waters of writing, when I was wading knee deep in words that were swimming gleefully around me ready for me to pluck from the shallows, and when I was battling storms where the way ahead was so dark and full of fury that it didn’t seem like I would see it through to…

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Jun 10th, 2015 Inspiration, Sunday Morning Alison.Strachan 1 min read

This is a short clip (the prologue to the new album by Florence & The Machine – I really can’t wait to get my hands on this album!) but it perfectly demonstrates the struggle we have with ourselves each day to overcome doubt, listen to our hearts and embrace the big blue around us.

“…Creativity is an act of surrender.
A wild, brave act of surrender.
Of letting go.
Listening to instinct and just putting one word, or brush stroke, or note, or photo, or foot, in front of another.
Telling yourself you can, telling yourself you’re possible.
Committing yourself to whatever you need to do to get yourself home.
Being bold enough to make your own way there.
To pull your own second heart out and reveal its contours.
To follow the line of your story.”

Holly Ringland