Day 99: SARK

I write a lot about SARK and her Succulent Wild World (SWW) and Rhapsody of Writing (ROW) programs so I thought I’d write a post about Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy for the people that don’t know her.  She is an artist, author, inspirational speaker, mentor, and all around wise, wonderful person.  She truly cares about the people that are in her orbit.  I found her books back in the ’90s and have been hooked since reading the first one.  I have all of her books and inspirational card sets.  They are all lined up beside me here in my Magical Writing Haven.  SWW is a wonderful group of creative people…authors and artists of all kinds.  We have a Facebook group where we can share, ask for opinions, inspiration, and support from others.  These people are a major part of my tribe and I think of them as my dear friends.  I can be me with no filters, no makeup, messy hair, and all of the other things that I feel I need when I’m with people outside the group.  Susan interacts with us there and reads every post.  We meet twice a month on Zoom calls where we can support each other in real time through the chat feature and Susan mentors individuals one on one.  We have some of the most amazing guest speakers who also mentor us.  We break out into small groups during the last hour…they are called Dessert Groups.  I have met people all around the world during this time.  We talk about projects, family, work, problems, and anything else that comes up.  It’s extremely intimate.  The calls end at 10:00pm CST and I am usually so energized that I can’t sleep.  It’s an amazing feeling.  Then there’s ROW.  It is a relatively small group and all of the people are also in SWW so we already had a connection prior to ROW.  We also have a private Facebook group and for approximately 3 months, we have one Zoom call a month on Saturday.  They last 5 hours and are called ReTreats.  Susan mentors us, we set goals, make plans, talk about our projects, discuss issues we might be having, and support each other in the main group and in small groups.  It has re-energized me as a writer.  I am now optimistic about completing Rapture then pitching it to publishers or agents or self-publishing it.  These groups have literally changed my life and it’s all thanks to SARK.  So, if you’ve never heard of SARK before, check her out.  Read one of her books.  Most of them are hand-lettered and illustrated.  They are a fun and inspirational read.  A couple of her books are more serious but just as interesting and inspirational.  I highly recommend that you get to know her.  You’ll be glad that you did.   

“Please, dream on…your dreams can change the world.” ~ SARK               

About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 3 dogs, and 6 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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