Long&Luxe with Allison Marie-Interview Part 1

There are different types of sites we all like to frequent; humor, life, poetry, manic depression pain ridden men who write about anything that pops into their Lost Minds. But there is one site that is, in my opinion unique. You get a combination of life tips, encouragement, spirituality, and The Real Sexy.

Combine those qualities into a long haired blonde with big beautiful eyes and you end up with one groovy lover of love.

Let me introduce to you . . .

Allison Marie

Long & Luxe

The Real Sexy

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I asked Allison for an interview and for some insane reason she agreed. Then I came up with the questions and they apparently sent some serious sparks through that groovy gray matter of hers. Instead of doing like I often do and scale down the interview to be a little shorter just because at times its information that simply is cool to me but not really part of the interview itself, I decided to make this a two part interview.

Each day you will be able to take in what Allison avails us of a little easier. I have to tell you, you may have to read it at least twice. The woman really loves what she does and believes in what she is spreading.  And now here we go.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: First of all, why Long & Luxe?

 

allison_long_luxeALLISON: Awesome kick-off! Well, I consider my blog a journey of uncovering our highest potential, so it’s all about our journeys together. I wish for all of my readers that their self-discovery journeys last long enough to uncover the true luxuries of life: peace, love, joy and creativity.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: There is a great deal of spirituality flowing through everything you write about; where does that come from, such as influences?

 

allison_long_luxeALLISON: Yes, spirituality is the birthplace of everything meaningful in my life. I believe the universe, that divine energy, call it whaIMG_0661t you like, is what ignites our passions and keeps us coming back to play and serve. So to answer your question ‘where does it come from’ I would honestly say it comes from my soul. I’ve always been deeply spiritual and believed in a higher power.

Recommended Readings

These folks in particular have inspired me deeply and taught me much of what I know today to be true: Marianne Williamson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Bernstein (check out her incredibly powerful book May Cause Miracles), Brene Brown, Maya Angelou, Mastin Kipp (check out The Daily Love website), Rain Wilson (check out SoulPancake website).

Ron Cover ShotRW: A lot of people start a blog but don’t stick with it. You’re still here and doing very well. Why did you turn to blogging?

 

allison_long_luxeALLISON: Thank you! I adore the blogging scene. It is astounding that we can connect through our creative endeavors this way, across time and space. It blows my mind. Obviously, people are the heart of social networks and the potential for collective, inspired change to happen quickly is like IMG_0563nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s an incredible time to be an artist. When I first began, blogging was a creative outlet for my love for fashion. I wrote all kinds of fun tips and tricks about clothing, accessories and beauty. I loved the power and fierceness of a woman’s beauty and the mystery of uncovering it; I wanted to invite people into that. Over time my passion evolved into writing about what makes us beautiful, fierce and loving from the inside. Not because I don’t still love me a fabulous pair of jeans, but because I had some deeper convictions that were beginning to want to claw their way out onto the page. I began to see myself as an inspirational writer and a spiritual seeker. I want to lift people up – that is my number one goal. So I let my writer run wild and began posting original poetry and sharing my transformative journey. Now I’m all in, writing from my most authentic place and sharing with the intent to inspire others to be their most creative, artistic, brave and wholehearted selves. All in, baby. It’s my spirit work, my offering.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: There is an obvious skill in your writing, not only in what you write but how you write. What experience did you have in writing prior to your blog, such as perhaps classes, University, workshops?

 

allison_long_luxeALLISON: When I was very young I wrote all the time, poetry, prayers, journals, essays. It was just part of how I made sense of my feelings and experiences. In 2000, I graduated from Penn State University with my BA in Liberal Arts. Most of my academic work was writing intensive in the areas of English Lit, Creative Writing, Sociology and Psychology. Unfortunately, once I started working in a corporate environment and raising my son (he’s now 16) I made less and less time for writing. It was still in me though, stirring to come out. Finally, after reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art a million times, I gave in and started pouring my soul into writing. It’s been saving my spirit ever since.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: With that type of degree, I would think there was likely an intent to write something other than a blog, perhaps something lengthier. Do you plan to do any kind of publishing, perhaps of your poetry, or is there a story in the works such as a novel, or some spiritual journey philosophy?

 

allison_long_luxeALLISON: Yes! Some of my poetry has already been published in a book titled Heart Whispers, a compilation of poems by poets whose work focuses on the quiet musings of the heart. Heart Whispers features three of my original poems: Begin, Open, and Cry which can also be found on my blog. The indie poet book Heart Whispers can be purchased at Amazon.com. I also have a debut book in the works that will include more of my original poetry and just what you reference “spiritual journey philosophy.”

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: What do you think makes your book idea a little different than others out there?

 

allison_long_luxeALLISON: I think it is becoming increasingly important to come forward and talk about our connection to a higher consciousness and a transformed way of living. I want to make that feel invigorating and accessible for real people who feel called to do soulful work but they don’t know where to turn to talk about it or explore it. People still have this way of thinking that it’s “out there” to honor your intuition and your spiritual connection. It’s not out there at all – it’s who we are at ground level, it’s our greatest potential, it’s our molecules. And the more we understand about our divinity the more we can come to understand our tremendous potential for love, creativity, compassion and peace as human beings. I want to get my story into the world to invite others in and to hear their stories.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Back to blogging, you have a loyal and loving Following. So another question would be what do you contribute to your success or your ability to connect with your Readers?

 

IMG_0641allison_long_luxeALLISON: Thank you! I am so, so blessed and humbled to welcome every single reader into my world. It is an honor and a privilege to have my work read by another interested person. I think (I hope) I connect with people because I write from my truth and if that resonates with someone else, then we know we are kindred spirits. We can trust each other. I pretty much love my readers to bits. There are so many good people out there doing tremendously inspiring things – it rocks my spirit to know them! The energy I put out comes back to me tenfold, that is a fact. My readers make we want to give it all I’ve got. They are my teachers and they light me up something wicked. I hope they know that.

 

 

That ends today’s portion of the interview. Tomorrow will be Part Two, and I finally find out the REAL meaning of Long & Luxe.

I leave you with this quote from tomorrow’s portion.

“I think I’m kind of a pain in the ass . . . ”

Those of you who know Allison, what in the world could she possibly mean? Leave a comment and we’ll see who might know her best.

Much Respect and Until Tomorrow

Ronovan

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Answers Escape Me

Answers Escape Me

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Wonders never cease,

While questions abound around,

Answers find escape.

 

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Wordless Haiku Challenge #3

Wordless Haiku ChallengeI first want to thank DazzlingWhimsy for creating this badge for the challenge.

 

Welcome to the Weekly Wordless Haiku Challenge #3.

The rules are simple: For how to write a Haiku in English and using the 5/7/5 syllable pattern click here.

No words or numbers of any kind can appear in the images you use. This includes sign language . . . of any kind.

Moon Shadow of a Woman Tango DancersHeartbeat Stumbling Sign Man Falling Men Going in a BuildingHands in Shape of Heart Two arms with infinity tattoos

This is an example of one I created last week.

The Haiku was:

Moon Shadow Dancers

Heartbeats Stumble, falling in

Love Infinity

I know, not the best but it was better then the first one I posted.

Here’s the challenge; You created your own wordless Haiku for Wednesday or any day really, then either post a link in the comments here for everyone that visits to go see and/or ping back (or copy the URL for this post into your Haiku post) to this post in your Haiku post.

I will read it and comment on it. Once I comment come get the badge.

 

If some of you would like a theme to prompt you what to begin thinking of you can perhaps use. . .

Feather & Stone

What do the words mean to you, and how can you connect the two words through that second line? You do not have to do the prompt, it is just a prompt to make you start thinking of things.

 

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RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #3

RW Weekly Haiku ChallengeBadge provided by DazzlingWhimsy.

#3

Welcome to this weeks Haiku prompt challenge.

If you want to refresh yourselves on a bit of Haiku in English, although you do not have to stick to that particular style of Haiku, it’s just my particular style to use, click here.

For Tips and Guidelines refreshers click here.

This weeks two words to use in some form, meaning you can use another word that means the same thing are:

 

Chaos & Calm

 

Here is my example just to give you something to spark the thoughts if need be.

Chaos of her soul,

Made her eyes stare into space,

An image of calm.

Be sure to put a link to your Haiku in the comments below so we can all go check them out. I’ll comment and also choose the ones that knock me down for one reason or the other and link back to them in my Weekly Rewind telling people how great they were and why I picked them. Eventually these will turn into categories.

Much respect

Ronovan

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RonovanWrites Weekly Wordless Haiku #2 Rewind

Wordless Haiku Challenge

 REWIND #2

Click the site names to go to each Wordless Haiku.

 

John Mark of The Artistic Christian  is the Inspirational Wordless Haiku of the week.

 

Dianne of Sweeter Than Honey as the Creative Wordless Haiku of the week. Dianne really does know how to use the images. We try to make out more than what’s there but when she reveals the answer you see she told you exactly what the words were the entire time. Very nice. So Nice I have to put her image here this week. Now you see why she’s so good at this. She’s pretty as a picture herself. (Sorry John Mark, you have to admit she’s prettier than you.)

dianne_sweeter_than_honey

 

 

Make sure to visit each one. They all did them differently and came up with different ideas. And all made mine look bad.

 

Much Respect

Ronovan

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #2 Rewind

 

RW Weekly Haiku Challenge

REWIND #2

The prompt words for Challenge #2 were Turtle and Snail.

I think a lot of people went with the land loving Tortoise on this one instead of the smooth water gliding Turtle but that’s okay. The contrasts were two fold here in land and sea as well as the smooth and relatively fast pace of the Turtle compared to the must be moving Snail because they are never there when you look later on.

 

Click the site links to go to each Haiku.

Kate of DazzlingWhimsy gave a really deep thought Haiku this week. I really enjoyed it and . . .  well just go look.

 

Cyril of Cyril Bussiere got the Turtle instead of Tortoise here but I am still wondering how long it stayed there for that Snail to get to where it did.

 

Honua of Embracing a Wounded Soul did a great job. I loved the image she used. I still laugh each time I see it. Yes, I am laughing now. Your screen is shaking, right?

 

The Laughable Cheese of Welcome to Writers Town . . . well . . . I laughed. There is a bit of dry wit there.

 

Eloise of Thoughts by Mello-Elo nailed it this week. I have to truly name her the Big WORDsmith this week. Luckily I remembered she had written one.

 

Florence T of Rambling On gave us two selections. The first was quite good, the second . . . quite tasty.

 

Marcy of Illustrated Poetry gets the scientists award this week. :) I really should make up awards like that. Who would have thought of using T-rex?

Thank you to each person that participated. I greatly enjoyed seeing the results. Reading them makes me want to push myself a little more in my own Haiku.

 

Much Respect

Ronovan

 

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My Soul Bleeds

My Soul Bleeds

 

These eyes see tragediesCover _Red
Falling lives in every direction
Hopes and dreams denied
Their pains added to my collection

Why do I feel so much
My chest expands to fill space
Anguish rips to shreds
Tears streak this pale face

I care too much
Wanting to be all things to all
Wishing for nothing
I teeter atop the heap knowing I will fall

The fall is inevitable
The mistakes come and I cannot save
My heart is worn through
My soul bleeds from the last joys rays

 

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I Destroy

I Destroy

shattered_heart.jpg

I destroy that which I love

My words wander into oblivion

They drift sedate and comfortable

Always driving away everyone

 

I know not what they do

They slip through the cracks of my mind

I despise the day

A fall flipped a switch for no control I can find

 

My judgment is hindered

My life is incomplete

My ways are forced hesitant

I always fall in defeat

 

The beginning is a fortune

Times bring happiness as if a boy

But always and inevitable

The best I have . . . I destroy

 

 

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You want to download a FREE book from Amazon but no Kindle? Here’s the app.

I like to give shout outs when FREE books come up from my friends, but some out there don’t have a Kindle. I don’t either, my son does, but I don’t. o,O Yeah, he’s an only grandchild on both sides, so you guess why.

Go to the link below and get the app for your computer/device and start getting FREE books NOW!

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000493771

Free Book Alert! This weekend only, The WorldMight is FREE!!!!!

FREE BOOK ALERT! FREE BOOK ALERT!

I GOT MINE!

Hello everyone,

I have some GREAT news. Yeah, it’s a FREE BOOK! The heading up there might have given it away. I love free books.

 

I know you remember Cyril Bussiere, author of The WorldMight who I interviewed not long ago. Well guess what.

His book is FREE this weekend for download at Amazon! That’s right, I said FREE!! I’m downloading it and as soon as I read it I am going to put in a review of it.

 

A couple of quick things from Cyril about the book that I didn’t ask him before. Yeah, I did an author interview and I didn’t ask much about the book. We know lots about Cyril though. Yeah, I still hate him . . . smart, plays guitar, and speaks French with the accent.

RW: What genre doecopyright_Cyril_Bussiere_All_Rights_Reserveds The WorldMight fall into?

CYRIL: The WorldMight is a fantasy rich of mysteries, romance, and mysticism that unfold in parallel stories.

RW: Tell our Reader Friends about those parallel story perspectives.

CYRIL: One follows a mysterious prince walking the world in search of a mystical word; a word that has never been said, a word that would free his love from the clutches of a mythical beast. With love as his only fuel and compass, he will go further than humanly possible and overcome countless dangers and obstacles arising both around him and from within.

The WorldMight also follows the story of Aria, the reluctant princess of the Kingdom of Alymphia, her best friend, Cassien, the weapon master apprentice, and her brother, the king-to-be Prince Hobgard, as they get ready for the upcoming Fall Passing Festival. The celebrations are fast approaching and merriment can be felt throughout the kingdom. But events that occurred decades prior are about to come crashing on their lives; events involving terribly powerful beings, the beloved and wise Master Baccus, and Aria’s father, the good King Hedgard.  And once all is said and done, their world will be changed forever.

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I want to thank Cyril Bussiere for this quick description of his book The WorldMight that you can’t find on his website or Amazon, just right here.

The WorldMight Cover

Remember July 26-17 you get The WorldMight FREE at Amazon for download. And when you finish reading it, be sure to give an honest review as thanks for the book. No, he didn’t ask me to say that. But hey, wouldn’t you want your friends to give a review?

Click here to get the free Kindle App download and get Cyril’s book FREE!

 

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