Monday, August 22, 2016

AWAKENING




Just wanted to share this. 
Couldn't let the last post up be so boring 
This is much better 


Kaye


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

PROBABLES


I think about where I want to go from here with my life and I am reminded of the fact that the future is not set in stone. And seeing it as so is not realistic. Probables exist before me in everything I do. 

True, I can do things now that will set certain things in motion for the future, such as writing or finishing a book. For sure everything I may want to bring into my life is still a probable. And the probabilities and possibilities are many. 

With this in mind, I move forward, plan for what I'd like to see happen in my future, but always knowing that living day to day in the Now is the most probable thing to do.

Onward and upward, 
Kaye 


Monday, August 15, 2016

DANCER GIRL ~ A LOVE SONG




Dancer Girl is the love song Nick wrote for Krista in Remember Him Yesterday {continuing excerpt from Dancer Girl posted on August 10} 


 Remember Him Yesterday
by
Kaye Manro

After Krista had gone to the dance studio at Boston Conservatory where she studied Ballet, Nick got down to serious work on his new song. He had made notation lyrics and guitar work ideas in the notebook he always kept on the table by their bed. 

He retrieved it from the bedroom. And for the next few hours Nick planted himself on the settee in front of the bay window of their Brownstone flat, notes open, guitar on his lap lost in his new song. For Krista.

DANCER GIRL

I saw you there
After so long we were apart
Ready to start
Your dancer girl moves
Rise on your toes
Beautiful dancer girl shows
Turn around and see me
Loving you
Needing you
dancer girl
Saw it all as you performed
Your turns so true
Your body in magical motion
Across the floor with devotion
and I already knew
Beautiful dancer girl
I love you
Love you
Spin around and see me
As you glide by me
So full of light and life
You perform your pirouette
I won’t forget…
How I love you
Love you
dancer girl
Turn around look at me
My beautiful
dancer girl
Soaring across the floor so free
I won’t forget…
How I love you
Love you
dancer girl
I'm here you'll see
Turn around and look at me




© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Friday, August 12, 2016

NEW CONCEPT: HEALING DANCE


SOUL DANCE HEALING is an exciting new concept for me to explore!

And if I dance you will never stop creating...

That is the opening line from a poem I wrote several years ago called, Always The Dancer. Esoteric as it is, it portrays the essence of what I was doing then. My musician friend and I were working together on Improv Dance and music for live performances and cultural events.

As I plan and work on what I envision to do now with Soul Dance Healing, I am reminded that over this year I went back to my roots as an Energy Healer. In those days, new age and alternate healing methods were oft learned and experienced. 

So it is fitting that I am now creating and mixing together what I know and love best. 

Thus, Soul Dance Healing was born. 

Basically, SDH is a method of healing that incorporates flowing body movements, while at the same time working on healing energies. 

As a trained dancer, with a masters in Performing Arts and a background in journalism, I do know how to articulate and make this come to life in a book, and also in new workshops.

Lately I have brought my Energy Healing capabilities back to life by performing many healings. The combination of putting together healing and dance is a very exciting prospect. 

In my creative vision of SDH The music will also be original, and live when possible. Not a problem. I come from a music family, and also have many musician friends hanging around. So this part won't be hard, as I want original and when possible, live improvisational music to go with the SDH workshops.

In my research, I know a few others have done similar things before. But this is a special and unique idea for me to combine these two exciting areas together. I can't wait!

Kaye Manro


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

THE SHIP WHO SANG


Found this vintage book in a bookstore the other day. It is such a classic SFR -- from the sixties. And since Anne McCaffrey shared my birthday of April 1st it is very serendipitous. This is also the book Bella gave Krista on her 18th birthday in Remember Him Yesterday. How cool that I actually found it.





Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DANCER GIRL ~ RHY





A NICK AND KRISTA REMEMBER HIM YESTERDAY EXCERPT
 by
Kaye Manro


Back Bay, Boston 1966

“…I’ll send all my lovin’ to you… all my lovin’ I will send to you..”

Krista McBaine woke to the sound of Nick’s strong tenor voice singing along with a Beetle’s song on the radio.

She smiled. “I love you, Nick Zelmenis.” She called to him and pushed the covers off her naked body. Setting up she stretched her long arms overhead. The bedroom in their Brownstone flat was far too cold and the chill in the room made her shiver.

“What’d ya say, baby?” he called back to her from the kitchen where he was preparing their morning espresso.  

 “You know what I said,” knowing he could read her thoughts and every word if he wanted to do it. They had a distinct telepathic connection and she loved every minute of it.

Feeling a cool rush of air from the not very insulated window beside the bed, she crawled on hands and knees toward the bottom to fetch her warm winter robe. It was a freezing early March, no more than 15 degrees outside and it felt like 45 inside.

Just about then, Nick entered the bedroom carrying two steaming espressos. “Whoa,” he said. In a swift move he sat the cups on the side table and rolled across the bed. Grabbing her by the ankles he pulled her to him.

“Nick,” she giggled, “what are you doing? I’m cold and I want my robe.”

“And I want you,” he said as he brought her closer to his body, wrapping his arms around her from behind. “I’ll get ya warmed up, baby.” He rocked her downward until she lay flat against the mattress with him on top of her.

“Come on Nick,” her words muffled into the blanket. “I can’t be late for ballet rehearsal today. You know how Rudolf Nureyev is about time. He’s working my solo choreography today. I just can’t be late.”

“We’ve got time,” he said, pushing her long amber hair aside and kissing the back of her neck.

She could never resist anything about him. She wriggled around and pushed him backward until she had turned over, still underneath him.

Laying on top of her he scooted onto his elbows and stared at her face, smiling.

His cute grin got her every time. Entangling her fingers in his long wavy hair, she pulled him close and kissed him. “ I want you too.” She said as her mouth touched his sensual lips.

 God I love you Krista. He sent a thought to her.

Love you more, she sent back…

****

 Nick sat on the flowered settee in the living room of their flat strumming his acoustic guitar while he waited for Krista to get ready for the dance studio. “Hey baby, you need a ride on the YD3 today?”

He glanced up as she came out of the bedroom, her dance bag flung over her shoulder.

"Bella’s got classes at Boston College and said I could catch a ride with her since she goes right past the Conservatory.”  

“Groovy,” he said and continued playing his guitar.

She went over to the settee, bent down and gave him a kiss on the top of his head. “Whatcha working on?” she asked.

 “Just a little song that came to me in the night.”

“Oh? What is it? A new protest song?”

“Hmm, not this time,” he said and grinned at her.

“Okay, so what is it? She prodded. Her curiosity piqued. She loved hearing him create new songs and wished she could stick around today and watch him work.

He twisted around to looked out the bay widow which was situated right behind the settee. “Isn’t that Bella out front?” he said. “You best be going, girl.”

“Okay,” she said. But I want to be the first to hear that song when it’s done. Deal?”

He gave her a raised eyebrow. “Have a groovy time dancing today. Oh, he added. “And if you run into Franklin at the C, tell him to stop by later, will ya?”

“Sure,” she said and headed to the front door. If Nick wanted Franklin Bass and his keyboards involved, must be a far out serious song he was writing…



~ Dancer Girl ~ 
Nick's new song for Krista coming soon


Remember Him Yesterday coming in the near future



© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CONTEMPLATION


Feel Like A Wooden Person



As I plan a new space in my room for a meditation corner and what it will contain, I am also contemplating where I will go and what I will do from here. 

I am reminded that life is a continuous cycle of transition, birth and rebirth. And I am on a path toward a better me, spiritually emotionally and mentally. Good stuff to ponder. 

So with that in mind I am in flux about a situation that has been part of me for a while and working on what I can do is always with me now.

As I open my mind and soul to what is real for me, I know the truth and what to do will come to fruition in my life soon. 

In peace light and healing



Posting soon: Contemplative Spirituality

Kaye 



© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Thursday, August 4, 2016

FIRE


FIRE

Burning
Yearning

Death by Fire
A funeral pyre

Waiting is patient
Loving is pain

Find the rain

Hot cold fire
Singe my Soul

Take away desire

In my face
Burns the Fire



© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Monday, August 1, 2016

DANCER ON THE EDGE


BAREFOOT DANCER



"I was a dancer once. But I don't know what I am or who I am anymore. I don't even know what is happening to me or where l will end up from here."
Kim Wills says to Michael Pasquoee
in Barefoot Dancer, second book in the Soul-Love Series.

Spoiler Alert:

The interesting thing about this story-- Kim is a descendant of Nick and Krista from the first Soul-Love book, Remember Him Yesterday. And Kim is certainly dealing with her own unique set of problems in Barefoot Dancer. When she first meets Michael Pasquoee in a far north quaint little fishing village where he lives, she doesn't know how to take this sensual Energy Healer. But soon their attraction for each other wins out over even the worst of circumstances...

More on their unique SFR Soul-Love story sometime in the near future. 

Kaye





© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Sunday, July 31, 2016

SOUL PRINT


According to some philosophers each of us have our own unique Soul Print. Lately I have been working in this area of healing energy with Master Healer, Carol Tuttle and her new course, Soulprint Healing from Mindvalley. So what does that mean exactly? 

There is much more to it than this, but for me it is tapping into the expanded essence of who I truly am beyond the perceptions of the me I am here as I stand on this earth and what I do, think or feel here. 


Delving into deeper levels
letting go of everything 
to become who I truly am meant to be
healed and cleansed and free 
of all that has ever bothered me
be it emotional mental or physical 
Seeing beyond into the spaces that are
pure and simply the most powerful 
places inside the creation energy
a letting go to freedom 
beyond anything that is tangible
but is so very real 
healing freeing tranquil gentle calm
healing power strong rejuvenating
...Energy




Kaye



© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Saturday, July 30, 2016

CHANGES



As I watch the sun cast golden hues of evening across the floor of my room I think about my day. Lots of cleaning and clearing took place as I worked on getting my space in order. And that is on several levels as well as the hard physicality of cleaning out old stuff in my room. 

A lot of emoting took place as I let go old feelings too, a lot of clearing and some stellar quiet meditative healing time. Wow. Was it a good day? I think so. 

Got rid of old debris in my physical space and worked on letting go inside inner spaces as well as sending the same out in an expanded healing light of letting go inside calm gentle tranquil energy, filling the air with energy beyond it all...

Hope you experienced a wonderful uplifting healing time as well. And that the feel good spaces will stay with you for a long while...

Take care, be safe and in peace, light and healing love

Kaye 






© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Friday, July 29, 2016

HEALING SPACE



Being inside healing spaces
working on removing all the traces
Of things that do not need to be
inside outside and around me
accessing the energies I know too
letting go so the sun comes through
seeing this healing as it will be
sending out light to set it free 



© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Saturday, July 23, 2016

EARLY MORNING



Drinking morning coffee and waking up, I'm thinking about what to do today as we are in the midst of a heat wave in this area. High temps, humidity and air inversions. For here, and for me this is Hot, hot  hot. As my AC isn't working on my car it's just too hot to be driving except in the mornings and late evenings.



Being inside healing spaces
working on removing all the traces
of things that do not need to be
inside outside and around to see
accessing the energies too
letting go so the sun comes through
seeing this healing as it will be

sending out light to set it free
staying in peace light and tranquility 

Kaye




© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



Saturday, July 16, 2016

SURROUNDED




Surrounded in Protective Light
 into the highest vibrations
seek the Healing Energies
disperse the negative 
capture and hold onto the positive
let everything go into soothing calmness
we are in peace and protection
most of all in healing Light
believe in the healing and it will be
believe in the sweet quietness of the Soul
and it will be
you are healing you are healed
you are well and healthy and strong
see the healing as you want it to be 
and it is so


  Peace Light and Healing


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



Sunday, July 3, 2016

STEPPING BACK TO RHY


Back In Time



As I said in a post recently, I plan to continue on with excerpts from my stories. Today I will share something from Remember Him Yesterday. As I contemplate the time that has passed, I remember what last year on the 4th of July weekend was like. I was still inside the blush of love, led down the path that all was well and soon, very soon my Soulmate and I would be together. So many revealing changes have happened from there to here it boggles my mind. 

Below is the post that was up a year ago on this blog-- once called Soul-Love-- on July 4, 2015:


****

 I think it's time to hear from Nick. The following is a shorter version from the Chapter Two bar scene encounter between Nick and Krista. In this scene he's trying hard to convince her, and himself that they don't belong together. If he comes across as a bit jerky, it's because his character needed to be that way at this juncture. Not to worry, he has plenty of redemption time as the book progresses. 

****


Excerpt from: 
Remember Him Yesterday
Chapter Two

by
Kaye Manro


"What are you doing here, Krista?” He stared down at the dingy gray cement floor before turning around to look at her.

She stood on the edge of the uneven concrete, the entrance to the bar’s makeshift backstage area. Seeing her there almost caused him to lose his bravado.

Okay, so he should look away from her. But then their eyes met and a familiar sensual energy rose between them. No more staring. He shifted his gaze and folded his arms across his chest, putting on his best tough guy act.

“I came to see you, Nick. I found this flyer in a record store and wanted to hear your band play. But it took me so long to get here I missed your last set.”

“You shouldn’t have come. You don’t need to be in a shady crap bar like this." He closed his eyes. “So why aren’t you where you’re supposed to be, Krista?”

“And where would that be Nick?”

“Not here.”

She shook her head and squinted at him. “You’ve changed. What happened to you?”

"I grew up. That’s what happened.”

“So why’d you come to BDC on my 18th birthday, Nick? And then leave before we had a chance to talk."

He didn’t answer but picked up a heavy black leather jacket and shrugged into it.

She walked over to him and tugged on his arm. “Hey Nick, I need you to answer me.”

He allowed himself to turn toward her and then spoke. "First off, I didn’t just leave, I was kicked out of Boston Conservatory by that pompous artistic director of yours. And yeah, well Krista, that’s about when I realized we’re just so different now. Not like we used to be, not like when we were kids.” He pulled away from her grasp.

“I don’t know why you feel that way, I dance, you play music, that’s the way it is."

“It’s not that simple anymore Krista. It’s just… well, it’s just that your world and my world are so not the same.”

“Oh really?” She reached out and cupped her hands on either side of his face making him look at her. “I don’t think so Nick. What about the love we shared, don’t you feel it? How it was between us?” She leaned in closer and touched her lips to his. "Remember this?”

“How could I forget.” He blew the words into her mouth on a scintillated sigh, and kissed her deep, hard, with a longing that almost did him in. But a heartbeat later he pulled his mouth from hers.

“Careful girl, You don’t know how it is now.” He pushed her hands away from his face, breaking their passion.

“Let’s just slide out of here Krista. I’m taking you on my bike, back to where you belong.”

Her face flushed, and she touched her fingers to her just kissed lips. “What gives you any right to say where I belong, Nick Zelmenis?”

“Okay then. How about this— you don’t belong here with me. You got that?”

She breathed in quick bursts, and he could feel the pain rising inside her. Pain he’d just inflicted. Damn he hated hurting her that way.

"Harsh," she said, "How could you be so harsh?" her eyes glistened with ready to shed tears, but she didn't cry. She only stared at him in a dazed sort of way. And when he strode out the back door she followed him into the alley where he’d parked the YD3.

Nick straddled the bike and gave it a kick start. When the Yamaha roared to life beneath him, he said. “Come on Krista,” and reached out to her.

She took his hand in silence and swung her leg over the bike. He held her just a little too long, a little too tight before he let go. Krista wrapped her arms around his chest and snuggled close. As her body leaned into his, Nick felt a familiar surge of energy and emotion coursing between them...

Nothing he could ever do or say would make him stop loving her. It was as if the gods had taken a brush, reached down and painted them together as one. She was made for him, and Nick had no idea what he was going to do.

***

That's it. Nick's take on the situation early in the story. 

Have a safe Holiday weekend. Kaye




© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



Friday, July 1, 2016

THE WRITE STUFF

writer at work


{Author Sylvia Plath}

I am still thinking about how I want to proceed with this blog and what I want to do with it for now. One of the ideas that came to me is to present excerpts from stories I’ve written, or am in the process of writing or may write. I’ve done that already here, and even recently. So I want to continue on in that way.  

Also on this blog will be other ideas mostly on writing and its process. I believe this will be a good thing for me to do at this time until I decide what I am going to do about blogging and where. As for any personal type stuff, well, that will be going elsewhere.

Professionally, as an author I am surely ready to take off. But there is lots of work to be done first—on manuscripts and on media promo. One of the things I like about KDP – Kindle, is that the author has a lot of say and earns good percentages from sales. Down side to that is you are mostly in charge of promo yourself.

On the other hand, going with a publisher you will get their editing service, book covers, promotional, feedback and book reviews set up by them. Your percentage of sales isn’t as high as Indie, but a good publishing company can get you out there and seen where you need to be. In the agglomeration of ‘everybody wants to write a book’ these days, going with a good publisher can get you through the maze of millions of books that are available out there.

The good publishers, even the best e-book publishers still look for the higher quality authors to invest time energy and money. So with this in mind, I have lots to think about as I proceed toward my publishing goals. And truly now, some of these goals are not in the fiction realm. Many ideas are floating around inside of me and going in a different direction than I ever thought. 

Journalism and creative writing is in my background as an author, so with that said, I can do anything I want when it comes to writing, Don’t you think?  

But finishing the fiction and the stories I already have written or are in the works is my first goal. For now. And I am taking a good look at Remember Him Yesterday with Nick and Krista... more to come on these two favorite characters. There is also Barefoot Dancer with Michael and Kim. This is another favorite story to finish and whip into shape for publication.


Kaye
Getting ready to dance with stories!


Michael and Kim


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016




Monday, June 20, 2016

CREATING A STORY ~ WELCOME TO 1960's BOSTON



Skyline of Boston circa 1966





Nick and Krista from the Soul-Love  book, Remember Him Yesterday, live in an old brownstone first floor flat in Boston’s Back Bay. At this time, most of the apartments in the area are occupied by students attending nearby colleges or Universities. Everything they need is within walking distance, from corner markets to coin laundries. And of course the ever present bookstore/coffee house is a must. Local record stores are not only places for promoting musicians and their music but also meeting places to organize marches for love, peace and an end to the war. Anti-establishment ideas and experimentation prevail including new ways of thinking, and sexual freedom.



Creating a story and its elements:


As I work on the Soul-Love series especially Remember Him Yesterday, which is set in mid to late sixties era Boston, there are elements that make RHY come alive.

So where did I get the idea for this story and the characters. Also what is my research and/or my knowing about guitars, bikes, and generally how much of the sixties actually is in this story.

I chose the sixties because it was a time of awakening and transition. It also matches well with my characters given their backgrounds. Keep in mind this is not a book about the sixties, but a relationship love story about separation, and finding true Soul-Love. There is also a sub element with supernatural SF elements which also fits well with the sixties movement. For instance, Nick's psychic abilities and Krista's metaphysical upbringing, along with a few surprises.

The settings, time period, slang, counter-culture, events that happened then, are there to enhance the story, give authenticity and bring Nick and Krista to life as real as possible. 

On the research end, there is a lot of sixties stuff out there to pull from.

On coming up with the story: my father was a singer, a writer, a player of song. A talent that he generously handed down to his children. My brothers carry on as musicians or are in entertainment as well. So that part was easy when I decided my main character, Nick should be a musician. I know a little about vintage era guitars. And what I don't know, I just ask my retro thinking brother.  

As for Krista being a dancer and studying ballet, I did that, as did family before me. And I guess I've always believed dancers and musicians go well together. That artistic thing, you know. With that in mind, it just seemed natural to create Nick and Krista as a musician and a dancer living in 1960's Boston. 


About the 1962 Yamaha that is Nick's bike; I think it's one of the coolest bikes of that era. I also wanted to add some depth and flavor by having Nick and his Grandfather restore the bike together while Nick was so young. Since his Grandfather is no longer here, Nick has a strong affinity with his bike because of how it came to be his. 

This was first posted several months back. Way past time for this story to come to fruition...


Love Peace and Granola

Kaye



© copyright Kaye Manro 2016