One more sleep…

THE ERENWINE RELEASE POSTER WITH REVIEWS (1)

 

The Erenwine Agenda will be available for you to read tomorrow!

For those who have asked:

  • It is available to pre-order now. Pre-ordering counts toward first-day sales figures.
  • It is available on Kindle. As part of the Kindle Unlimited program, I will be paid half a cent (yes) per page you read. So please read to the end and tell everyone to read it too!
  • You can read Kindle on pretty much any device these days including smartphones, laptops, etc. Just need to download the Kindle app.
  • This is the first edition. There will be a second edition in the fall, designed by the multi-talented Lori Dalvi, and it will be a print edition available through distributor Ingram.
  • Yes, this took a long time. Six years! It seems like it happened quickly to those who’ve joined the conversation recently, but – not really. It’s been a long and slow process that has had to do with:
  • researching;
  • writing;
  • editing;
  • connecting with the right people to help it launch;
  • me being personally ready to launch it, and;
  • the world being ready to receive it.

If you enjoy this book, please do put up a starred review on both Amazon and Goodreads. There is an alchemical mix between the algorithms of the two sites that only a few people understand!

Much love to all who follow,

Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

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Why I travel

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Why I travel

 

Because I am human, and I inhabit a physical body, my experience of the sacred is automatically spatial. My experience of the spirit translates easily into the architectures of faith. I explore this. I travel.

Because I am human, and because I engage my physical senses at every moment, my understanding of the spiritual is, by nature, a physical one, tested against what I see, hear, breathe, taste, touch, love and feel. Should one or more of these senses be deprived in any moment, the others compensate in an extraordinary pulsation of experience.

Because I am human, and what I primarily know is the physical, my understanding of the spiritual is often relegated to a classification of physical experiences.

The body perceives the understanding of the spirit, thereby making my understanding of spirit a physical one.

Reverse this order.

Know the spirit as the vehicle, the vessel, in which the body is held, delicately, in its form.

What does this change in my understanding?

That the sacred transcends the physical, is not limited by the immediate perceptions of the body.

That because the sacred is all, and the body is contained within in, that the body alone is not sacred, but that everything is.

This knowing is illuminated through travel, and its expansion of the senses.

This is why I travel.

 

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

excerpt from the soon-to-be-released book:

Duct Tape for Kali: a book of travel poems by Maia Kumari Gilman

 

Thoughts for Students of Architecture…

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…after having written a novel about an intern architectural designer.

I put a free-form talk together this morning for you guys. It is 7.5 minutes long – have a listen and do comment and share!

Here is the talk – click to listen.

 

Have a great design-day all,

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

p.s. I will see about transcribing or refining this talk for those who are interested. Message me for more info.

p.p.s. The book will be out soon. Best way to keep abreast of updates is to follow me on one of my social media channels or here on Goodreads. Thanks!

Crazy Meta Tag Mania!

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I’ve written a crazy long list of possible meta tags for my soon-to-be-released novel, The Erenwine Agenda. Feels like building the base of a good stew, creating a yummy dessert. Rich chocolate. You get the idea. Makes me happy to see it so I thought I’d share. It’s like a reflection back on the past five years of research-writing-editing. 🙂

AMC, animism, Appalachian Mountain Club, AT, ATC, Appalachian Trail, appreciation, architect, architecture, architectural design, architectural intern, Architectural Registration Exam, ARE, asbestos, Avalonian Arc, Binghamton, Boerum Hill, Brecon, Brooklyn, cli-fi, climate change fiction, contemporary fiction, Democratic politics, design, drawing, dreams, East Stroudsberg, Easter Island, eco-fiction, election, energy, environment, environmentalism, environmental love story, EPA, flooding, flood maps, Flower District, fossil fuel, fracking, geodesign, geothermal energy, Glamorgan, global warming, Gowanus Canal, Green politics, Hamilton Heights, heart math, heroine, Highline, hiking, Hudson, Hungarian Pastry Shop, Hurricane Sandy, hydraulic fracturing, historic restoration, hunting, IDP, Intern Development Program, internship, land, leases, Libertarian politics, LNG, love, Manhattan, Marcellus, Marcellus Formation, Marcellus Shale, Meadowlands, meditation, mesothelioma, methylene chloride, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mount Willard, Moultonborough, natural gas, natural resources, Nezuntoz, New York City, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York State, NJ Transit, non-renewable energy, Occupy, Occupy Sandy, OSHA, Papua New Guinea, Pennsylvania, petroleum geologist, Philadelphia, Pussy Riot, Quakertown, quilts, Rapa Nui, Reiki, religion, renewable energy, Republican politics, prayer, Rockaway, romantic elements, roses, Scranton, Secretary of the Interior Standards, SEPTA, shale, shale gas, silk, slate, storm surge modeling, storytelling, straphangers, Superstorm Sandy, sustainable design, sustainability, tea, terrain modeling, tetrachloroethylene, Upper West Side, urban fiction, Usk, visionary fiction, voting, Wales, water, water levels, water line, whales, WIA, women in architecture

Stay tuned for more!

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

 

What’s Working Well?

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What’s working well?
This has been coming up a lot lately.
I just answered a similar question on the Facebook page of the lovely Kate Northrup and found it helpful to think about, so I am sharing my answer here, too. Partly to shine a light on her good work and also to hold myself accountable. Here is my answer:
“I came up with 4 things for 4 areas of my life, where 20% (or less, really) result in 80% of results:
1. Work: give clients 3 graphic options to choose from (I’m an architect by profession);
2. Creative (I’m a writer too): lay out my morning writing project material the night before;
3. Household/Kids: plan the night before…!;
4. Personal: stick with my sacred 15 min meditation + 30 min sun salutations every morning before anyone else in the household is awake.
Super payoffs!”
What’s working well in your world?
Maia
p.s. The image above is from organizational work on my about-to-be published novel, with thanks to Stuart Horwitz and his amazing book-plotting method called Book Architecture.
p.p.s. Posting this from sheer appreciation and nothing else.