Thursday, November 27, 2008


Welcome to second session of The Next Chapter book blogging group. You are invited to join this journey through the 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin. After the success of our Soul Coaching journey, I was inspired to start off 2009 with another exploration, this time with creativity as our focus. We will be starting Friday, January 9, 2009.

About The Next Chapter
The concept behind a book-blogging group is that a community of bloggers work their way through a book together, sharing their experiences by posting on their own blog and by reading what other participants are sharing. You can choose to share as much or as little as you like. This blog will be our homebase and will host the blog roll of participants. I will be sharing my own personal explorations through the book on my blog, Starshyne Productions.

About Our Second Book: The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin

The first paragraph: "Your creative self is alive and waiting for your invitation to evolve! Dare to embrace your creative self and manifest your dreams. Recognizing your creativity leads you into a life of self-expression, fulfillment and contribution."
From Gail's website: "The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor (Conari Press, 2000) is an inspirational guidebook that offers twelve practices that will increase your creative success and help you to achieve your goals, complete with interviews of Sarah Ban Breathnach, Barbara Sher, Shakti Gawain, Chris Madden, Sigrid Olsen, and 40 other highly creative women. "

To Join In:
  • Email jamie (at) openthedoor (dot) ca to say that you'd like to join in. Please include your name and the address for the blog on which you'll be posting about this journey. Let me know if you'd prefer to be listed by your name or your blog name on the blog roll.
  • You will need a copy of the book. You may get it from your library or you can purchase it here in Canada and here in the US.
  • You will need a blog. If you don't have one yet, you can set one up quickly and for free on Blogger.
  • You might also want a journal, to have somewhere private to record your thoughts and feelings.

This will be a weekly process with prompts appearing here on Fridays.
Each week we will explore one of the 12 secrets shared in the book. On Friday, January 9th I will put up the first post inviting you to begin the process and providing a space for you to include a link to your blog post once you've written about Chapter 1. Each Friday after that, I'll invite you to post about the next secret on the journey.

More Resources

If you're looking for another level of support for your creativity, if you have a creative project that you want to bring to life, even if it's just an idea at the moment, sign up for Circe's Circle and have both my support as a creative self-development coach and the support of other creative bloggers. A new group starts January 13th. For more information, click here. To read testimonials, click here. Groups are limited to 6 participants.


Put a badge on your blog to share that you're participating and to encourage others to join in. Thank you Suzie for creating these beauties. (If you need help with coding, send me an email and I'll send you the code)


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Let's start 2009 creatively!


Sandra said...

I am there! The book looks great, and I am loving being a part of a book blogging group (even if I can't -always- make it!)

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

*Paula manages to jump up and down and open the mail programme at the same time, so she can send the e-mail right away*

Fatma said...

You bet I will be there. I was just thinking today morning about your next choice. YES!

Thank you, Jamie!

miss*R said...

I will be there for sure! oh my I am so excited. Jamie, you are the bestest!! xo

Anonymous said...

I am SO THERE!!!
It's funny cause this very book is on my X-mas wish list!
I am soooooo excited to do this.
Thanks Jamie!

*and by January, I'll for sure be finished my journey through soul-coaching!!!

Leah said...

great choice! i've read the book a few times already and i'd love to join in the group in going through it again.

Serena said...

Count me in please. YAY! I've been kinda sad at the thought of the Soul Coaching group coming to an end so how could I resist yet another fabulous book. Jamie, you truly are an amazing soul and I so appreciate all that you do for us!

love, light and peace,

Genie Sea said...

Is it January yet? :) You know I'm in :)

peppylady said...

Oh I love being part of soul journey.
Monday I'll be sending an order off to amazon and will add the book.

So count me in.

Kavindra said...

I have to say, I read this book and it left me cold personally - and yet, I'm in. I'm sure with your leadership Jamie, and the insight and wisdom of the circle, I will see the book in a whole new light. Or throw the book out the window and just groove on the wonderful words of the circle.

Jamie Jamie Jamie - you rock.

creativehealinggoddess said...

I was feeling kinda protective over soul coaching but now i have open arms...Jamie you are a mighty goddess so count me in.


megg said...

me too! Looking forward to spending the new year with you!


traveler one said...

If I can get a copy of the book I would love to be part of the circle!

Anonymous said...

I ordered it two days ago and it is on it's way to me. I am so excited to continue on with another circle of book bloggers! I have no expectations on what will happen. I am just looking forward to playing!
Thanks, Jamie

Christy said...

I have had this book on my shelf for almost 2 years now! I can't wait dive into the book!

Kriebels en Krabbels said...

I want to join in!

I've ordered the book..... so I hope to catch the postman soon.

frustrated artist said...

Count me in! This time I hope to start with everyone.

Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and / or Merry Christmas!

See you next year.


ina said...

Thank you, Jamie, for leading the next chapter so we may continue the circle.

I look forward to January.


chest of drawers said...

Please count me in! PERFECT TIMING!
I have a few new creative projects in mind for the new year and this may provide the help I need to get moving in this new direction.

miss*R said...

my book is ordered !! will be here within two weeks.. Jamie, did anyone ever tell you that you are an angel??

ELLIE said...

I am toooooo excited - what a great way to start the new year...


Sacred Suzie said...

Look at all these amazing people wanting to participate Jamie, you have created something so special and powerful here. I am going to order it from Amazon ASAP.

Shell said...

I love this book. I have read it so much that it's lined with highlights and my notes. What a great book to choose for the new year.

Serena said...

You guys read my mind....I decided to prepare my 'january' happenings on my blog and came over to save the book pic to link back to this page and you have badges already sized and made up. COOL! Thanks, Jamie and Suzie! :)

Helen said...

Yes! I think I'd like to try that! I've met such great people while blogging lately and a lot of them are right here. Count me in.

KathrynAntyr said...

Wow! I just landed here and my next stop is to order that book! I look forward to sharing the journey.

Here are my details:
Kathryn - Collage Diva

Anonymous said...

Oh, I have this book and love it - how perfect!

I intended to participate in the last program but hubby's surgery left no time.

Count me in.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I forgot to leave my blog address - Difference A Year Makes at

KathrynAntyr said...

The book has arrived today and I've started to become acquainted with it. Tomorrow I'll blog about this book and your project.

Here's to living a creative life!

Lisa PN said...

I would love to be a part of this group!

You can count me in!

Thanks so much for this!

Snap said...

Hi Jamie,

Count me in please. I enjoyed working through Soul Coaching -- at the pace that Hurricane Ike set for me -- but I did it. And, boy -- do I have a clean house!

Faerie said...

Hi Jamie,

Yes count me in as well!


Jenn said...

Can't wait to join all the excellent company above and join in this time! I'm eagerly anticipating January for so many reasons now!

holly said...

This sounds wonderful, I've been reading Sacred Suzie's blog and would love to be a part of this process. I need an excuse to start blogging again, putting my feelings and experiences out in the world, my cyber family (and real family) has been missing me. I'm off to order the book now. Thank you for your generosity.

Jessie said...

I can't wait to start! :) Will you please add me to the group?

lots of love,

Olivia said...

Ok me too! I'm sending you an email as well. This is one of my favorite books but I made a promise to myself to read it every year and I didn't. So this will be great!! Thx, Olivia

gemma said...

I'm going to do Soul Coaching again
over 28 week's in January. I love this circle of women and want to join this too.
Please put me in...
sending love to you Jamie

Janet said...

I'd love to join this book group. I received the book for Christmas so I'm all set.

traveler one said...

Since I now have the book you can add me to the blogroll! Yippee!

Kim H

Chad and Katie said...

I don't know if I am understanding exactly how this will work, but I would love to join your circle! Thanks,

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I can't wait to start!


Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

Can't wait to get started. I look forward to sharing this experience with you all.

JulieZS said...

I found you through Sacred Suzie, and I'm excited to jump in and read this book together with everyone. My library has it available for free to read online, so I've already read the first chapter!

esk said...

I'm so excited to be a part of this reading project!