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Nancy Schoellkopf

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Sacramento, California, The United States
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Margaret Atwood, Sue Monk Kidd, Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver

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March 2012


Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels--Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl—as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul–orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless–is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.
Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of fa
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Nancy Schoellkopf Here are a few things that have worked for me. Try them and let me know how it goes.
1. Meditate.
2. Go swimming.
3. Sit in the center of your house wher…more
Here are a few things that have worked for me. Try them and let me know how it goes.
1. Meditate.
2. Go swimming.
3. Sit in the center of your house where it's quiet and there are no windows and scream.
4. Go to a hardware store and collect paint chips. Choose three or six or nine colors that have amazing names, arrange the names like a poem, then chant them like a mantra. Trust me: bliss.
5. Read. Read poetry. Read the latest piece of literary fiction on the NYT best seller list. Read a thriller or a romance you buy in the grocery store. Re-read your very favorite books from each decade of your life. If that doesn't inspire you to write, find your favorite poems or prose paragraphs from these books and copy them in your notebook. Feel the rhythm.

When I went back to school in my mid-30s to get my teaching credentials and I was overwhelmed writing lesson plans and term papers and abstracts of research articles, I told my Mom I was so burnt out and afraid I'd never be able to write poetry again. My mother was one of the kindest women who ever lived . She said, "It will come back." BELIEVE MY MOM! Now go call the kindest person you know! It will help.(less)
Nancy Schoellkopf When I was young, writing was something my teachers told me I was good at, so I pursued it like a ghost or white whale. Decades later I have learned …more When I was young, writing was something my teachers told me I was good at, so I pursued it like a ghost or white whale. Decades later I have learned to relax and own the honor of calling myself a poet and novelist. The best thing now about being a writer is leaning back on the couch, a feline companion or two at my elbows, my notebook balanced in my lap, as I allow my imagination to lead me where it will. I am grateful that writing has taught me to trust the collaboration of heart, mind and right hand as they create a story whose ending will surprise me as much as it will my readers. Writing has claimed me. It is my spiritual practice. It shapes my days.(less)
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Hot Tea

Joey picked up the coffee mug with both hands and took a cautious sip of the hot liquid.  It was early spring 1999.  He sat in the lobby of his father’s office building, looking out a wall of gleaming glass windows, staring at white blossoms from almond trees drifting down to the concrete like snow petals.  It filled him with such disappointment, like a broken promise, the wind turning cold again

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“Books seem to follow me home like stray cats.”
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“I am dreaming, but I don't know it yet.”
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“How to open your heart? Step one: listen.”
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“There are no sh*thole countries. There is only one Earth and we all arose from her water and mud.”
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“He felt again the presence of invisible cities, here in the moist soil of his back yard, providing shelter for his fears, his memories, and every mythic animal that had ever visited him whether on earth plane or dreamscape.”
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“It is our greatest desire to see our own ideas of perfection manifest, but we must be open to the idea that God's perfection may not look the way we want it to.”
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“Prayer may not be something you do. It may be something you are.”
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“May the love we have for each other be a perfect reflection of the love God has for us.”
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