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The Nudge



(...) There was once a little girl who was fueled by hate. She was angry and violent. She lived through sex and drugs. She used sex and drugs to cover up the burning pain in the center of her soul. She was looking for something to fill a void, a hole.  

There was once a little girl who lost it all. She kept making those choices that prohibited the path from ascending. She made one bad choice after another, failing at everything, accomplishing nothing, living life like a row of falling dominoes. Her world was crashing and burning but she didn't see what was happening.
Today, there is this girl who creates moving art in human form. She enjoys feeling all of the sensations from the tingle in her toes while sitting in janu c to the amount of work it takes for her body to hold her up in handstand, which gives the fly-so-high feeling when her feet touch the sky. 
Today, there is a girl who has found gratitude for her life. She gives thanks to the stars for the path that is provided. She smiles at wrongs and problems, knowing that they are lessons and guidance. 
Today, there is a girl who replaced the hate with happiness. She smiles when her feet hit the mat and she even smiles when she crashes. (...)

​​This nonfiction excerpt from "Lost and Found" is by Brittany Hoogenboom from BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women, Volume One. Read more about Volume One here and learn how to submit your work to Volume Two here.

Check out what our authors and editors are reading for the start of the summer at our Reading Nook here.

BreatheYourOMBalance, Volume 2:

Open Submission Reading Period!

We are now accepting  submissions via email and in-person workshops for BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, Volume Two. Click here to read the official submission guidelines. Thorncraft Publishing has partnered with Yoga Mat studio in Clarksville, TN, to create this next volume in our yoga book series. 

from "Lost and Found"

nonfiction by Brittany Hoogenboom



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Week 23, June 2017. Theme: FORMALITIES

AUGUST 2012. Ellen Masters's husband has been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, and during that time, Ellen cares for their young family and home, starts a career, and searches for her own strength by training for a marathon

Allow your character to attend a formal event. This could be a graduation ceremony, a large wedding, an inauguration, a change of command in the armed forces, an induction, a homecoming, a burial, a consecration, a baptismal, a dedication, a ball, etc. Is the event somber or festive? Could you inject laughter into a usually somber occasion? 

Could you bring a sense of foreboding to an event that should be joyful? Is your character comfortable at the event? Does your character notice if others are uneasy with the formalities of the occasion? Allow the character to be transformed in some way by attending the event. 

​Additional advice for nonfiction prose and poetry: How do these formal events reflect the passage of time in your life? Are they truly transformative moments? What changes beyond your daily routine (for example, when you graduated from high school versus the changes after your college graduation)? Have you ever skipped a formal ceremony (either attending one for someone else or participating in one for yourself)? Why did you choose to skip it? Was it fear, protection, detachment, or some other motivating force?

Read The Nudge from weeks 1-9 here.

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S. Teague is joined by 30 contributors in this first collection of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that celebrates the life-changing practice of yoga. These writers reveal how yoga opened new pathways of self-awareness and creative expressions.​​ 

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN. Authors Shana Thornton and Beverly Fisher are exhibitors in a writing/art exhibition called "This is My Story" a multi-generational exhibition of writings by women authors. Visit customshousemuseum.org for more information.

Grab a blank notebook, a manuscript already in progress, or open a new note in your phone. Each week, our publisher will give you the writing elbow~ a nudge to write on...