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Kindle Edition NOW AVAILABLE for Seasons of Balance: On Creativity & Mindfulness by S. Teague and Shana Thornton. Purchase here.

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On Creativity & Mindfulness

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Week 17, April 2017. Theme: RITE OF PASSAGE

To read about Volume One, click here: BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women. Visit the Yoga Mat website here: Yoga Mat.

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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

Does your character undergo a rite of passage? How old is your character when she/he first realizes that they will experience a rite of passage? Or, is the experience a surprise or shock? If they know about this experience in advance, is she/he excited, nervous, afraid, etc? Does the character's life truly change after the experience? Does the character feel satisfaction, disappointment, both? Is the rite of passage related to family, culture, religious or spiritual practices, etc?


​Additional advice for nonfiction prose and poetry: Explore two different rites of passage in your life--one that you had knowledge of before you experienced it and one that was a shock or surprise to you in some way. If you don't have two experiences, consider comparing one of your own rites of passage to that of someone or something else, perhaps noticing the historical or cultural shifts as one way to approach the theme. For another perspective, consider what it would be like if you were an animal to experience some of the rites of passage that we expect of/ enforce upon animals.


​Pictured: "Glass Bridge" by Siah Armajani located at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens on the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail. Nashville.


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AVAILABLE NOW. OCT 2016. 

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.​​ 

Check out what our authors and editors are reading this month 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. 

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Magic

I will always believe in magic. It's found in the sunlight glinting off a dragonfly's wings as it whirls among the Queen Anne's lace...

It's the Queen Anne's lace holding cups of late spring, sudden snow...

It's the ironweed reflecting snowflakes of frost, fields shining blue, purple, gray, crystal frost breath. Fields sparkling up into the trees, dripping ice...

It's in the silence of ice-covered flower buds that eventually melt, and we only glimpse this silence for a moment until the sudden, vibrant hum...

It's the rhythmic work of bees combing the clover with intonations of satisfaction flying back and forth to the hive...

It's in the rainbow of leaves made by trees during the fall, a quilt of colors stitched together across the horizon, covering the gulch and vista...

It's down in the gulch where all the smooth stones are worn over time--soft, slippery, subdued, nestled, knocking together when the waters rage, making music...

It's the water that (...)

This excerpt is by Shana Thornton from Seasons of Balance: On Creativity & Mindfulness, a nonfiction creativity journal, co-written with S. Teague, to help you through the seasons of life with creativity prompts, affirmations, and meditations. 


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AUGUST 2015. Authors have proclaimed that this novel is a "literary gift" & that "book clubs will love this." Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean & the ways we navigate unbearable heartache to find news ways of being.​​ 

MARCH 2016. S. Teague and Shana Thornton co-author a book about creativity with meditations, affirmations, expressions of gratitude & mindfulness to help you through the seasons of life. We hope you will use this book to inspire you, prompt meditations, and/or as a creativity journal.

AUGUST 2013. Hailed as "a deeply moving story, one not given to easy resolution," Grace Among the Leavings is a child's perspective of the Civil War.

The book has now been adapted to the stage by playwrights, Kari Catton & Dennis Darling. Contact us for details about bringing it to your local theatre.

MAR 2015. Southern festivals, folk music, families falling out & returning- "Shana writes a magical story that stays with you long after the final page. As with one of the characters, 'She knows real magic.'" -Virginia Brown, author of Dark River Road & the Dixie Diva mystery series​

APRIL 2014. An OnPoint Radio suggestion as Best Summer Reads 2014! 

Set on the Massachusetts coast, The Mosquito Hours is a multi-generational story about how the women in a family attempt to keep secrets about their desires, spirituality, and motherhood. 

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