How I learned to Embrace Insanity and Become a Real Writer – or – Down the Rabbit Hole

Anita Burns

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I’ve written boatloads of non-fiction. My first published book was a cookbook, my second was on handwriting analysis. Since then I’ve written books on the esoteric arts, hypnosis, baking bread, and more. Although I write really good how-to books, I’ve always wanted to be more creative and dip into something deeper—to touch emotions, make people laugh, cry, and think.

In 2009 I discovered blogging and created Confessions of a Confetti Head https://anitaburns.wordpress.coma mind-dump of stories from my bizarre life, bitch-and-snivel, inspirational, and laugh-and-scratch. My original goal was to write the amazing adventures I’ve had and am still having as a native creature of this insane planet. I didn’t censor what I wrote and reveled in the freedom to just say what I really thought without being concerned about offending anyone or having to be tactful. Okay. It’s not that I’ve ever cared much about what others think of me anyway, but writing in this way was really liberating.

I was surprised when I discovered that people I didn’t even know read Confessions and liked what I had to say. When others started following me, I created more blogs. I was having a lot of fun. Comments from readers showed that what I wrote could move them to laughter, inspire, and touch their emotions. Readers gave me feedback on how much my stories meant to them. Even when someone hated what I wrote and railed at me, I loved it. At least they didn’t find it boring or unworthy of their anger.

once upon a timeNaturally, with my head full of the helium of delusion, I decided that I was ready to write a novel. My inspiration came from a dream I had decades ago. This dream flowed like a novel with no ending. For years I tried to complete the story but every time I wrote what I thought was the rest of the book, it sucked—big time. Continue reading

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Not a Mom. . .

A happy mother.

A happy mother.

I’d like to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the women who bore children and raised them. Motherhood must be the most difficult job in the world and so many women bear it with love and joy. Kudos. I have ultimate respect and admiration for those women who, by choice, default, or “oops,” gave birth and stuck it out to love and protect their offspring.

I’m not a mother–by choice–and would really love it if people who know that about me would stop wishing me a happy Mother’s Day. I know it sounds bah-humbug. Maybe it is, but I still chaff at it. I take full responsibility for my reaction. It is my problem and not a judgement of the well-wishers. Something to work on overcoming with my NLP, I guess. But for now, it still rankles. Continue reading

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How I learned to Trick my Brain and Believe

We may think that we think what we think.
But what we don’t know is that we are what we think.
And what we think is not what we think we are thinking.
HarmlessMy life has been so busy lately, trying to edit my first novel for print and starting the second one that I have neglected Confetti Head and all my other blogs. I hang my head in shame.

This morning I awoke early and for some reason couldn’t bring myself to open my manuscript. I need a break. Well, that is after my writers’ group meetings this morning and tomorrow night. After that I’m taking a short break from the world of Planet Arkhon and the Gods of Terra.

I have written so much, that my first thought was, “Well, I’ll just pull something I’ve written about before.” But no matter how many articles (those not intended for posting on my blogs) I opened, none felt right. It’s almost like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, “This porridge is too hot. This porridge is too cold . . . .” So there was nothing to be done but to write something new. But what? I found the story below in a lonely folder marked “unfinished.” I rescued it out of the bits and bites of cyber cobwebs and gave it some TLC with updates, edits, and new material. Continue reading

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Ho, Ho, Ho? Or Bah! Humbug.

santahappySo Christmas is upon us yet again. Didn’t this just happen last year? This holiday is so polarized that I’m surprised there hasn’t been a march down Main Street proclaiming the right way to celebrate.

Oh, wait, there has been. Every year there is the put-Christ-back-in-Xmas campaign. These are the folk who don’t like and don’t understand the origin of Xmas.

The X is the Greek letter Chi, the first letter of the Greek word for Christ. The mas is the Old English word for mass. Xmas is a legitimate, religion-based word for this holiday. So, protestors? Stick a the candy cane of factual information in your mouth and shut-up about it. Continue reading

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NEWS FLASH! Astrology Event – Merkeba in the Sky

NEWS FLASH! Astrology Event – Merkeba in the Sky.

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Bang, Bang! You’re, Not Dead?

Gun---Bang I was not a cautious girl growing up or as an adult. Actually, I was a bit of a slut/hippie/Holly Golightly—only not as elegantly beautiful as Audrey Hepburn. But then, who is?

As with most young people, I had a no sense of mortality. No matter what I did, I knew I  would be okay. Thus my many mind-numbing acts of stupidity.

Okay, back to guns.

I know it’s not a popular thing to say in my circles of liberal, left-wing metaphysics, but I  like guns. I have a fascination with them. I don’t have any. Nor do I want a gun ever again—I know, never say never. There are a lot of things I like that I don’t want to own: horses,  for one. I think horses are beautiful and amazing creatures but have no desire own one. Kids, too. But that’s another story.

I’ve had a lot of exposure to guns from antique to modern. To me, they are amazing machines, an art form of sorts, albeit a dangerous one. Gun control is a complicated topic and I won’t get into it, except to say that I think Congress is acting like a bunch of petty children having a tantrum  about gun control—on both sides.

Shut up Anita. Don’t get political here.

You’d think that because I’ve been on the  business side of a loaded gun twice in my life, that I would be anti-gun. I’m not. For the most part though,  my gun experience has been safe. Odd, sometimes, but safe.

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What the Hell is NLP and Can it Make Me a Super Hero?


NLP Smiling CatPeople who know NLP are amazing. They don’t muddle through life. They take charge of it, and love every minute, even if they don’t let let on how awesome they are.

NLP has empowered thousands of people, all over the world. 

NLP is better than the Magic 8-Ball.
It really answers the Questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What is Truth?
  • How can I help others as well as myself?
  • Can I finally get rid of the “stuff” from my past that gets in the way?
  • What are some ways to transform myself that don’t take constant struggle?
  • Can I be in charge of my own life, at last?


NLP lets you in on the great secret—the brain is our most valuable tool and our worst enemy. The problem is that, too often, the brain leads us around like a big, undisciplined dog on a leash.

Like an unruly child, our brain demands attention in a thousand different places, constantly wanting more:

Think about this!
No, think about this instead.
Be afraid.
Be unhappy again and again over what happened in the past.
Feel guilty.
Be confused.
No, you can’t have what you want.
No. You don’t deserve anything good.
 Other people are more important. Put them first.

On and on and on. No wonder sleep deprivation is an epidemic in the developed world.
The good news is that we can change all that. We can tame our unruly brains and have the  means to tell it to “shut the F^@& up” when we want it to. And it will.

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