Creativity unleashed by Sandra Yuen MacKay

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Visit Letters from Sandra

Posted by symackay on October 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM


My recent blogs can be found at Letters from Sandra. Also you can find reviews on my book there as well as information on radio broadcasts about me and my book.

Four Seasons released!

Posted by symackay on August 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM

So Four Seasons, the literary magazine of is available once again. The first attempt didn't pan out in February but it's been reissued. I am the new layout designer of the quarterly magazine. If you'd like to submit something, submission guidelines can be found on

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Toward the finish line

Posted by symackay on May 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM

On Mother's Day, I participated in the Vancouver Sun Run with my sisters and mother. My one year old nephew did it in a stroller. It took over 2 hours to walk 10 kilometres. We took our time and a break during the walk.

Also this month, I plan to visit Toronto. Hurray! I hope to see some people and some great art.

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The Artist's Way Part 4

Posted by symackay on April 10, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Week 9: Recovering a Sense of Compassion explains when a blocked artist can't create, it isn't because of laziness but fear of failure or other reasons. Discipline doesn't make you a great writer or artist, but enthusiasm does. If you love what you do, you're committed to your work and it becomes play. If you find unexplored territory is th...

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The Artist's Way Part 3

Posted by symackay on April 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Week 6: Recovering a Sense of Abundance asks to write morning pages about the god one believes in vs. the god one would like to believe in. This exercise was fruitless for me because I waver in my spiritual beliefs. Often I deny God in my life but respect others' beliefs that H...

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The Artist's Way Part 2

Posted by symackay on April 9, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power talks about anger being a good force because it warns us if something is wrong. Channeled correctly it motivates one to take action. Cameron discusses the concept of synchronicity. Are our lives influenced by God's hand, his interventions, or are good things the result of coincidence or...

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The Artist's Way Part 1

Posted by symackay on April 8, 2010 at 10:45 PM

I'm working through The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. When I opened this book, I quickly realized it would be a 12-week commitment to do it...

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Sandra's proverb

Posted by symackay on April 5, 2010 at 8:52 PM

"In the cycle of life, it isn't what property you own, or what you've accumulated, it's about what you've done with what life has given you. Heaven is the reward."

My mother asked me, "Where did I get that quote?" I said, "It's mine!"

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My First Book Contract!

Posted by symackay on April 5, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Excerpt from my column on the Majestic newsletter:

I want to share one of my successes. In March, I signed my first book contract! Here's my tale.

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They Found Atlantis

Posted by symackay on March 19, 2010 at 1:31 AM

My novella "They Found Atlantis" was published in the premiere issue of "Four Seasons,"'s literary magazine. Click here to preview and/or purchase. Atlantis rises out of the sea and is discovered by American submarines.

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Posted by symackay on March 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Someone told me that as one ages, especially women, one depends more on one's intuition. When I am worried or concerned about an event, past, present or future, I often run a scenario through my head of a possible alternate reality or outcome. For example, if I had insulted a person, I imagine him speaking to a co-worker about my 'hurtful' behaviour and the co-worker's response. The anxiety lessens, because my fantasy repla...

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Susan's book

Posted by symackay on March 8, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I have an acquaintance, Susan Inman, who wrote "After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity." This book is not long but it offers inspiration and insights into mental illness and how families cope. Her experiences shed light on the difficulties, but also the heroic efforts and hope she and her family displayed. Susan has made a large impact on other families who have suffered a similar fate.

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Posted by symackay on February 7, 2010 at 12:41 PM

There's a lot going on behind the scenes. I feel earth and time are shifting as I evolve and take on new challenges. What facilitated this change? Did I just wake up and decide, I'm going to do something different today? I'm trying to make decisions that align with my values and goals instead of getting stuck in day to day problems, I want to rise above the trivial and aim for so...

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Art exhibits

Posted by symackay on January 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM

This first painting is "Dogs in a Green Field." The second is "Twisted." These are both featured in the CONNECT Art Show. 


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Hit and Run

Posted by symackay on December 28, 2009 at 9:48 PM

So I was merrily doing my Christmas shopping before Christmas. On Friday the 18th, I noticed the right rear of my car had been damaged including a dent and a broken taillight. Because I park on the street, I deduced my car had been hit in the mall parking lot. I took the car to ICBC and got an estimate for damages, which was over $1400.00. Shame on the driver of the car that hit me....

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Public speaking

Posted by symackay on December 11, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I don't consider myself a natural public speaker because I don't memorize what I say. In the past, when I gave talks I needed things written out verbatim. However, if I used PowerPoint I think I could use the slides as a starting point and speak without using a word for word reference.

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Moving up in the world

Posted by symackay on December 5, 2009 at 12:14 PM

So I was promoted to being the editor for Majestic, an online newsletter for

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Posted by symackay on November 25, 2009 at 10:05 PM

Yesterday I presented at a cafe discussion about stigma. The other speaker presented information on research on stigma and also the difficulties of disclosure in a work situation. One talk or discussion won't change stigma in the minds of the general public but the more information people have, the more of an informed opinion they will make.


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Into the Light and other stories

Posted by symackay on November 16, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Life is made of stories. I'd like to share some stories I've been experiencing.

I've been working hard at my writing, but publication of my novel and memoir seem in the distance right now. I'm at a point where I think my edits are paying off and I'm closer to approaching some editors and expanding my horizons. I had some urging from others to...

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Chocolate Days

Posted by symackay on October 29, 2009 at 10:34 PM

So this year, I wrote a novel in three months titled, "Chocolate Days." I needed to get some perspective so I consulted a relative who is an avid reader to comment on it. She not only gave me feedback on the story but also looked for grammar and punctuation errors. 

To hire a freelance editor can be very expensive depe...

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