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Mackenzie Belcastro

Mackenzie is a Canadian writer, specializing in magical realism and memoir. She also dabbles in prose poetry, which may be found in Elephant Journal. Presently, she's working on her first novel.

Peeled Back: Where I'm Really At In My Off-Kilter Path

...but you know what? I’m going to try to do this more. Because I think it’s important to be upfront now and again. It doesn’t mean I'm going to be necessarily vomiting up my innermost details, but it does mean I will do my best to show my seams. That is something I wholly believe in. »

Blaise Hunter on Balance & its Link to Self-Acceptance

The way we balance is just letting go of unrealistic expectations of ourselves. There are days I can't have a clean home. There are days I forget my kid's dance class and there are days I am a rock star and slay it all day long.. So the balance is just acceptance really »

Public Speaking & Conquering Fear

There may be a thread of anxiety sewn into things like creating art and sharing it with the world, being yourself and speaking your truth, public speaking and the like BUT those are not half as scary as watching life drift by, letting fear consume you to the point where you don't even try to do... »

Thoughts On Blogging & Community

It's the way I've most deeply been able to place myself as I truly am out into the universe, and receive, in turn, the likeminded souls-cum-friends that I have. And that means everything to me. »

Is there a such thing as balance?

Free time was filled with long walks through streets lined with cotswolds cottages, which were named things like "Wisteria House" "The Old Wheatsheaf" and "Flower Pot Cottage." »

Looking Back at 2018

Do you remember what you were thinking about this time last year? I remember amassing a ton of books — old classics I'd always wanted to read, some on the craft of writing itself, and Ryan Holidays' books on marketing. I remember sitting there that Christmas day, beaming and thinking... »

Stepping Out of the Shadows + Present For You!

...And then I did. And something wonderful happened... I connected with others so much more deeply. Because I was suddenly IN the trenches with them, versus on the outside as an editor. I was learning anew, about the craft of "arranging bouquets of words," as I say. »

Fear + Beginnings

Do you like taking pieces of the worlds you read about into your daily life? Colour me crazy but I've been thinking lately that I want to offer that by way of perfume, or jewelry. »