J.D. Hanning is the pseudonym I use for my written work. Although the "J" really does stand for Joanne, most people know me as Hannah. I'll be posting some updates on my writing projects here, but if you're just looking for updates, you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to know things about my writing process, what I'm working on, things I find maddening about the world (or about my writing process), and other random thoughts that come to me that I think might be interesting to share, then this is where you need to be. Keep in mind that I have resisted the need to blog and tweet and post for as long as possible, but just as anyone who's ever faced the Borg may have discovered, resistance is futile. I suppose the best way to begin a blog is to tell you a little bit about myself and what I do. So, here we go...
I was drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and made the Puget Sound area my home from 1996 until 2011, when I moved to the picturesque state of Colorado. I'm looking forward to one day living in a cabin in the woods somewhere, with a loyal and faithful companion, and a dog or two. Maybe another cat. A horse would be cool, but I'd rather not clean poop out of the barn, so maybe not. I love animals, but I have to draw the line somewhere, I suppose. Okay... I digress. Wow, that didn't take long.
Natural and organic products are my preference. I am an advocate for clean air and water as every living being's birthright, and I do what I can to spread the word to help promote action wherever they are at risk. I believe in holistic healing modalities like Reiki, Qigong, and meditation, and I actively share information about them online via social media tools in addition to this Wandering Spirit blog. Other important social issues that I devote my time to spreading awareness about include alternative energy sources, recycling, green building practices, human rights and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Traveler would be my occupation of choice if it were possible. It's my dream to one day visit some of the places that have helped to inspire the settings for The Traveler’s Saga, a series of fantasy novels that I began writing in 2005. Some of my own meditation bead designs have been influenced by the intricate knot work designs of the ancient Celts, whose rich history and mythology is also a source of fascination and inspiration for my written work.
The first two books in The Traveler's Saga series are published and available at www.lulu.com/spotlight/JDHanning. The first book is called The Shopkeeper and the Traveler. The second is called The Ghost Ships of Loch Orrthannan. I'm hoping to complete the third book in the series in late 2011. I'm also working on a short story called, "The Timekeeper's Legacy," which is nearly complete. Just putting the finishing touches on that and hope to see that in print this fall. I've got several other stories in the works, but not enough time in the day to work on them. More about all of those projects in later posts.
In addition to writing, I have been handcrafting jewelry using semi-precious gemstones since about 2001. Inspired by the fact that some of the characters in The Traveler’s Saga use meditation beads, I started my own business, Wandering Spirit Beads, and shifted my focus from making jewelry to creating Celtic Journey Stones (TM), Spirit Beads, and Chi Bracelets that are used in meditation. These tools are crafted with specific energetic properties that help one to achieve a more focused meditation or to manifest a particular goal, and their use was encouraged during a meditation circle that I led. For this monthly gathering, I offered guided visualizations and quiet meditations to participants who shared their experiences in a discussion group afterward. I am hoping to start up another meditation group in Durango. My designs are currently still available in several local shops and spas in the Puget Sound area, and will soon be available in Durango as well.
I offer intuitive insights during my light touch Reiki healing sessions. Drawing from the metaphysical properties of crystals, I lead my clients through guided visualizations to assist in releasing energy blocks. Sometimes Celtic symbols, plant energy, totem animals or other guides appear with messages from Spirit for the clients to empower them on their healing journey. Sound therapy is very important in the healing process, specifically in the form of music, but I also intuitively use various other types of vibrational healing in the sessions.
I recently earned my 2nd degree certification in the USUI Reiki method of natural healing. I have been doing energy work since 2004. I am also an ordained minister; however, I am not an advocate of any one specific religious doctrine over another. I respect every one's right to his or her own spirituality. I teach classes for students who are new to their path, encouraging their growth as they progress in their studies.