The Heroine’s Journey of Fleur Talbot

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  

That I am able to inspire people, through access to the amazing resources of internet. I particularly cherish the times I’m told by an artist that I’ve inspired their work. This is the best thing.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  

Falling in love. Being with those with whom I have a deep connection.

What is my greatest fear?  

I have faced my greatest fears, and so, I don’t know of any which are left.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  

I don’t deplore anything in myself, but I greatly disappoint myself when I am impatient with people.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 

I have only begun my work, so I do not know of any yet.

What is my greatest extravagance?  

Silence/privacy. For me, extravagance means something that is rare, difficult to attain, something that would surprise an unexpected visitor….I have built a way of life in which privacy is paramount.

On what occasion would I lie?  

I detest lying; there are very few things I loathe more than lying…but yes, I would lie in an rare, extreme situation to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 

It seems to accelerate the feeling of time speeding by. Why does this happen? I suppose it is because when one is completely emerged, 100%, in an activity, one enters a world outside of our notion of time….a place of no time. This phenomenon is quite amazing.

When and where was I the happiest in my work?  

I am happiest when an idea comes to me that seems worth developing. Hundreds of concepts present themselves every day — most bore me. But when I get an idea that genuinely interests me…..that comprises a very happy day.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  

I would give myself the power to fly and time-travel.

Through art and writing, this is partially attainable…of course,

not completely, but is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  

I think that would be the discovery I made that I am able to teach myself any photo editing program I happen upon….with no instructions, video tutorials, etc. I am particularly proud that I’ve achieved these skills since I have had no computer training.

Where would I most like to live?

I am living there — NYC.

What is my most treasured possession? 

My health….physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

What is my most marked characteristic? 

Intensity. From early childhood, I seem to be be unable to approach any task without it taking over my entire being.

What is my most inspirational location in my city? 

My apartment.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink in my city?

There so many places I love here….food is not my interest, but rather, it is the atmosphere, especially when it evokes the past…mostly these spaces are found in hotels…like Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, the bar at The Mark Hotel, King Cole Bar at the St. Regis, Chumley’s, an old speakeasy, The “21” Club, The Bowery Hotel, and The Campbell.

What books influenced my life and how?

I am influenced by literature where I am able to learn about unexpected/unusual ways of thinking; and so, from “Death of the Heart” by Elizabeth Bowen, I have learned about abandonment;  “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann — the passage of time, the tempo of experience; The Bible — really, everything; “Bouvard et Pécuchet” by Gustave Flaubert — the folly of mankind ; “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust — that art can recapture lost time and triumphs over the destructive power of time.

Who are my favorite writers? 

I have many…but, at the moment, Tolstoy, Stendhal, E.M. Forster, Dickens and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 

Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladova, in “Crime and Punishment”.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 

Anyone who adopts/rescues a child in need.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“Fanny and Alexander” directed by Ingmar Bergman.

What role plays art in my life and work? 

I see art as life itself…it is impossible to separate art from how I live my life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  

The spirits of my paternal grandparents, they are my guides who taught me everything about art, design; jewellry, clothing and interior design; piano; draping and sewing; style and elegance; dance, music, theatre, singing; cookery…..they were and are now the strongest influencers in my life….it was they who showed me that life itself is art. …No separation…They lived their entire lives artfully.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  

André Lamijon, the very talented poet / lyricist of

Das Abendland Projekt.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? 

The photographer, Sarah Moon…I realize this is highly improbable, but there it is.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?  

I am going to continue working with André Lamijon, this time on visuals combined with sound for his upcoming music projects. I would like to add music and video to my own work.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? 

FaceBook only, for now. I shall see what develops this year.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

I hear in these words : If you are passionate about something, you will be guided to create the shape in which it will come alive ….either in the form in which you imagined initially, or in a related, maybe undiscovered endeavor. Passion never dies, its spirit is immortal, it can be changed endlessly into any form you choose.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 

I am still thinking about this and will contact him.

How can you contact me?

Face Book or email — Starlightvine@

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at 


09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at 


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