All I can say is ~ Wow! I really love the world Power’s has created. This story has everything – magic, time travel, a strong female character, a sexy male that is in touch with his feelings and a demon. All the characters are likable dare I say even the demon. The tension in the book is crazy with its twists and turns and I didn’t want to put it down until I found out what happened to Evelyn, Regina, Julian and even the demon. For me, there is only one missing piece to the ending – its with Aunt Agatha who I think is hiding something maybe? I really hope there will be more of these Chronicles because I really want to know what happens next in this world and to this family. I’ll be watching for more from this author because she is amazing!
Sitting at my computer this morning, I started reading the first draft of what I’d written during NaNoWriMo and held a Gel ink ballpoint to my jugular and told myself to end it. Just end it. My writing career, not my life. Impostor Syndrome kept telling me I’m not good enough and I’ll never be good enough. One man was responsible for pulling me away from the edge of my mental cliff. That man was Bryan L. Hutchinson.
Like mana from heaven for my inner starving artist, I see Bryan’s announcement of his new book Serious Writers Never Quit – They Find The Way and I ate every word of it. This book didn’t just speak to me, it screamed. It had to because, well, its loud in my head, and he got my attention and showed me The Way. It’s always satisfying to know other people struggle with the same thoughts and blockages I do. Bryan not only ‘gets it’, he guides us out of the mental bullshit and teaches how to not get in our own way, or be our own worst enemy.
This book should be included with the purchase of any
writing or editing program because it addresses the real issues, the issues that
go on internally. There are books galore to help us with writing our craft, but
none as eloquent that addresses self-doubt and how to overcome it. In fact, his
process can be used for almost anything.
Because I am human, my inner artist will grow to starve
again in the future. Now I have something nutritional to feed her. This is a
book worth sharing and would make a great gift for any artist.
I give this book 10 out of 5 stars. And I will refrain from being jealous as hell that I didn’t write it myself because as Bryan teaches us, comparing is a no-no. Thank you, Bryan, for sharing yourself and your experiences, sir. You are a gift to the world.
Say Mercury retrograde and you will hear the sound of a
thousand sphincters tightening. A few years ago, I didn’t even know what a
retrograde was or why any planet does it. Now I understand and I watch for it
because it is known to cause mischief. Retrograde is when a planet appears to be
moving backwards which is actually an optical illusion but one with a lesson
attached. That lesson is ‘slow down and stop putting things off’. Ignoring
retrograde events are like not wearing sunscreen and being shocked when you get
During this retrograde, I took pains to follow up on my list of to-do’s. I made my 30K mile check-up for my vehicle and drove home so proud of myself for adulting. Then ~ fwump, fwump, fwump~ right front flat on a 7-month-old set of tires. Mercury said, “Good thing you renewed your AAA membership the last time I was here!” Then Mercury and I laughed and laughed because I was talking to a planet. Wasn’t so crazy when the man at the tire store old me I had Road Hazard Warranty and the tire would be replaced FOR FREE. Mercury gave me a high five and an I-told-you-so.
When that bad day turns into bad weeks, check the calendar. Unusual things happen during Mercury retrograde. Instead of getting pissed off, prepare for it like a zombie apocalypse or a visit from your Mother-in-law. Know when its coming and be ready, because anything you haven’t taken care of will be exposed like a bubble dancer dating an acupuncturist. Yeah, Mercury can be a jerk like that. OR, or, it can be like a really honest friend who reminds you to get the mammogram that saves your life. It’s all in how you look at it.
I choose to look at Mercury retrogrades like a gift from the
universe. One that gives permission to slow down and take a breath. Not to go
so fast. To be present and look around. Because if I don’t, whatever I’ve been ignoring
will come out like bad sushi during a hangover.
Just remember, there is a RE in retrograde. Just like in RE-lax. RE-lease. RE-invent. RE-group. RE-vamp. RE-juvenate. And if you aren’t paying attention, well that’s just RE-diculous.
By now you know that I love to write. But what I haven’t told many people until now is that I have learned to read, too. Yeah, I’m being cheeky. I’m referring to being able to read Tarot, AstroNumerology and natal charts. It’s taken me a long time to get here, but here I am. I’ve had a fantastic time studying it all. So who is ready to “SPREAD ‘EM”?
I’m turned on now. After all these years I finally understand the appeal of a marathon. I actually get it!
No, not the running kind – are you kidding? I can barely run tap water. No. What I’m referring to is the insane word marathon called National Novel Writing Month which happened in November. It’s where writers make a commitment to complete no less than 50,0000 words in 30 days. This incredible insanity is quite a rush. I couldn’t imagine doing something, rain or shine, for four to six hours every day on top of my regular routine. But I did it. Even these things called ‘word sprints’ where you set a timer and just bang on your keyboard until the signal tells you to stop. I wrote partial thoughts, but who among us has perfect form when they start anything? Those with perfect sentence structure and grammar may cast the first eraser.
The whole idea of this sounded impossible to me two months ago. But I needed to test myself. I figured 15-20 minutes here and there. Four hours between dinner and bedtime. And always between laundry, dinner, dishes, jury duty, plumbing emergencies. My internal monologue sounded like R. Lee Ermey yelling, “Drop and give me 50-words.”
We always find the time to do the things we love, don’t we? Some people love to binge watch shows and I’ve discovered I love to binge write. And yeah, I love doing it. I’m in love and I’ve been turned on.
There were so many benefits to doing this challenge. Not only do I have a draft for my next book, I met so many amazing people with the same passion, and I learned all kinds of new things. This must be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. It also makes me want to approach more things this way. So I’m going to set another challenge in the same spirit and see where it takes me.
Since ‘sitting is the new smoking’, I think I better make my next one a 50 mile challenge for December. Can I do 50 miles on a tread mill in the next 31 days? I’ll let you know.
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I signed up to receive tips and helpful hints to prepare for NaNoWriMo. This one gave me a chuckle. I foresee using this one a LOT.
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Suggested Exercise: Let yourself write something really terrible. Open up a document, write “The worst version” at the top, and then let yourself go. If your inner editor says “This is terrible,” reply with a cheery, “Yes, it is!” and keep going.