What I have learned about the darkness

What I have learned about the darkness

What I have learned about the darkness

Facing our fear of the darkness Still reading a couple of good books. I always try to read in spurts and digest the consumed section. This is not news to anyone who reads non-fiction and how-to. You have to think about the writer’s words. Really ponder them. Eat those words, and experience them. Well, so, FEAR by Thich Nhat Hanh has such great things to share. He talks about how we are consumed with fear from the womb. We are safe within the confines of our watery cocoon. There is darkness, but we don’t mind. Once we are born, we

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Facing fear as a writer and if you should

Facing fear as a writer and if you should

I have begun reading a book by my favorite writer/speaker/teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, called “Fear”. Get yours by clicking the image The first thing it addresses, right in the introduction, is how we give into fear. Even when we are surrounded by the people who give us the most joy, we still have this feeling peering over our shoulders like a curious onlooker. We cannot escape the things that give us chills. They are always with us, in the background, waiting to jump out at us when we turn a corner. This is especially true, I think, for creatives. We

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Vacations: don’t forget the others

Vacations: don’t forget the others

Summer is here and everyone is traveling. At least, that is how it feels to me. Yes, this is a whiny, self-indulgent post about my life and how it is not turning out quite as I had so strangely prepared. If you do not want to read about my efforts at self-deprecation, you might want to click on the little “x” now. So…as I was saying before I rudely interrupted myself… Everyone is traveling to a vacation place. Some with kids, some with dogs, some with other baggage. I used to do that. Before cancer took over the driver’s side

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You CAN be a shy writer and succeed

You CAN be a shy writer and succeed

This is the follow up to my last post about how to boost sales and get readers which you can read here. When you mention a certain demographic, you really should give them a chance to have their own platform. So, this post is about that sector of the writing world who do not choose to be speakers. Those people who like sitting back and using the social media circles to make friends and influence people. I ain’t mad at ya, as the young folks say. There are the group of social media writers or SMW who like the fact

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Boost your book sales, get readers

Boost your book sales, get readers

We are writers. We have talent. And of that talent, there are many facets. One such facet of our talents, when honed to a fine point, will give you a significant edge that will result in better book sales. And this talent will increase your awareness of what readers want,  and give you assertiveness that very few people have. This talent is something that very few writers can perform, and most of them don’t even want to try. And the really interesting thing is: you have an advantage on EVERY OTHER WRITER when you unleash this talent. WHAT IS THIS

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