Book, Life & Everything Update

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Hello dear ones!! I hope you’re well.

I updated Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts but failed to post on the blog. I just wanted to let you know I’m taking a break from social media until I finish my book. I have it written. Yes! I am just going through a clean up phase. Then, I have 3 separate revisions to go through. Yes, I’m a stickler when it comes to editing. I cannot help it. I don’t want to miss anything. So, I should be returning to social media/blog some time in September. It was set to be final in August but ya know how stuff can pop up out of nowhere.

After 3 revisions, I’ll employ my beta readers, then consider their input, make any necessary revisions, then query agents. Fingers crossed, and toes and eyes.

Running hard after this high school senior. So much going on. Prepping for graduation party, trips, college. It’s a busy and expensive year, for sure. But worth it. I know I’ll be cherishing every moment, every memory. Still can’t believe Hallie is a senior. It’s bittersweet. I’ve already been crying over it. I’ve had her with me in this house for so many years. I don’t even want to think what it will be like when she’s not living here anymore. *sniff* (grabbing a Kleenex)

Mama, Hallie and I are starting to prep for the senior trip, which will be somewhere with lots of mountains so we can go on day hikes. We’re all excited about that! And getting in better shape so we can handle it. I miss hiking! I used to go all the time when I lived in Montana. Have I told you how much I LOVE MOUNTAINS!!!!!!???

I’ll post another update in September and let you know where I am in the process of the book, life and everything.

Y’all be good, or good at it.  😉

Love ya!

Carol

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1 more day

Just one more day to go before we start the 1st experiment! I’m so excited! Are you excited?
I am not a church-goer but I do believe in the Bible and the healing effects of prayer. I also know there are other meditative methods that heal, as well as creative visualization. God doesn’t make junk and He uses everything, so why shouldn’t we? – within reason, of course. Like I said earlier, there will be nothing harmful nor unhealthy means used in this group.
For interesting reading on the healing effects of prayer, check this out: http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Headline/prayer-health-faith-medicine/2015/03/31/id/635623/
If you like, before we get started tomorrow, feel free to introduce yourself, as we should all be here for wanting to heal ourselves as well as assist in healing others. We are here to support and encourage, lift each other up, believe in each other and having faith.
Join Body & Soul Healing Experiments on Facebook. It’s free.

#heal #healing #faith #love #health #prayer #pray #meditate #meditation #peace

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The “fact” that we use only 10% of our brain is a myth. It is the mind that has untapped abilities. Yes, there is a difference between brain and mind. Brain is part of and stays in the body. Mind is what I believe houses our soul and what travels outside the body (while we are alive & after our physical body perishes). We have 2 more days before our Facebook group Body & Soul Healing Experiments starts to expand and exercise our minds. God made our bodies self healing. Don’t you believe He would do even more with our minds / souls?
#heal #healing #mind #brain #bodypositive #body #meditation #meditate #visualization 

Watch “How Words, Frequency Can Change Water & Human Behavior – Dr. Masaru Emoto” on YouTube

We should practice exercises with this study – think about how much we could heal within ourselves. Who’s up for some exercises with the water technique? Thinking of holding exercises once or twice a week, depending on how many may be interested. Checking with personal friends also. This could be so fun and healing!! Let me know if you are interested. Trying to come up with name for Facebook page. Healing Water and Living Water is taken. Any ideas?

Write in Your Own Unique and Magical Way

We writers try to get our hands and eyes on every piece of information regarding the myriad of ways, forms, and fashions in which well-known writers write/have written. We try to imitate, emulate, grasp for any minuscule scrap of inspiration in which to awaken our creative muse. Stop and think about that for a minute. WE are looking at THEIR stuff to awaken OUR creative muse. And then we wonder why we have writer’s block?! Maybe it’s because we are trying to be more like them to get at what they have. We want what they have. We need to embrace what WE have.

We will never shed the skin of incompetence if we are trying too hard to grab onto what someone else has. It’s like comparing ourselves to them, trying to study them, trying to be like them. Don’t misunderstand – it’s all well and good to study and read and enjoy the works of others. It does feed the creativity and inspiration bug. But studying more on how someone else does something to improve your own writing might stifle your efforts just a bit. You can take all the creative writing classes in the world and study the works of every NYT best-selling author in your genre and still fall flat on your face.

Face it. You want to be the next J. K. Rowling. C. S. Lewis. Tolkien. No. You want to surpass them. Your first step in attaining this goal? Stop trying to be like them. Stop trying to write like them. Stop trying to beat them. Be yourself. Write from your own unique perspective.

Each person on the planet was born into a unique set of circumstances. We each were born with a mission, and we each have many purposes. We were not placed here to be someone else. We were not replicated. We are not clones nor robots. We have our own mind, behaviors, imagination and quirks that no one else has. We are each unique and special and it’s from that uniqueness you should find your writing groove. There is no one else quite like you. No one else has what you have. No one else has your voice nor can write like you. Own that. These are TREASURES!

Do you find yourself stuck quite a bit on your writing journey? There are so many reasons for this: Trying to be like someone else. Trying to be as good as… Not enough self-worth, not enough faith in ourselves, overthinking everything, the thought of “One day, I’ll be published. I’ll be famous. I won’t have to worry about how to pay the bills ever again!” All these things block us, psychologically and creatively, as well as emotionally, spiritually and mentally.

So my advice? And this goes out to me, too. Write from your own heart, your own soul, your own mind. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike, or for your muse to awaken, or a free hour in your day to show up, to actually sit there and write. You make the time each day, wherever you can. You do it because you cannot live your life without making time to do that thing you love – writing, imagining, playing/conversing with your imaginary friends. Get up 2 hours earlier. Stay up 2 hours later. But work it in somehow. Write during your lunch hour. Write instead of watching 3 hours of tv.

Make your inspiration:

Use a coffee cup that inspires you – either sit it on your writing space & fill it with writing tools or fill it with coffee/tea.

Fix yourself a glass of wine, or two, or three, if that helps with your flow.

Put on a “magic shirt” or “magic cape” in which to stir your muse.

Buy a “magic quill” and bottle of ink and sit it on your writing space. Or just a photo of it.

Heck! Go break off a limb and craft your own “magic wand” if that’s what gets you inspired! Or turn your pencil into a wand by decorating. Point it at your screen or tablet of paper or your brain and command, “Wake, Creative Muse! Create! Work through my mind and fingers! Make my writing great!” LOL (Go check out this cool page I found on creating your own magic wands out of pencils!)

Find something fun and add it to your writing routine. But make it your own.

And don’t focus on the end goal of being published. That’s putting way too much pressure on yourself. Just write because you love it. Do it for the fun of it. And if, one day, you finish the book and you revise and revise and revise and proof and proof and polish, then perhaps you can attempt to get it out into the world. But even if it never gets there, you have accomplished a great feat! You finished what you started. And that’s big. HUGE!

Ciao for now. Smooches! xoxo

-Carol