My greatest victory as a writer will, at first glance,
seem simplistic and lacking imagination. Why? Because my star achievement is
that I'mableto write. I was a
prolific writer between 1987-1997. During this time, a traditional publishing
house helped me to birth three novels, five short story collections and a
variety of articles and stories in anthologies and magazines.
My muse was alive and well. The burning passion to write
glowed continually. Did I take this for granted? You betcha! I'd simply sit
down, put my fingers on the keyboard and whoosh, words streamed onto the page.
What Do You Think?
Possible Book Covers For My New Novella: DREAM, a fantasy.
When I chose the
cover for my novel, The Beautiful Evil, I thought I'd found the perfect image.
The Beautiful Evil, an oxymoron, is another name for the mythological woman,
Pandora. She opened a vase (or box) releasing demons into the world. The
Beautiful Evil, based on the Pandora myth, has a similar concept. Consequently,
I decided this would be a perfect title.
The image on the
cover of The Beautiful Evil represents one of the demons who disguises herself
as a beautiful fairy.
Out of forty-eight reviews, my latest novel THE BEAUTIFUL
EVIL, has 30 five-star reviews. Of the remaining eighteen, six are one star.
Okay, fine. No issues there. Here's where I have trouble—some of the comments
by the readers about myself or the main character are searing. It's as if they
have taken me into their "Red Room Of Pain" (fromFifty Shades Of Grey,) and whipped the
hell out of me with a belt.
One one-starer stated that she wasn't sure whether to
"slap the character or the author.
Every author has a story to tell. Every author has a burning
desire to tell it. Not every author tells the story very well. The author
could, I’m sure. But in the frantic, fast-paced, hectic, and frenzied world of
indie publishing, authors are far too eager to see their well-chosen words
birthed alive and well on a Kindle somewhere.
Too often, they collect assorted words and assemble them in
no particular order. They create sentences, then paragraphs, and finally
chapters. They tack three hundred pages together, more or less.
5 Ways to Use Lemons
adage about "life giving you lemons" is quite unfair to this small,
yellow fruit. Sure, it's sour, but it has all sorts of great uses that you've
probably never heard about. In this health and food article, we'll show you how
to use lemons in 5 great ways. You'll be glad when life gives you lemons, and
you'll know that they're good for more than just clichéd phrases and lemonade!
lemons to deodorize your personal space
fresh, citrus smell that's popular in commercial cleaners can also be had from
the real, natural stuff.
Yoga meditation promotes
emotional-physical poise and a quiet mind. Thus, it protects against the pressures
of daily living. Our ever increasing daily stress destroys health and happiness.
The regular yoga practitioner remains young and active longer than those who don’t
practice Yoga. There are many asanas that uses anti-gravity postures to reverse
the effect of gravity and use it to our advantage.[i]
example, padhastasana, not only increases suppleness, tones the nervous system,
stretches the spine, massages the abdominal muscles and keeps the legs firm and
toned; it also add an additional supply of blood to the facial tissues and
scalp, nourishing them both.
Western society, everyday life can be challenging. People are pulled in many
directions—multitasking, thinking about errands during conversations—distracted
and not paying much attention to any one thing. Consequently, women begin to
feel fragmented, unfocused and stressed. Hormones fluctuate, often out of
balance, causing overreactions and emotional upsets.
Women can prevent or
overturn out of control emotions and stress overload with breathing exercises
taught in Yoga.
through a series of asanas and/or meditation can bring calmness and serenity.
of yoga is that almost anyone can do it. Young, old, fit or out of shape—there
are plenty of classes that offer modified poses. Yoga can be intimidating for
those who have seen pictures of Yogis doing difficult poses. These photos alone
are enough to prevent many from even attempting Yoga. Also, women who are out
of shape or overweight have no desire to even step into a Yoga studio. They
think they can’t start until they lose weight, not realizing that Yoga is a key
way to get the body in shape and to slow the appetite.
There is nothing more attractive than a
woman with self confidence. Her stature as she enters the room commands
attention. Her self-assured smile brightens the room. This confidence is a
natural by-product of the Yoga asanas. Tadasana is a perfect example of a
posture for learning to stand strong, to feel grounded and to improve posture. In this pose, the body is steady, the weight
is evenly distributed and the arms are at the sides. The spine is straightened
and the back of the neck is straight.