Thursday, 22 January 2015

Change ~ it's an Opportunity for Success

I used to be afraid of change, but now I am motivated and inspired by it.

One of the themes in "The Monk who cast a Spell" is the importance of change.

I am writing my 2nd novel which continues Durstan's story, and I have reached 20,000 words. 

Motivational Press are working on the interior layout of book 1; a cover design and my author website.

The article I wrote, "I can do this ~ Yes, You can!" published recently in Justin Sachs' latest book,"A New Year to a New You"has taken me in another direction. 

I didn't know that I would write a motivational book but that's also now a work in progress. I have written the first 3 chapters, and have an outline for the others. 

I still love writing poetry and "Woman, the Enchantress" has been included in the latest issue of The Dawntreader Poetry Magazine issue no:29 published by Indigo Dreams.

I entered two other poems in a competition at the weekend, and wrote a new short story.

"Lost on the Moor", an earlier story, has been included in the second issue of Kishboo Magazine. If you have a few minutes, please follow the link and vote for me! 

I used to believe in "writer's block" and would stop writing when I felt I couldn't add any more to a story or poem. I wasted precious time, until I learned all it meant was I needed to move on to another project.

Life is an adventure! Mine truly began when I stepped outside my comfort zone and started to write seriously. It's involved a career change, finding the motivation to do something I have always wanted to do, making a plan to achieve my goal and following it.

The poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost has been a favourite of mine for a long time:

"Two roads diverged...
I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth....

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Motivational Press to Publish "The Monk who Cast a Spell"

On 3rd October, 2014 I signed a contract with Motivational Press in California.

I submitted the final draft of my novel to Justin Sachs, CEO, a few weeks later and reviewed the proof read copy over Christmas.

I'm delighted to say that "The Monk who Cast a Spell" will be published by Motivational Press in 2015.

I was also invited in November, 2014 to write an article for inclusion in Justin's book, "A New Year to a New You", which will be released on 5th January, 2015. 

Please follow the link...

It was to be about the tools, strategies and principles needed for success. I wrote the article from the point of view of being a historical fiction author. I told the story of how I had succeeded in changing direction from practising as a Solicitor to achieving this goal. 

Listening to positive people, and reading their books inspired me. Their success helped give me the motivation to begin, then follow the plan I had made. There's more in the article...

It's a very exciting beginning to the New Year! 

I'm looking forward to reading Justin's book, and Durstan has without doubt "cast a spell" on me. I'll post more details soon about my author's website, book cover and launch date.

I hope you have a great week, Google+ Friends. Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Be the Best You Can Be in 2015!

A new year begins, and the opportunity to write on an empty page.

I've looked at what I achieved in 2014; thought about what I would like to change, and how I can carry on creating the life I want. Durstan, "The Monk Who Cast a Spell", inspired me to do something which I have always wanted to do: be a historical fiction author.

I was a lawyer for many years and told myself that I couldn't write stories whilst handling personal injury claims, but I still loved history and books. I simply didn't have the life plan to include them. 

I realise now that if there is something which you want to do, and its buried deep within, it does belong on your path.

When I began helping my son in his business in 2013, I used my time in a different way, and I gave myself permission to make a start. I made a plan then on how to go about it. I wrote seriously every day with the finished book in mind, and the more I did the more I believed it could happen. I'm writing book 2 now, as the Monk's story continues!

I've learned it's best to have the goal firmly in mind. Break the plan down into manageable steps, then action them. Reward yourself as encouragement to carry on, and don't give up! I bought a desk when I finished book 1. I knew there would be others to follow.

Change can be difficult, but if there is something you would really like to do why not think seriously about it? Today is a good time to begin, and take the first step. 

Be the best you can be! Happy New Year, Google+ Friends. May all your dreams come true in 2015. 

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