Now available in paperback a journal to go along with Moon Affirmations! I’m really excited about this one. It was an aha moment for me. I received some promotional items I ordered for one of my other books (working on a project and needed something to include with my brand). One of the items I received – journals I made on Vista Print. They turned out really nice!
In the moment of looking at them I thought – huh? I should totally do this for Moon Affirmations except with Moon Affirmations, I wanted it to include some of the art from TJ Jahns (go to her website). She did amazing pictures for the book and I wanted to keep them for the journal as inspiration.
I decided I would create my own journal. This led to lots of questions. How do I do lines? Do I want lines? I wish journals had both lined pages and blank pages. I realized it was a great opportunity for me to create what I would want in a journal. For each chapter heading and day, there are lined pages and blank pages. Some of the artwork from the original is in there. Hopefully it will inspire the readers of Moon Affirmations as they do the meditations and work on themselves.
It’s available on:
Barnes & Noble
I’d love to hear feedback on this journal or any of my books or crochet patterns. Feel free to contact me through my web page or leave a comment on this blog!
On Goodreads, I’m having a giveaway for three copies of my book Moon Affirmations. It’s available on this page:
The giveaway is running through the end of the month. Then Goodreads will give me three names of the lucky winners.
Moon Affirmations is a meditation book which uses the phases of the moon to guide your meditation. It utilizes the energy of a waning moon to focus the meditations on letting go and releasing. It uses the new energy associated with a new moon to help you start new projects, set new goals.
You can work for a whole month on these meditations or you can pick up the book only when you want to focus on a particular phase of the moon. Go to Goodreads today to sign up for the giveaway!
Last night I had Moon Affirmations go through final approval for Smashwords. This means I’m able to use the same file – with a few adjustments – submit to KDP which is the e-publisher for Amazon.
After an hour or so working on it, I submitted it last night and now it is available on Amazon. I’m very excited about this book. It is completely different from other meditation books because it uses the phase of the moon to focus your energy. This means during a new moon, you would focus on beginnings or starts to the projects, relationships, and so on.
Next step for this meditation book is to get it in print. I’m working on that but discovered all of my images need to be reworked to a higher DPI. I was four steps from being done when I discovered this. This means I have to work on it as I’m able and hopefully will get all the images updated, cleaned up and ready for print this week. However, time is my most limited resource.
In the meanwhile, go check out the meditation book at:
While you are out shopping, take a look at Secret Past too. It is available here:
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Available for sale at:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/426548
Available on Amazon:
This summer I had a long list of things to get done. I’ve done almost none of them. My only excuse is I got distracted and overwhelmed by the moves going on in my life. Now at this stage I just want a bit of peace before the next semester begins. I have about three weeks before work becomes totally crazy.
My romance novel I got some of the prep work done for self-publishing but I also found one more place I may submit it to. I will have to read through carefully to see if it fits the guidelines. If it fits the guidelines, I’ll submit one more time before I attempt to self publish.
Moon Affirmations I’ve submitted to one more publisher as well. I’m hoping to hear sooner rather than later on it to see if they are interested. I hope so if not I will be going the self-publishing route on that one too.
My Magic series (working title – fantasy novel series) – I finish editing what I think will be the first novel. This story I started in November 2010 and I’ve been working on sporadically since. The story in its entirety is 600 pages plus and I’m not done with the story. In the last two weeks I’ve edited the first 200 pages. As I read I thought what was I thinking and rewrote about ten pages of material to make it better adding in a couple of scenes and filling out other scenes. I think total page count now is just over 200. I’ve got all these edits in the computer (need to make a back up of these edits – soonest possible).
Next I’m moving on to the second book in this series (or the second 200 pages). I am going to edit it while I let the first book sit and stew for a bit. Ideally I’d like to edit the second book quickly (maybe a week) and then read through the rest to see if I can work on the tail end to finish the story. I think this is too much to hope for before the semester starts though. It may have to wait until January.
Each time I come back to this story, I fall in love with it. I enjoy the characters, the plots, the world I’ve created. It is one of my favorites right now. I haven’t decided whether I will try the traditional publishing route with this or just do self-publishing. I do know that I’m going to be very protective of it. Right now it feels like a new born baby (yup almost three years old but still newborn to me).
Hopefully I will continue to make progress for the next three weeks. After that all bets are off as I will be in SUPER busy mode with two classes. Oh and one other thing I want to get done in the next three weeks – read the four books I bought for my two classes – should be fun huh? I’m actually looking forward to the grammar book – yup geek I know. I found another book I really like too. It is The Emotion Thesaurus: A writers Guide to Character Expressionby Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. It gives a definition of an emotion, physical signals, internals sensations, mental responses, cues of acute emotion, cues of suppressed emotion. It will help in editing to liven up stale description – so if I say a character was shocked – instead of saying shocked I could say they character suddenly stiffened – it sounds simple but when you are doing an initial writing saying the simple term is easy and then making it better as you edit is not always easy so this gives a list for the emotions. I think it will be a good reference book.
Health issues can be a struggle. Our society has turned to science to “fix” us. In doing this I think we’ve forgotten some of the best and simplest solutions to some health problems. Most people are quick to go to their doctors and say “I can’t sleep I need a pill” or “I can’t breathe, give me a pill.”
A friend and I were just discussing how physical activity can lead to sore muscles and other aches and pains. I believe that we are so used to our non-physical lifestyle that our bodies have forgotten what it is like to lift and work hard all day. In the old days, people spent most of their days doing physically taxing chores. Their bodies were used to the demands put on it. Now though we spend more time on our computers than physically working.
There are several things we can do to ease some of the aches and pains. Massage, meditation, essential oils, water therapy, heat, ice are just some of the easy solutions. I have headaches and migraines. Often it is due to stress. All of my stress sits in the muscle in my right shoulder blade. If I can get someone to work out the knot I get, the headaches go away or at the very least ease enough to begin the healing process. Massage is also good for aching joints and a variety of other things. It is amazing how putting your hands on someone to move their muscles can help them heal. They have the touch of another human which gives them a feeling of being cared for and the massage to help the process.
Meditation can also have the same effect on a person. It calms, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. It relaxes which will help with insomnia and other sleep issues. Essential oils can help with relaxing or energizing as you need. One scent may make you relaxed and help you sleep and another may help you wake up.
A hot bath or shower will ease aching muscles, clear lungs, reduce stress, and more. Combine it with essential oils and it works twice as hard on the issues. A heating pad or bag of ice can help focus healing in one area. If you stop the pain and rest then the body will work on fixing the problem.
I’m not a health care provider in any way. I have suffered from pain in one form or another for a long time so I know these things work. They are simple, easy, and effective. Please remember though if something is different or doesn’t go away with these simple home remedies to seek out a health care provider. Most of these solutions have helped me go to the doctor less which means less money out of my pockets.