I’m buried in books today. Surrounding me are piles of The Foreign Language of Friends as I ready them for book contests. Entry forms are accompanied by stacks of one, two, or three copies, depending on the requirements of the contest. It’s a busy time of year, with plenty of deadlines early on. I also got the crazy notion a few days ago to enter Blood & Loam into Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest. That means getting all the polishing done in the next few weeks, all while I have to leave my home periodically to let possible buyers parade through. I tell myself I must be crazy, but I have made it a rule to follow my intuition at all times, so I’m up for the challenge!
On my iPad, via Kindle, I’m reading Twin-Bred by Karen Wyle, a wonderful sci-fi book. In Wyle’s fictional world, humans are cohabiting a planet with a species called Tofa, and prejudice and miscommunication abound. In a special project, human and Tofa babies are gestated in host mothers as twins, in the hopes that the special twin bond will help the two species learn how to bridge their differences. It’s a good read, and I especially love the scenes of the little kids as they start to grow up and play, acting like the little kids they are, and not the world saviors they’re expected to become.
Karen is part of my online writing group, the Blooming Late gals of She Writes. If you’re a woman over 40, come on over and visit if you get a chance. There’s a lot of talent in this group!
In addition, Julia Cameron’s new book, The Prosperous Heart, came out last week. Like her masterwork The Artist’s Way, the new book offers simple exercises to unblock us, this time from blocks to prosperity. Though the use of money is examined, this is more a book about feeling that sense of having “enough” in our lives.
I bought it mainly because I want Julia to keep doing what she’s doing, but I didn’t think there would be much for me. I was wrong. These gentle but powerful exercises are already starting to unlock parts of my brain, giving me new and surprising ideas for marketing my work as well as the work of other writers who deserve to have readers find them. Though Cameron’s process is spiritual, it is also practical, which appeals to my active left brain. The book does NOT promote positive thinking, but rather positive action. As I go along, I’ll keep you posted on my progress with this 12-week program.
Speaking of positive thinking, Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the laudable Nickel and Dimed, has written some not-so-positive things about the positive thinking movement that now pervades our workplaces, churches, and financial institutions in her book Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking is Undermining America. In coming days, I’ll write more about this book, which I’m still “chewing” on. I don’t agree with all of it, but she makes some excellent points that are worth examining.
Finally, as I promised last week, I’ll write more about Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Last week, when I wrote about my weight loss intentions for the year, some readers resonated with my fear of success. “Why do we do that?” a reader asked. Well, maybe we can figure that out. Pressfield’s book provides a great foundation for examining this block, which seems particularly difficult for women. Whether we’re losing weight, writing books, or have other goals, Pressfield’s advice can help us move beyond self-sabotage.
At any rate, these and other books that I’m reading should make for some lively discussion. What are you reading?
I’m reading The Foreign Language of Friends. It is taking me a while, since I get o a couple of pages a day. My reading time is now spent reading other blogs! Eek!
I am interest in “Bright Sided”. I must look up her major points.
I know what you mean. There’s a lot of reading to compete for our time! I’m thrilled at the quality of books I’m running across lately, but my iPad is backed up with unread ones…not to mention the blogs.
Oh my goodness. I’m going to have to check out all these books and She Writes now. What a way to go indeed! 😀
Good luck on the Breakthrough Novel Award at Amazon! Woot!
You’d be a great addition to the She Writes group. Come on in and say hello! You can participate as much or as little as you want — I know you are keeping pretty busy these days.
Thanks for telling us about the Blooming Late gals on SheWrites! Will check it out.
Wishing you much success with the contests and the sale of your home!
Thank you! Glad you stopped by for a visit.
The life of a writer, reading competes with writing, and vice versa, but we have to do both and it’s never ending. You are busy. I see your posts on she writes, swoon. I am reading a beta reader for a fellow shewriter’s pal and during my train journey, to and from work, I am reading Sunshine. I saw the amazon contest and thought about it for about a three seconds. I will cheer for you afar. A side note, I read Julia’s first book, and loved it. Although, my favorite book on the topic of being creative is funny… Read more »
I have not heard of The Creative Habit! I will check it out.