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NEW YEAR NEW CHANCES CHANGES AND CHALLENGES
Is it a new beginning? A chance to excel? Maybe a time to meets goals that you didn't quite reach last year. Or an opportunity to make more powerful goals in order to push yourself further—to challenge yourself to bigger and better dreams.
How about… that you might recreate yourself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about Who You Really Are. (Neale Donald Walsch – Conversations with God) This is one of my favorite quotations from his books because it gives us the power to choose to become who we know we can be.
Thinking about what I did accomplish in the past year makes me happy. The steps I took for my writing career to become more successful, the books I wrote and published. The many new friends I made along the way. And probably even more important, the resounding confidence I've gained by accomplishing those objectives.
I do think of it as a fresh year, new and as yet unspoiled by problems and shortcomings...
but I have given up resolutions. Even though many of them I made in the past were eventually accomplished. I have also given up hoping for the absence of problems. You probably won't repeat the mistakes and problems of the last year, but you will get a fresh crop of new ones. However, even though I hate and grumble about problems, I do understand that they are a part of life's passage -- perhaps if this is a training school, as I suspect it is, they are even a necessity. Character is usually not created in individuals with no problems or for whom all problems are solved for them by others.
I love 'new' periods. I think the New Year is a time to try again, to see if you can get it better, to move onward and upward (my favorite phrase). I love New Month's as well. Another fresh start, a chance to get more things right in my life than ever before!
So, where do you stand in all of this? Challenged to change? Another round of making resolutions? How'd you do last year? Any successes? Go ahead, brag about your accomplishments. Spur us on to do better, to improve, to continue growing and understanding what it's all about! May we all move forward in our love, our good works, our kindness and good deeds.
All comments and opinions are appreciated my friends.
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY, THAT IS THE QUESTION
Hey fellow authors. I have seen a lot of ads for the Chromebook as pictured above and I would greatly appreciate your input and opinions. Is this a good tool for writers? Does it have all that we need to layout, construct, edit, and prepare for publication? Or would one find little "issues" that you wouldn't have with Windows PC? I read that it doesn't have Windows Word and that is what i currently use for my writing. If I buy one will I need to buy additional programs to make my job as smooth as it is now? Or are there programs available for free that would be even better than Word that I should look into?
Hope everyone has had a fantastic year! May God bless you as we move on into 2015!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
Hey Sweetheart, Get Me A Rewrite
When it comes to writing a book about your own past—what do you really want to tell the reader? Are you looking to entertain, or educate?
1. A bit of both. I have had a very adventurous past and have experienced a lot more than I could ever have imagined, in one lifetime. I have been to some fascinating countries. I’ve also met some very colourful characters along the way. If I wrote about my past, the book would probably shock, entertain, and educate...and parts of it would be very funny!
What did you learn from writing your book?
2. I guess the biggest lesson was one of perseverance. The Guardian of Secrets, my first book, was very ambitious. I had no idea where the story would lead but I was enjoying the writing process, so I just kept plugging away, hoping for a really interesting and entertaining story to emerge. I almost gave up on it a few times because I was so busy. Now I know that discipline plays a big part, when writing a full length novel.
Do you think people can identify with you?
3. I hope they can identify with my books’ characters. They are an extension of my mind. I don’t think I reveal myself in my books but hope that readers connect to and enjoy my imagination, which is heavily invested in the story.
Can you tell us your favorite memory?
4. That would be my childhood in Spain. Life was one big adventure. One of my best memories, though, is of a three week tour of Egypt’s historical sites. The Egyptologist was a professor from Cairo University. His knowledge of ancient Egypt was incredible. I will never forget what I saw and learned in that country. I have done a lot and remember the good and bad times, with equal clarity.
If you had one passion—what is that passion and how did you discover it?
5. Travel and discovery of new cultures have always been my greatest passions. There is nothing I love more than arriving in a far off land and savouring the sights and sounds, and people watching, of course. I could write a few books based on countries I’ve been to and the experiences I have had there. I plan to travel again soon.
When did you realize that you were a storyteller and how long after that did you pick up a pen?
6. I have always loved public speaking. Give me an audience and I will set out to inform and entertain. I love being involved in debates. I started writing when I was asked to give lectures on The Spanish Civil War. I wrote pages filled with notes, gave the lectures to various groups, and then decided to add some fictitious characters and plots to the notes. This is how The Guardian of Secrets came about.
Do you ever wish you could live the life of one of your characters?
7. Yes, I do. There are two characters in my novels, who led amazing lives. I think I passed on my adventurous spirit to two women, in particular, and amplified my own craving for excitement.
Would I enjoy the book? Why would I enjoy the book?
8. Yes, I think you would enjoy all three of them. The Guardian of Secrets and The Mercy Carver Series have an array of characters that seem to appeal to both male and female readers. My stories are bold, unique, graphic, and colourful. They have been called, by many, “unputdownable.”
Are there more books in the wings?
9. There is a fourth book on the way, due for release in summer 2015. It is historical fiction novel, set in the Spanish Inquisition period. I am very excited about it.
Where can we find out more about you? Where can we buy your books?
You can find my books. The Guardian of Secrets,
Dark Shadows and Blood Moon from The Mercy Carver series, on Amazon worldwide stores.
You can find me on janapetkenauthor.com.
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@authoJana, on twitter
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And on Friday nights, in the bar, having a curry and a glass of wine!
My debut novel The Summoner (Legends of Arth Book One) is on Amazon! Here's the link. Go get it and tell all your fantasy reading friends about it!