This month, I’m rereading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I loved it so much the first read through that this time I want to take my time going through it. Not that I hurried the first time, or skipped sections so I could “get it done”. It was just that there was so much to love about this book.
For me personally, it was less about dealing with the fear of writing (I’m not afraid of writing or putting my books out there to get loved or trashed, although hopefully there’s more love going around than the other thing!). The book was filled with inspiration, and I especially loved how she talked about ideas, and how they travel around searching for the right person who’s willing to put in the time and effort to bring that idea to fruition.
Coincidentally, after reading the ideas section, I had a dream, one of those intriguing dreams where the story plays out like a movie—color and all!—and the characters and plot and story are fully fleshed out. But somewhere near the end, I realized that the story included aliens invading Earth. I remember this moment vividly because in my dream I said, “I can’t write this story. I don’t write science fiction.”
Well, remember the “blue screen of death” that we used to get when our PC froze or died? (I use a Mac now, so I don’t know if the “blue screen of death” still occurs.) The dream—and the idea—were gone just like that. My dream landscape was just a blank blue screen…and I realized that my idea had heard me and moved on to find someone else to take on the challenge of writing its story.
So there you have it, my number one read for the month, although I do have my eye on a couple of other books. I’m on deadline with book three in the Caught Between series, but if I can fit more reading time in this month, I will. Both authors are new to me, both write romance. One of the books is the first in a series and FREE, which is a great way to try out new authors, don’t you think?
What’s on your to-be-read shelf this month?
I’m a September baby, which means that my favorite time of the year is the fall. It’s the time of year when life settles out. The kids go back to school. The garden gets pulled out and cleaned up. The flowerbeds get one last trim before the winter freeze sets in.
And everything slows down to a snail’s pace again. There’s time to breathe, time to sit and reflect, time for just me.
In our fast paced world, we like to cram every moment with busyness. It makes us feel productive, worthwhile, important. I know because I’ve been there, done that, tried to be the center of the universe for everyone but myself.
What I know for certain is that time never stands still, but we can. So grab a few precious moments from your day to enjoy your guilty pleasure, whatever it is. Relax in a hot bath. Read a great book (and may I recommend one from here?). Or stare at the ceiling and simply let your mind drift where it will.
This time is your gift to yourself. Enjoy it always.
This summer, I’ve been writing a lot, working on book three of the Caught Between series. When I’m not typing away on my MacBook Air or scribbling on my sticky notes, I’ve been outside playing in the flowerbeds, riding my bike around town, and basically enjoying the summer heat. But it’s cooling off here now, which means more indoor time and more reading time, and I have some great reading material lined up for September.
What’s on your reading shelf this month?
Looking for the perfect beach read? Then I highly recommend 🙂 the newest release in the Caught Between series!
Stephanie Goodwin has never met a prince who didn’t turn out to be a frog, but she’s never allowed her personal feelings about men and relationships to interfere with her job as a wedding planner. Instead, she focuses on giving her clients their dream wedding, a magical day to get them through the trials and tribulations of the years ahead—before everything turns to dust.
Hotshot divorce lawyer, Stone Kincaid, has an aversion to marriage. His experience has taught him that wedding vows only lead to a broken heart that never really heals and an empty bank account. But when he returns to his family’s Serendipity Island estate to stop his irresponsible sister’s wedding, he encounters the wedding planner from hell—the gorgeous, sexy woman he met and bedded a month ago.
Can a woman with a history of picking the wrong kind of guy find a forever kind of love with a man who fears commitment almost as much as she does?
This story includes a marriage-phobic wedding planner, a hunky divorce lawyer whose attitude toward wedded bliss—and family—is about to change, one really big OOPS, afternoon naughtiness, peanut butter cookies, messy family relationships, and a battle-of-the-sexes secondary romance.
Available at: Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, Amazon AU
Want to take a behind-the-scenes peek at my writerly life? I’m over at Cheryl Cooke Harrington’s Stillpoint blog today with pictures of my office and a look at what I’m working on now. Come say hello so I’m not lonely!