Why do you do that thing you do?

 

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What’s your Outlook junk mail file look like? Mine is easily 100 unread messages at a time. I really don’t want to delete them, but there’s so little time. I can’t read it all. Everyone has a message and many of them are amazing and heartfelt and helpful…but time…there simply isn’t enough time.

 

Do you multi-task? If you’re a woman, you do for sure! I can’t get my nails done without reading a book, or have lunch without checking and responding to Face Book or Twitter. I cook listening to a podcast or motivational You Tube video. That’s how I roll.

 

I tend to write in sound bites. My blogs are short and sweet and hopefully entertain, inspire or motivate. Or make you smile and laugh, that’s good too. But most of all I respect the time you take to read my post.

 

The point of this is I came across a great free download in one of my emails. It’s from Liz Dennery Sanders called 101 WaysPowerfulBrand. She’s great by the way http://shebrand.com. Liz offers a succinct 20-page workbook to help you organize your brand, to define who and what you are in your marketplace, who and what you want to be to your customer/consumer/client/reader.

 

Here’s what I learned about my Why.  In everyone of my fictional works I tackle a social issue, something important to me—something that touches the core of who we are as a society. I fight my battles—literally, in writing—with the JET series, Target in the Sun, Vanished in the Sun and even in LEI Crime World… The titles like Narco Orphans, JET-Abducted, drop clues.

 

That simple realization about my work was a powerful ah-ha moment. In my own way through my books, I’m tackling war, the sacrifice of the military, human trafficking, cartels, drugs, sex: both good and bad; and with my current wip JET-Displaced, bio-weapons and the world’s refugee crisis.

 

Do you know why you do that thing you do?

 

Thank you to my constant readers. I hope those of you who relate, find both entertainment and your very own ‘ah-hah’ moments in my writing.

 

p. s. Target in the Sun will be on Kindle Countdown Deal Friday June 2, 2017 $.99 cents!! OMG don’t ask me why I’m doing it.  https://goo.gl/PPLaF9

Warning!! If You’re Allergic to Poetry, Don’t Open

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Why

why do I attract

those who are in pain

from lost and twisted relationships

there’s so little for me to gain

 

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Please

I wonder why you still hang around

why you can’t move on

why you still love me

why you won’t let me go

 

can I tell you why I left you

why I let you go

why I will always love you

why you moved me so

 

it started with a whisper and a song

with laughter and joy

with shared passions and pain

and now

it needs to end

because it’s time

 

I know you’re here

watching me, reading me

 

Please

go to sleep

and when you awake

let us finally be over

 

 

 

 

The Love Fix 2009    https://goo.gl/JrTgwY

 

 

 

 

 

If You Knew Me This Would Not Surprise You!

I was adopted this morning.
I have always had totem animals. Sandhawks have been watching over me for 7 years–ever since a Navy SEAL friend of mine died.
This morning I decided to work on book 4 in my novella series JET. I’m plotting, so I was re-reading who I killed off in my 3rd book JET Ultimatum. And suddenly I looked up and I had a RAVEN sitting on my balcony railing watching me!!
OMG. Do you know the name of my main character throughout this entire series? Luke RAVEN!
And yes he has some similarities to My Cowboy in my memoir LOVE The Beat Goes On.  He’s got a native Blackfoot grandfather. And leads a very interesting life.
The Raven:
“Working with Raven is a way of boosting your powers of observation and bringing anything that lingers in the shadows into a healthy light.
Ravens have a very distinctive voice and a vast vocabulary. They are among the smartest birds in nature, so don’t be surprised if you start finding that your communication skills improve.
Raven reminds us to stay true to our voice.
One thing is for certain, with Raven around your life will not want for mystical adventures and spiritual surprises.”
This is going to be an incredible week!

Life, Lust & Love

There is only one thingSometimes I forget.

OSHO sits on my night table. The Beloved is one of the few hard cover books I own. It’s the moving and traveling–the way I love to live my life.  It doesn’t lend itself to a library of hundreds, or thousands, of books.

I’m a nomad at heart. I could live my life on the road, stopping for a week here, another there–all the things that are important to me would fit into the back of my SUV.

Crazy? Rootless? I’d rather think of it as wander lust.

I also live in my mind. As long as I have books to read…thank you Steve Jobs for creating the iPad, and Amazon for the Kindle App–I can be happy anywhere. And something to hold the images like the one above taken in Sinora, Mex. on a solitary road trip from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Whistler, British Columbia. And always, I need something to write with; I couldn’t live without my writing.

I think I’ll make a new Canva photo/visionboard. If I was truly living my life on the road, I would add unlimited airmiles to my wish list. Then I could drop in on my son and his family in Paris whenever I felt like it.

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Or maybe I would work on my current novel in Venice, the ghost of Gabriel Allon nudging me to place a twist here, a romantic encounter there. Yes, I could live for a month or two in Venice.

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Love & lust take on many forms in my life.

As Osho would say, if you miss those moments of love–whatever and whomever you love–you’ve missed the whole opportunity of life.

Enjoy:    LOVE The Beat Goes On on Amazon     https://goo.gl/T9OKPS