Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Book Store

Today I went to one of my favorite places - Barnes and Noble. I love this place because it's full of great stories written by successful writers - hopeful writers like me, but who have actually finally made it! Of course their sales could totally take a dive, but how could they be upset? There, between all the perfectly aligned shelves, lies THEIR creation next to some of the world's best authors of all times!

I love the smell of new books and looking at the different covers and titles. There is so much creativity that goes into a book, and I'm not just talking about the whole storyline either. If the cover of the book looks totally lame, I put it down. If it draws my attention, I flip it over and start reading the synopsis. I'm one who likes bright colors, so of course if the book is hot pink, purple, bright green, it basically jumps right into my hands. It's kind of like when I design logos and graphics in my "real" job - the cover of a book must be appealing to a large audience for that genre, reflect a story, and I think the author as well.

One of the other tips my writing teacher suggested to us is that we have to continue to read. We need to stay current with other successful writers and learn all the different styles out there. It's a way to remind us how we need to write in order to get noticed. This explains why I was at Barnes and Noble today over my lunch break.

I'm in this great book club and we're reading the The Anatomy of Peace, so I had to pick that up. I'm actually excited about reading it because it's all about resolving conflict and discovering where it comes from. I'm all about that too. I could use a little peace in my life right now! I seem to be so defensive lately!!

The second book was recommended to me by a consultant I have been working with. He's taught me all I need to know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and I find him quite brilliant. When I showed him my website, he said I needed to go out and get When in Rome. This is a story about a woman who can't quite let go of her ex boyfriend even though she's now involved with a "better" boyfriend until her ex invites her to Rome, but then her new boyfriend shows up! Sounds dramatic, juicy and AWESOME.

The third book is a book by "Richard Castle". I'm obsessed with the actual TV show Castle shown on ABC, Monday nights. I think this show is extremely clever. Castle brings in actor Nathan Fillion to play real (pen name) author Rick Castle, as one of its main characters. In the show Rick plays "himself" - an author who must follow Kate Beckett around (a hot detective who he calls Nikki Heat in his novel series). By following her around all day at work, he is able to come up with new story ideas for his novels. It's so awesome that I can read Heat Wave during the summer when all the Castle reruns are on, and feel like I'm still connected to one of my favorite shows! And I can't WAIT!!!

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