Thursday, May 10, 2012

First Review and Book Discussion Questions

It's a beautiful May morning and before I start my day job I want to share Each Other's first review. The link will take you to the and just scroll to the bottom to find it. Four stars! Many thanks!

 I am hearing from a lot of folks about the book and the blog. Please feel free to add a comment on the blog ... you can use initials or first names if you don't want to sign it. I'd like to hear about your writing. Do  you write? Do you want to? Does the use social media add to or detract from your personal writing?

Would you like to suggest discussion questions for Each Other?
I promised to offer up a few myself so here are just a few to start off:
-What is different or unusual about Annie and Warren's relationship, outside of the time frame that they find themselves in?
-Do you find that some people have come into your life with a special quality where they can reach down into your core as if you two have been connected somewhere before, in another time?
-Have you taken a new Path or journey because of someone you met?  Think about the impact it had on you or how it changed your course in life.
-What do you think Annie means when she writes, 'We are who we are because of each other?'
-If that is a true statement, how does our world of sound bites and defined number of character announcements constitute communication?
-Did folks of the 19th century do a better job of connecting then we are in this crazy busy 21st century world? Why or why not?
-If you could ask Annie or Warren a question, what would it be?
-Why the time period of the Civil War? What did that have to do with each other (find examples in the book)?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Writing and the Creative Process

Writing is indeed a creative process. As I discover more about the creative process it is essential that we as individuals can slow down and listen within, thereby getting to know our own unique creative self.  Breathe and listen. It’s a fine way to start the day and set an intention for focus.
Listening to authors, artists, chefs or surgeons discuss how they get lost in what they do, with Passion, intrigues me because everyone has their own take on the creative process. What sparks you? What connects you to your greater Source? Clearly fast-paced cyber society is often numbing and getting away from electronic equipment long enough to breathe and listen is restorative.
Inevitably what I come back to is breathing, visualizing, having gratitude and connecting with people, usually through conversation. Now it’s your turn.  I’d be grateful to know what YOUR COMMENTS are on anything discussed here, or in the archived blogs, whether or not you’ve looked at Each Other, the novel that started this blog.
The bulk of Each Other takes place in 1862, 150 years ago. Reading Each Other takes us to a simpler time, a slower time when the telegraph was new and before electricity was harnessed for daily use; A time when oil lamps and candles were used to light homes after the sun went down and a time when men, women and children had to chop wood and haul water no matter what the weather. Many grew the food they needed or purchased it nearby. There are many discussions that can be generated from reading this story about a spy for the Union living in northern Virginia in 1862 and what she is willing to risk just when her life gets complicated by falling deeply in love with a Confederate Captain.
My next blog will be book discussion questions for Each Other. Download or sample the book at  or at many of the distributors for ebooks and if you have discussion questions for the book, please submit them as a comment to this blog. Many thanks for reading!