I started listening to Rev. Jennifer McSween podcast “Understanding The Language Of A course In Miracles” https://revjennifermcsweenpodcast.com back in 2018. In 2019 I sent her an email thanking her for her podcast teachings and her informative book. Rev. McSween responded with a kindly worded email and a signed copy of her book. I’ve had the Course In Miracles book for some time before I started reading the text in 2018. In 2019 I started doing the workbook exercises in 2021 I joined the Pathways of Light” ministry because all they teach is The Course In Miracles. Along with Rev. McSween’s podcasts, book and the weekly Sunday readings with Pathways of Light I am gaining a better understand of my SELF and the world in which I live in but am not emerged in.
Rev. Jennifer McSween had divided the book into three main parts: Part 1: A New Perspective, Part 2: Understanding True Forgiveness and Part 3: Practicing True Forgiveness. Throughout the book she provides simple formulas of her teaching to follow to learn how to forgive yourself and others. On her promotional flyer she writes “True Forgiveness shares a simple, effective and pain-free process taught in A Course in Miracles for letting go of emotional pain, and feeling empowered and at peace regardless of what you experience. ” To get more information about Rev. McSween click on the link http://Rev.JenniferMcSween.com. I hope you read the book and enjoy the journey through the Course In Miracles teachings. What are you reading?
“When you forgive from the perspective of the Course, what you are forgiving or letting go of if “an idea”-the idea that something was really done to you by another that has caused you some for of harm, loss or pain. Forgiving in this way rests on the Course’s most fundamental teaching: “It’s not what happens, but the way you look at it, that determine the way you experience.” This is recognizing and acknowledging that everything happens in the mind and that you’re never threatened or in danger from anything or anyone in the world.“-Rev. McSween
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 62 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for works such as Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson’s critical reputation has fluctuated since his death, though today his works are held in general acclaim. In 2018 he was ranked, just behind Charles Dickens, as the 26th-most-translated author in the world.
I’m reading Octavia E. Butler’s book “Parable of the Sower” above is a quote from chapter nine. This book is a work of fiction and was published in 1993 but I feel this statement is relevent to today’s political circus. What do you think? Have you read the book? Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Currently I’m reading Cicely Tyson’s memoir ” Just As I Am.” When I got home I sat and ran my fingers over the cover of the book. The front cover photo is so striking! The font, the colors beige and purple, very fitting. When I opened the book there was a photo of Cicely and her family in 1920’s, turn the page and there’s a photo of Cicely, taken by Lord Snowdon, husband to Princess Margaret. He captured her in a Bill Whitten masterpiece of a dress, one she wore to the New York premiere of Sounder in 1972. The forward is by actress Viola Davis.
Written on the inside of the jacket cover these words:
“Just as I am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and a mother, a sister and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I a am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by his hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.”
When I removed the jacket sleeve there on the cover of the purple binder book was Cicely Tyson signature. The book is a masterpiece, just like Ms. Tyson.
Cicely Tyson is one of the most respected talents in American theater and film history. From her starring role on Broadway in The Blacks to the Emmy-nominated film A Lesson Before Dying, her work has garnered critical acclaim for more than sixty years. She has received two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and won the Tony Award for Best Actress for The Trip to Bountiful. A capstone achievement came in 2018, when she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar.
The book was written with Michelle Burford. Ms Burford is a Harvard-trained celebrity memoir collaborator, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and a founding editor of The Oprah Magazine.
I worked for twenty-eight years at a government job in New York City. I kept a photo on my desktop of Machu Picchu. I kept telling myself that one day I’m going to go there and stand on the mountain. When I retired in 2013 I booked a trip through Grand European Travel (http://www.getours.com) to Machu Picchu. This was an eight day trip through Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Agues Calientes, and Cuzco. When I arrived in Lima the time change and altitude didn’t sit well with me. I got ill.
When we arrived at Machu Picchu my head was spinning like a top. I couldn’t walk all the way to the top of the mountain and was disappointed. I couldn’t believe I had made it to Machu Picchu and I couldn’t walk to the top of the mountain the altitude was too high. So I stayed at the “bottom” (pictured above) and walked around and took photos. It was still mesmerizing. I was in awe that people had built these stone houses hidden in the mountains. At one point I sat and took it all in. What beauty! The mountains, clouds, fresh air. Amazing!
When I returned home to Orlando Florida I went to an Urgent Care Center. I had a bad case of vertigo, and a bronchitics infection. It took a week of me getting bed rest, taking meds and doing vertigo exercises to feel better. But, that’s a trip I won’t forget. The group I traveled with were diverse seasoned travelers. I got lots of tips on how to travel (always arrive one day ahead to rest), what to pack (always pack long pants and a jacket.)
What’s my dream for 2022? To travel to Machu Picchu again, of course.
3 Simple Rules for Creating a Sell Sheet for Your Book:
The only “rules” you need to follow are these:
You must include a high-resolution cover of your book.
You must include an excellent, succinct description of the book.
You must include relevant purchasing information.
Other additional items you can add to your book sell sheet include:
Any key endorsements you’ve received.
A succinct “tagline” that sums up your book in one sentence.
Your author photo and bio (especially if your book is non-fiction, and you are a speaker).
Color imagery or extra illustrations.
Comparisons to other titles like yours.
Links to additional resources, such as a reader’s guide or teacher’s guide.
Your sell sheet is essentially a business card for you and your book. You want it to look professional.
Youtuber Alissa Rose in a Canva tutorial teaches how to create a digital Printable Planner in Canva, these steps are also helpful when creating a Sales Sell Sheet for your book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcNeZjmY4wA
There’s More To Do!
For the next few weeks I’ll be working on my Book Launch Checklist. My goal is to complete and publish my book by October 2022. This checklist will entail strategizing around my launch budget, considering the help I’ll need to help with the endorsement of my book. And where will I travel to promote my book? Will I do it virtually? I’ll have to reach out to podcasters and set up an account with Amazon and Goodreads. There’s more for me to do and consider. BookBub has A Marketing Timeline for Authors http://www.bookbub.com. I’ll be a busy person this summer!
“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker, Author
I was so happy to find Dai Niem Xu Thien Vien Satipatthana Meditation Center in Leesburg Florida. The center is closed but the grounds are open. I took my time and walked around and took photos. This space is so peaceful and quiet. I was able to clear my mind and refocus myself. I was a bit troubled about my manuscript and needed some moments of quiet to recenter myself. This was a perfect space.
The Meditation Center is about five minutes from my new home in Leesburg Florida. They are rebuilding the park, center and monks quarters. There are benches in the park where I could sit and take some quiet moments for myself. Taking time here I got clear on the direction I wanted my memoir to go.
After my visit to Satipatthana Meditation Center I was able to construct the outline for my memoir, with the help of my Writing Coach, Parthenia Hicks. I have compiled my manuscript and now I’m in the process of reading through it and revising it here and there. The quiet moments at the center were very helpful. This will be my new space to go to for quiet, focus and guidance. You can get more information about the center at http://dainiemxutv.com