Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Is Your Life Whispering To You?

A couple months back when I was asked to be part of the Indie Chicks anthology I was actually dealing with a really personal situation in my life at the time.  I was at a crossroads and had an important decision to make, one that I never saw coming.

For a couple days when I tried to write my little tidbit for the book, I just sat there and stared at the blank page on my computer.  And that's not like me.  I don't outline when I write--I just wing it, and that usually works great for me.  Not only that, ideas flow so quickly when I'm in "the zone" I can't type fast enough and often times lose them before I can get them out.  So it's strange for me to sit here in my little ship without my compass...errr...GPS to navigate me through the writing waters.  

I ended up writing a piece, and I was happy with how it turned out.  From that, all kinds of things started happening to me.  I edited a non-fiction book for a writer who wrote a story about how she gave up everything to move to an island and start again with her husband and few possessions.  All she wanted was a simple life.  It was inspiring.  And then I read two books after that which had a powerful impact on me and my current situation.  Needless to say, I feel like a completely different person than I was a couple months ago and have a whole new outlook on life.  I'm even creating a vision board.  Oh, yes.  It's true.  Pictures and the whole shebang.

So let's get back to Indie Chicks and how my little rant today ties in.  I am now reading Indie Chicks, and just like the other books I've read lately, it has offered me many things: inspiration, strength, positive energy, unity, and much more.  It's the kind of thing that, in the end, I was left feeling like we are all connected in this life and that a lot of us deal with similar things in our lives.  And we're not alone, and we are as strong as we allow ourselves to be.

Indie Chicks will pull you in and make you proud to be a woman.  And if you're a dude (and I say DUDE because I hail from the wonderful California), it will make you appreciate your woman.  Trust me, it will.

Other than the fact that the anthology is wonderful and will always hold a special place in my heart, all the proceeds go toward breast cancer research.  AND it's only $1.99.  Need I say more?

And now to the list of scrumptious authors who took part:

Foreword by Karen McQuestion
Afterword by Beth Elisa Harris

Stories included:
Foreword by Karen McQuestion
Knight in Shining Armor by Shea MacLeod
Latchkey Kid by Heather Marie Adkins
Write or Die by Danielle Blanchard
The Phoenix and The Darkness by Lizzy Ford
Never Too Late by Linda Welch
Stepping Into the Light by Donna Fasano
One Fictionista’s Literary Bliss by Katherine Owen
I Burned My Bra For This? by Cheryl Shireman
Mrs. So Got It Wrong Agent by Prue Battten
Holes by Suzanne Tyrpak
Turning Medieval by Sarah Woodbury
A Kinky Adventure in Anglophilia by Anne R. Allen
Writing From a Flour Sack by Dani Amore
Just Me and James Dean by Cheryl Bradshaw
How a Big Yellow Truck Changed My Life by Christine DeMaio-Rice
From 200 Rejections to Amazon Top 200! by Sibel Hodge
Have You Ever Lost a Hat? by Barbara Silkstone
French Fancies! by Mel Comley
Life’s Little Gifts by Melissa Foster
Never Give Up On Your Dream by Christine Kersey
Self-taught Late Bloomer by Carol Davis Luce
Moving to The Middle East by Julia Crane
Paper, Pen, and Chocolate by Talia Jager
The Magic Within and The Little Book That Could by Michelle Muto
Write Out of Grief by Melissa Smith
Afterword by Beth Elisa Harris

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