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Autumn is Upon Us🍂🍁🍃 ~ #amwriting #studying #revisions #bookreviews #creating

 

“Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Sept

Time seems to fly by…it’s hard to believe the summer is over and autumn is on its way, replete with, warm blankets, pumpkin spice lattes (yes, I’m a pumpkin person…don’t judge😉 ) and cuddling up in the cosiness reading a book and writing.

Moving forward I have a few months full of studying, working on multiple projects, revising and researching.  Looks like I will be kept extremely busy in the months ahead, as a result, I will be taking a hiatus from my coaching practice at IgniteYourCreativity.net and returning with new programs and classes in Winter of 2020.

Over at Professor Owl’s Book Corner, we recently published our Back-to-School Newsletter. This month features some great book recommendations, literacy tutoring and creative writing inspiration for our young writers. 

On August 30th, we celebrated our twenty-seventh instalment of the “We Are The World Blogfest” #WATWB.  We have been going strong and send a huge thank you to everyone who has been participating.  Our next post is on September 27th, 2019!

Wondering what #WATWB is all about? The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their positive stories led by five co-hosts. If you are interested in learning more about this or to join us please click here for details. 

Wishing everyone a successful September…wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you are making your fondest dreams a reality!

Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

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When A Negative Turns Into A Positive #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese and Damyanti Biswas.  Our next post is on September 27th, 2019! To learn more about WATWB or to join us click here. For updates, news and monthly reminder notifications please join us on our FB page here or follow us on our new Twitter account: @WATWB


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ~ Wendy Mass

This is a quote that I love and it rings so true especially in the case of Randa Ragland. When young Mom of five Randa Ragland received a letter in her mailbox from a neighbour calling her house an “eyesore” because the grass and shrubs were so overgrown she was understandably upset.

Complaint Letter to Randa

Ragland whose three-year-old non-verbal autistic son Jaxsen had recently been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer had her hands full. Between taking care of her other children and hospital trips with Jaxsen she didn’t have the time or energy to do much work on her lawn. Frustrated the then took to her Facebook page to explain the state of her house and why it looks the way it does. Little did she know that post, venting her frustration would prompt kind volunteers to unite together and help Randa.

A dedicated group of volunteers including a landscaping company, came to her aid cleaning up her lawn, purchasing supplies for Jaxsen and banding to form a support network for her.

Joey Harding was one such volunteer who showed up to pitch in. He lost his own daughter, Lulu, to the exact same type of cancer that Jaxen is suffering from.

“Words can’t describe what this means to me right now,” he told ABC 7. “It’s helping me cope with losing my daughter, to help another family in need.”

via https://globalnews.ca/news/5735747/mom-son-cancer-gets-spiteful-note/

To see what her neighbours did, watch the video below:

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#NetGalley #BookReview Mythos by Stephen Fry #Greek #Mythology

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Mythos

by Stephen Fry

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Mythos by Stephen Fry from NetGalley and Chronicle Books in order to read and give an honest review.

I have been a fan of Stephen Fry for a long time. His books are always enjoyable, packed with flowing prose, interesting stories and rife with Fry’s sardonic wit.

In Mythos, Fry creates an informative, comedic and quirky retelling of Greek Myths the only way he can, brilliantly.   One thing that is evident in Mythos is that Fry not only has a passion for his subject matter but a passion for language and storytelling in general. Fry’s Mythos is like sitting with a friend as he regales you with stories, adding little side notes such as the greek origins of many words and shares poems and plays inspired by the myths.  He starts right at creation and takes us through we meet everyone from Kronus to Midas each brought to life with Fry’s unique storytelling.

I really enjoyed Mythos, although to some it may seem a bit self-indulgent of Fry I thought it was an incredibly unique take on the Greek Myths which many of us have tried and failed to digest. It’s a highly entertaining and informative read that I would highly recommend.

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#NetGalley #BookReview of The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal #HistoricalFiction #Gothic

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The Doll Factory

by Elizabeth Macneal

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Release date: August 13th, 2019

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Doll Factory
by Elizabeth Macneal from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada in order to read and give an honest review.

a dark, atmospheric work of gothic historical fiction which chills and thrills right to the very end…”

In this debut novel from Elizabeth Macneal we get a dark, atmospheric work of gothic historical fiction which chills and thrills right to the very end.  Wonderfully written with uniquely written characters and an accurate interpretation of 1850’s London The Doll Factory takes dark unrequited love and obsession to a new level.  

 Our protagonist Iris and her sister, Rose work in a Doll shop for the cruel and intolerant Mrs Salter.  Their life is monotonous to poor Iris who finds painting dolls to be stifling especially when her true desire is to become one of the first respected female artists of the time.  Iris feels it necessary to hide her artwork from the prying eyes of Mrs Salter and her sister Rose.  Rose after being scarred severely by smallpox, becomes jealous and often cruel to her sister after she loses her fiancé due to her looks.  One day through a young street urchin, Albie, Iris meets taxidermist and curiosity shop owner, Silas. At first glance, Silas is besotted with her and his life becomes built around his disturbing obsession with Iris, creating a fantasy about her and their ‘perfect’ future together.  When Iris gets an opportunity to model and be tutored by an up and coming artist, the handsome and debonair Louis Frost, things seem to be turning around for her but Louis is distraught by the news. Louis who a client of Silas, often purchasing taxidermy animals as models for his work has treated Silas poorly, playing cruel pranks on him which Silas will not forget.  Despite being disowned by her sister and parents for choosing a profession not becoming of a lady, Iris decides to quit her job and follow her dreams. When Silas sees how closed she is becoming to Louis his obsession takes a dangerous turn. 

Very dark and disturbing this book might not be for everyone however if you can bet past certain parts it is brilliantly written with well-crafted characters and finishes off with an unexpected but satisfying ending. 
 

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Wishing all a #Wonderful Week!

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”~Ray Bradbury

Wishing all a #WonderfulWeek!
Incredibly busy week ahead brimming with possibility ~ #Coffee ☕ definitely required!

#amwriting #urbanfantasy #gothic #archaeologicalmystery #researching #medievalalchemy #studying #medievalhistory #art #newsletters #creativitycoaching #photography & #bookreviews 📚

Wherever you may be in your day/eve I hope you’re working to make your fondest dreams a reality!
Live, laugh & love!❤

What are your goals this week?

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#NetGalley #BookReview Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay #Fantasy #YA

 

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Ever Alice

by H.J. Ramsay

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Published: August 1st, 2019


I received a complimentary ARC copy of Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay from NetGalley and Red Rogue Press

…a wonderfully whimsical and fun story inspired by Alice and Wonderland …

The author has created a brilliant and unique take on Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland. A unique plotline, quirky characters and an interesting interpretation of the characters Carroll is famous for. Ramsay creates a humourous story about 15-year-old Alice whose parents are concerned with her rantings about her friend “the white rabbit”. Her parents fear that after a near-drowning, the trauma has caused her to lose her mind and as a result commit her to an insane asylum for treatment.  Alice endures the asylum and after a while, when just on the verge of being released home, a nasty nurse exposes Alice by sharing her journal filled with rants about the white rabbit and a place called Wonderland. At a loss, the asylum staff decide to take her to see a doctor famous for curing individuals with a surgical procedure.  After seeing other patients Alice realizes this procedure isn’t going to be as easy as she is told, luckily at the direst moment, her friend the “white rabbit” appears and whisks her away to Wonderland where her adventure begins.

Filled with humour, this is a wonderfully whimsical and fun story inspired by Alice in Wonderland and although a YA novel  I would recommend to young and old alike.

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Overcoming Failure #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Shilpa GargSimon FalkDamyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz  and Eric Lahti.


Life is all about learning, growing often facing failure and adversity along the way. For many we give up, abandon or avoid following our dreams because we are scared to fail. As a writer, I have to admit I have done this too. I have actually destroyed manuscripts in haste because of rejection or self doubt. I have given up on more than one occasion for reasons ranging from not having enough time, to health issues which in all honesty weren’t as much reasons as excuses.   Yet each time I have given up or failed, I have picked myself up, dusted myself off and have tried again, possibly because I am stubborn but more simply because I love writing. 

On one of my “giving up” phases someone once mentioned a quote that was blunt, but rung true:
‘If you’re not failing, you’re probably not trying as hard as you could be’ ~ George Church (Harvard)

I am not the first writer to face rejection and I won’t be the last Stephen King’s first novel “Carrie” was rejected something like 30 times before it was accepted. King gave up and threw his first book in the trash. His wife, Tabitha, retrieved the manuscript and encouraged King to finish it. Now, King’s books have sold somewhere in the neighborhood of over 350 million copies, he’s become a household name, with almost every book making various best-seller’s lists not to mention  many have been turned into major blockbuster movies and television series.
No matter what your dreams are I can pretty much guarantee that someone who is a role model in that field has failed and had to overcome adversity multiple times. Check out this infographic from www.invaluable.com for more inspiration…

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#NetGalley #BookReview of The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd by Robert Davies #fiction #memoir #mystery #paranormal

 

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The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd

Release date: July 11th, 2019

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I received a complimentary copy of The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd
by Robert Davies from NetGalley and BHC Press in order to read and give an honest review.

… In my opinion, it’s a well-written character-driven mystery which slowly unravels…

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Although not really what I expected I still enjoyed The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd. Slow-paced, this is more of a memoir told from Evan’s point of view, as we follow his life after the death of his brother and inheriting his estate in Wales.  In my opinion, it’s a well-written character-driven mystery which slowly unravels, first with Evan trying to get to the bottom of his brother Damon’s unusual and concerning behaviour before his death. Then Evan’s obsession of uncovering the truth of who Aline Lloyd really is and what secrets lie behind her intense personality seems to take centre stage.  Although it has a touch of the paranormal, basically a reincarnation story, to me it reads more like a romantic mystery. It does pick up when an elite agency chases after Aline but sadly the action is short lived.

All in all, not a bad book but I think the cover although well done, is the most misleading thing for readers. It’s dark and lends an impression of a darker more paranormal infused story.  I guess this is a good example of when a cover can be misleading and garner a negative impression on an otherwise decent story.

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#NewRelease Foresight: A New Avalon Book #3 by Andrea Buginsky

 

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In 2016 we lost a wonderful caring soul and brilliant author…Andrea Buginsky.  Andrea was just putting the finishing touches on the third book of her New Avalon series when she unexpectedly passed away.  In a difficult and extremely emotional act of love, her family have edited and brought her last book to fruition, posthumously.

I was blessed to have Andrea on my blog before, you can find links to her posts here: http://bit.ly/328ySEt 

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Foresight

(New Avalon, #3)
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Here in Andi’s own words is a glimpse of New Avalon: Foresight.

“As Elena Baxter begins her third year at New Avalon, the terror from her demons intensifies. When she attempts her own course of treatment, her life spirals out of control. Much will be learned from Mia about her own tortured past, and an unknown part of Avalon will be revealed. Will Elena’s friends be able to help her, or worsen the situation? What frightening new information about every Lady of the Lake and her reign comes to light? Will the future Lady of the Lake survive these new obstacles, or will she ultimately succumb to more than she can possibly handle? ”

You can find the book on Amazon on both Kindle and Paperback editions.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Andrea+Buginsky&ref=nb_sb_noss

While Foresight can be read as a stand-alone book, readers will want to read the first two books in the New Avalon series as well. Andrea’s final book is now available in eBook and paperback. They are posted separately on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Andrea+Buginsky&ref=nb_sb_noss

 

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Wishing all a Safe & Happy #Summer #amwriting #studying #art #bookreviews #WATWB

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” ~Judy Collins

July2019

This month I will celebrate a monumental birthday…I will be turning 50 years young and I can’t wait to see what my future holds!   Although over the past few years I  have faced so many challenges, I am blessed to see a positive shift happening in all areas of my life.

With a busy few months on the horizon, I have a funny feeling I’m going to need a lot of #coffee!☕ 😉  This summer will find me juggling a full schedule of creative, academic, business and personal projects and in order to fit it all in I will be cutting back on my online time for a few months. I will still be around with regular blog posts but on social media, however, I will not be on to the same extent. Self-care is so important…often in life, we have to strive to find balance.   

In the fall of 2019, I  will be resuming my coaching programs at IgniteYourCreativity.net  My programs  “Ignite Your Creativity 101” and “Art as Therapy”. Both programs were designed to help you embrace your passion, heal, and ignite your creativity.  I will also be launching a brand new journaling program in January 2020. At ProfessorOwlsBookCorner.com we will be continuing our Literacy tutoring after a brief hiatus, but check our blog weekly for book reviews and community boards (Variety Village & March of Dimes).  I will also be posting regular book reviews at www.BohoandBookish.wordpress.com.

Last Friday was another successful month of our “We Are The World Blogfest” #WATWB. A huge thank you to everyone who participated.

What is #WATWB?

The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their positive stories led by five co-hosts. If you are interested in learning more about this or to join us please click here for details.  Our next post is July 26th, 2019!

“I’m probably wouldn’t do anything differently if I had to do it again. Every little thing that happens to you, good and bad, becomes a little piece of the puzzle of who you become. Every successful person you read about – Warren Buffett, Bill Gates – they all say pretty much the same thing. ‘Do what you love.’ I know I did.”~David Foster
Wishing everyone a wonderful Summer…wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you’re creating a life you love! 

Live, laugh & love! ❤

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