Posted in Writer Musings

It Can Be Done! :) Angela Did It!

Great Things Quote Vincent Van GoghI know it can be done.  I have heard it many, many times before.  I have read it, discussed it, and ponder it until the cows came home; but today, I witnessed it!  You wonder what “It” is, do you, Dear Bloggites?  Well, let me explain “It” to you.

It is not sex, but something better, yeah, I said it, something better!  It is watching someone work so hard and so long, trudging through the quagmire of memory and pain, to come out on the other side, wholer (is that a word?  Well, I am using it!) than they were before and having the proof of that journey.

I was blessed to join a wonderful group of ladies at the Heart & Soul Writer’s Group tonight and I was greeted with the wonderful smiles of Pat and Lisa asking me how I have been doing and what they can do to help me on my journey of writing and after a while, Angela joined us.  She looked transformed from the last time I saw her, and in her arms, she carried the first edition of her story!  YaY!!!!!

I have watched and listened and discussed with her over the past year on the few (sadly, very few) visits I have managed to make to this group meeting about her story.  It is a story I can closely relate to because of my story.  Now, I know I am getting oddly cryptic, but I don’t want to give away her story until she has determined how she wants to present it.

I have heard that writing a book and FINISHING a book can be done, but until tonight, I never witnessed it actually happening to someone I knew.  My heart is overrun with joy for Angela and I am so inspired that I have yet another fire in my soul to get my book finished to share with the world.

Thank You, Angela, for sharing your journey with me, and I cannot wait to buy your book! Congrats!!!!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Book Review

Book Review: Writing Day In And Day Out by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

writing-day-in-and-day-out-by-andi-cumbo-floydHello, Dear Bloggites. 🙂  My book review is on a topic near and dear to my heart – Writing.  Doubly so, the author, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, is also near and dear to my heart.  I have followed her newsletters, website, and books for a while now because she has an amazing ability to break down the most difficult aspects of writing into understandable explanations while uplifting your whole soul. 🙂

In the book, Writing Day In And Day Out, Andi talks about making sure to be true to yourself while writing.  So many people who are writers tend to get so focused on getting to the end of that novel, short story, poem, etc. that they being to neglect themselves in the process.  In order for a writer to produce their best work, they need to be sure to take care of themselves.  Andi Cumbo-Floyd breaks down different techniques that will help a writer refocus their energies while caring for their needs.

The book is written in a format the focuses on a specific topic per chapter.  Within each chapter, the author gives examples of how a writer may refresh their minds with certain simple to follow suggestions.  Also, in each chapter, the author shares her own journey and challenges along the writing path of life.  The reader can tell that the author truly experienced the challenges shared and how the techniques helped her overcome said challenges.

The writing style was not only a learning style but it also felt that you were just having an everyday conversation with a close friend.  For the writers who not only like to read books on writing techniques, but also would like suggestions on other books to read on the trade, Andi provides a list of her favorite reference books as well as other books and sites that are specifically on the topic of writing.

I give Writing Day In And Day Out by Andi Cumbo-Floyd 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  It is a must read for all writers, from novice to experienced.  Go get a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

~4-Ever, P