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It hits me

Like that sound of your voice when you go higher than high

Hitting those notes of everlasting sorrow

Flowing like the hiss of the saxophone

Vibrating, echoing out into the room

Entering and exiting through ears

Drawing hearts nearer to the sweet feel of…

I am entranced

I am in love

I am yours

But as I scan the room with my lovelorn eyes

I see that I am not the only one with this feeling

There has been a spell

A spell you put on us

They are unaware of their capture

Caught up in their lustful rapture

Despair fills me with dread

But soon those notes that I adore fill the air

I am pulled back into your trance

Unable to, or unwilling to leave the embrace

You have us now and that is certain

I must admit that I am foolish

But where else could I get this feeling

Where else could I be this in love

Where else would I want to be?

The answer is

nowhere.

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A Space Tale and Inspiration…

Hello Groovy People,

It has been a while since I made my last entry.  I have been busy of sorts with taking tests, teaching origami, and resting.

I have great news, I have passed two of my tests and I have two more to go!

That is not why I write this entry today.

I have been going back and forth for over a decade with my space book.  It was something that was inspired by two very different things:

  1. Joss Wedon’s Serenity
  2. Foo Fighters album The Colour and Shape

I know what you’re thinking, how can a Foo Fighters album influence a story?  Well, when I listen to music I often imagine people, places, and situations.  It can be a love story or an action fight scene that plays out in my head.

The album I mentioned was bought while I was in high school over 15 years ago.  I only bought it for one song, Everlong.  However, during a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure, I had the entire album play as I sulked; I was 19 at that time and hated going to an amusement park.

Luckily for me, hearing that album play gave me an idea of a space tale that centered around two cheeky girls, and a hell of a lot of intergalactic adventures.

Of course, years went by and I scraped most of what I had.  I had finished the entire book, but it was so unfocused that the abrupt end was confusing even to myself.

I decided to reboot it of sorts like I did with Journey’s End.  I must say that it is much better with a more fleshed out story.  I am nowhere near finished, but I’ll keep you updated!

Until then…

Anthology! Back to my short story roots

Hello Groovy People,

So in a previous post I mentioned I’m working on an anthology.  I didn’t go into it too much as I was going to make a separate post.  So here it is!

I have so many ideas for stories in my head and making books takes a really long time, usually years!  So instead of doing 5 stand alone books, I thought I’d put them all in one, and shorten them a bit.

Each short story is its own story and does not relate to one another.  They are all their own genre too.  The first is a literary fiction/drama, the second is science fiction, the third is a romance, the fourth is an action/adventure, and the last is horror.  I thought I’d try for genre specific stories with these short stories as a way to try out different things.  Usually I write literary fiction without a clear genre.  So I am excited and curious how I’ll do.  I would say it shouldn’t take long to do these stories, but I am working full time and writing another book.

I’ll update as I go along so stay tuned!  Until then…

Back to Basics

Hello Groovy People!

I am continuing to write even though I am super busy.  Besides working non stop, reading 2 books at the same time, and getting ready for Indie Author Day, I am writing 2 different books.

The first is an anthology that will be a collection of 5 different stories ranging from romance, sci-fi, horror, and drama to name a few.  I am also working on a science fiction book about space travels and stuff.  I am super duper excited and feel really inspired.

I also have a ton of energy, but despite that, I still have issues I am dealing with.  Having depression is like walking with sand bags on you non stop.  Even when you try to ignore it and “move on” it just weighs you down.

I am trying to deal with it and accomplish my crazy amount of goals by doing positive affirmations and yoga.  I think I’ll do a separate post about that.  (Knock on wood) I feel it’s working for now.

But just to check in, I am really happy about my creativity surge I’m feeling, so hope to bring you guys more great stuff soon.

P.S. I am also working on a children’s book LOL Yea I am quite the ambitious goal setter.

Until then…

Journey’s End available on Barnes and Noble Website!

Hello Groovy People!

I am so excited to announce that my book is now on the Barnes and Noble website!  So there are three big places you can purchase your copy.  Click on the link below and enjoy!

Barnes and Noble Website!

 

Back to Writing!

Hello Groovy People,

Although I felt sluggish today, I have a surge of energy.  I recently started working on an anthology.  At least, perhaps it’s just a bundle of short stories.  Not sure how they can all connect to each other, but whatever, I’m back at writing.  I don’t like getting lazy after working on a book and publishing.  After Amazons of the Myst, I took a 4 year hiatus.  I think writing is something that I just have to do.  If I get too lazy and don’t write, years will go by.  For now I’m feeling pretty good and hope that this “anthology” or whatever it is will keep up the pace.  I’ll let you know more about it in another post.

Until then…

Writer’s Struggle

Hello Groovy People!

It has been a month since I released my self published second novel, Journey’s End.  As happy as I am, I cannot help but feel the struggle.  I have only sold 4 books and marketing my book is very difficult.  Self publishing can be very freeing for free spirits like myself.  It allows me to get my thoughts out there, but that doesn’t mean it will be received at all.  The comments from some of the readers have been positive.  The issue is that I am unable to reach more readers.

The old Jasmine would have gone into a corner in her mind and wept, but I believe that anything is possible if you truly want something.  I have reached out to local libraries and even a book expo for next year.  I am not certain that it will help me become famous or known, but exposure is better than no exposure.  I hope that the next few months and following year will allow me to broaden my horizons.

Until then, be sure to check out my sample chapters on this site.  If you want to read more, please go to Amazon to purchase your kindle or physical copy!

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