My friend and author, Pauline Baird Jones, referred me to Genie Davis when I asked if she knew any other authors who might like to be on the show. I am delighted that Genie agreed and I can’t wait to interview her!
Hello there, I’m a juggler. I think that fits me more than saying I’m a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, or blogger, at least right now. A lot of times I wish I could just sit down and work on one book project, or one screenplay – something I have done in the past, but that’s not the way life is going at the moment.
Right now, I’m working on a number of different projects, and keeping them all from crashing to the ground is pretty much what I do. Each has its own sphere of influence in my heart.
At the moment, I’m just getting a fairly major blog off the ground. It’s called DiversionsLA, and while a lot of the events I write about take place in or around Southern California, you don’t have to live in the City of Angels to enjoy it. The sub-title is “Art, Film, Food, Fun and Travel” and that pretty much sums it up. If you like contemporary art, independent film, cool restaurants, or you’re looking for some off-the-beaten path travel that you don’t have to sell your car to afford, then check us out. One of the things I love best about writing the blog is that I can write whatever I want to write, describe things I absolutely adore. So I’m very passionate about that, and about being to present artists and films and destinations that people might not have otherwise heard about. It’s very visual, too, most of the photos in each story are from Jack Burke, whose photography is really pretty amazing. If you don’t believe me, check out his awesome photos in the “Stars Over Moab” story about a glamping vacation.
Another big project right now is a really exciting Young Adult novel I’ve co-written with my writing partner on a number of projects, the very talented Linda Marr. The Cannibal Hunter” is a near-future coming of age story with a strong female protagonist, the first in a series that touches on love, family, government corruption, and yes, a cannibal virus. It’s entered in the Amazon Scout program, and if you click this link to help us nominate it for publication through that program, you can read a short excerpt, and if the book is published through Amazon Scout, you’ll get a free copy. Kind of a win/win. If you like romantic suspense, we have two releases out now, “Between the Sheets” and “Animal Attraction.” Let us know you’ve purchased one or the other and we’ll send you a fun short as an extra.
Another awesome shared project awaits: I’m writing one of a two novella set with my wonderful friend and brilliant writer Pauline Baird Jones for Holiday release. Very excited indeed about this new collaboration! (Editor’s note, Pauline B. Jones has also appeared on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.)
I’ve also got several solo projects out there, including a mystery I’m really attached to, which has been nicely compared to Sue Grafton’s style. “Marathon” is also the first in a series, but I’ll have a new stand alone, “Gun to the Head” out very soon.
And then of course there’s my marketing communications work and magazine writing. I write for both print and e-zines, on subjects from travel to toys, wine and beer, technology, and finance. You name it, I write it. In the mar/comm area I do corporate videos, write brochures, blogs, and social media.
Want to hear more about me juggling, tune in Tuesday! See the interview LIVE on Blab.
Genie loves checking out cool art exhibits; road trips; and reading with her kitty. We have a few things in common. It will be a great show.
Join us on Tuesday, September 8th on the next episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town LIVE on Blab.im
We will talk about Genie’s NEW books -and republished books.
We will also discuss what it is like moving from traditional publishing to indie publishing.
I will find out about Genie’s new romantic suspense releases.
Since we are both bloggers, of course we will talk blogging and how it was for Genie when she started her art blog, DiversionsLA
Genie and I will definitely get into what she is passionate about including screen and novel writing.
www.geniedavis.com Between the Sheets – July 2015 Animal Attraction – April 2015 Marathon – January 2014 available now @Amazon, B&N, iBook, Kobo
Originally Posted on Kaizen Ways for Jeff Friend
I discovered this when I realized that I wanted to be called a writer. I have been writing all my life, in journals, and I knew that I could do it. I am an accomplished executive assistant and have worked for very high level business executives for whom I wrote documents and letters without a hitch. I have published hundreds of newsletters for banks, church groups and schools with articles that I wrote and edited. I had a blog where I posted reviews, articles, interviews, poems, songs, and memoirs for years before I would even consider calling myself a writer! Why? Because I had not been published by a certified publisher. I have not submitted my work to any magazine or publishing house. Yet, I write. I am a writer. Right here, right now. I am a writer. In this moment.
In every moment only I can define who I am, what I want, and how I act. I am who I am.
I asked my friends on Facebook what “Living in the Moment” meant to them. I received varied responses which fascinated me and made me think. I frequently say that I believe in living in the moment. I tell others to live in the moment. It is a monumental realization to me that it means very different things to different people. I must be careful to clarify what it means to me. First, I will take a look at what others think. . .
When I break it down and examine what “living in the moment” means to me, I compare it to “being fully present.” I asked my friends how they apply being fully present. One person stated that being fully present means, “To not think about what could happen or what should happen, but just hold on to the power of the human spirit to embrace how beautiful life is.” Another friend said, “Being present means being aware of the moment.”
I love the idea of embracing how beautiful life is. Life is beautiful! My mantra for 2012 has been to embrace and experience every moment. I believe that awareness is immediate. Being in the moment is now. To some, living in the moment is spontaneous. Just being. Just doing. Not thinking. To me, it is not overthinking. To me it is taking things in just as they are and not manipulating them to suit my needs or desires. It means letting go of preconceptions, letting go of control, accepting thngs as they are and as they are happening. Some call this going with the flow. Some relate it to the process of unfolding. I call it living in the moment.
“Living in the moment involves acceptance and appreciation of life’s imperfections and simplicity. Live, be, do.”
Fear of failure is a common subject that comes up when we discuss setting goals and creating a vision for our life and for our future.
“How can I ever succeed at my job, at blogging, or achieving my dreams when my fears are my biggest obstacle, stopping me in my tracks?”
I have spent a lot of time thinking about this. I have faced many fears in my life, the fear of failing is one of the biggest and most difficult to handle. Yet, if we don’t learn how to get past this fear, we cannot move forward.
Then, there is the fear of success. It is a real thing. What if I achieve my goals? Then what? What if I make a mistake?
I wrote an article about How to Overcome Fear of Failure for FloridaBeachRehab.com where I discuss the feeling of falling into a downward spiral of fear and despair and using your own powerful sense of self-perseverance by reaching out for help and listening to your inner-sweetheart to bring you back up through to the top of the spiral. It is just like climbing to the top of a spiral slide, it isn’t easy, but it is possible.
When you allow your fears to overcome you, that is failure. If you overcome your fear and open new doors finding new pathways to achieve your dreams, that is success.
I encourage you to turn things around. Learn something new, reach out for help, change your direction. Allow your fears to open the door for you. I know you can do it!
Releasing the fear of failure, or any fear, involves believing that you can. Talk yourself through it. Pray. Meditate. Write. Do whatever works. Try new things.
Think Positively, Breathe, and Say:
I am Releasing this fear now
I am Letting this fear melt away now
I am Choosing peace and confidence instead
I am Visualizing a healing light all around me
In this light, the fear melts even more
In this light I am safe and peaceful
I am Safe and Peaceful
Please read my article on Overcoming the Fear of Failure and check out the website for Florida Beach Rehab. There are many more articles and resources there that can help you or your loved ones get professional help and support when you need it most.
If this post and the linked article helped you, please let me know in the comments. #SharetheLove and share this post via Twitter and Facebook.
If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at Melissa@MizMeliz.com
Thanks for the comments! I love getting to know you and learning about your journey. Here is the post by Pauline from Life Happens A Lot with reference to Louise Plummer’s essay, “Fear, I Embrace You” from Thoughts of a Grasshopper.
Would I get an answer? Could I make a call to action?
My friend Daniel did just that when I asked him if he wanted to write a post for MizMeliz.com. He could have written anything. This is what he sent me…a letter to parents in America.
Overall, I think you are a great country. Yes, you have some problems, like the rest of us. However, you provide for your people, you are strong, you are a leader… I’d like to visit you one day and possibly stay. I’ve even set the language on my computer to English U.S. instead of English South Africa.
I love the way you respond to certain things. I’m reading a book called The Magic of Thinking Big, and the author, David J. Schwartz, makes a good point about learning from mistakes. Look at the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA); even though there are few plane crashes, when a plane goes down, the CAA wastes no time trying to figure out what happened. Men and women scourer the crash site and collect every bit of metal and plastic. They analyze and diagnose what happened and create a plan so that it doesn’t happen again. They implement this plan with vigor and force. If every other plane out there suffers from the same defect as the one that went down, well it has a time limit to shape up or ship out. In doing so, the airways become an even safer place to be.
However, something I heard the other day disturbed me. The butt of a news snippet on the radio set off a chain reaction in my mind. Recently, a student in Russia (I assume it was Russia, but as I said, I only caught the end of the news) took his classmates hostage with a gun. I think there were twenty people in the class including the teacher, all being held prisoner by the ‘out of control’ student. The police called the gunman’s father. He was sent in with a bulletproof vest to talk to this son. Fortunately, the plan worked and no one was injured.
This story got me thinking about all the times that this has happened in America. I dare say that it happens frequently, but since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, America has seen similar incidents happen many, many times. I know a lot of information was gathered about the Columbine incident, and others, but where is the implementation plan that resolves the core of the problem? The core being people.
All negative behaviors boil down to a lack of self-esteem, an inability to feel heard, an inability to get what you want out of life, an imbalanced view on life, or something similar. So why is it not mandatory for kids to learn these skills while in school? We attack the gun laws and all the other so-called causes, but never ourselves and our inability to deal with life. Why: because we are never taught to do anything different?
The saddest part about this is so much of this information exists in our society today. We understand the basic environmental factors that lead to someone bombing a school. We’ve seen a great rise in information about the mind and success in the past few years. For example, we know that attitude is more important than being able to store facts in your mind. Yet, we continue along the same path, teaching kids that getting good marks in school is the way to success.
I addressed this letter to America, but realistically, you (the reader of this) and I don’t have the power to change a government. It’s another lie that we perpetuate in our society. We do however; have the power to change our home environments and ourselves so we can inspire others to do the same. Not an easy task, but answer this: have you ever actively worked on your self-esteem? Sadly, probably not… Right? Look at rates of depression, divorce, alcoholism, drug abuse; they are all on the rise just about all over the world. I think it’s safe to say that if you haven’t actively worked on your self-esteem, it’s probably not as high as you think it is. So then, what’s to stop things from going wrong in your life and you becoming the next statistic or scandal?
That’s probably a little dramatic. I’m certainly not insinuating that you are going to be the next person to hold up a school. But, I’m sure other things are going wrong in your life. What’s your Columbine? And what are you doing to resolve the core problem?
If that question sounds a little daunting to you, I have good news. There are many courses out there: break through weekend, self-esteem courses, communication courses etc. I realize they seem a little weird from the outside. A hypnotherapist said to me the other day, “Self-improvement isn’t sexy.” However, from my experience, the self-esteem course I did just under a year ago helped me rise up from a really dark place. I’ve made friends in that community and put plans in place to live the life I want to live, get what I want to get out of life, instead of having life beat me down. Start small, just do an internet search and explore, learn and grow.
The first step to building your self-esteem, to getting the life you want, is actively choosing to create your own life and raise your self-esteem.
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Do you share Daniel’s fears about the state of kids today who don’t seem to value their own life or the lives of others?
What can we do about it?