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Conversation in a coffee shop...

Sitting in a coffee shop most people ignore you. Each patron is insulated against the other as if there were literal walls between them, barrier that if crossed must be immediately apologized for.

I sat next to an older man the other day, who I quickly learned was not one for barriers, or acknowledging them. His opening line? He asked me what I did with my life that moved me. A rather deep question for a stranger, but I thought, what the hell.

So we talked about the passions of creating art. He with his paintings, and I with the words I put onto paper. We roved over the topics of how many people say things like “I have a story/painting/sculpture I know it would be brilliant.” But how they so rarely take the steps to accomplish it.

Because of fear . . . False Evidence Appearing Real, was his acronym and I immediately loved it. Because it is so very, very true. False evidence appearing real . . . we stumble to start when we see a fear we believe is solidly in front of our eyes, when the reality is, there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

This man didn’t start painting until he had retired, he’d let his passion go for years as he supported his family as a naval officer. Now his paintings are in museums and art galleries all over the world. What an achievement, but especially at an age when so many people are ‘done’ with reaching for their dreams and instead reach only for their golf clubs.

How many of us want to chase our dreams but are told not to? Are told perhaps that they are just hobbies, or that no one makes money at writing/painting/art/creative passions? I mean, I was told that, over and over I was told there was nothing for me in my writing dreams.

As you all know, I ignored the naysayers and I think I’m better for having done so.

If your passion, no matter what it is, calls to you. Don’t ignore it. Recognize that you won’t ever see it succeed if you don’t feed it. Starving your passion will surely cut you off from a part of your soul. I know it, I’ve done it in an effort to fit in with what the world demanded was normal.

And if the man I spoke to was any indication, it is never too late. Even if you’ve starved your passion, if you’ve put it away in a dark closet to be ignored, it isn’t too late to pull it out, dust it off and start again.

Jack Ford Fine Art-

The Walking Dead finale (Season 6)

OMG. I cannot believe what happened on the season finale of “The Walking Dead”! I can’t even. I Can’t. Even.

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What's your take on Goodreads?

I want to connect with my fans more, because you guys are awesome! To do that, I’d like to find out where you’re all hanging out them most. I’ll be doing some polls over the next few weeks to collect your opinions.

This will only take a few minutes, and it is completely anonymous. I am finding GOODREADS is something readers have very mixed emotions about. What’s your take on it?

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January is a month of new starts, and fresh beginnings. Here we go, 2015 is about to take off and I have a feeling that it will be a year to remember. At the start of each New Year, I reflect back on what I accomplished and what I didn’t accomplish on the previous year.

2014 was amazing, and I don’t think I’ll be able to top the birth of my baby boy. But . . . .I do think that 2015 could be the year we start to see Rylee make waves in the industry of movie and television. So on that note, here are some of my predictions for 2015, both for the book industry and me let’s start with me:

  1. Rylee and her motley crew will finally gain the attention of a TV producer. And even if we don’t have her story in living color right away, I believe we will see a lot of interest.
  2. At least one of my books will pick up the NYT and USAT bestseller tags.
  3. 6-7 new full-length novels (plus some shorts here and there) will be released from me over the coming year hopefully keeping my readers happy. J
  4. In October, look out for a HUGE surprise from me. Can’t say anything more, but that will be the month to watch! (And no, I am NOT pregnant again lol)

Now to the industry I’m a part of, the predictions are a bit trickier, but I’m going to take a stab at it.

  1. Kindle Unlimited will no longer be an ‘exclusive’ perk, thus allowing authors
    to reach a larger audience base, which will allow Amazon to continue to be the ‘champion’ of Indie Authors.
  2. A company similar to BookBub will have a break out in the advertising market, but will be geared only to iBooks in an attempt to catch those readers not found on BookBub.
  3. We’re going to see a breakout epic fantasy, something akin to the Lord of the Rings, which will become the next big thing once the FSOG is all done with.

That’s it, that’s what I see ahead for this year. I still have my bucket list, though, and I hope you have yours. Because if nothing else, we aim for those high points, knowing that there is no such thing as failure as long as we are willing to try again.

And again.

And again.

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