“Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts—only in the truth. You get the facts from outside. The truth you get from inside.” --Ursula K. LeGuin

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Jewells Happy Trails


I did it. I posted a video on YouTube. I thought maybe a no-frill video talking about The Law of Attraction could be of interest. Jewells HappyTrails#1

And there is nothing like a green forested trail to refresh the spirit, and make you believe anything is possible.

In 2006 Rhonda Byrne published a movie titled The Secret to a rousing 19 million viewers, and $300 million in gross sales. That tells me people want to know how to use the power of the mind to bring about their desires. And they want transformative experiences. I wonder how all those people are doing. You don’t hear much about The Secret anymore.

I wish I had a different name for #The Law of Attraction, but then, people wouldn’t know what I am talking about.

I believe that the transformative journey is like art, to become good at it, you practice every day.

What better way than on a forest trail?

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When I reach 100 subscribers, I can have a custom URL. (That will make it easier to find.) And when I reach 1,000 subscribers, I can make a little money from the video. (But not from my viewers.)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Video Premiering Today


Jewell's Happy Trails

Holy cow, I don't know why I am doing this. I click into YouTube, and what pops up? All those professional speakers. People more knowledgeable than me, more experienced, more, more. So why would anyone listen to my babble? That is a phenomenon every artist must face—putting their work out there, knowing it doesn't match the standards set by people who have practiced for 20 + years.


However, we all have a voice and a gift, and perhaps my saying whatever I have to say will spark something in someone.


If we wait until we are perfect (ha), we will never do it. And so we begin.


I have two forest walks filmed so far where I talk about this mystery we call life. My focus is called The Law of Attraction, although I wish I had another name for it. Guess I feel the title is cliché; however, here's my take on it.


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Let’s say you are an artist, and I believe everybody is. To perfect your craft, you practice. You show up every day.


I view this travel through life the same way. You show up every day—consciously. You find things that uplift. You look for the good. You find ways to still your mind chatter; you pull yourself back into alignment when you stray off the path.


I would love to have you join me on Jewell's Happy Trails. The second video will be up before long. It's better. (Try not to listen to my hugging and puffing in this first one.) 


You readers are special to me.


Love, Jewell, aka Jo, aka Joyce

P.s. After 100 people subscribe I can have a personal URL which will be easier to remember than this long one you're have to have the link to find. 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

What's the first book you remember?


I'm not talking about the tedious little readers we had in grammar school. "See Spot Run, or was it "See Dick Run?" In either case, Dick and Spot ran while Jane watched. You see, I go way back.  Now Spot, Dick, and Jane all run.


My mother read my first chapter book to me. It was Anne of Green Gables. She also read Black Beauty, but that wasn't a good idea. I didn't know about muckraking books in those days, and the treatment of that horse put an ache in my heart that never left.


But, when I discovered Walter Farley's The Black Stallion, I fell in love with that magnificent wild black horse, the author, horses, and reading. Next, I read Heidi and Jack London's Call of the Wild—those writers kicked ass.


You know what I mean, their boot didn't touch anybody's backside; they touched our spirit. They made us love books. They gave us adventure and set us on a never-ending reading trail.


Join the group. Write your book. It's worth the effort, even if your work gets shot at.


Don't you sometimes read words that make your mouth water?


An author who can seamlessly blend structure, setting, character, genre, and dialogue kicks ass. We know it when we see it, but doing it? That's another matter.


If you are at the place where you hear lofty words in your head, you see the story, you have good taste, you recognize good writing when you see it, but when you read your words and they sing off-key, chances are, you're in the GAP.


That means you're here and want to be there.


The gap will close. Keep on writing.


It's good that you have discerning eyes and that you can be objective.

You know that the writing life is magical, painful sometimes, yet worth the doing.

I'm not here to teach you how-to-write. I'm going to give you ten books to do that. I'm here to nudge. I could say kick your ass into believin', persevering', and doin'. (I've been reading Where the Crawdads Sing and have developed a southern drawl.) Talk about salivating over words. That woman kicks ass.

 I was motivated to write a little book titled, I'm Writing, Come Join me. It's available on Amazon, after reading an online list of the five best books on writing, and screamed, "There are more, and I can name them!" My list is ten. But the world needs one more—mine. You can have all the best advice in the world, but it you don’t keep your butt on the chair, it won’t work. I’ll tie you to the chair.

Kindle version, a bargain at $2,99. Read free on Kindle unlimited.