Feed Your Soul ~ Ramblings of a Writer

There really is nothing finer than writing – except perhaps reading. Both provide food for my soul. There are times when the words refuse to come, so I read. Then, there are the times when all I want to do is read, and so, I don’t write. They are two sides of the same coin, intrinsically linked by my imagination which flows to and from the words on the page and, as much as it pains me, I love it with all my heart.

Yes, dear reader, it pains me – big deep unabashed stabbing pains of self-doubt and inadequacy fill me. A sense of never getting it quite right sits on my shoulder in judgment as I type away. I often wonder where the words come from and at times am left questioning if it really was me that put them there! Perhaps the words are using me, not I them?  A conduit by any other name but a conduit no less. Weird? Not really. Who knows where the words come from. All I know is they burn images and sentences within me that do not abate until they are released.

Each day is a battle to continue, to sit and know that most of what I will write will be dross and disappointing, yet it is because it is dross that I continue. It was Beckett who said ‘Ever Tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better’, and that is what I intend to do ‘fail better’.

Don’t get me wrong there are victories, small quiet ‘pat myself on the back’ victories and it is these that make my heart sing. Moments of self-congratulation, however, do not stay long, they are fleeting and come crashing to the floor at every given opportunity.

Sometimes the words I smugly admired not 24 hours before have, overnight, magically transformed into the worst sentences I have ever written! On rare occasions, the opposite is also true and I dance for hours, complimenting myself on such skillful wordplay. But…. when I am there, like really there, in the zone, allowing myself to freefall into the words, there really is no place I’d rather be. It is food for my soul and I love it!

‘Ever Tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better’.

Samuel Beckett

My Reading Challenge 2018

So 2018 – how’s it going?

For me, this year will be about reading more and writing more, oh, and parties, I have a few of those to organise too!

Today I’m going to focus on the ‘reading more’ aspect of my year ahead. Whilst I have committed to read 60 books I didn’t want to leave it there. I wanted to be a little more adventerous and give myself a few parameters. Hopefully I’ll be able to find new unexplored (by me) bookish delights. If you’re a list person then please feel free to jump onboard and join in.

I shall endeavour to keep you posted. My task is simple – to read books that fall into the categories below. To help keep me on track I’ve designed a nifty bar chart – who doesn’t love a bar chart! I shall feel like a right clever clogs if I manage to adhere to my bookish plan into February never mind December!

Here’s my list:

Read a book that is /was……

1. Written by a Devon-based author (excluding myself obvs)

2. Historical

3. A comedy

4. Contains a month of the year in its title

5. A classic children’s book not yet read by me

6. Published in the year of my birth ( not quite a classic yet… hehe)

7. A fantasy novel

8. Written by a new author

9. Set in Africa

10. About mental health

11. Set in India

12. Contains a song lyric in its title

Whoa! That is a whole heap of mischief right there, I reckon I’m going to be hitting the bookshop and the library this weekend to see what I can find.

As you can see my bar graph looks a bit sorry for itself right now and a bit blurry, no I’ve not been on the wine – January is a dry month for me! Hopefully, over the next few weeks, I shall be adding a multitude of colourful lines and colourful reads to my chart. I’m hoping to average 5 books a month. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions of neat reads, which fit into the categories above I’d love to hear them. Please pop a comment in the comment box below.

NIC’S 2018 READING ADVENTURE

 

Tuesday Spotlight ~ The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

My first Tuesday spotlight for 2018 is here and it’s a cracker. Introducing author Leonora Meriel and her superb novel ‘The Unity Game’. One lucky reader will also be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of the book! Here’s what some of the reviews have said:

“A complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel.” ~~ Kirkus Reviews

“Elegantly written, expertly crafted and a moving message. I found this book very hard to put down. Moving and poignant.” ~~ Lilly, Amazon US reviewer

“An engrossing, unique, and totally bizarre tale! I could not stop reading it once I started. Such a beautiful take on the afterlife, and its connection to those still living. A unity game, indeed!”~~ Brenna, Goodreads reviewer

 

WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING?

A New York banker is descending into madness.
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive. 
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.

 

 

 

NF: Thanks so much for joining me today Leonora, it’s a pleasure to have you here. Please tell us a bit about the inspiration behind The Unity Game?

LM: A pleasure to be here, thanks for inviting me. I wanted to write about New York City, where I had lived for several years and where I started my career. However, I needed to find a new perspective on the theme, and it felt right to draw parallels with an advanced planet far from Earth. This is how the novel became Science Fiction, and then I decided to go a step further and add an after-life dimension. The inspiration started with my work on Wall Street and the desire to write about this in an original way.

NF: It sounds intriguing. You say you lived in New York, me too! Such a vibrant city. What other jobs have you had other than that of a writer?

LM: I’ve had a few. My first serious job was working at the United Nations in New York while I was finishing at university. At the age of 21 this really opened my eyes to how decisions are made in international politics and diplomacy. It was an extraordinary experience. My job after this was in the world’s largest law firm, so I had a direct comparison between a not-for-profit organisation and a private sector company. It was a dramatically different way of working! These two jobs then shaped my understanding when I came to start my own company, and also to run an international charity when I was living in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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