I don’t know if you know this, but it can be hard to own and run a business, even when it’s small, like mine. The Internet and e-mail have helped people like me–who enjoy living in not-so-urban settings and thus don’t always have a lot of people locally calling for our services–support our families. Those tools can also help build community, as nearly everyone knows.
If you have some “crazy” passion that no one around you understands, you can find someone somewhere in the world who shares your passion.
Some of my crazy passions are editing, inspiring people, and helping others get their positive messages out into the world—and to contribute to the world and its inhabitants getting better every day and in every way. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in the past few months to find a community of spiritual entrepreneurs: people who, like me, want to help the world with our gifts and run our businesses ethically and with the help of our spiritual teams (angels, spirit guides, higher selves, what have you).
A couple of those people, Rev. Anne Presuel and Sherry Bowers, have created a giveaway opportunity for the rest of us. More than 275 divinely connected entrepreneurs are offering our gifts to the world, to benefit others and also, hopefully, ourselves, spreading our names and ideas so we can keep helping more and more people.
I’m offering a short e-book, “The Top 5 Grammatical Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs—and How to Avoid Them.” If you’re not interested in that, I’m sure you can find something else to tickle your fancy. There’s something for just about everyone here. Other participants are sharing guided meditations, e-books, video courses, and I don’t even know what else! (Check out the link on the sidebar.)
The giveaway runs until 11:59 on Friday March 31. I invite you to check it out today! And thank you, in advance, from me and all of the other participants. ❤
Recently, I was chatting with a friend about all things related to books, and he asked me what book really made me fall in love with language, to say, “Yes! This is what our language can do! This is mastery!”
I couldn’t think of a particular book, but about half an hour after he’d asked the question, I did finally realize it was poetry—specifically the work of Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou—that showed me how words can be used just so to convey an image or feeling.
I also admire the rich, heavy descriptions of Anne Rice. Even when I don’t really like the plotline of a book, I adore her use of language. Her books are nearly always (see note) told in the first-person point of view, and she is not afraid to explore characters’ feelings and the real depths of their emotions.
A few days ago, I found that I had actually written an entry in my personal journal about the effects of Anne Rice’s text. I found it interesting, so I thought I’d share it here with you:
I love the way Rice’s Vampire Chronicles explore religion, history, faith, spirituality, secularism, damnation, redemption, hope, relationships of all sorts, and sexuality from all angles. Her most beloved characters are beautiful and poetic and cherish beauty, but they also explore ugliness.
Each novel has been told through the eyes of at least one character. The books and the settings adapt to changing facts of life in a way that few fantasy series do (or can, for that matter).
I’ve always loved the series because I can really get to know the characters, the places, and explore their histories and mythologies. In Prince Lestat, Rice really delves into the mythologies she’s created in the Vampire Chronicles, pulling forth old characters only mentioned previously by other characters, giving them depth, showing how all are intertwined, interrelated.
The book is beautiful, as her writing usually is, and deep and thoughtful. Most of all, I love that Anne Rice’s work makes me analyze words and enjoy all that they can do, not just in the form of mental exercises but also for mental, emotional, and spiritual exploration, which is perhaps the best and most wonderful use of words and language that humans will ever find.
Anne Rice’s works thus cause me to explore texts and the way words can be assembled. They make me a far better—more thoughtful, more analytical, and more engaged—editor and reader.
Language is a wonderful tool, rich and complex, and I delight in all the ways it can be used to express our thoughts and emotions, which are equally rich and complex. None of our lives are exactly the same, meaning none of our thoughts or language skills are exactly the same, so everyone has something unique to bring to the table. This is why I love what I do so much: Nearly every author I work with delights me in some way.
Note: Perhaps always. I’m not sure, because I’ve read only the Vampire Chronicles series, Servant of the Bones, The Mummy, and the Angel Time series so far.