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Sunday Quotes – Dreams and Dreamers

Sunday Quotes

Happy Sunday!

Today’s Sunday’s Quotes is about dreams and dreamers. I’ve hand-picked the ones below because each of these speak to me on some level. As a Fantasy writer, I won’t deny that I am a believer in chasing dreams.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman


I completely agree with his first sentence. I am always saying to people how important it is to be true to yourself. Never give in to others opinions of you. Don’t be weighed down by the Dogma of others, but be open to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.

Phillip Sweet


The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

Oprah Winfrey


This particular quote I added to the Dedication section in my first book, The Stone of Acumen.  Each book I write has something for my readers.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney


This quote reminds me of a conversation I had with my father before he passed.

“Live life, don’t let it live you. Take Chances, walk the unbeaten path. Quiet your inner critic. Do something new once in a while. Love, Laugh, live, breathe, discover. Life is precious, don’t take it for granted.

M. J. Natali”

 

Make treating yourself a priority and always remember your life is happening now. Don’t put off all your dreams and pleasures to another day. In any balanced personal definition of success there has to be a powerful element of living life in the present.

Mireille Guiliano


Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?

Carl Jung

 


My role as a novelist is to explore ideas and imagination, and hopefully that will inspire people from my world to continue dreaming and to believe in dreams.

Alexis Wright

Do you have a quote about dreams? Leave your favorite or personal quote about dreams in the comments section, I’d love to see them.

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Chatting it up with spirits through Spirit Boxes

Chatting it up with spirits through Spirit Boxes

Yesterday I  started with seeking ‘how-to’s’ on removing a stripped screw head, during which I wish Fantasy magic were real. One bibbity-bobbity-boo later and my door knob and deadbolt would be replaced. Alas, it’s not real. I want to change out my dead bolt and knob to my entrance, but I’m not strong enough to remove the tight screws. It doesn’t help me that one is stripped. So, I started searching the internet. How I went from searching for remedies for stripped screw’s to Spirit Box video’s is beyond me, but hey, that’s how my mind works.

If you’ve been living in a cave, under a rock, or aren’t into that sort of thing, Spirit boxes are also known as Ghost Boxes. People like to use them to experience real-time conversations with spirits. While there’s a lot of skepticism on if they’re real or not, I found it entertaining regardless. Here I was, wrapped up into watching video’s of people using a spirit box while commenting as they communicate with those in the beyond. The video’s contained plenty of ghosts, angels, and quite a few demons. I wasn’t sure what to think, other than I found it creepy people love to take their boxes to cemeteries.

What are they?

It’s simply a device, which there are various different varieties too choose from. Makers and users claim the box allows users to communicate with the dead. Some Spirit Boxes require you to wrap a wire around your wrist, while another wire clips onto your finger. This allows you to use your own energy so the spirits can come through. It’s said, that it takes a lot of energy for spirits to communicate, so the user will offer theirs. Headphones are always required as well, in order for you to hear the spirit’s voice above the other noise the box picks up.

I could get technical, but my head was spinning with all the technical terminology. For the rest of us, basically, spirits surf both FM and AM frequencies to make sounds in order to communicate with you. Think of  it as using an antique radio which you turn the knobs searching for a broadcast. Above is a fifteen minute video from Duck of Truth‘s YouTube site. He does a great job explaining it.

What does it sound like?

Here’s a link with some short clips recorded while using a spirit box. http://thespiritboxmyspiritualjourney.weebly.com/evp-clips.html

All this has me wondering, besides the influx of celebrity suicides, why are we so intent on seeking proof of the afterlife? Isn’t faith enough? Why are we so intent on scientific certainty? What I do know is that at once in our lives, we will all ask the question, “What happens when we die?”

What are your thoughts on spirit/ghost boxes? Real or not?

 

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An honest and funny rant on poor Grammar

Admit it, we’ve all had these thoughts at least once. While I’m no grammar expert, and while I’m confessing, I rely on software to ensure my writing is up to par. I’m a creative writer, and during the first draft of any novel, my writing focuses on what’s to happen next. I don’t care too much for anything dangling until the second draft.

Read the enclosed post from a fellow WordPress blogger “http://whatsandrathinks.com”.

I guarantee, her humorous honesty will have you laughing. What are you thoughts on grammar used in the wrong context?

[Disclaimer the first: I am unapologetically opinionated. This is me… full-bitch mode… blunt and honest… ranting about things I hate. Please don’t be offended by anything I may say… it’s not personal. Except to me.] [Disclaimer the second: I’m sorry my posts are too long. For a-to-z, the recommendation is somewhere around 300 words per post. […]

via bitchfest | b – bad grammar #atozchallenge — what sandra thinks

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My Interview with Awesomegang

My ‪interview with awesome gang

. Read it here! http://awesomegang.com/m-j-natali/‬

M J Natali

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written three books so far and working on my fourth. I strive to have my books contain the love aspect, whether it’s a friendship, self love, or love for a romantic partner.

It may be the Fantasy writer in me, but I look at the world for more than what it is. I enjoy people watching, and for some reason, whenever I look at a person, the writer in me wonders what type of animal they look like. When I’m listening to my music while out for a walk, people passing by are dancing to the music. I love talking to strangers, despite being told not to as a child. I dance to my own beat, not caring what others think. I’m a romantic and a softie at heart and cry at tender moments in movies. Hallmark commercials get me to tears every time.

Everyone should be kind to strangers, and look for any level of kindness in others. I do my best to do this myself, even to the most mean person I meet. I’ve seen the positive effect it has countless times, and strive to have others do the same.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Of Beasts and Raven is my latest work, which I am in the midst of writing. When I sat down to write the concepts of this book, and what next challenge my protagonist would face, I kept thinking about the Holy Trinity, Heaven and loved ones who passed away. I was brought up Roman Catholic, which means bible study, Sunday School, and church. I believe in Angels, God and the afterlife. I was meditating one day and wondered what it would be like to visit Heaven, talk to Jesus, and have time with a loved one who passed away. What would heaven look like to me? What would I say when I met Jesus? Who would I meet?

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can’t write without a pot of coffee and my dry eraser board. If I have an idea or part of the story I need to focus on, I have to see it on the wall. My dry eraser board is a step up from the various pages taped to my wall.

The coffee may seem cliché’ but honestly, without my coffee on a Saturday and Sunday morning when I sit down to write, I can’t think. When I’m stuck on a section of my work, taking a walk outside while surrounded by nature, clears my head and opens up my creative juices.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Authors who have influenced me are Shakespeare, Stoker, Tolkein, Austin, and Rowling. Each author has their own unique voice, and how they share their stories capture my imagination. I love their style and ability to capture readers hearts.

What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on book three of the Wendael Series, OF Beasts and Raven, which ties up the story of the characters Raina, Charles, and Lanai. Raina is the main focus of this book, focusing as she faces her next challenge. She has a mission from the Goddess, which tests her faith, her friendships, and the rules of society, even though it’s for the greater good. She finds herself facing questions of morality in regards to the antagonist: Maven, a man who is against the societal norm which harms the citizens of the realm of Wendael.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Each person finds a method that works for them, depending on their network. Some are successful with virtual blog tours, others at pod-cast interviews, while others market on websites aimed at readers. For me, it’s the face-to-face marketing that works best. I find people like to ask questions, share their thoughts, what they like, and what they know. I love seeing their eyes light up. The face to face human interaction is more personal, and potential readers enjoy getting to know authors.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Learn all you can. There is so much free information out there, and never stop learning how to write, to hone your craft, and show the world what you have to offer. Learn your own marketing, book cover creating, and don’t be afraid to talk to people about you and your work. Always carry business cards with you, because you never know when you might meet a new reader. Stick to about two social media platforms, along with your own website.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve read and heard is to be myself as an author. When writing my books, my author’s voice is essentially a part of who I am. To walk the unbeaten path in sharing my art, to show the world my visions and stories is a part of the unique person I am. Each person is a unique individual, and somewhere out there, someone will read my blog posts, or one of my books and can see it’s okay to be who you truly are.

What are you reading now?
Dracula by Bram Stoker. I enjoy reading this along with the other classics. There’s something about how grammar and story telling used to be which isn’t done today. Despite the growth and evolution of writing styles, the classics always have me coming back.

What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to someday gain a publishing contract with a traditional publisher and write as a full time author. This is my greatest goal and ambition. Someday I wish to see my books turn into a movie.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
If I were stranded on a desert island, I would bring one book which outlines survival: building shelter, gardening, and the like. I would make sure I have the bible to read so I can retain my faith that things will work out. Of course my book The Great American Poets is a must, with Whitman, Dickenson, and Frost. Poetry and music go hand in hand, and I can’t live without them. The final book would be Gone With the Wind, so when times are rough, I can ask myself, “What would Scarlet do?”

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I Remember You Dad

It’s that time when years ago this day I received a late night call from my step-mother that my father passed. It’s with bitter sweet memories filled with tears and joy that I recall a parent, one of four wonderful parent’s I was given. My mother, Barbara Cooper who along with him gave me life. My step-parents Donald Cooper, and Barbara Natali who treated me as if I were their own.

In a sense, his passing was a blessing because it means he was no longer struggling with his health. On the other hand, it was a bad day because I would no longer be able to see his smile, listen to him laugh, and witness the love he had with my step-mother Barbara Natali. They were best friends as well as lovers, and growing up to witness that love and friendship was inspirational.

My father had the patience of a saint with us children. He always gave even when he had nothing left to give, he gave more. He was quiet, didn’t wear shorts, and funny. Boy was he a funny man. His humor can be seen in me and my siblings. His kindness and love lives in us all.

Funny that you don’t realize all you have until it’s gone. I can recall all the times growing up with him. My first sip of beer when I was a toddler, going to the baseball games he and my Uncle Bob coached. Dressing up for Halloween as Super Wop, and all the other times in between.

I love you dad, I miss you, but I know you’re watching over us. I know I have Angels with me today to help me get through it. I know they are with me every day and have seen and experienced their guidance and help. The most recent Angelic guidance was last week when my truck needed servicing. When I pulled into the mechanic, he pointed out a problem which if gone unfixed, would have resulted in a fatal accident.  Want to learn more? Check out this great article that talks about Angels: http://www.angeltherapy.com/blog/3-types-angels-are-you

The Gift God Gave Me Was You

I will never say goodbye to you my Father
because I know this is not the end for us to see each other.
You will only be going to a place where there’s no pain nor suffering.
I am happy for you, for you will be with God.
For now we need to go in separate ways.
I remember how your arms hold me and give me strength.
You were always there to listen, love, and defend me in everything.
You were my very best friend.
In my triumphs you were always proud.
I’m very grateful and proud to call you my dad.
Here deep inside my heart you’ll always be.
I would give up everything I have just to hug you one more time.
I remember the last time I held your hand and how you looked at me in the eyes.
If only I could turn back the time I would have never let you go.
I felt the world stop and my heart stop beating when they told me you were gone…….
How I wish I was only dreaming.
Just like the rain; tears fell down from my eyes, I couldn’t speak for awhile.
Thank you Dad….
For always understanding, listening, caring, and loving me your whole life.
The greatest gift God gave me was YOU…….. my Dad…
It’s difficult to let you go but I must…
I must return the gift God gave me…
Till then;
See you in Heaven………