So, I’m still floating high on the energy that I soaked up last Wednesday night as I sat and listened to a most prolific author share her thoughts on surviving, as Prince once said, “this thing we call life.”
I got to share perhaps what will become a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenal event with my husband Kevin on the evening of April 12 as we journeyed to the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on the campus of McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., to take part in the last of their Distinguished Speakers series on campus for the season.
Now I have several “favorite” authors that I enjoy reading and following…but there are only two that serve as my secret mentors inside my mind as I travel through my daily world as a writer. These two women have had life roll out in many ways that are nearly parallel to that of my own.
I wish I could say it was J.K. Rowling…but I guess I’m going to have to be patient a bit longer before meeting that mentor of mine.
But I can finally report that the other amazing role model in my world of authorship is really real—and really authentic.
You know—Big Magic, Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, Pilgrims, Stern Men, The Last American Man. The journalist, the magazine and short story writer who became a best-selling author and not just once—yeah her!!!!!
It was incredible. The love, the synergy. The anecdotes she shared (a broken vagina?) …the wisdoms she quoted. She was real, genuine and just as you might imagine her to be. Portraying authenticity is part of what motivates her too, as Gilbert noted, “I really want to be seen smokin’ what I’m sellin’.”
For me, her words offered a validation that the path of my thoughts that continue to lead me toward all my future books, short stories and other published pieces was on target. I’m going to keep on doing it my way, writing not only what I know but how I know. Rules are good guidelines, but I will still break them whenever I deem it necessary.
If any of you still haven’t checked out any of her works, first I say shame on you. Then I say, get to it. Whether you’re a fellow writer or a fellow reader, I’ll use Liz’s words from that evening and encourage you to go ahead and allow yourself to “dance with the mystery of consciousness and inspiration.”
As Gilbert described her journey, she said, “It’s kinda epic and beautiful and worth it.” I say the same back to you, Liz. Oh, and by the way, to help Liz’s own project along I’ll ask, “What are you excited and passionate about today?”
Until next time…peace, love, light…and words…always!
P.S. Sorry about the less-than-quality photos of Liz herself…I was so awestruck I forgot to adjust my camera settings. She kinda looks angelic, doesn’t she?
I have 15 signed copies of my poetry collective, “The Dirt Still Looks the Same,” for only $8 each, with free shipping thrown in. This is a one-week only special, expiring on Dec. 2, 2016 or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. They usually retail for $12.95 each, plus shipping. This would make an excellent stocking stuffer for the literary lover in your world. Let me know if you’re interested in a signed copy, at this special price, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll let you know how to order…this is my way to say thanks for supporting one writer’s dreams!
I wanted to share with all of you my latest updates. If you’ve been following my words at all, you probably already know that life has brought big changes to my world yet again. If you click on the photo, you can view my latest e-newsletter which was published this past Monday. To receive it in your own mailbox in the future, text MCMESKE to 22828 or click here and sign up for it.
At the time of this post, I am starting my new job as regional editor for Campbell Publications in Jerseyville, Illinois. I am managing three weekly papers: the Jersey County Journal, Calhoun News Herald, and Greene Prairie Press. My husband Kevin and I, along with my oldest son, have moved back to my hometown from West Virginia and are making our new home in the old town. Soon my mother will join us in the new home. My aspirations as an author continue, staying at the forefront of all my vocational efforts.
However, I can say this for certain, it’s good to be home, and this time the change is for the best…
I will be publishing my latest issue of my mostly-monthly author e-mail newsletter on Monday morning, June 13. If you haven’t signed up to receive it, text MCMESKE to 22828 or click here to sign up today. You won’t want to miss the inside scoop! Join us on the trail…I’d love to have you on the journey!
The Goodreads Giveaway for May has ended. Congratulations to the lucky five winners! Signed copies of my book, “The Dirt Still Looks the Same: A Poetry Collective” will be headed your way soon, along with some groovy swag!!!
I hope you enjoy my poetry enough to leave a review on Amazon…not required, but would certainly be appreciated. Be sure to jump on over to my contact page while you’re here by the way so you can quickly sign up for my mostly-monthly email newsletter as well.
Here’s the list of this month’s winners:
- Stacia C. of Carterville, GA
- Debbie I. of Joplin, MO
- Monica L. of French Link, IN
- David M. of San Jose, CA
- Barbie C. of Martinsville, VA
More things happening in June…be sure to keep watching for my birthday special!