Something about the dance studio this morning reminded Maliyan of a poustinia. Its lack of people, furniture, and electricity. Its striking emptiness. Poustinia is a Russian word for a sparsely furnished cabin where one goes to pray and fast. Its most fundamental element is its aloneness. Alone, except for God. In Russia, poustiniks often live on the edges of towns. They are available to their community for spiritual help and sometimes practical help. Although Maliyan had plenty of self-starting drive to dance in her poustinia, there was no doubt that another body, another being, another type of energy gave dance a different and wonderful dimension.
Here is the first chapter of my new children’s book, Riverland (Book 1 of the Dividing Line).
Chapter 1: Halves Matter
I wasn’t the first one in my family to visit Riverland. The first one was Uncle Tim. He was five when he went. I wasn’t around when he was five. I was invisible. My mother says that nowadays, I’m very visible. That’s because I’m seven and a half. Seven and a half is much older than seven. Halves matter a lot when you’ve only been visible for a short amount of halves. I guess halves don’t matter when you have been around as long as Nannie.
“I think you are on the spectrum, boo,” said Luna.
Maliyan laughed and thought, Always the joker.
Luna wasn’t smiling and continued sympathetically, “Lots of people are. I mean, I like people on the spectrum. I find them interesting.”
Maliyan wasn’t sure what was worse—Luna’s diagnosis of her mental state or his trying to make it better by kindly reassuring her that, regardless, it was fine with him. It made it all the funnier or all the more disturbing.
Spiritual progress is inevitably accompanied by better human circumstances in one way or another. (The Love of Being Loving)
After ten years of publishing exclusively with Amazon, I have finally worked out how to “go wide”. Going wide means publishing more places than Amazon. It means my books will be more widely available. Not that I don’t love Amazon—where would we writers and readers be without it?
It took me ten years to work it out because of things such as ISBNs, barcodes, interior and cover files, and incompatible formats on conflicting platforms, to name a few. But here we are, at the beginning of a new year, and the 4 books of the Love and Devotion Series are now “wide”. The rest are coming.
The Love of Being Loving is now available as an audiobook on Audible (Amazon) and other audio sites. The holiday period is ideal for setting aside dedicated time for your spiritual and personal growth. That way, you are setting up 2023 to be a wonderful, productive, painless, happy year. Listening to my new audiobook, The Love of Being Loving, will assist you with this goal. It is made with repeat listening in mind, which benefits students of life wishing to truly transform their consciousness.
Love’s Longing is now available as an audiobook on Audible and other audio sites. I have just listened to the whole audiobook myself, and I think you will like it. It’s one of those books you can keep listening to. It has an uplifting effect because spiritual reality is uplifting.
If you need to know how to love, how to understand love or how to project it, this book will be valuable to you. (Review)
A book filled with interesting and thought-provoking thoughts. Had to reread some parts to get the full thought of some passages and actually read some to my husband! (Review)
More poetic and deeper than expected. Very well written. (Review)
Nanima (Book 1 of Nanima Series) is now available on Amazon in paperback and ebook. The audiobook will be available in 2 weeks. This new fiction series is located in an Australian rural town, Wellington, N.S.W. (Nanima in the story). It is the area my family come from. My grandfather was a pioneer farmer and made his house from the stones of the river. Farming has been in the family for generations. The series follows the lives of characters I hope you will come to love and welcome into your heart and mind. My writing style is short and succinct—easy to read. However, the messages about life and relationships are both easy and difficult. As is always the case, things seem simple when we understand them, but when we don’t…big mess!
It was a happy day to get this email recently, Hi Donna, Oh happy day! Waldmeer passed Quality Control and was approved for distribution.Waldmeer (Book 1 of Waldmeer) is now available as an audiobook. Three months ago, I told you that I had started recording. The process has been a huge learning curve at many different levels.
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