Book Launch Preparation

7 04 2009

As the time draws near to the moment I have worked so hard for, I can not help but to also feel anxious.

I pray that my next book, Moonlit Walks, offers my readers a reason for hope in these difficult times when it is hard to look for that positive glimpse in our daily circumstances. It is the only way to move on and let our life be transformed into what is meant to be.

I don’t offer solutions to individual situations but one thing I can do is to share with you my journey in order to inspire others to begin their very own journey. In the same way that I offered in Simplicity, Richness of Life, my experiences on raising a family and learning to live simpler in order to do what matters in my life, on Moonlit Walks I will explore many other topics that I deemed worthy to reflect upon and explore. It is the only way I know how to navigate my life and the turmoils it sometimes accompanies it, one that perhaps will help others to do the same in their own unique way until they too find themselves in come waters.

Life is not easy sometimes but it becomes bearable when we share it with those around us. I believe that is why many of us are having a hard time today, we have disconnected ourselves from each other in pursuit of our own dreams. We have lost the sense that family, friendship and community is what makes us prosper in the long run, not merely individuality. We treasure who we are, yes, but never forgetting that we are also called to share ourselves with others. It is a way to enrich life and to make it more meaningful. It is to give it reason for its existence.

Stay tuned for the announcement on the launch of Moonlit Walks, I will try to make it as memorable as the moments that inspired it.





The Invitation

1 10 2008

I’ve been drawn to read a lot of memoirs lately, and a whole selection of them are being published as we speak. I’m not the only one who is enjoying page after page these books; I guess it is our hunger to know what others do in situations similar to ours or the desire to imagine what we would do if we had the chance to live our own desires and make our dreams a reality.

These are the books I have been reading in this genre:
Eat, Pray, Love
The Invitation
and today I bought The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry

I would like to share with you the poem on The Invitation that is the base for this book, I think you’ll love it. Tell me what you think. 🙂

The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Canadian Teacher and Author

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

© 1995 by Oriah House, From “Dreams Of Desire”
Published by Mountain Dreaming, 300 Coxwell Avenue, Box 22546, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4L 2A0
Please click here for more information about Oriah’s book.





Clearing Out

9 08 2008

It has been a rainy day in paradise, the usual sunny sky was nowhere to be seen today. The perfect day to stay in bed crawled with a good book in hand and, among other things, that’s what I have done. But another thing I had to do today was to clear my office. Ever since I returned from Puerto Rico a few weeks ago I could not bring myself to do so. I was feeling down and overwhelmed and it was not only because of what was happening to me emotionally, but the paperwork around me wouldn’t let me relax. So today I said no more! and a few hours later my desk is “clean.”

One thing I need to do is designate my paying bill area other than my office because if I don’t my inspiration is out the door. There is no way I can write having a pile of bills to be paid next to me on a daily basis. My office has to be my sanctuary and that is the way it has been for a long time but somehow I didn’t want to get out of here for anything and ended up bringing all kinds of things that doesn’t belong to my writing place.

There has been a lot of changes in my life and as they continue my writing is taking a new shape and form. I guess that is the beauty of writing in general, the ability to express what touches and transforms our hearts. A lot of people relate to it and perhaps some are moved to share it here with me. I love to hear what your thoughts are on what I write and if you have any nuggets of wisdom or experience to share with me.

Today I continue to make someone else’s dream come true and released a book for worldwide distribution. The fruit of long and hard work but most of all dedication of a great writer, Arthur Henn. I look on the pages of the book, Reflections of My Soul, where his beautiful poetry takes me to a whole different world; the world of the senses, dreams and magical moments as my eyes danced in the beautiful words.

So here is to the rest of the day, hopefully I will get to write even more on the days to come. May I never forget the importance to create and maintain the sacred spaces where my soul is free to communicate with my mind in order for me to continue writing for all of you.

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Clary Lopez, author of Simplicity, Richness of Life





The Valkyries

25 06 2008

This is soon becoming a traveling tradition for me; I pick a new book either before I leave or when I get to my destination by Paulo Coelho. My selection for my next trip is The Valkyries, let me tell you that it wasn’t easy to select just one book because I also wanted to read The Witch of Portobello. But I guess the theme of this one is what I’m looking for right now. Here is the review from Amazon.com:

From Booklist
There is enough interest in angels to ensure this peculiar little book a significant audience. It traces a spiritual journey of sorts, stereotypically cast as a journey into the desert, that embodies a New Age conception of liberation as liberation from the past in confrontation with oneself. The “ritual that demolishes rituals,” which is the climax of the book, is all done with mirrors. As Simone de Beauvoir would note, the “mirrors” are women–and that calls into question both the “newness” of the story and the “age” it heralds. But it is a strange tale many will find compelling. Steve Schroeder —

Excerpt from the backcover:
A powerful exploration of one man’s battle with self-doubt and fear.
“this true-life odyssey is at once a modern-day adventure story and a poignant message about letting go of the past and believing in the future.”

If you have read this book please share with me your thoughts on it, but don’t tell me the ending though. 🙂

Paulo, you are traveling with me one more time. I hope you don’t mind. 😉

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Clary Lopez, author of Simplicity, Richness of Life





Traveling with Books

24 06 2008

One of the things I dislike the most from traveling is the task to choose the books I’m taking with me. I have a huge collection of permanent books in my library and a selection of books I want to read. It’s too hard to part from them.

When I travel I take in consideration the time and place I’m going and how much time I think I’ll have to read. Of course I can’t forget that I have also need to be writing this blog, an e-zine and my next book. Unlike my last trip when I took a bunch of books with me,this time I will choose only 4-5 books. I will try to keep the size compact and the themes varied; non-fiction, fiction and mystery. I’m also bringing the latest magazines I received. I guess you can call me a read-a-holic. 🙂

If you travel with books I want to know about it.

What are you taking with you and how do you select your books?

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Clary Lopez, author of Simplicity, Richness of Life





BookHomestead.com, my Book Review Store

12 06 2008

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One of my dreams is to have my own bookstore but as you can imagine the cost to have a storefront is staggering, something I’m not looking forward to have to pay for. I love to be around writers and book lovers in general. Off and online interaction is very important to me.

I’ve been helping authors for a while and it has been a very good experience. I enjoy looking for ways to get the word out about their works and mine. We are not competing but building up strength as we work together towards the same goal; to reach our audience.

I created my own bookstore online, BookHomestead.com, and as I promote it and find more authors and readers to visit on a daily basis I feel alive. My goal is that this site becomes the bridge between readers and writers. Most of our services are free so I’m needing not only the authors but my friends to help me promote the site.

Yesterday I received a box full of bookmarks for the site. I’m willing to mail some to anyone who would like to help me promote the site in their own town. You can give the bookmarks away, place them at the library, bookstores, small shops, anywhere where people stop by a counter top and can take one. If you are interested please e-mail me your mailing address and I’ll be glad to send you some.

You can send your address to services@bookhomestead.com

If you haven’t already, please visit the site. We have a new Featured Author. Don’t miss it!

http://bookhomestead.com

Comments: (From another blog)

DOC (… it would be my pleasure! I’ll send you my address… and I hope to someday have MY book in your store! (if you’ll sell photo books) I have one I’m starting for my family for a x-mas present, but I’m liking how it’s coming out. I may just send you one to get your opinion… because coming from you, well, I would really love hearing what you have to say…good or bad, I would! HUGS!

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 09:00am (EDT)

GG – … It’ll be my pleasure DOC

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 09:19am (EDT)

i’m on my way… Flavi told you of my book project?

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 10:52am (EDT)

GG – … Tell me about your book project Kayak.

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 12:32pm (EDT)

[dele… Oh Wow, I’ll do a write up on this for you for sure and post it this week Clary, I would love to help you promote it.

Also, I know you sent a msg about a “group” and I will get to it as soon as I can, I haven’t forgotten.

Also, have you check out Yahoo! Mash yet? It requires by email invitation, so if you would like to check it out let me know by sending me a msg with your email address. I won’t give your email address away, it is confidential between you and I so no worries.

I look forward to checking out your new site here too but it’ll have to be tomorrow. Tonight I am going to bed super early, I’m already tired.

Congratulations! I am thrilled for you, it’s another exciting journey ahead for you, love it!

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 03:42pm (PDT)

♥Ana’… visited BookHomestead.com and it’s nice. I pray that all your heart’s desire will come true soon.
Keep on inspiring others as others inspire you… God bless you richly! 🙂

Wednesday September 26, 2007 – 11:21am (CST)

Sherr… Would love to pass out your bookmarks, always willing to help out a fellow business.
I also always dreamed of a bookstore but have settled so far with a household and decor on-line store with a friend. One day…

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 11:33pm (EDT)

Doc I am an avid reader and will be very happy to assist you. Walter Mosley is my favorite writer by the way. I will be in touch.

Tuesday September 25, 2007 – 11:44pm (PDT)

Deant… This is a wonderful idea. Your passion for the written word is inspiring.

Wednesday September 26, 2007 – 11:14am (EDT)

Photo… Clary, I have many poems to go through and clean up and decide which one to compile. There are two-hundred plus that are just sitting here on my hard drive. Everyone wants me to compile them into a book. I know nothing about this and what to do, so if I ever get one compiled, I’m thinking along the line of calling it “Beautiful Woman”. It would be very much a pleasure to hand it over to you for your new site Again I know nothing About compiling one to send to you!

Good luck with this…I know you will do well.

Love Ya!





20th Anniversary of The Alchemist

3 06 2008

Congratulations Paulo on this important anniversary. The Alchemist continues to be the book everyone should read. I can’t thank you enough for having written this book.

Here is a repost I did on the book some time ago.

paulo

Paulo Coelho Blog

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

book Click the picture to buy the book

This is one of my all time favorite books; I’ve read it three times and bought copies to give away to my family and friends. I bought the Spanish version while I was visiting my parents in Puerto Rico. It truly is a great book to get you to think about what your dreams really mean in your life and how far they can take you on your earthly journey. It also helps you to listen to your heart and follow your dreams. I was surprised at the end of this fable story. Hope you take the time to read it.

You can read The Alchemist for free here, while you wait for your print copy.

In here Paulo answer questions from his readers about the book.