I am passionate about my art.
More than that, though, I have taken my art and turned it into my business. My brand is the writing I do on all the various levels where I get to do it.
Though my first love is fiction, the nonfiction I write is also important to me. That’s why I blog regularly and write these weekly articles about the business of writing.
Presently, I have ramped up my fiction writing work. Because of this, I have successfully written two whole novels (hovering in the 50,000-word range) over a little more than 2 months. Part of this has been due to a new practice that came of working as a plotter for the first time; part from using NaNoWriMo as the impetus to get a novel finished in 30 days (which I did in 26). …
As 2020 winds down, don’t expect a flip of the switch anytime soon.
For many people, 2020 has been a dumpster fire. And that’s being gentle.
Between the big, outside picture and the pandemic, ludicrous politics, and vast uncertainty — this feels like the year that keeps on giving. Unfortunately, what it keeps giving is paper bags full of dog poo.
On a more personal level, people have had to contend with lost jobs, children splitting between being at school in person or online, adapting to practices of social distancing, mask-wearing, and other precautions. …
Today, in the United States, is Thanksgiving. Right off the bat, let’s disregard why this is a national holiday and the various controversies we could explore — and instead look to the name and overall concept.
In other words, let’s talk about gratitude.
The most powerful creator in the entire Universe, after love, is gratitude. And I can make an argument for love and gratitude being intertwined.
Expressing gratitude empowers you and what you give gratitude to. It is a two-way street and the ultimate builder of everything.
Gratitude is not just saying “thank you” but also feeling grateful. It is thought, feeling, action, and intention all in one single dose. …
As much as I love fencing and one-on-one combat, I have an equal love for melee combat.
Melee combat, for those unfamiliar with the concept, involves combat between two or more fighters against like or greater numbers. The dynamics of combat change dramatically when the numbers increase.
Tactics for two-on-two differ from one-on-one. Now multiply that by a LOT. Tactics for dozens versus dozens are much more complex (and at these numbers you must consider overall strategy and tactics for small groups within them).
Other factors include what sort of situation for combat you’re in. Fighting in an open field is very different from a broken field or a bridge or in the woods. …
Life moves at a pace that can be tremendously disconcerting.
While technology has been a boon to make the world smaller and bring us closer together — it’s also been a challenge. Society has become fixated on quick fix, instant gratification, faster-faster-faster ways, and means.
Information inundates us from the technology we created to make it more accessible. News both true and false, opinion, conjecture, fact, and more are available 24/7 at your fingertips. Overwhelm and overload have become normalized — and the stress and other illnesses that go with them.
Feelings — even among those who feel more than they think — get steamrolled by it all. Expectations, responsibilities, societal norms and such bulldoze your awareness and mindfulness in the interest of contributing to the “greater good.” …
Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is coming up. This holiday kicks off the season since it is immediately followed by mass consumerism leading up to Christmas.
This year has been one of the most difficult for virtually everyone I know. Between the ongoing pandemic, a contentious Presidential election that the loser refuses to concede, and continued uncertainty stemming from both — the holidays are going to be weird.
For a lot of people, traditions are hugely important. Family gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas (and Hanukkah, if you’re Jewish) tend to be long-time annual affairs nobody wants to forgo.
However, this is 2020. And we must recognize that the norm is just not going to work this year. Rather than put loved ones at risk — it’s wiser to pass on the gatherings. …
I recently wrote about art and money, and my realization that I need to hire someone to do marketing because I am not very good at selling myself and my work.
This, of course, causes a walk outside of my comfort zone.
To increase my book sales, I need to hire someone to help with marketing. There are a lot of different options out there for this — and choosing the right one is always a challenge.
There are multiple points of focus I could use, too. Let’s face it — I write a LOT. And it is a broad range of material — from sci-fi/fantasy to nonfiction aimed at self-improvement, life lessons, mindfulness, and such — to other fiction and nonfiction ideas. …
Life, the Universe, and all
There lies the answer
It is so simple
Yet we complicate it lots
Humans are silly
Heart and mind combine
Connections inside and out
Thank you for reading. I am MJ Blehart. I write about mindfulness, conscious reality creation, positivity, and similar life lessons — and occasional poetry.
Adjusting for dissonance and answering the big questions of life, the Universe, and Everything.
We live in a world of many paradoxes. A desire for freedom coupled with a need to be told what to do. Being sold sex but then being told sex is dirty and taboo. Embracing science and technology yet denying and disregarding knowledge for opinion.
As I have been studying mindfulness and working with conscious reality creation, one thing I am finding more and more is that most of what people are looking for comes down to connection.
This is not just getting to know someone or find something. It’s not just looking for more meaning. It is much deeper than that. It is establishing a connection between ourselves and other things. It’s creating familiarity via connectivity. …
Lots of people, when you talk to them about meditation, get an image in their head something like this:
You sit, cross-legged, palms up and out to your sides. You chant “om” or something like that. You clear your mind of everything and have an amazing spiritual experience.
Admittedly, this is a possibility. But this is not what meditation is in its simplest form is.
Anyone can meditate. And I mean ANYONE. It doesn’t need to be some big production, or an enormous, lengthy undertaking. It can be as little as two minutes of your time.
The thing about meditation, in my experience, has been how desirable it is. It’s not some chore or challenge. The more I practice meditating the more I desire to meditate. …