Did I Write That?

Being impressed by your own work isn’t so weird. Maybe I did write that…

Murray "MJ" Blehart
5 min readJul 24, 2021

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For 2021 I have written a total of 6 new books.

Four are the launch of my Forgotten Fodder series. Two are the continuation of my Void Incursion series.

As part of the work, editing must occur. This is a three-part process.

Part One — I reread and edit my work. Much to the amusement of my cat, I tend to read aloud. Long ago I found that you catch many errors you might otherwise miss. This can be especially amusing if a lot of time has passed since I last looked at this work.

Part Two — I send my work off to the editor. My new editor is awesome, and she does an incredible job of both proofreading and altering contextual issues in my work.

Part Three — I go over my editor’s edits. This is necessary because some contextual changes might not be applicable.

For example — with The Source Chronicles, one of my editors wanted me to change the poetry of the prophecy that drives the story. The changes desired didn’t make sense in the context of the way the prophecy was written and presented.

Another matter tends to be dialogue. Sometimes proper grammar and dialogue don’t go hand in hand. Editors don’t always see it for what it is and change it as such.

But in all the rereading of my work — sometimes something strikes me. Not negatively, but more surprising. Did I write that?

Why pose the question?

I love quotable statements. Often, I make use of them in my blogs. My favorites include:

“Try not. Do, or do not, there is no try.” — Yoda

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” — Albert Einstein

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” — Paulo Coelho

Stirring, memorable, impressive lines. These are four among a lot of great quotes I love to use and share because of the power and impact they make.

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com