Jade & Butterfly Earrings


Another awesome and beautiful creation by Irene…. Please keep her creations in mind when you are thinking about a gift for that special someone in your life this holiday season. Thanks for sharing your lovely creations with us Irene.

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Old Green Jade & Butterfly Earrings

Beautiful Handmade Copper Hook Earrings with Old Green Jade & Butterfly

Would you like to wear these earrings? Please let me know, thank you 🙂

You can find these earrings here and other beautiful Jewelry in my Handmade at Amazon Shop

For your information, I do send all jewelry recommended for you to sign, even this is not found in my shops to see. I do this to secure your jewelry and to save you for extra postage and for you to receive your jewelry more fast

Wish you an smiling day

Irene

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Ghosts?


Ghosts… Really?

Joe, you’re a day late and a dollar short if you think that ghosts are an appropriate subject to write about this time of year. Halloween was over a month ago, and frankly we are ready to embrace a different season, one filled with love and joy, not scary and frightening. So, what on earth would possess you to write about ghosts?

That’s a great question, but first I would like to say hello to all of those that take the time to read my blog posts, especially those that have written to me to inquire about my wellbeing. My blog although neglected as of late isn’t dead neither is the writer, even though it’s been so long since I have written a post that it may appear to have been the case.

The inspiration for this long overdue post is my favorite ghost story, and arguably the most well-known ghost story of all time, the Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. The Victorian era tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, being haunted by the apparitions of his dear friend Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future serves as an inspiration for us all to make a more meaningful contribution to the world. The letters and notes from my friends here on WordPress have inspired me even though I have been making my way as a ghost writer to make a more meaningful contribution to the world through my writing.

I am grateful to the WordPress community for bearing with me and supporting my efforts as I master the craft of writing. It is the experience gained from writing blog posts that opened the door to my writing career. Thank you all for your kindness in liking and commenting on my posts. Your support has been very inspirational and given me the confidence I needed to reach higher and pursue my dream of making a living as a writer.

As we all know in the digital age we live in, if you hope to make a living as a writer you must get as much exposure as you can, in order build your personal brand. Although I have been making money writing, and editing the objectives of exposure, and brand building are difficult to achieve when the content you produce is as a ghost writer. Until recently I had been questioning the value and purpose of this blog. That is until I realized that it is a way to share my love of writing, and a tool that has been helping me build my brand.

That said my being merely a ghostwriter is not sufficiently representing who I am as a writer or a person.  So, it’s time to implement the skills I have been learning over the last few years while attending online writing classes, participating in webinars, and taking marketing courses. In other words, it’s time for me to step onto the world stage and be recognized as the writer, and person I have become. It’s time to contribute to our world in a more meaningful way through my writing.

As I move forward it is my intent to introduce you to some of the mentors and organizations that have helped me as I learn to master the craft of writing. Becoming a good writer is only possible if you learn the art of writing from those that teach the art of writing. I guess what I am trying to express is that becoming and being a good writer comes from being a part of a great community. I am honored to be a part of this writing community.

Thank you all for being beautiful you and sharing the things you do. You are all making a difference in our world and making it a better place for all we share it with. Namaste.

California, dreamin, oh it’s just me chasing a dream!


Hello, how are you? I am in California DREAMING!

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It has certainly been a while since I have really dedicated much time to this blog. It’s kind of a shame because I learned so much about life vicariously through the stories and information shared here on WordPress it truly is a family kind of community that I am grateful to be a part of.


I opened this post with a popular song on my mind yet I had another reason for sharing that I am currently in spectacular Southern California. After an amazing year of adventure and interacting with many incredible people, and exploring places from coast to coast and back I am wintering out reaching for the stars in sunny California. I found myself reminiscing and looking for the future with my shades on :).  My fellow bloggers you are on my mind as oddly enough are the women that have touched my life and taught me what love is as I listen to the song!

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Life for me is a gift I cherish even though things rarely go as planned. In many cases those plans go out the window somewhere along the line and we improvise. Good bad or ugly at one moment can appear beautiful and loving the next. I think the true treasure is found in our interactions with our fellow people and the place we are interacting.


“Philosophy? Come on now you’re not going to jump right into that are you? The depth of the subject to take forever to explore.” I had intended to share a little about the people I met along the way this past year from Seattle, WA on 420 day, to Boca Raton, FL on the 4th of July with stops in Atlanta, Denver, Las Cruces, NM, Truth or Consequence, NM and for the moment in one of my favorite places on the planet Earth…. Sunny California. One of those people is from LA a very talented and gifted writer and human being Ms. Jocelyn F. Wright.


Actually I was heading for the deeper subject of modern religion. You see my good friend Jocelyn, wrote a script for a new TV series. It’s about a “Catholic Nun” and a group of teens she looks out for in the dormitory that seems to be more of an orphanage in a way. When she told me about the project I had envisioned a modern day “Flying Nun”, however that was not the case at all…. Having spent twenty years in NY,NY with some pretty devote Catholics it was nice to see their world from a new perspective. Drama!!! Oh my but what a captivating story!


It is my pleasure to share with you the works of other artists I have met along the way the first of which I would like to share with you…


Hope you enjoyed the video and perhaps caught the video and hit the like button… If not that’s cool too!


Just wanted to share a little of what’s happening in my world and let you know I will be around more often now that I have chosen to jump… Starving artist sale or upwards and onward stay tuned and find out in upcoming posts. The possibilities are infinite and things don’t always go your way because some things are out of your control.


Roll with the flow avoid the rocks and be excited for what is coming around the bend and grateful for what you find! Thank you all for being you and contributing to the world your presence as a major player in the making our world a better place for all we share it with.

Namaste! With love and acceptance.
JABradshaw

Rewriting is an evolutionary process


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A few days ago my good friend and Editor Peter Muller shared with me a compliment that inspired this post.


“Joe it is a great pleasure and gift to get to know you as we have worked together over the last four years. As I work on editing your manuscript I see the parallel between you and your character Jake on his journey to evolve and become enlightened.” Peter remarked.


“What do you mean by that?” I asked with a smile as big as Texas.


“You and your writing have evolved much like your character Jake does in the story. I have to say that you are on the path that is meant for you. You are becoming a great writer.” Peter exclaimed with a smile just as grand.


Peter rarely gives compliments, as an editor he is more likely to give a critique or voice an opinion about how a thought or idea could have been expressed in a more powerful way. I appreciate and am honored that he cares about me enough to teach me and guide me as I learn the craft of writing.
I thought I might share an illustration of how important rewriting is in the evolution of a story.


The following paragraph was selected from my upcoming novel The Talisman.


The rough draft:
Jake felt unlike he had ever felt, it was as if he was immense and small at the same time, he could feel his skin, his muscles, he could feel the valves of his heart open and close, the blood pulsing through his veins, he could feel his lungs expanding and contracting it seemed he could even feel the air separate and mix with his blood. He closed his eyes and even before he started to silently chant he could see the purple cloud and white ball he was becoming familiar with. He silently started to chant, it seemed to him his silent chant was loud and powerful even in its faint delicate silence.


The First rewrite:
Jake had a feeling within, unlike no other feeling he had ever felt. It was as if he was immense and small at the same time. When he sat down, he felt the life, in his skin, and in his muscles. He could feel the valves of his heart open and close, the blood pulsing through his veins. With each breath he could feel his lungs expanding and contracting it seemed he could even feel the air separate and mix with his blood. He had never felt so alive.


The Second rewrite:
When Jake sat down it was surreal as if he was in a dream. He was immense and small at the same time. He felt the cells in his skin, muscles and organs. He could hear the valves of his heart open and close, as the blood pulsed through his veins. With each breath as his lungs expanded and contracted, the air separated and mixed with his blood, he experienced the sensation of being alive.


Each rewrite expressed the same thought yet the last paragraph was far more concise and shared with the reader a more powerful picture. The last version was a better way of showing the reader than telling the reader when compared to the two previous versions.


As the writer I wanted the reader to feel what my character felt and used the word “feel” in its various tenses six times in the original draft, seven times in the first rewrite and only one time in the last rewrite.


Which paragraph do you feel is more powerful and captivating?


I read the first rewrite in a writing group thinking I had captured the essence of what I was trying to convey in a way that would invoke the imagination of my readers and inspire them to vicariously share my characters experience. Then one of the members of the group pointed out that I had used the word feel seven times in one paragraph.


As a writer it was an eye opening comment that made me look at how I could better capture the imagination of my readers by using my own imagination and choosing different words to captivate them.


Good writing is achieved through rewriting. Rewriting is how a story and writer evolve.


Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoyed the experience and perhaps that in some way this post may enrich your life in some way. Thank you for being beautiful you and making our world a better place for all we share it with.

Namaste

Writers Block? A poetic expression…


As I sat at my keyboard to compose
The notes that within me rose
Express my heart in poetic prose

Words could not describe
What I felt inside
Music did in the silence hide

Time and beat
Rhythm and rhyme
Words sometimes cannot define

To embrace the stillness
Is to know the divine
Being….
Is a state sublime

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I have been completing my novel and am in the process of querying agents. Sorry I have been neglecting to post and read as many posts as usual… A few more days and the letters will be sent the new novel is underway and I will make time to be more present here.

Thank you all for being so awesome and sharing your notes of concern and wonder I am doing well… Much love and appreciation to you all. Thank you for being beautiful you!

Namaste!