I make lists on my phone – notes from Brené Brown’s books, my personal shame inventory, favourite TV shows, who I consider myself to be, my top 50 books, what I want for my life, ideas for poems about COVID-19, affirmations, qualities had by the guy of my dreams, men I can remember sleeping with, what’s important to me, recipes, quotes, psychic medium readings, parks to visit for nature walks, friends who awoke, Christmas card recipients, how to control emotions before a full moon, people in my life I value and miss, ideas for courses, films by Jim Jarmusch, and my bucket list. I make lists on my phone – that’s all you need to know.
Learn more about my first book of poetry, Eden Refugee, here. If you know anyone who would enjoy it, please share.
This seeker is an empath; a truth seeker, always striving for more knowledge and understanding of a world she’s been at war with— in her mind—more lately than ever before; searching for something that will give her faith in God, hope for the future, relief from grief. At 57 years of age, she finally realizes that the truth has always been within. All she needed to do was listen closely and start over again. Become the observer, step outside of external dramas, go inside her heart, become neutral and let her higher self show her the right moment to stop fighting, and to help others. The secret is there is no absolute truth; everything in the universe is permitted as part of its evolution. When we become the observer, we enter the eye of the storm, connect with our hearts, and therein we find love and harmony. There is well-being in our shadow selves, so no need to ignore as the body operates in tandem with the subconscious mind. There is peace in silence, and when the noise of humanity invades the quiet, nature and sound healing help seal the cracks. Don’t take life too seriously; enjoy the journey, dream big, love yourself, follow your interests, and LET GO of anything else that doesn’t resonate. You are all that and a bag of chips— you are the observer, the great I AM.
There is a saying that sometimes you need to get your feet wet before you jump in the water.
Many writers who want to publish a book, take their first step by writing one chapter in a compilation of stories called an anthology.
What is an Anthology?
An anthology book is a collection of short fiction, poetry or nonfiction works (or excerpts) by a variety of authors. Typically, the book is organized around a particular subject, theme, writing style or genre.
One of the most successful anthology book series has been the Chicken Soup for the Soul series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.
Each book in the series is a collection of inspirational stories targeted at various markets such as pet lovers, cancer patients, nurses, new moms, runners, gardeners—the list is exhaustive.
Participation in an anthology can be by invitation for free, for pay (share of royalties or flat fee) or pay to participate, meaning that authors pay to be included in the book. In the business arena, paid anthologies are common since authors use the opportunity to promote themselves. Some projects also require authors to purchase a certain number of books either in addition to any fee or in lieu of a fee.
Authors are provided with a list of guidelines for writing and submitting drafts for their segments of the book.
The compiler or publisher bears the costs of producing the book to include editing, graphic design, layout, proofing, publishing, printing, marketing, and distribution, and retains the right to reject any author’s submission or participation in the project.
4 Benefits of Being Part of an Anthology
Less effort: Self-publishing or getting published by a regular publishing house can be quite a project! An anthology only requires authors to submit a segment and leave those details to the editor and publisher. This allows authors to concentrate on creating their best work.
Less cost: Depending on the nature of the anthology agreement, a writer can purchase books instead of a fee or pay a small participation fee which is a fraction of the cost of self-publishing. The compiler of the anthology picks up the tab for editing, design, cover design, proofreading, distribution, and launch.
In good company: Some anthologies gather top authors and experts. So, being included with recognized writers can afford less famous writers the benefit of being considered on par with them.
Today’s business card. Being able to say, “I’m one of the authors of _____” can carry a lot of weight for writers who are seeking additional writing opportunities. The book becomes a great business card! It says that someone of note considered them and their work worthy to be included.
The contacts you make can lead to a larger marketing pool. The other authors are going to market the anthology to their readers. This essentially means you get free marketing to a different audience simply because your work is compiled in the same place. It also means you might be able to market a little less than you do for your singular works because several people will be sharing this information. (No need to overdo the marketing and make readers tired of the promo.)
Here are some recent Anthology Projects we managed.
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Do you or someone you know feel as if you’re getting too close to heaven? Do you feel that life is unbearable on this crazy blue planet and that you don’t know how much longer you can live here? I have felt that way too, I assure you.
Acutely aware that an innumerable amount of people has lost someone they love during this pandemic, from either the virus, because they couldn’t get the medical care they needed, or because they took their own life, I am thinking of you today and wanted to share a poem that I wrote years ago for a friend of mine who took his life. The poem was inspired by the song “Too Close to Heaven” by The Waterboys which you can hear in the stunningly beautiful and powerful video below, posted by deep46blue on YouTube.
If you know of someone who is struggling with their mental health right now, please reach out to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for advice on how you can help them. Their toll-free number is 1-800-463-2338.
TOO CLOSE TO HEAVEN
by Christine Bode
You are the brother I never had Seeing your pain made me so sad Grateful for every moment we spent Knowing everything that I said I meant
All the love All the laughter Every joy Every game
You’re too close to heaven to worry about shame
I miss you more than you’ll ever know Every road travelled has led us here If I had my way I would go before I’ll try my best not to need you near
All the raging All the mud Every river Every flood
You’re too close to heaven to worry about blood
Will you ask God when you see him If he will help me bear your loss Tell him I am pissed off that he didn’t pick some other sod
All the stress All the fright Every vow Every tear
You’re too close to heaven to worry about fear
I’ll ask God when he’s listening to take care of your soul I’ll ask him for understanding in this forbidding vicious world
All the past All the future Every hope Every strife