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Celebrating The Journey Of Rachel Weatherley (Writer)

I love supporting people in their journeys, especially writers. Today I would like to introduce Rachel Weatherly a writer for the amazing website Reedsy known for their support of authors looking to refine and publish their works. So please join me in this post as we celebrate the writing and life journey of Rachel.

Tell us a little bit about your journey as a writer? What inspired you to take this journey?

I haven’t been writing for that long––I properly started writing in university. I have a book review Instagram page, where I have written smaller reviews, mainly for my friends. After that, I decided I liked writing criticism and wrote for my university newspaper. However, my love of writing fiction really stemmed from when I started reading short story collections a few summers ago.

What do you like the most about what you do?

I enjoy having a creative outlet that is flexible to my current moods, interests, and desires. I also like using writing as a means to take popular culture and creativity more seriously––especially forms of culture that traditionally get written off as ‘feminine’ (and by that mark, non-serious).

What sort of writing do you do?

I am currently a writer for Reedsy, which allows me to write all sorts of interesting things. The writing I have done up until now has been mainly journalistic––I love reading and writing reviews of books, but I have also reviewed films and albums too. I majored in sociology and politics major, so I love a bit of critical analysis! I am also a hobbyist short story writer. They haven’t yet seen the light of day, but I like turning my life experiences into neater, fictional vignettes, à la my favourite short story writer, Lucia Berlin. 

Do you have any current projects (or goals) you are working on you would like to tell us more about?

I’m trying to learn Italian at the moment. I was reading about Ann Goldstein, the New Yorker journalist who translated Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet. She started learning Italian when she was in her late twenties, and then landed this incredible job. After the pandemic I would like to live in Italy and develop my proficiency in the language––and perhaps start using it professionally––who knows!

Is there anything else that you have learned or discovered on your journey that you would like to share (or give others advice about)?

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New Release: The 30 Day Journaling Challenge

This was an out of blue inspiration (Don’t you love it when that happens?). I brainstormed a fun way for those who want to get into journaling, or who have journaled but want to be more consistent about it. So I came up with the 30 Day Journaling Challenge guided journal.

This book consists of 30 unique writing prompts to help make journaling a new and fun habit.

Here’s a sample of some of the prompts that can be found in this book: I love to think about, I feel good about myself when I, one of my favorite memories is, the thing I do that brings me the most joy is, and one of my favorite people to spend time with is.

Here is the official book description…

Are you new to journaling, or simply wish to recommit to a daily journaling practice?

Then this book is for you!

This journal provides 30 unique writing prompts to get you started, helping you create a positive habit your future self will thank you for.

Are you up for the challenge?

Journal size is 5.25″ x 8″ with a glossy cover and white pages on the inside.

This guided journal is now available as a paperback on Amazon and a printable on Etsy.

If you decide to take the challenge (and create a new habit of journaling for yourself), please leave a comment below and tell everyone how it went for you! I’d love to know about your results.

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New Releases: 4 Lined Journals with Motivational Covers

Here are four more journals I recently designed. This project I started with the intent of still creating simple lined journals (like the last six journals I did), but this time with fun motivational covers––Because who doesn’t love some visual motivation!

I brainstormed, and then chose four slogans or affirmations that I have worked for me in my own journaling journey, and then played around with some images and fonts until I came up with these lovely creations.

Here is an official book description…

This motivational journal is a good for every day use, or great as a gift. This is a 120 page lined notebook or journal ready to be used for any kind of writing, journaling, note taking, and is especially good for reflective journaling on creating better quality life experiences.

This is also small and can fit in most handbags, packs, or even a back pocket. Journal size is 5.25″ x 8″ with a glossy cover and cream color lined pages inside. Pages are suitable for most types of pens.

All these journals can be used for any sort of generic journaling or note taking, but also can be dedicated to the topic of the covers.

Here are the individual links for each of the journals.

You Got This… I love this affirmation so much! I once had a journal with this phrase. In that time of my life, I was having a lot of hard days, and sometimes just pulling out the journal and looking at the cover was the positive boost I needed. This is an affirmation I have used quite a bit in my daily personal growth even before I purchased that particular journal.

The Best Is Yet To Come… This is definitely a winning affirmation that’s full of positivity and hope, because no matter what we have going on right now in our lives (good, bad, or in between), even better is always on the way!

Follow Your Dreams They Know The Way… This is a great journal for writing out your dream life. The things you want to have happen. The things you want to do or be. The things that fill you with excitement and promise.

Create Your Own Calm… This is a great place to either write out tools you can use to create more peace and calm in your life, or even a place you can release some of the “upsetting” bits and pieces of life, so you can create more calm after the release.

And that’s it for now. I do have a brand new guided journal releasing soon, so keep an eye out for that. Until then, have a great rest of January (I can’t believe the first month of 2021 is almost over already)!

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Book Series Review: The Iron Druid Chronicles By Kevin Hearne

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a series review, but I recently finished this series and really wanted to share my thoughts on it.

I have to tell you the Iron Druid books left an impact on me. I can honestly say that this is definitely one of my favorite series, but it’s also one that I dislike as well. But before I get into all of that, let me tell you a little bit about what this series is about.

The Iron Druid Chronicles starts with the book Hounded. A 2,100 year old druid is masquerading as a 21 year-old who owns an occult book store in modern day Arizona. To every one he looks like some stoner college student, but in reality he’s packing a lot of ancient knowledge and power. But don’t tell anyone, because he’s supposed to be hiding out from an Irish god who wants to kill him.

And it just gets better (and more complicated from there). lol…

The story follows Atticus on many and crazy escapades as he tries to hold his own against a bunch of religious pantheons that don’t like him very much. It might be because he’s a little bit snarky and doesn’t really care what anyone might think about him or what he does, he also has a big issue with people (or gods) who harm the earth, because he’s druid, duh. So that can really get him riled up sometimes.

My absolute favorite part of this story is that Atticus has a faithful companion named Oberon who is an Irish wolfhound, and Atticus has taught him how to speak (mentally). So it’s just a lot of fun to watch their awesome conversations play out, and see this deep friendship between hound and human grow over the course of the series.

This series includes 9 books and a bunch of novellas and short stories. The short stories and novellas help to bring more depth to the main story, and in many cases, I found the novellas and short stories to be superior in story quality to some of the novels. So I highly recommend them.

I’m not going to list out the whole chronological order of stories, novellas, and novels. You can find that information on Hearne’s website. But here are the 9 books in the series.

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New Releases! 6 Lined Journals with Unique Cover Designs

I love creating guided journals, but this month I decided to try designing some regular journals to see what I could come up with. The results are these six lovely creations. Each journal has 120 lined pages waiting for whatever writing or journaling a person is in the mood for. The difference between the journals is just the cover, because isn’t it nice to have choices?

Here is the official description below…

This a perfect for your every day use or great as a gift. This is a 120 page lined notebook or journal ready to be used for any kind of writing, journaling, or note taking. This is also small and can fit in most handbags, packs, or even a back pocket. Journal size is 5.25″ x 8″ with glossy cover and cream colored lined paper inside.

Some of the journals like the Affirmations, Gratitude, Inspiration, and Dreams can be used specially for those particular topics, or just used for free writing or regular journaling. My personal favorite is the Inspiration journal, not just because of the image and color, but I love the idea of having a journal just for writing inspired ideas (I have lots of those)!

Here are the individual links for each of the journals in case you want a closer look.

Notes is great for note taking or jotting down on the fly ideas.

Affirmations is great for keeping track of your favorite affirmations or creating your own.

Gratitude is great for writing down all the things you are thankful for and appreciate in life.

Dreams is great for writing down your dreams overnight, or life dreams (goals) that you want to come true.

Inspiration is great for writing down anything that might inspire you, or you have inspired ideas that you want to make sure you don’t forget.

Journal is great for note taking or just a generic journal.

I went ahead and created a separate page on this blog for lined journal. So they are easy to find (because I will be adding more at a later date), and hopefully won’t be confused with my guided journals.

Enjoy!