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Spiraling Self-Awareness

Do you remember I told you about a great podcast interview I had with Jennifer Swanson early in December? It was one month and one day ago. I put together a list of thirteen ways to increase self-awareness, “Breath by Breath: One Day at a Time.”

I was so happy with that material that I thought I could expand it into an ebook. And so I did just that between December 22 and 28 (yes! all through Christmas/Hanukkah). I used Scrivener software to write the 15,400-word manuscript. That’s a good size for a small self-help ebook. Then I compiled the Scrivener text into an epub file (used by many ebook readers) and opened that epub in calibre, the e-book management software tool. I ordered an ISBN from Library and Archives Canada and created a cover image (1600 pixels wide by 2400 pixels tall), which is on the left. Now, I’ve almost completed editing the html and css in the calibre epub and I’ll be sending it off to Kindle for conversion into mobi (kindle’s ebook file type) in a couple of weeks, after I’ve received the CIP (Cataloguing in Publication) information that goes at the front of the book. I’m using my imprint – Wrasma Marketing – to publish the ebook. And if you don’t know about Wrasma, then check out Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom. The only thing after this is to let everyone know this new ebook is available. Let this be the first notice! (Actually, I made a small announcement on my FaceBook Author page earlier today.) And I’ll be following this blog post up with a Virtual Book Tour. Check it out. Let me know how you like the cover.

The Dreaded Rejection Slip

The very day that I had almost given up on hearing from Llewellyn about my book proposal and I was getting ready to phone them and inquire about it, I received the dreaded rejection slip in an email. It was polite and short. Two dreaded indicators. And sent by someone who briefly said, “Thank you for your submission to Llewellyn Worldwide.”

I opened the attached letter and there was the decision: No.

They had written it very politely to “Dear Author”—that’s encouraging.

Dear Author,

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Hiding under Cushions and Elsewhere

Here are the last few clues as we move through the Twelve Days of Christmas.SAM_8445

Do you recognize this open shelving area for magazines etc. in the West End?

And here, in my favourite $ store.SAM_8446

And finally, for this post anyhow, two in the church I attend, both under cushions.


Please let me know if you’re successful in finding one of these free, help-yourself Advent (and now, Twelves Days of Christmas) copies of Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom. read more

Sunshine Coast, Kamloops, and Vancouver

indexThanks to family, copies #12, #13, #14, and #15 will pop up on the Sunshine Coast and in Kamloops in the next while. So there’ll be more clues about them later.

#17Meanwhile, three more finders-keepers copies of Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom are hiding in Vancouver, two in the West End and one where the height of land is marked by oak trees. And don’t you think that there should always be presents under a tree?

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Five More Clues for Advent Gifts for Adults

#7The seventh free copy of Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom was found in no time, even as I was still in the space. #9I had “hidden” it up in the balcony between one of the seats and the back wall in the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. The woman hired to clear the theatre of debris “found” it. Perhaps she is the one who needs it the most. I had just performed there with the City Soul Choir, actually my first concert with them: “Never Give Up!” #11So I decided not to give up and kept going – hiding more copies. Here are the next four, muddled so you won’t know which clue goes with which book. One’s in the open and then bookshelves and book baskets abound. #10And Oliver and Lilly’s and Libby’s in the Park, but not in the park at all. I wonder if they serve fish? When was the Battle of Hastings? 1066? #8The books at VV Boutique are all pricy except one, and then, there’s a book on a shelf that’s going to get “moody” if no one spots it.

Clues #4, #5, and #6 to Free Copies of Trust the Mystery

Here are clues for the 4th, 5th, and 6th giveaways!

In behind the lentils and the barley hides another free copy of Trust the Mystery.#5 But in which grocery store? Will it be the shelf stocker who finds it or you? Here’s the postal code: V6Z 2N2. Now that’s a giveaway!

#4The Vancouver Sun covered this one in a centre where everything is bent. That was two days ago, so it’s probably been found by now. Let me know if the finder is you.

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Clues for Finding Free Copies of My Latest Book

I’ve now hidden three free copies of Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom and I’m looking forward to the first find!
One is in a place where a king and a knight meet under a tree with a dog.

Another is in a home inspired by the Ninety-Five Theses on a wealthy hill.

The third is in good company, being housed by life saver Joseph Seraphim.

Let me know if you become a finder keeper.