Winter mood-lifter tip: Most days, before I begin my writing day at the keyboard, I sit quietly to put myself in the relaxed state required for creative thinking. Letting go of the clutter in our minds for just a few minutes is a proven way to relax and regain focus, and it has become an integral part of my morning routine.
Give it a try—sit in a quiet place, take a few deep breaths, intentionally let your mind go completely blank. By introducing a positive thought beforehand (“I enjoy perfect health” or “I feel very energetic today”), even if the statement isn’t true in that moment, I find that the mere intention of the statement takes hold. Within ten or fifteen minutes, I really do feel more energetic and creative. Many people are able to improve their health, attitude, feel happier and approach their day with renewed vigor. I hope it works for you, too!
My next book is titled The Woodcarver’s Secret. For those readers who are fans of my Samantha Sweet mystery series this is the prequel, the book that shows where the mysterious wooden box came from and how it eventually reached Sam. If you’ve not begun reading the Samantha books, I think you will still enjoy this historical saga as a stand-alone book.
On a summer day in 13th century Ireland a simple Celtic woodworker takes a walk past a near-dead alder tree where a chance act of nature and the woodcarver’s hidden talent starts an unimaginable chain of events. From the wood of that dead tree John Carver creates three boxes.
One box, legend says, imparts healing and light; one box answers to the forces of darkness; the third box represents the middle way, with an ability to adapt to the spirit of the person who possesses it—whether good or evil. Through the centuries the boxes pass through many hands, exerting their influence, changing lives, creating a world of secrets.
Here’s a video that gives a little taste of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgYxKoYaJ14
We are now finishing the edits and will soon do the final proofreading. Watch for The Woodcarver’s Secret this spring!