A Baring of the Soul AND A Giveaway

It always amazes me how many ways there are to see the exact same thing. Just about as many ways as there are people actually looking at it. As a writer I have the blessing (or the curse) of looking at something and see beyond the surface. To see the potential something has, whether it’s a rundown house or a broken soul, there’s always something else to gather that what you normal would from just a casual glance. That’s how I write… not necessarily because I see something that inspires me, but the ‘what if’ perspective of a situation or object. It’s served me well in getting my thoughts, dreams and frustrations out so I don’t lose myself in the bogged down mess of my mind (what’s left of it). Since I’ve begun writing (with purpose, not the fiddling’s I’ve done since the days of my imaginary dog), I’ve never really had a problem with writers block… writers deluge maybe, but not block. Except for three years ago.
What should have been a wonderful day, and lets acknowledge that it started that way, turned into a disaster of epic proportions for a parent. What should have ended in a celebration of my one and only daughter’s turning sweet 16, turned into the pacing and gnashing and general heartbreak of an emergency room. What happened in such a short amount of time knocked my world off its axis and it didn’t stop wobbling until two weeks later when a miracle was set in motion. What happened to show me that my writing is not guaranteed and that yes, there is something there that can paralyze it… and how much I truly need it to not lose my ever loving mind.
I normally don’t go around baring my soul, although I have been described as a puppy before, so I’m not sure how that works. However, in celebration of life in general and in particular two specifically, I’m going to do something so out of character for me that it’s probably going to shock many who call me friend and family – I’m going to give away the first chapter of a work in progress (let’s call it a piece of therapy, shall we?) of that time three years ago. Be warned, it’s unedited, it’s unscripted, and I honestly have no idea if I will ever finish it because anytime I work on it, I cry through it and have a headache for days afterwards. Also, it’s probably the only non-fiction writing I’ll ever do. However, “Michael’s Story: A Mother’s Love” is something I’ve been told that more people need to know about, that there is hope, that there are miracles… that a parent’s love is absolute, and a mother’s love is stronger than steel.
So, if you’re interested here’s what you do. Respond. Yep, that’s right… just leaving a comment at the bottom, and on Nov. 18th I’ll randomly draw a winner. Also, if you bring someone to the blog and they comment, have them tell me you sent them and I’ll give you an additional entry. Now isn’t that easy? Yeah, I thought so!


About Janice Grove

Among other things, I'm the Author of the book, "The Rain Song" - the first in a mini-series of six books, each one named after a Led Zeppelin song. "The Rain Song" is currently available for sale on Amazon as well as many bricks and morter book stores, while the others are written and waiting very impatiently to be edited and ready to go to print. I have a wonderful family who understands better than I do when I call one of them by a character's name, forget what room I was walking into and why, and yes... go off in my own little world when a scene or dialogue just won't let me go.
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3 Responses to A Baring of the Soul AND A Giveaway

  1. Leticha Brewster says:

    Wow! I certainly hope you do finish it. Have a great day fill with SereniGy black and I’ll see you at our next Coffee meeting 😉

  2. Leticha Brewster says:


  3. What a great idea!!! LOVE IT!

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