Author Guest Post
By: Annie Wood
Question: Do you keep a journal?
Answer: I keep many, many journals.
The twenty plus journals I have could very well be the first thing I save if their was a fire in my house, after saving the husband and dog first, of course.
My dad gave me my first journal on my tenth birthday. On the first page he wrote…
"May all the days of your life be filled with much joy and adventure and may you take the time to write some of it down."
And so I did.
I have a collection of more than twenty hard copy journals and then I have the thousands of pages on my computer journal that I started ten years ago. My daily journaling habit has often shifted from daily to weekly to monthly to sometimes just a few times a year. Still, I know that it’s there and I also know that it’s ready to take in my words of frustration, pain, joy or just facts, at any time. It’s been a great comfort all of these years, knowing that the page awaits me with anything I choose to put on it. Journaling feels like talking to myself silently and sorting out the files in my mind as well as an emotional venting. It would be cathartic even if I wasn’t a writer. But since I am, I also find it inspiring. Words on paper tend to lead to more words on paper. New ideas are just a keystroke away.
But when I first began journaling I had no idea just how much FUN my future self would have while reading what my ten year old, sixteen year old and twenty something self had to say. Honestly, I wouldn’t have even remembered a lot of it if not for these journals. My journals are amusing time machines taking me into my younger mind and reminding me of who I was which, in turn, reminds me of who I am. I often want to reach through the pages and grab my then-self, give myself a big bear hug and tell me, “it’s okay, you’re doing great. Just keep going.”
I now tell my niece, “take pictures and keep a journal.” On her 18th birthday, I gave her a beautiful hand painted journal and I wished for her the same thing that my dad once wished for me.
“May all the days of your life be filled with much joy and adventure and may you take the time to write some of it down.”
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Dandy Day by Annie Wood
Publisher: Knock On Wood Productions
Publication Date: October 17, 2013
Format: Paperback - 104 pages / Kindle - 423 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
A short novel about love, friendship and grown ups (sort of) growing up (sort of).
My Book Review:
Welcome to Dandy's World!
If you are looking for a quick afternoon read, then Dandy Day is the book for you! Author Annie Wood weaves a humorous tale set in Venice Beach, California, that follows neurotic thirty-five year old Dandy Day's hilarious trials and tribulations in her pursuit of finding love.
Dandy is a hot mess! As a roller skating waitress on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, this free-spirited woman obsesses over why she can't make her relationships last. All of her relationships have a three month life span, and while she admits to having intimacy fears and abandonment issues, Dandy wants to have one long relationship that will work. When the therapist she was seeing suddenly dumps her, Dandy decides to heal herself by interviewing all her exes to find out what she did wrong to make the relationships end. Will Dandy find the answer to why she's so unlucky in love?
Dandy Day is a thoroughly entertaining novella that will keep the reader in stitches. This fun comedic drama has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that easily draws the reader into Dandy's story as she neurotically obsesses over her relationship issues and ponders exactly what it means to be a grown-up. You can't help but like Dandy and relate to her over questioning and analyzing everything in her life. Come on admit it ... sometime in your life you've done the same thing ... well maybe not as much as our girl Dandy does, but you know you've had your own insecurities too! lol
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the author's rich description of Venice Beach and the sights and sounds of it's boardwalk attractions.
Dandy Day is a lighthearted and enjoyable romantic comedy about friendships, love, and growing up that will leave a smile on your face.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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