“Imagining The World Into Existence” BOOK REVIEW

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“The mind is but a reflection of the mind of God, and both God and man possessed the ability to use that greater mental power.” – Normandi Ellis

What would do if you read a book revealing you have the same powers as a god?

Normandi Ellis’ Imagining the World into Existence is an insightful look into ancient Egyptian mysticism. The early Egyptians strongly believed they were no more different than their gods in terms of creative powers. Creation, the power of thought, and the role of consciousness plays major roles in this book.

In addition, these themes reminded me of The Kybalion, a text claimed to be written by the legendary figure Hermes Trismegistus.

Considered to be a reference manual to ancient consciousness, I’ve expected Imagining the World would provide lessons and exercises applying the timeless spiritual wisdom into my daily life.

The book was completely different from my expectations. It’s packed with mixed subjects on consciousness awareness, myths, and priests’ rituals. Even though they do correlate with each other, this book seems like three books jammed into one.

Overall, the extra research Ellis compiled into Imagining the World was indeed educational. I did receive the information I was looking for.

The Power of Thought

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The ancient Egyptians believed Ptah, the god of creation, created the world with pure thought. The gods Thoth and Atum didn’t have parents; they thought themselves into existence.

The source of these gods’ creations is merely thought. Without thought, nothing would manifest into the physical plane.

The Egyptians also believed Egypt was made in the image of heaven. Therefore, the idea of everything from their pyramids and to their sacred texts came from a higher plane of existence. Ellis writes the following quotes:

“Thought precedes action.”

 “Life already exists before the physical act of creation.”

“The material world is made through work on the mental plane.”

 Mental existence comes before it reaches into its physical form. We can become powerful beings with our imaginations. Of course, we can’t physically shoot laser beams from our eyes and run faster than the speed of light easily if we imagined it.

Still, every one of us have the power to change things with our thoughts.

Change Your Mind, Change Your Reality

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“A change of consciousness changes physical matter.” – Normandi Ellis

Every decision we make changes our reality bit by bit. Think about all the internal decisions you’ve made up to this point. Your reality has changed every time you’ve traveled somewhere, switched job professions, changed religious beliefs, and more.

We’re more powerful than we think, but how would we know in this massive jungle of information we live in today? Imagining the World acknowledges an ancient perspective lost in this modern day.

I think about how much power we would truly have if we recognized our higher consciousness and harness it for our own use.

Nowadays, we let any sort of distracting information place us into states of fear, chaos, and anxiety. The news today consists of more negative news than good. It’s like the show runners are keeping the mass consciousness in a lower state on purpose. Turning our heads away from the consistent negativity shows we have the power to control which thoughts we receive.

The ancient Egyptians believed the gods created the world; we can create our own.

Consciousness & Heka

The ancient Egyptians were so in tune with higher consciousness they had incorporated rituals to their daily lives even after death. They knew what they did in the physical plane would affect their souls in the non-physical realms.

Ellis frequently mentions The Book of the Dead, The Coffin Texts, and The Pyramid Texts in her book. These manuscripts contained spells to guide and protect the deceased in the afterlife. The act of writing and reading spells were forms of creation, magical practices known as heka.

Remember in The Mummy when Evelyn read a passage from The Book of the Dead and brought Imhotep back to life?

That would be heka.

Not only heka are spells, but a god. Heka is the source behind all the existing magic in the universe including the souls’ ability to travel through the afterlife.  It is said he existed before any other god.

Doctors, priests, and scribes were highly valued for their knowledge of heka. It was believed they used heka to call on the gods to aid in their works. Writing, meditation, healing, and reading were all consider acts of heka.

In that sense, we work with magic every day! We write, we read, and empower ourselves with affirmations. We create magic daily, yet we don’t consider our abilities to be magical.

Imagining the World & The Kybalion

Imagining the World has a strong concept about thoughts and vibration correlating to The Kybalion. Ellis writes:

“Everything comes alive through the law of vibration and vibration is not static. Vibration changes thought. Thought is a vibration that changes things.”

This quote closely resembles to a principle in The Kybalion stating all matter are vibrations:

“Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.”

Thought is a state of matter. It can execute all sorts of emotions within us. If we’re upset, we receive upsetting events. If we’re happy, we’ll receive happy events.

Our emotions are magnets. We attract whatever is our current vibrational state. Change your vibration and see what comes to you.

Conclusion

I recommend this book if you’re into metaphysical subjects, ancient magic, or mainly interested in ancient Egyptian culture and beliefs. It’s best to check out the table of contents before reading the entire book.

I would personally purchase this book. The concepts of thoughts changing reality and the infinite power within the self really stood out to me. The ancient Egyptians knew so much we don’t know these days.

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“5,000 Words Per Hour” Book Review

 

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Struggling to write three hundred words a day? What about five hundred words? A thousand?

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At first, I thought I couldn’t write more than eight hundred words a day until I read 5,000 Words Per Hour. Chris Fox made the impossible possible!

Fox provides many awesome writing tips advising readers to write every day and forget about editing until a draft is absolutely finished.

Sounds like common sense, right?

If you haven’t been writing often, what you don’t know will surprise you!

Tip #1: “Write In the Mornings”

First of all, write as soon as you wake up. List writing as one of your top morning priorities. That way, you’ll have your writing session for the day completed before you do anything else.

If you must wake up for school or work, wake up an hour or two earlier than you’re used to.  It’ll be crazy difficult at first, but better once you keep up with the habit.

Tip #2: “Write Everyday”

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Writing every day can strengthen your writing muscles.

You don’t have to sit on your desk and write for eight hours straight. What matters the most is consistency. Writing daily at the minimum of thirty minutes is good enough. You can always expand your time limits whenever it gets too easy.

Here’s an effective method I’ve done you can try too:

  • Week One: Write for ten minutes
  • Week Two: Write for twenty minutes
  • Week Three: Write for thirty minutes
  • Week Four: Write for forty minutes

You can switch around the times to your desire. It’s better to be writing something in a quick ten minutes than nothing at all.

Tip #3: “No Editing!”

I have an awful editing habit. Whenever I write down a sentence or two, I tend to read it over and change it if necessary. Next thing I know my scheduled writing session is over and I barely wrote more than a paragraph.

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Have you down this before?

Fox recommends writing until you’re absolutely done with your work. If you’re planning to write a short story for example, keep writing until you’ve reached the finish line! The story will be terrible, but it’ll be a finished terrible story.

You’ll be able to see what you need to edit in a greater scale.

I’ve tried this tip with a TV pilot that has been lingering in my mind for a while. There were moments I had to force myself to the next page whenever I was tempted to change a character’s dialogue or fix a lousy scene description. I reminded myself how great it will feel to finally finish that pilot.

After all, there’s no greater feeling than accomplishing something you’ve been putting off.

Tip #4: “Record Your Writing Sprints”

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Fox refers small writing time blocks as “micro-sprints”. They can be five, ten, up to twenty-five minutes. Some people use their cooking timer for their sprints (aka the Pomodoro Technique).

Make sure you record your sessions after you’ve completed your daily sprints. Reviewing your progress will keep you on track on what you need to improve and new challenges needed to be made.

Next, Fox recommends recording words written per day, but I prefer pages. I like to start my writing first on paper. I used to write five to six pages of written content. Now, my average page count is ten, about a thousand words on the computer.

As a matter of fact, there are studies reported writing is more effective on paper compared to typing. Writing by hand can increase brain development and elevate efficient writing.

What kind of writer doesn’t want that?

Tip #5: “Write a Story Timeline”

Are you an active storyteller? Pay extra attention to this tip!

Fox creates his stories by outlining each one with a story timeline. A story timeline consists of three significant scenes: the inciting incident, the first doorway, and the second doorway.

The inciting incident changes the main protagonist’s everyday life, the first doorway leads the protagonist to an unfamiliar world, and the second doorway leads to the final confrontation with the antagonist.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a great example with a notable story timeline:

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  • Inciting Incident: Gandalf the Grey gives Frodo the One Ring.
  • First Doorway: Frodo leaves the Shire with Sam, Merry, and Pippin.
  • Second Doorway: The Fellowship of the Ring battle the Uruk-Hai at Amon Hen.

Every story has this noticeable three-arc timeline. It’ll be helpful for you to plan timelines for your own story developments.

Tip #6: “Full-Time Writer? Write Full-Time!”

You must commit to writing at all times if you plan to be a full-time writer. You’ll be better the more you work on it.

Fox has an inspiring attitude towards his craft. He admits to writing every day including the holidays because loves he so much. It’s a fun way to make a living!

Writing full-time means repeatedly creating, editing, and publishing your work. Plus, generating new ideas all the time.

On top of that, sacrifice is required. You may have to cut off your Netflix marathons and weekend outings with your buds. The short-term pleasures will never compare to the long-term ones. Long-term commitment and discipline offers long-term rewards.

Lastly, creating and focusing on long-term goals will kickstart your writing motivation. Do your writing goals include selling Kindle books on Amazon or creating an insanely popular blog filled with insightful content?

Imprint these goals in your brain and take action now!

Conclusion

Overall, 5,000 Words Per Hour is a convenient book for writers in urgent need to increase their writing productivity. It’s a valuable tool for online content writers too.

However, my only complaint is the book was too short. The book was so intriguing, I bummed out when I finished the last page. I’m sure Fox’s point was to get his readers writing as soon as possible after finishing his book.

Fox’s writing methods were truly helpful. They have helped me become a more productive writer.

Read this book and you’ll become one too!

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BOOK REVIEW: “Ask and It Is Given”

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Wondering if the Universe is purposely making your life hell for pure amusement?

Don’t blame the mercury retrograde yet! Read Ask and It Is Given and you’ll discover all your negative thoughts may be the root of your frustrations. What happens in the outside world reflects your mind.

Esther Hicks has written this book channeling a non-physical being named Abraham. Its purpose is to share news the world is an illusion and we have the power to change our experience in this physical plane with our thoughts.

Ask and It Is Given is a book strongly reserved for those interested in vibrations, good thoughts, and the law of attraction.

Yet, this book could’ve provided better explanations for rising from negative vibrations.

For instance, it’s game over for you if you have a mental illness or live in poverty. Apparently, you’re responsible and you must find a way to change your thoughts even though you’ve suffered for a long time.

Abraham has some serious explaining to do.

Who Is Abraham?

Abraham is described as a collective of non-physical beings from a higher dimension. It approached Esther while she was in the middle of meditating and started using her body (with her permission) to channel information through her.

Like Bashar channeling through Darryl Anka, Abraham has come to our world to spread news about our untapped powers.

 Non-Reality and Physical Reality

Everything we create comes from the mental plane. Our minds carry an unlimited amount of ideas waiting to be manifested in this physical realm.

Abraham points out everything we think about with enough focus eventually manifests. We don’t allow our desires to come through most of the time. Our fears and excuses get the best of us.

The universe will help us out if we change the way we think, letting us achieve our greatest potential.

The Universe is Your Genie

There are three steps in the “ask and it is given” process:

  1. Asking
  2. Letting the Universe does its job
  3. Receiving

Your only job is to state your desire (asking) then keep up with thoughts matching it (receiving) until it comes to life. The Universe does the middle job. It sets up the right time, the people involved, and its location.

Look at the universe as your genie. Whatever you ask, you let the genie do its work. You don’t see Aladdin complaining to Genie whenever his wishes don’t come true.

The Earth is Our Canvas

 According to Abraham, the earth is made as a platform to develop our creations. Our purpose here on the planet is to simply create and have fun doing it.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine the earth as our playground. Rules and expectations about life have structured our minds since birth.  The more we grow our imaginations, it is cut down by our parents, teachers, and authority figures. It feels like we can’t do anything except for what we are told.

Luckily, Abraham affirms we are born free and will always be. We are free to paint the reality of our dreams. Nobody can take our paintbrush away from us!

The Emotional Guidance System

Take this scenario: you’re in a cramped fourteen-hour flight and you can’t wait to get to your destination. For now, a baby is wailing behind you while you’re trying to watch a long, boring movie.

Either you:

  • A: Tell the mother to shut her baby up
  • B: Lock yourself in the bathroom and cry
  • C: Calmly ask the mother if the baby’s okay
  • D: Jump out of the plane

Choice C feels the most pleasant. You ask the mother what’s wrong and she apologizes, revealing her child is sick. Now, you sympathize for the mother and her child. You hope the trip turns out better for them.

Meanwhile, the passenger beside you starts joking about the lame movie. You chip in and enjoy each other’s company.

Thanks to your emotional guidance system, the plane trip’s been made worthwhile.

Everybody has what Abraham calls the “emotional guidance system” aka your emotions. The purpose of your feelings is to let you know of your vibration status. If you’re sad, it means you’re in a low vibration. You’re happy then you’re on a high vibration. Your emotional guidance system can help you decide which choices feel the best.

The only concern I had with this concept is mental health disorders. What about the people with depression and anxiety issues? They can’t flip their emotions from sadness to happiness like a light switch. A depressed individual can be in Disney World and still be down in the dumps.

It’s not fair to say it’s their fault they carry low vibrations due to their mental condition. The same goes to homeless people who don’t know better.

Millionaire Vibrations

Most people aren’t millionaires because they don’t emit “millionaire vibrations”.

Millionaires have abundant mindsets. Everywhere they look and everything they do is a financial opportunity. A millionaire’s money-flowing imagination immediately expresses itself into physical reality.

On the other hand, poor mindsets remain in low vibrations. Money doesn’t come to poor people because they’re not a vibrational match to abundance. Screaming to the world you’re broke isn’t exactly going to help you out. The universe only responds by giving you more “broke” situations.

To sum things up, Abraham suggests the best way to have money come to you is to change your thoughts about it. Start thinking of money as an infinite resource instead of a limited one. The more positive thoughts you have about money, the more it will fly into your bank account.

However, this view seems fair until I think about the children who were born poor. Surely, they didn’t deserve to be born in poverty. I wished Abraham elaborated more on this factor.

Conclusion

Ask and It Is Given is a decent beginner’s book to the Law of Attraction process. Abraham reveals we have the powers of thought to change our realities. What are you going to do with your infinite creative powers?

This book would’ve been better if it had more clarifications on certain topics. I suppose that’s why more Abraham books we’re published after this one.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Deep Work” by Cal Newport

 

Deep Work praises the lost art of long, focus-intensive work. Cal Newport clearly defines the difference between “busyness” and concentrated work leading to notable advancements.

This book has captured my attention entirely. I’ve read it all in one evening!

We currently live in a bustling world of multitasking. Studying nowadays consist of occasionally glancing over notes for an upcoming test while watching The Life of Kylie with a group of friends. The failing test grade answers the accomplishments.

Next, there are work places glorifying multitasking. The ideal employee constantly checks e-mails, accomplishes many trivial tasks around the office, and attends meetings with minimal “call to action” results.

Really? Research reveals multitasking harms our brains!

I learned from Deep Work being that kind of busy isn’t remarkably as important as society points it out to be. There’s “busyness” aka shallow work then there’s deep work.

Shallow Work

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“Shallow work” is labor of little to no value to your major goals.

Let’s say you’re a blogger planning to post ten blog articles within a month. You want to complete your first blog post on the first day of the month.

On the first day, you search for the perfect WordPress theme for your blog, comment on other people’s blogs, write notes from a book about blogging, and watch dozens of YouTube videos on creating blog content.

Close to midnight, you’re too tired to start your blog post. You decide to do it tomorrow and go to bed.

The day wouldn’t have flown by if you’ve only given yourself a few hours in the morning writing your first blog post. All the blog post commenting and WordPress theme searching is shallow work. They mean little to writing!

Now, you can’t avoid shallow tasks forever. It’s best to schedule your deep work first and the shallow work later.

Deep Work

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“Deep work” is tending on a goal from start to finish in a dedicated number of hours. The more focus on a project, the more it will likely be produced.

University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant (introduced in Deep Work) formed an excellent “deep work” formula that has helped him reach astounding success in his teaching career:

(Time Spent) x (Intense Focus) = High Quality Work Produced

Back to the blogger example, it would’ve been best to give yourself two hours to blog content creation with no distractions. The first draft would’ve been completed with a brief outline for the next blog post.

Now, Newport mentions big goals are best when they’re cut down into small, manageable steps. One can’t simply publish the next great American novel of 100,000 words within a day. Set up how many hours a day you’re planning to work on the novel and see what happens.

Better luck having the novel all set and ready within six months than twenty-four hours.

How to Start Deep Work

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Did you know J.K. Rowling wrote the last Harry Potter book exclusively at an Edinburgh hotel?

Mark Twain isolated himself in a cabin to get some work done. His family blew a horn to get his attention when it was time for dinner.

These famous authors have created time for deep work and steered away from any distractions for their projects. That’s how you can get started.

Distractions include:

  • Phones
  • Tempting internet
  • TV
  • Small talk with people disrupting “deep work” time

Some of you who may read Deep Work may be thinking: “I can’t do deep work, I have kids!”

Along with being an active writer and associate professor, Newport mentions his deep work routine with the addition of his two kids. He has established time blocks for himself to get work done and a shutdown time.

Shutdown is a set time when you stop everything and chill. Your willpower can go on for so long until it runs out and it needs to be recharged.

After a couple of hours of deep work, parents can conveniently use shutdown mode as precious time to spend with their kids (if their little ones can understand that).

However, I’m a single gal with no experience with parenting whatsoever. I don’t know much about the hustling parent world balancing family and work life except for what I’ve seen my parents do. Check out this Motherly article about doing deep work from a parent’s perspective.

In short, to start deep work:

  1. List your top goals
  2. Create time blocks for those goals and a shutdown time
  3. Clear distractions
  4. Execute deep work within time blocks
  5. Shutdown after you’ve completed blocks

The Benefits of Deep Work

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Deep work creates flow and flow leads to happiness.

Surprisingly, work flow leads to more fulfillment than free time.

Work flow happiness comes from the structure of a planned goal. When you set an intention, and put forth action until you reach your goal, the euphoria of achievement (thanks to dopamine) overcomes you. You’ll want reach the pleasure of success repeatedly.

Free time is always fun. You get to break free from structure once for a while to do the spontaneous. People go on vacations to take a break from their everyday routines and do whatever they want in a new landscape.

Eventually, vacation mode gets dull and it’s time to return to work mode.

Happiness is found in whatever meaningful creation you contribute. Chinese philosopher Confucius once said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work again.”

Vacations aren’t necessary to finding happiness but they’re worthy rewards for hard work.

My Deep Work Relationship

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I’ve changed a couple of my daily habits after reading Deep Work. I shortened time from less important tasks and added it to more important ones. Exercise, a very important habit to me, has been reduced from an hour to thirty minutes. My hour of writing I do most days increased to ninety minutes.

Plus, I changed my wake-up time from five in the morning to four. My body is not used to it yet so I take a nap or two during the day to work diligently with much energy as possible.

Video games, social media, and TV have all been placed after my shutdown time around five in the evening. However, I’ve end up writing and reading more after shutdown simply for leisure more than I already do for deep work.

Great things happen when you sharpen your habits!

Conclusion

Newport has indeed written a remarkable book on the joy and great outcomes of focused creations. Deep Work offers readers a “deeper” look on what needs to be done to get ahead.

If you want to stand out for your steel discipline and ceaseless production, please do read this book!

Other Book Recommendations:

  • The 80/20 Manager: The Secret to Working Less and Achieving More by Richard Koch (review)
  • The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (review)
  • Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way by Shaa Wasmund (review)

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 Had a “deep work” experience? Share your story in the comments below!

My July 2017 Book Haul

Hope your summer reading has been a pleasure!

I’ve read a plenty of exciting writing books and comics. Here’s what I’ve read back in July 2017:

Adult Non-Fiction

5,000 Words Per Hour: Writer Faster, Writer Smarter by Chris Fox (5/5 stars)

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This short book provides many exercises to become a faster, more productive writer. No joke, Chris Fox has done all the steps in this book since he’s accomplished writer and all.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Writing

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (5/5 stars)

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This book has shifted my perspective on work. I’m inspired to dedicate more time into my personal projects thanks to the case studies presented here.

More time dedicated to deep work equals more production.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Productivity
  • Work & Success
  • Work Hacks

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox (5/5 stars)

I read this book shortly after reading 5,000 Words Per Hour. This book provides an in-depth look on maintaining active writing habits.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Writing

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen (4/5 stars)

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Moira Allen has created a beneficial guide for readers interested in freelance writing as a lifetime career. She includes everything you may want to know regarding query letters, setting up invoices, finding writing opportunities, and handling taxes as a self-employer.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Freelance careers
  • Freelance writing
  • Writing

 The Writer’s Market 2017 by Robert Lee Brewer (4/5 stars)

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This is a great book to for finding writing opportunities in magazines, literary anthologies, scriptwriting competitions, and more. This book has it all!

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Writing
  • Writing careers

Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Different by Robie H. Harris (3/5 stars)

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A sweet book teaching kids how everybody’s physically different but share the same basic emotions.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Teaching diversity to kids

You Are Special by Max Lucado (4/5 stars)

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A puppet lives in a village where everyone gives each other star stickers for good features and grey dot stickers for unattractive ones. Only getting dots for his homely appearance, the puppet meets his creator to find out how why that’s the case. A heart-warming story about how everyone, no matter how different, is special in their own unique way.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Inspirational children’s books
  • Teaching kids the appreciation of individualism

Comics/Graphic Novels

Aquaman (Volume One): “The Drowning” by Dan Abnett (4/5 stars)

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Trouble brews for Aquaman as soon as he creates peaceful relations between humans and his fellow Atlantean citizens. Now, humans are blaming him for the catastrophes brought on by his “people”.

Aquaman investigates who’s really behind the disasters before it blows out into a full-fledge war between land and sea.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Aquaman
  • DC comics
  • The Justice League

Also Read:

  • Volume 2: “Black Manta Rising”

Captain America: Steve Rogers – Hail Hydra by Nick Spencer (3/5 stars)

Captain America is in league with Hydra? You must read how Steve Rogers came into this conclusion!

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “The Trial of Maria Hill”

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • The Avengers
  • Captain America
  • Marvel comics

Harley Quinn (Volume One): “Hot in the City” by Amanda Connor (4/5 stars)

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Somebody’s trying to take out Harley Quinn. After Harley’s home blows up, she moves to Coney Island to start a new life but assassins keep crashing in her new pad.

What the heck a girl got to do to live a calm, decent life? If you’re Harley Quinn, your world will never be calm.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Power Outage”
  • Volume Three: “Kiss Kiss Bang Stab”
  • Volume Four: “A Call to Arms”

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • DC comics
  • Gotham Girls
  • Harley Quinn

Howard the Duck (Volume 0): What the Duck by Chip Zdarsky (2/5 stars)

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Howard the Duck is a private detective who only wants to solve simple cases, get money, and find a way to return to his home planet. It seems like he’s not going to get any of those anytime soon since he’s always winds up in the craziest situations.

I hope this series turns out better since the first volume was a bit bland.  I appreciate the superhero cameos though.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Howard the Duck
  • Marvel comics

Superior Iron Man (Volume 1): “Infamous” by Tom Taylor (4/5 stars)

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Tony Stark can be quite arrogant, but villainous?

Stark’s mental state has changed since he and the Avengers fought the Red Skull equipped with super psychic powers. He thinks he’s still doing good deeds for people but his close friends start seeing him as a rising threat to mankind.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Stark Contrast”

 Recommended for Readers Into:

  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man
  • Marvel comics

Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins (4/5 stars)

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The image of Logan once as a fragile little boy surprised me! He went through so much growing up in a privileged (yet troubled) household in Alberta, Canada to working in a stone quarry in British Columbia.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Marvel comics
  • Wolverine

Wonder Woman (Volume One): “Blood” by Brian Azzarello (4/5 stars)

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A scared woman named Zola seeks Wonder Woman’s help after being attacked by assassin centaurs (you’ve read that right). Looks like Hera is after another woman who has slept with her man Zeus, but where’s he?

Wonder Woman is set on a mission to search for Zeus’ whereabouts and make sure Zola is safe and sound from Hera’s wrath.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Guts”
  • Volume Three: “Iron”
  • Volume Four: “War”
  • Volume Five: “Flesh”
  • Volume Six: “Bones”
  • Volume Seven: “War Torn” (by Meredith Finch)
  • Volume Eight: “A Twist of Fate” (by Meredith Finch)
  • Volume Nine: “Resurrection” (by Meredith Finch)

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • DC comics
  • Wonder Woman

Juvenile Fiction

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (3/5 stars)

Newt Scamander’s magical creatures roam free all over New York City after escaping from his enchanted briefcase. Capturing them on his own gets more complicated when there’s a dangerous wizard on the loose and the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) is over his shoulder. Above all else, Newt hopes his creatures and any people are left unharmed.

Overall, reading the screenplay was way more fun than watching the movie.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Harry Potter
  • The Harry Potter Universe

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That’s all for July’s book haul!  Make sure you check out my latest book haul coming soon!

Feel free to read my last book haul case you missed it.

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What have you read in July 2017? Any recommended August reads? Let me know in the comments below!

“365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency” Review

365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency is an uplifting book for anyone ready to get rid of all sorts of negative energy burdens. I’ve explored the possibilities written in this book from carrying certain crystals to gaining willpower.

Warning: All the tips in this book don’t work out for everyone. It’s up to the reader to discover what works out the best for them.

What is Frequency?

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According to this book, frequency is energy based on our emotions. When you’re happy, you feel light as a feather. You feel like doing cartwheels and rolling down hills in a picturesque countryside. At a lively concert, you absorbed the vibrant energy from the excited audience and the performers.

Now, negative energy is awful. You spill hot coffee on yourself, your boss yells at you for no apparent reason, and your Uber driver picks you up an hour late! Plus, it’s a cranky driver at that!

When you’re angry or sad, you can feel the bad vibes weighing down upon you. You feel like you’re dragging an anchor behind you throughout the day and the energy seeps into everything.

No time for that bull! You deserve good energy!

Journaling, Meditation, & Mother Nature

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There are tips in Melissa Alvarez’s book I already do and they’ve certainly elevated my mood:

Meditation: I love to meditate. It helps me clear the monkey chatter in my mind. Sometimes, it alleviates headaches.

Journaling: Journaling leads me to creative solutions to any problems I face. It’s much better for me than ranting on Tumblr or Facebook. I feel better immediately once I state my concerns on paper instead of keeping them on repeat in my head like a broken record player.

Visiting Mother Nature: I don’t understand how anyone can stay cooped up indoors (especially at work) all day when Mother Nature provides so much to see. Taking a simple walk around the park certainly raises my frequency. One time, I was stressing over a computer problem so I left home and took a stroll around the park. I’ve returned with a peace of mind and my computer issue was solved with a few clicks.

Sample Frequency Tips for You

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As the book title states, there are over three hundred frequency raising tips you can try. Here’s a few:

Do Things You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Do you want to just drop all your obligations to travel all around the world for a year?

Stuck at a lame office job as some corporate employee when you’d rather paint for hours in your own home studio as a freelance artist?

The best thing you can do: stay true to yourself. Do what makes you happy.

Now, I’m not talking about stealing money from a bank or setting someone who annoys you on fire.  This is not the Purge! That’ll take your frequency down the wrong path.

Creative Visualization

Think about the things you want to see instead of being frustrated with what’s in front of you.  Creative visualization is a step closer to your ideal solutions if you’re struggling with losing weight, money, or finding a new career.

However, sitting around daydreaming all day about living in a giant mansion or having a fit Instagram model body isn’t going to take you anywhere. You must take action in order to make you dreams come true.

Make a vision board as an extra step to your personal creative visualization. Slap some pictures from old magazines and newspapers symbolizing your desires on construction paper then place the board anywhere you’ll see everyday as a friendly reminder. Be as creative as you want to be with them. You can create one entirely on your computer with any image-editing software you may have.

To learn more about vision boards, check out the video below:

The Power of No

Say no to smoking.

Say no to drama.

Say no to f*ckboys.

Say no to unhealthy twelve-hour Netflix marathons.

You have the power to say no to anything that doesn’t resonate with you. Protect your precious energy.

Saying no can be a little tricky sometimes when it comes down to your friends, family, and significant others. If they’re not spreading good vibes your way, you have the right to steer clear of them.

It’s hard, but you’ll realize your moving negativity aside to make room for the positive.

Advanced Techniques

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The only problem I had with this book was the way some frequency tips were presented as if everybody can do them with ease. That’s why I warned earlier every tip won’t work out for everyone.

Here are two techniques I distinctively remember from the book that would be the most challenging for a beginner:

Astral Travel

Astral projection is the process of consciously moving your soul out of body. You’re not dead, only out of your physical body. This can take months of practice.

You’re capable of traveling all over the universe including multiple dimensions during your astral journeys. You’ll also be able to contact multi-dimensional beings.

Watch out for the lower dimensional beings! They can be dangerous to your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If you meet one while wandering in your astral form, you’ll be able to retreat back to your body and wake up!

Spooky, isn’t it?

Entering the Akashic Records

The Akashic Records is a higher dimensional library containing universal knowledge about everyone and everything past, present, and future. This library is also known to carry records about your current life, your past lives, deaths, and future births.

To get there, you must master astral projection first.

Oy, I know, it’s a load of work!

Conclusion

365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency is a self-help book you can refer to as many times as you like. It’s not the kind of book you read once and all your emotional woes magically fade away. I highly advise you to stick with tips you know you can do without having to go through a forty-year shamanistic journey.

You’ll start to see great things as soon as you apply this book into your life.

Another “frequency” related book you can you read: Frequency – The Personal Power of Vibration by Penney Peirce (book review).

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Have you read this book or any vibration raising books? Please comment below!

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “The Accidental Genius” by Mark Levy

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If you’re a struggling writer searching for new ideas or you can’t seem to write at all, you might want to pick up your own copy of The Accidental Genius.

My views on this book has changed since I’ve read it a few years ago. I clearly didn’t have any takeaways from this book the first time.

Mark Levy sums up simple ways to accomplish writing projects without facing the pain and suffering of writer’s block.

The tips are quite surprising; they’re all about freewriting. I was expecting something more complex.

What is Freewriting?

 Freewriting is writing anything without stopping yourself. You’re good as long there’s something written on paper.

According to Levy, freewriting increases clarity and clears “mind fog”. You don’t want to get lost in writer’s mind fog.

When you write whatever what’s on your mind, it can go on forever. You realize you have more inside you than you know.

You know that incessant internal chatter you have whenever you’re out in a public space surrounded by people? Put those observations into writing.

You know the angry couple arguing with each other? Come up with ideas of what they’re fighting about.

Did one cheat on the other or they’re on the run like Bonnie and Clyde? Write it down.

Write your own story behind the sad clown who plays the violin at your local park.

That creepy guy you met at the subway with the pet rat? He might end up in your next horror story.

The key to freewriting: letting your imagination flourish.

Freewriting Exercises & The Pomodoro Method

I used to do a freewriting exercise at the beginning of a playwriting class in grad school. These exercises have certainly worked my writing muscles, but it was complicated sometimes. My instructor had the session under a strict time limit. I used to freeze up whenever I couldn’t think of the next action or dialogue to write down.

Eventually, I did better in the exercises. I let it flow.

I wrote whatever came to mind even if it sounded like pure crap.  Many interesting stories came out of those sessions.

You can do the same! Give yourself a minute or two to spill out everything that’s on your mind, whether it’s about your day or a glimpse of a short story itching to be written down.

Levy approves of  the Pomodoro Method for your writing sessions. Get a Pomodoro timer (shaped like a little tomato), set it to twenty-five minutes, and write until the time stops. Do this repeatedly and you’ll have plenty of content under your belt.

 Journaling

Journaling is a creative expression of freewriting. As a serial journalist, I highly recommend it. Ideas conveniently pop up as I write my daily journal entries.

One idea always leads to the next.

According to one Huffington Post article, journaling increases memory and communication skills. If you have never journaled before, begin writing entries (no matter how small) at least three times a week.

Now, I see why my literature teachers in the past always started the class with journaling. It’s an excellent way to give your brain a good warm up before writing more serious assignments.

Pick up a journal (or buy one) today and start writing!

The Perfect Draft Doesn’t Exist

Striving for perfection in writing can stop you from any progress. Greatly written content is an event. To reach that goal, you must go through a series of rewrites.

Honestly, revisions are the best parts of writing. Through crappy writing, you’ll eventually reach the golden nugget.

Ernest Hemingway once said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” It’s best to go through the “shitty” phases and explore what’s right for your written piece.

The Page Conversation

Levy suggests writing like you’re talking to your best friend. You know you can talk to them for hours!

One moment you’re drinking wine with your pal in the living room at eight at night talking about what’s happening in your daily lives.  Next, you’re on the balcony with them at three in the morning talking about extraterrestrials and astral projection.

If that entire conversation was recorded on paper and formed into an interesting blog post, you would have content longer than a thousand words guaranteed!

For more professional writing, imagine you’re holding a conference meeting or having a one-on-one session with an influential figure.

Nothing will appear on paper until you start talking.

Write How You Talk

Write exactly how you normally talk. That may include slang terms and relevant anecdotes.

Write what truly interests you and what you can’t stand.

You’re not in college anymore. You don’t have to write like a prestigious student working on their PhD thesis (unless you’re writing for some scholarly sources).

Notice the writing styles between The Economic Journal and Vogue magazine? Completely different voices.

Just be you. Edit out the areas your readers may not understand later.

Stories Are Infinite

They are countless stories of all genres (mystery, fantasy, etc.) in the world. The best part: they never stop.

Think about all the prolific writers like Danielle Steel, James Patterson, and Anne Rice. I’ve been seeing their titles wherever books are purchased and loaned since…forever! These consistent writers don’t seem to be resting from their craft anytime soon.

Writing opportunities are infinite. When you think you’re out of ideas, you’re not. Take a deep breath, relax, and your idea will show up soon enough.

Better yet, it’ll show up when you’re busy writing.

Conclusion

I seriously consider writers and the curious to The Accidental Genius. This book shows readers how writing is truly accomplished in its rawest form before the editing process. It includes many helpful writing tips you can apply.

Plus, it’s a quick read: only 192 pages. This book can be done in two days.

Read this book now and you’ll never be left with writer’s block ever again!

Have you read this book? Comment below to share your story or any recommended books on writing.