Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.
This week we are visited by Liz Jasper, paranormal writer who, according to her website, is "fueled by birthday cake." Love that.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
The smell of trees. I've been very busy with work and studying and writing of late--and sometimes I forget how much I need to recharge by going outside. Last night I drove up to the mountains and when I rolled down the window and got that first blast of cold, piney air, I got this incredible burst of joy and relaxation.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I really like twilight. I love that flat light that makes the colors of the flowers and trees pop. And I like how the damp air makes everything smell. Here in California, there's a particularly wonderful smell that I love: the sweet scent of the golden grass that covers the hills here. My mother tells me it's some sort of must on the grass that makes it smell so good but I ignore that bit.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
I loathe the tight feeling when I feel like I need to accomplish 18 things at once, all in the space of a half hour. I sometimes will literally stop--even if I have to pull over the car--and remind myself to take a deep breath and chill.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I wish I were more conscious of pushing thoughts away from my head. I would like to meditate more often and more successfully. I often push it off for some vague time in the future.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I work on it. I ask myself if this is what I want to be doing and if it is getting me where I want to go. And I stop and think of the people I care about and maybe give them a call or a thanks or, if they're nearby, a smile and a hug.
About Liz Jasper:
I'm a left and right brained person--I love both analytical stuff (science and math) and writing humorous paranormal novels. I hear a lot that it's unusual to be on both ends of that spectrum, but I'm not so sure about that. I've met a lot of fiction writers who like mucking with numbers as much as I do.
I'm delighted to say that my latest book is now out: CRIMSON IN THE VERY WRONG FAIRY TALE. It's a young adult book about a girl who learns on her 16th bday that she is really a princess--of darkness. It's available in ebook and paperback.
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