This Blog is Dying

To be more accurate, I’m going to let it die.

Way back in 2012, I had this great idea to have a blog for every book I wrote. “Shape of Secrets” was my second book, and this was my second blog. My hope was to deliver interesting content (don’t we all want to?) on subjects relevant to my book’s plot.

Really, it seemed like a good idea. It probably was. And I even did it, sometimes.

But I also wrote four more books over the next few years, and then I had (you did the math in your head, didn’t you?) SIX blogs. That’s a lot of them. Content diminished.

I discovered I like blogging, but I like writing novels more.  And time spent doing the one is time not spent doing the other.

Then I started a new series of books and now I’m soon to have SEVEN more books out there on the market. (I bet you’re keeping up with the numbers.) That would be, you got it, THIRTEEN blogs. This just isn’t going to work.

So, it’s time to let go.

My new plan is to turn my first blog, Face Painting for World Peace, into a blog for all six of my first books. They’re superhero books of sorts, so the blog will change its name to Becoming Extraordinary. Shape of Secrets will be featured there, not here.

As of May 2021 I’m going to stop paying the extra $48/year to WordPress to keep this blog ad free and to have more visual options. Therefore, it will look different. I’m not sure how.

I’m also going to stop paying the extra $18/year to WordPress to keep the nifty URL https://ytothepowerof1.org. It was cool to have it, but I really don’t need it now.

From now until May 5, 2021, I will be using the free URL that comes with this blog. It’s https://ytothepowerof1.wordpress.com. For the next year, anyone who searches for an older post using https://ytothepowerof1.org will be (seamlessly, I think) redirected here.

Starting next May, the best I can figure out is anyone who looks for an old post will get some version of 404 Page Not Found. I’ll feel bad about that, but not bad enough to keep paying $18/year for the rest of my life.

I probably will do a few more posts between now and May 2021, mostly by way of tying up loose ends and directing readers elsewhere.

So what will happen to the actual content I’ve posted over the last eight years? Well nothing, really. I have options to make it disappear completely, but I see no need to do so. I still like what I created here. I’m still proud of it. And I may be back someday, filled with new ideas or maybe even new books that will roll easily into a blog with this previous content. Who knows?

So I guess the blog isn’t actually dying. It’s being put into cryogenic storage, temporarily unavailable but with some small chance of a second go-around someday.

Among many other topics, this blog was about joy. It was about finding your own bliss and celebrating it, what ever it is.

Well, it’s my joy to be writing a lot more books. (And to reduce the time I spend blogging.)

So I guess it’s fitting this blog will go into stasis while I go chase my own happiness.

Some of my favorite images used in this blog over the years are featured above and below.

 

Jump for Joy

Click to visit Jump for Joy

Click to visit Jump for Joy

When I started blogging to promote my books, I had no idea the extent to which entering the world of bloggers would be its own reward. There is a joy to keeping a journal, and a feeling of accomplishment in working to make it interesting, well-written and attractive to others. Better than that, though, is that when random people like a post of yours, you look at their blog. And so many times you discover something wonderful.

I’ve been using the phrase “dance for joy” as a tag line for my novel y1. One of the main characters is a fire dancer from Kiribati and the story itself centers around the human need to seek joy in one’s own life. But jumping for joy is close, so when I came across a blog called Jump for Joy I had to check it out. Wow. It is a photo project “Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit — in mid-air — around the world”.

If looking through these beautiful photos of all kinds of people everywhere leaping into the air doesn’t make you smile all the way down to your bones, I don’t what will. Visit them and enjoy!

 

Dance walking for joy

From Your True Voice

From Your True Voice

Ben Aaron of NBC is tired of being filmed participating in various fitness crazes that he dislikes. A few days ago he found a form of exercise he could finally embrace. If this short video of him discovering dance walking on the streets of New York doesn’t make you smile, then you probably need to put on some dance clothes and go try it for yourself.

Dance Walking Video From Superstar Magazine

Not sure how I would fare trying this on the streets of Houston, much less in the outskirts of the city, where I live, but then again it might be just what this part of the country needs. We get the red states dancing, we get the blue states dancing, and maybe after awhile everybody will stop worrying about what kind of state they are in and just enjoy themselves!

May 2014 bring peace, joy and hope to all!

Please enjoy this collage of my favorite images of joy from the past year.

best of joy

Thanks and credit to (from upper left, clockwise) 1. Kirsten Bailey 2. Facebook page for the Dalai Lama 3. Viva Institute 4. Otrazhenie 5. Facebook page for the Dalai Lama 6. Dance of Joy 1 by Monica Stewart 7. Viva Institute  8. Facebook page for Your True Voice 9.  American Kabuki 10. Oprah.com

For a look at my favorite images of peace from 2013, please visit my x0 blog here.
For a look at my favorite images of hope from 2013, please visit my z2 blog here.

Rockettes and Rockets

Click to visit the Rockette's Homepage

Click to visit the Rockette’s Homepage

If there is one career I absolutely cannot image myself pursuing, it is that of becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Seriously. Starting with my lack of rhythm and ending with my disdain of having strangers stare at my body, the list of why I would be extremely unsuited to this occupation is almost endless.

Like the Foundation for a Better Life

Like the Foundation for a Better Life

So imagine my surprise a few years back when I asked my sister-in-law, who I think the world of, what she would have been in life if she could have been anything. It seemed a harmless questions as we set together in a hot tub sharing drinks and laughing, You guessed it, in her secret dreams she is a Rockette. I was so taken aback that I didn’t know what to say.

This year for Christmas, her grown daughter took her to see a Rockette performance, and their mutual joy reverberated throughout my online social network . And I thought, good for her. This is great. She is having the time of her life doing something I have no interest in what-so-ever and isn’t it wonderful that she gets to be her.

Like Sungazing on Facebook

Like Sungazing on Facebook

There was a time years ago when she and I were looking for a movie to see together and I remember her responding to my top suggestion with “oh it sounds like one of those dumb things about outer space and rockets. I hate that stuff.” Of course, I loved movies about rocket ships and all things science fiction back then, because in my secret dreams I was an astronaut. Today, I write “that stuff”, and she cheers on my creative efforts even if she doesn’t particularly understand my interests. She is performing in the chorus of a community play this weekend, and I cheer her on too.

Rockets. Rockettes. Whatever. It takes all kinds and isn’t it nice that you don’t have to be alike to be able to enjoy someone, or to appreciate what they are. It’s enough to make me want to dance for joy. As long as I don’t have to do it wearing sequins and doing high kicks of course.

Dance hard

One of the joys of creating a Facebook page for my collection of novels 46. Ascending has been the way it has given me reason to seek out other pages I enjoy and to share some of my favorite finds.

dancingI love this! But it fits so very much better here on this blog about dancing and joy than it does on my books’ Facebook page, so here it is. Not sure what the exact etiquette is on mixing and matching the two worlds, so please drop by the wonderful Facebook page called TabooJive and show them some appreciation. There is much else there to enjoy.

While you’re at it, please drop by my Facebook page Number 46. Ascending, and look around as well.

 

The look of joy ….

What does joy look like? Jumping (for joy) and dancing (for joy) seem to be the most common images. Here is one of my favorite from the Viva Institute.

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Click to visit the Viva Institute website

Photography works too, and here is another sure to make you smile. It comes from Oprah’s blog.

Click to read 21 Rules for Everyday Senseless Joy by Leigh Newman

Click for 21 Rules for Everyday Senseless Joy by Leigh Newman

But perhaps humor works best of all. This image doesn’t involve leaping, but it filled me with joy all the same. 🙂

Click to visit American Kabuki

Click to visit American Kabuki

For images of hope shown on my z2 blog, click here. For images of peace shown on my x0 blog click here.

Happy now?

When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote down happy.
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment,
I told them they didn’t understand life.
—  author unknown

(Voted #6 in the list of best happiness quotes ever over at The Board of Wisdom. Check them out here)

happy

In the year ahead may you celebrate your life, dance for joy, and cherish your uniqueness.

Here’s wishing you a 2013 filled with all that makes you happy!

Dancing for joy

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From Viva Institute, a site for nutritional counseling and holistic care of the mind, body and spirit. Please click on the image to visit the website.

It is the winter solstice, the time  in the northern hemisphere when nights are the longest and when the power of daylight begins once again to grow.  This celebration of the light reverberates throughout our holiday traditions as we collectively share the joy of the lengthening day.

Dancing for joy is a part of these rituals, and is so beautifully captured in images across the web.  I share one of my favorites here, from a holistic health site that I hope you will thank with a quick visit.

I also share my thanks for your visit to my blog, and with those thanks go my wishes to you for joy, for light and for dancing (and not necessary in that order) as you embrace or invent your own traditions of happiness and share them over the holidays with those that you love.