Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When the Student is Ready...

The other day I was listening to a tarot podcast, when the podcaster mentioned she's the type of person who is often accused of reading too much into things. She said she analyzes everyday events as though they were meaningful, because, in her mind, they are meaningful.

I tend to do the same thing. If you were writing a paper about some literary novel, you would read significant insights into the most mundane details. You'd assume the author inserted those details intentionally, to represent a character's state of mind, or to foreshadow upcoming events, or something.

(As an author--at least, as the kind of author I am--I can attest that a huge amount of symbolism makes its way into the text via the subconscious. I'm not generally thinking about what every little thing represents when I'm working on a first draft. In fact, I make an effort not to think too much about what it means while I'm creating.)

The aforementioned podcaster went on to mention that when we hear a saying like "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear," we assume that "teacher" is going to be an actual human being, someone who will flutter into our lives and take on a guru role.

More likely, the teacher will appear in many forms simultaneously. It won't be a person. It'll be many people. It'll be a situation and a book and a TV show. It'll be an interaction with a cashier, with a co-worker, with someone you meet by chance. You don't have to wait for the Wise Woman to show up and guide you.  You are constantly being guided.  You just have to pay attention.

Last night I attended an event where a young man read a short piece of writing composed by his late grandfather.  This piece was beautifully written. I couldn't possibly do it justice here, but I want you to know we're talking about some fine-ass prose.

He wrote about a train journey. When it begins, you're entertained enough by the views, by the people around you, by the simple fact of being on a train. After a time, you start pacing the aisles, wondering how far you are from the station. When you get to the station, that's when the good times really begin. That's when you'll have arrived.

The truth, he writes, is that there is no station. It is an illusion.

This message has been coming at me, lately, from multiple sources. It just so happens that I LOVE trains (my maternal grandfather worked on the railroad), so this incarnation of the message struck me hardest.

I've been living a life without goals for a long time, now, and it's felt very empty. Now that I finally have a goal in sight--and a big one, at that--I'm super-focused on achieving that one thing that'll bring me happiness at long last. Meanwhile, as I wait for that goal, I find myself feeling antsy, wanting to get there faster, wanting to be there NOW.

One thing I've learned is that I need the goal in sight. I know what my life looked like when I had nothing to look forward to: empty, desolate, almost uninhabitable.

But the more I get lost in dreams of what life will be like when I reach the station, the less attention I pay to the little wonders along the way.

Without my goal, I'd be lost. Even if it is an illusion, it's a necessary illusion.  Now I need to learn to enjoy the journey. There's no sense feeling miserable along the way.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Giselle's Big Box of #BDSM #Erotica #Audiobook
Giselle's Big Box of BDSM
15 Erotic Stories
by Giselle Renarde
Narrated by Giselle Renarde

Fifteen erotic tales of discipline, domination, spanking, submission, Alphas, Femdom, bondage and more by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Giselle’s erotic fiction has appeared in over 100 anthologies, including prestigious collections like Best Bondage Erotica, Under Her Thumb, Serving Him & The Big Book of Bondage. Enjoy some of Giselle’s best BDSM erotica together in one collection!

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

How To Get Out of Bed in the Morning

As you're probably aware, I am a very depressed person.

Last year, during all those Black Friday sales, I bought myself a tablet. I'm reluctantly dragging myself into the technology of today, I suppose.  Anyway, the only app I've installed so far is a mood tracker. It's been very useful in helping me check in with my emotions, but the reason I mention it is that after the first 14 days it was like "Hey, so... you're experiencing a severe depressive episode and you should contact a doctor and psychotherapist as soon as possible."

Funny, because my reaction was kind of like... you call THIS a severe depressive episode? Hang on to your hat, mood tracker!

Don't be too concerned about me--my mood has lifted significantly since then. And I'm going to tell you about one thing that's helped tremendously.

When I'm super-depressed, getting out of bed is a challenge. Big-time.  I wake up thinking "What's the point?"  And I often can't bring one to mind.

I recently read a book called UNCERTAINTY: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance. There were a few useful insights in there, most notably a description of something called Process Visualization.

With Process Visualization, instead of picturing yourself getting the thing you want (winning a race, landing that promotion, getting a million-dollar windfall), you envision yourself going through the steps it'll take get there toward a goal.

For me, the goal of every day is to get out of bed and do some work (writing during the day, recording audio at night, the business of being an author in between), so I visualize myself starting my day as follows:

I get out of bed, I brew a pot of tea, sit down with a cup and read for a while. After that, I go to my computer and work on my current book. When I've written a chapter, I reward myself by washing dishes (a bubble bath for your hands, as my old Girl Guides leader used to say).

You know what? The simple act of visualizing myself doing those tasks is enough to encourage me out of bed. Once I've pictured myself doing it, I have direction. I can get up because I know what I'm going to do.

If you have trouble getting out of bed, give Process Visualization a try. I hope it works for you as well as it has for me.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

#Swinging and #Swapping #Erotica #Audiobook
7 Explicit Sex Stories
by Giselle Renarde
Narrated by Giselle Renarde

When one sex partner isn’t enough, it’s time to get swinging and swapping. In these seven stories, husbands share their wives with other men—and other women! Parties liven up when couples get wild. Bisexual roommates try a threesome. Anything can happen, and you’ll be amazed what does in Swinging and Swapping Erotica.

Included in this audiobook are the following short stories written and read by Giselle Renarde: The Couple with the Dragon Tattoo, Rainbow Night, Bisexual Roommate Butt Munch, One Wild Christmas Party, Separation Anxieties, Skyggen, and Wife Sandwich.

Mature Audiences Only.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale! March 3, 2019 - March 9, 2019

It's that time of year! Stock up on all those books you've been coveting during the Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale, March 3, 2019 - March 9, 2019!

The vast majority of my books are 50% off this week, including classic works and newer ones such as:

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mercy is Now an #Audiobook! #adultery #erotica
by Giselle Renarde
Narrated by Giselle Renarde

By twenty-three, Mercy had realized she wasn’t the only girl in the world to sleep with an older man—a married man. When she meets Simon by chance after they’ve parted ways, he’s still married. She’s engaged. He still wants her. She’s not so sure… until he offers her cold hard cash.

Join Mercy as she sells sex to an ex in five erotic stories by award-winning author Giselle Renarde.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

A Tragic Coolness Playlist
Music is my lifeline. That's one big reason I make playlists to accompany some of my books. I've done it for my novels In Shadow, Cherry, and now Tragic Coolness.

Tragic Coolness is a story about unrequited love. It's based on my favourite opera, Eugene Onegin.

A girl falls instantly in love with a guy, but she's horribly rejected by him. Years later he decides he can't live without her.  By then, she's married and she's got kids and she's happy... or, at least, she claims to be.

I had to listen to a lot of break-up albums to compile this playlist, so I hope you'll have a listen. It's intended to accompany the book, so I guess you'll need a copy.

Here are some places where you can buy Tragic Coolness.
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Where can you find the Tragic Coolness playlist?
Right here:

Music is very meaningful to me, and creating these playlists makes me feel closer to you. I do hope you'll enjoy the songs I've selected to accompany my book Tragic Coolness.