Reflections on Writing and The Past Year

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* Note: Slightly Rambling Blog Post *

Hello Readers,

I’ve not written a personal blog post in quite some time, but thought I’d write one to share some thoughts I’ve had with writing/publishing/blogging and my other interests.

2014 was the first year I spent more time reading and writing non-fiction. This happened as I continued noticing a gradual (and sometimes, not-so-gradual) decline in eBook sales.

My heart has never been in commercial fiction, and it probably never will be. For that reason, I am unlikely to continue eBooks publishing as a business (because as a business, it’s commercial forces one has to consistently observe and adapt to). I have some other personal reasons for no longer having the drive for writing fiction as I used to several years ago when I first ventured into digital publishing.

Towards the end of last year, I had a very strong need to switch directions entirely in terms of profession. I’ve listed some of the things I’ve been / am involved with on my about.me page. It’s a refreshing change and I’m grateful for the new work experiences. I like doing things that have some level of originality/innovation/analysis, and I felt indie publishing was not the right place for me anymore.

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‘Reflection’ photo by Arthur Davison, used under a CC License.

I should add that I almost gave up my interest in socio-political blogging for the sake of a close friendship/relationship (let’s just say that my views were “very divergent” from the other person’s). Regardless of the topic, my personal belief is that people who respect each other would be able to sort out their differences. At the end of the day, I concur with activist Brooke Axtell, who said during the 2015 Grammys:

“Authentic love does not devalue another human being.”
(– activist Brooke Axtell)

To me, a friendship/relationship isn’t worth it if either person feels no guilt/shame/remorse in belittling or disparaging the other person, because they disagree with the other’s views and sentiments. (Perhaps this is partly due to the “Venus Scorpio” in me that highly values self-respect and mutual respect.)

I guess quitting self-publishing (or “turning my professional attention elsewhere” for the time-being) gave me an additional sense of closure to that whole chapter in my life. It just felt like everything had reached a dead-end and that it was time for me to try something new, on both the personal and professional level.

That being said, I’ll always like writing, so you’ll see some of my copyediting material online this year along with socio-political blogging book reviews when I can get down to it (once my current schedule has settled in a little bit more). Writing socio-political blog posts helped me access an “analytical” side of my mind I hadn’t really accessed before, which is why I’m keen to continue those independent/unsponsored blog posts.

I’m thankful for the readers/customers I’ve had and heard from over the years, particularly the readers of my earlier erotic material. I guess that’s a part of my life I’m leaving behind too, in a way (since my early erotic fiction was largely due to my own sexual neuroses!).

I appreciate others’ appreciation of my writing — somehow it feels like that will be something which will inspire me with future projects I get up to. It gives me a sense of comfort/satisfaction to know that my efforts were not completely wasted on meaningless things, since I like to focus on one thing at a time and give my all to it if I’m passionate about something.

I guess my main website (jessINK) may “morph” over the next few years, to reflect my personal interests and projects I’m involved with along the way. I initially branded myself as an “author/artist/non-conformist,” a label I’ve since updated to “writer/blogger/analyst” (the practical Virgo in me loves anything of an “analytical” nature…).

Side Note: It is also this practical Virgo in me that keeps me from enjoying the label/lifestyle of “starving artist” (a label my¬†artistic Pisces moon doesn’t quite mind)…I guess I have a rough idea re: career path (I do best with something that combines creative and analytical skills).

Have you had a similar experience where you just felt you needed to drop (almost) everything and try/do something new? Send me a note via email! (I’m keeping the comments ‘off’ on this post in the spirit of intimacy/privacy.)

Stay happy and healthy in the meantime.

— Jess.

Full Moon in Astrology

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By Guest Blogger Ray (Raymond Johnson)

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[“Virgo Moon” image from DailyHoroscope.com]

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Hi there. I’m Ray and I have been a spiritual seeker for a long time and I will share this with you. Welcome!

Today I’ll talk about astrology because today (8 March 2012) we have a full moon in Virgo squared with the (Pisces) sun. Generally a square, much like a retrograde, brings some conflict and tension. I can usually tell when mercury is retrograde because it just seems so much harder to say what I mean in a way people can actually understand.

With this full moon you may feel moody and possibly even sad or angry when you normally wouldn’t be. Full moons are chaotic anyway. It will definitely keep police and paramedics busy. I’ve never seen a study that proves it, but I definitely hear sirens more often when there is a full moon.

So what does this mean for you? Astrology isn’t destiny. You can use the knowledge to pay attention to what you do and say. That way you don’t say the wrong thing. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Not always. Negative comments hurt long after someone says them. I think we’re all here to play. God, Allah, the divine source, whatever you want to call it, put us here to play and explore. That means we need to play well with others since we’re not in this alone.

OK, so not everyone feels that way. But if you look at any religion, its founding prophet would never do any of the things its followers do, especially its leaders. People ask, “What would Jesus do?” I don’t know but I know what he wouldn’t do. 99% of what his supposed followers think is right to do.

[JESS: I think the problem lies with hypocritical and corrupt leaders, more so than the vast majority of followers. With power comes responsibility, and when that power is abused…]

Anyway this full moon is an opportunity to explore your feelings and really explore what’s important to you. It also nudges us to pay attention to ourselves and others. Pay attention and it will pay you back.

~ Ray

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Author Bio:

Ray has been a student of spirituality and philosophy for many years. He has studied astrology and has read tarot professionally. He also has a deep understanding of sexuality in all its diversity. He believes sexuality and spirituality require a great amount of trust and intimacy that takes one to new levels of existence. He can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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As a Sun Virgo/Moon Pisces, this post was of great interest to me ;)! Here are a couple of links you might like to check out:

(1) Lunarium is a website where you can find your moon sign (you’ll need your birth time).

(2) Pathway to Ascension discusses how astrology is not about “worshiping the stars.”

— Jess C Scott / jessINK