J. J. Brown, Wordslinger

"I Sling Words As I Go Along."



So, it’s a New Year and a New Start…..

…..where the dust of the last three hundred and sixty-five days can be shaken off and the next three hundred and sixty-five days have yet to be written.  I often find some kind of inspiring quotes and themes to use as a springboard for what’s to come.

Last night, I found this particular theme floating around.  I rather liked the challenge it presented, because, 1.) who doesn’t have a book lying around; 2.) sometimes there is a truth to be found; and 3.) it’s actually kind of fun and silly.

So I found the nearest book at hand (literally, not even a foot from me) and opened it to the named page.

“So say it.”

At first, I thought it was just a throwaway sentence in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic, that nothing important to be found in just three words. I was tempted to slide past it to the third sentence, which also rang true and which I do anyway. [1]

But the more I looked at those three words, the more I realized what power they had in their simplicity.  People often dismiss simplicity as unimportant. But I’ve found that simplicity can be the most potent magic ever devised.  ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ are simple words and yet, they can open doors you never imagined were there.

“So say it.”

Speak your truth.  That’s what those words, in their utter simplicity, are charging me with for the year 2019.  This is not a new charge – in fact, speaking my truth had been a huge part of 2018 and the changes it wrought had a major impact in many positive ways.  So, I’m interpreting this as a sign that I’m on the right path, that by continuing to speak my truth, the way will become clearer.

So.  Grab the book nearest you and open it to page 119.  Find the second sentence.  Use that as your challenge and task for 2019.

You’ve got this.


[1]  If you want to know that third sentence I was tempted to use, find a hard back copy of Big Magic and turn to page 119. Those who know me will recognize its truth and that I live it every day.

So, it’s the first day of the New Year……

…….and so far, I’ve got something accomplished.

Well, okay, some of it was accomplished on Friday, but getting it done before January 1st was a huge goal and I met that with a little timing, a little planning and a trip to the next city over from where I live. Now I don’t have to worry about it and that’s how I like it.

My other accomplishments are on the mundane side and could easily be classified as daily tasks, but I always feel better getting them done anyway. In other words, the horses have been fed, the cat has been adored and laundry is being…..laundered.

The rest of my goals for today include working on my lines for a one act play that I’m in, taking a nap, working on my novel, both editorially and narratively, and my two act Ancient Greek Comedy.

These are, I feel, reasonable goals to meet.

I have some thoughts on resolutions and goals and why keeping them can be such a pain in the ass, but that’s for another post.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, that peace and love find you and that you take as many steps as possible to achieve your dreams, whether it’s to travel to another country or learn a language or earn a degree in a subject that inspires you.

Best wishes to you all.


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