November 14, 2012 by Dina Wilcox
In the merest matter of weeks, my first book—“Why Do I Feel This Way?”—will make its debut in the world. So what am I feeling?
After all, it’s a book about feelings. Feelings are a major way that you and I respond to our lives. Something happens, or someone says something, and we respond by feeling. It’s not always easy to know what it is we are feeling, exactly—we have to think about that—and sometimes before we can get clear about our feelings, we complicate them with our thoughts. Feeling can seem like a tricky business, yet we have no way around it. We are human, so we have feelings, automatically, and about everything.
Right now, I’m feeling excited, exhilarated, anxious, a little stressed out I’d say, and I’m filled with wonder. How have I gotten to have this book that has my name on it? What will become of it? Of Me? What will You think of it? Of Me? How will You feel about reading it? Will you laugh and cry? Will my stories touch your heart as I intend? Will you love my unscientific experiments, the ones I invented just for us, that you can use as I did to know how your feelings and memories work? Will I be able to show you how you can use what your brain is doing with feelings like love, fear and anger, and emotions like empathy, joy, trust and even embarrassment? All our responses to life are there for a purpose: to help us thrive so that humans can survive.
Oh what miraculous things I have learned about our brains over the last 15 years! I can hardly wait for you to discover them. And I’d love to hear from you when you do. Contact me at http://www.raisinghealthyvoices.com
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October 18, 2012 by Dina Wilcox
Last night, I held my first chapter in my hands. What an amazing experience! Even as I was looking at it, I could hardly believe it was MY BOOK.
The publisher sent it so I could approve the layout and stuff that their designer had chosen for my book, “Why Do I Feel This Way?” What Your Feelings Are Trying To Tell You.
It will be published on or about December 1st, and maybe you’ve heard that I’m giving it a glorious launch on December 5th. My dream, my way, coming true.
I’ve learned that we can make all our dreams come true. We just don’t know we can. All I had to do was have a dream, believe in it, and then do everything I knew to do to transform it into reality. I’ve been writing this book for 6 years—well, for the first 4 years I mostly talked about writing it, to tell you the truth. Then I took a course at Landmark Education and learned that I really could write it, and publish it. All I had to do was DO IT!
Imagine that: I just never knew what I could do. Am I lucky, or what? In another month or so, there’ll be my first book. I’m already planning the second one.
This dream is really turning out even better than I imagined it. It’s perfect…just the way I’m making it!
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June 29, 2012 by Dina Wilcox
Now that the book is finished, it’s time to fill out questionnaires for the publisher,
so they can design covers, recommend fonts and paper, and get to work on marketing strategies.
It’s a funny thing, but ever since the days of law school application packets, I get stopped by the face of a blank form waiting for me to fill it in. I always say the thought of a questionnaire freezes the blood in my veins.
I signed with the publisher a few months ago, and now I’m overdue for telling them about myself, and about my book, Why Do I Feel This Way? What Your Feelings Are Trying To Tell You. The questionnaire is pages long, filled with big blank boxes for my intentions, my plans, my dreams, and oh my how I’ve been avoiding it. I have all those things, of course—plans, dreams, even preferences—and I know very well what they are—but to explain them on a form? Yikes!!
I’ll have to call a lot of friends to support me to get this job done in the next couple of weeks.
So, think of this as my SOS—
Got advice? Thanks!
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