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Who….Neil Diamond

I heard that reading is to the brain what exercise is to the body. Well, if that is truly the case, then I have exercised my brain for a long time indeed. Just in case I haven’t mentioned it already, it’s no secret that I love books and I developed a passion early on for the ink and papery little stories of magic. In hindsight, I would say that reading is essential if you want to be a writer, the two go hand in hand and I know that books have enriched my life in many ways I’m grateful for. After my fathers death I struggled to relate. The stories my classmates would tell, were often reflect end of their time and adventures with their Dad. I had nothing to contribute and I felt alone, stuck in my own struggle of overcoming my father being gone. My Mom did the best she could, locking up the pain about losing a husband, but she also locked away her feelings and affection turned into daily survival. After awhile I got lost in books and books became my closest friends. I found solace in their stories and allowed the fiction and fairytales to whisk me away. Books became a means to fill the void of loneliness and books were something to look forward to. A light on the horizon for me, books and animals were my escape from reality. Soon I felt addicted to how they helped me forget my troubles, even it was just for a little while and temporarily. I read a few pages in bed each night, much like a reward that settled me into a peaceful sleep allowing my troubles to disappear. My all time favorite Author in Germany was Heinz G. Konsalik and I’m certain that I owe mostly all of his books. I might have lost track of a few as I moved to the states and I think it would be interesting to revisit his stories sometime. I wonder if I would remember reading them decades ago, if they would offer a different message, years later with insight that bares lessons I might have missed too young to comprehend back then. I wonder….

A few days ago I read a blog post from one of my favorite writers who is an amazing inspirational soul to me. 

Kamalini loves books as well and must be Neil Gaiman’s biggest fan. She said she would gladly kidnap him so he could feed her stories all the time. A thought that brings a smile to my face, that is of course wishful thinking but is spoken from a true admirer and fan. We talked about Neil Gaiman before and I have never read anything of his. After Kamalini’s post and recommendation, I finally did it and ordered my very first Gaiman novel called “The graveyard book”. I’m truly excited to hold this little gem in my hands. So excited that I had to download a little sample read until the actual book arrives. 

I have a nook and the kindle app on my iPad, but I’m still a sucker for holding the actual book in my hands. To feel the pages, to smell them, (SILLY GIRL, I know, but the only way to be for me and I don’t mind being that silly girl that offers a unique and different take). I like to indulge in the texture of the rich binding and in this case see the illustrations (yes it has pictures, a bonus that speaks to my inner artist and makes the book even better) to what I would interpret more lifelike in a book vs. how they might appear on an app. It’s almost like picking up on a certain energy that is emitting from the pages, a sensation that can’t be found on a cold computer screen. Yeah, am I weirding you out yet? 

Side (mini rant) note hahah: It’s the little things, the simple stuff that matters the most and don’t get me started on how I think life is serious enough already and how I feel that laughter and a sense of humor helps combat the day to day challenges. All the little things will end up one day being the big things in our lives. 

Anyhow, I got super excited ordering the book and naturally I couldn’t keep the news all to myself. I shared it with a few people who at first thought that I was talking about Neil Diamond. I laughed so hard that I had to gasp for air. Haha, I know I have an accent and I guess the names even sound similar, but still, hahaha. By now, a few days later, we already laughed about it several times and I know this one will be one of those silly moments that go down in history always reminding us of Neil Diamond whenever there is a reference of Neil Gaiman to be made. I bet my bottom dollar on it, I just know it. 

I have heard that not all people get his writing and after reading the short introduction, I’m left intrigued in a multitude of ways. I’m curious what my own verdict will be and if I will “get him” or miss his insights. I read a few pages from the sample read, but it’s clearly too early to tell and I haven’t committed a 100%. I am currently dabbling in three different books. Gee…definitely a new one for me and I have never read multiple books at once. My imagination needs to be fed and it depends on my mood or the thirst of adventure that determines which book I pick up. 

Now a few days later, I keep thinking back to this Gaiman novel and I can’t shake the feelings I’m picking up about “The Graveyard”. Call it intuition, a sixth sense or whatever you may, it feels as if there is something important waiting for me in those pages. Something that tells me that Gaiman deserves my undivided attention from the beginning to the end. He comes so highly recommended from somebody I value so much, that it is special and can’t be disrupted with reading other books at the same time. I can’t tell you why I feel like this, I just do and especially my first novel can’t be clouded by distraction. Perhaps it is one of those things that don’t have to make sense, that don’t require an explanation and just maybe the answer will reveal itself at a later point once I develop my own opinion. If everything holds true about his writing, then I will find my own lessons between the lines. My intuition guides me in the process, as I embark onto something great, something that could perhaps become a bit addictive and I have to trust it without further questioning. Just like Konsalik, Gaiman could easily become my new collection and one day I will look back into time, wondering in disbelief as to why it took me so long and why I have never read him before. I will remember Kamalini and how it was her who introduced me to Neil Gaiman and enriched my life like she often does. I’m excited to see

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I'm a dreamer and hopeless romantic who believes that there is always a silver lining to everything. Now, inspired by the simple life, I have learned that less is more and that we find magic all around us if we take the time to notice. Life is a journey and a process that is ever changing. We are constantly evolving in the matter of who we are as we align our stars and shed a past no longer in line with our highest self. I don't easily fit conventional norms, not because I'm a rebel, but because of resenting the pull that threatens to take me away from my true beliefs and my unique personal identity. I support the power of "Choice" and the ability for us to be the architects of our own lives. Some of these choices should have something a little wild about them as they form the moments that forever stay edged in our memory and make our hearts beat with wonder. Nobody will remember the ordinary. For myself, I'm a warrior who has fallen many times, who has gone through trails an tribulations and who is no stranger to adversity. After all, my choice remains clear, to get back up and stand stronger than ever. To recognize that it often takes our darkest moments to mold us into who we were meant to be. I have learned to trust the process and stay positive through the challenges. I trust it to be the only way to prevent my heart from hardening and allowing bitterness to creep in. I believe in the power of "NOW" as it is the only moment we truly ever have. The past is gone, unchangeable and the future hasn't happened yet. All we can impact is the current moment. Everything starts with a choice and hopefully with one that has something wild about it and may even scare you to death to execute. DO IT...I promise you won't regret it. This blog is my voice to share my Journey. If I could describe this adventure in short, I would call it "Spiritual awakening" with a yearning for "Freedom" and going after the things that truly matter. To seek a less complicated life that is stripped down from the many obligations and responsibilities that often tie us down. For me it is a life free of rules and regulations, one that allows me to escape the must expectations while jumping off the hamster wheel that is spinning faster all the time. To be on my own time and live each day to the fullest, to make it all slow down by banishing routine and unleashing my creativity/artistic values in an effort to entertain whatever subject comes to mind. And if lucky, to perhaps offer a different view to my readers, one that speaks to your soul vs. the demands of what society might expect. It is one that empowers you to be your unique self and follow the beat of your own drum. I am dreaming big as I trail blaze the path to a new life and becoming a storyteller. I find my inspiration in the little things in life, in Mother Nature and on the trail that provides the adventures and the backdrop for a book someday. My hope is to inspire "Courage" in others who might find themselves on the brink of taking that first step. This blog serves as a foundation for my collection of personal thoughts, opinions and experiences and by no means am I an expert on any topics mentioned. To my readers I would say that the universe connects us by a common thread, we all search and we all have something to say. We don't always have to meet in person to share a strong bond and people enter our path for a reason. Some stay for a short time and serve their purpose, while others teach us a lesson and help us become stronger through experience. And a few special ones remain as the treasures we hold dear over a lifetime and touch our hearts beyond means. In whatever way we are meant to be, I thank you for crossing my path and for stopping by. I hope that I have left you inspired, full of wonder and with a few "Wild Choices" to make....Hugs XO

11 thoughts on “Who….Neil Diamond

  1. I too prefer the printed versions. When engrossed in a really good book, it’s nice to “feel” how many pages you have left, so you can slow down and enjoy the remainder. You got me curious about Gaiman, so I’ll have to check him out.

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  2. My dear wonderful Warrior Queen! I am deeply humbled and touched by your blog post. I love sharing special insights and creativity with people. By some weird and beautiful stroke of good luck (and fate) you crept into my life and have been a source of inspiration ever since. Thank you so much for your kind words. Thank you so much for reading and sharing and being a source of light in my world. Haha! Neil Diamond!!! Now I’ll be laughing for days 😀 Enjoy the book…and know that I’m sitting right beside you with each word (could I be any creepier? lol).

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    1. Once again your kind words leave me humbled and searching for words that could return your kindness. You are one in a million my friend and again I tell you how grateful I am that fate intersected our path. You say that I inspire you and I would say that it is you who does that for me.
      I too remember reading my very first post as I came across your blog and immediately I was drawn in and the way you write inspired me from the very beginning.
      Thank you for touching my heart on so many levels and being the incredible person you are.
      And I wished you could sit right next to me and we could read the book together 😉

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  3. I love curling up in bed with a real book. You just can’t cuddle a Kindle… though I use mine frequently just because downloading is so much easier and I’m not very patient.
    But more importantly….you’re GERMAN?? You come across people on here and have conversations with them and you develop an image in your mind of what they’re like… How old they are, what they sound like, where they live etc. and more often than not, you’re completely wrong!

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