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Coming Soon: The Little Book of Everlasting Joy


 

COMING SOON: The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time

Synopsis:

What is joy? Joy is a multifaceted, precious gem of infinite worth and Divine origin, attainable and sustainable by everyone. This is both premise and promise of The Little Book of Everlasting Joy.

Whether one considers this a volume of poetry, a philosophical work, or a primer for living our truth—as that is the foundation of joy—these 16 insightful pieces of wisdom speak to the masses of the sanctity of a life worth living. This is a guidebook for our time to living our work in progress, to progress in this life of magnificent abundance.

Joy is the celebration of the begotten.


FROM THE AUTHOR:
On writing The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time

“Joy is a topic that I have been ruminating on for some time now. In my last book and memoir, The Nature of Being: A Healing Journey, I reflected on joy as the outcome of living my true nature, and that by doing so, I AM Joy. Going forward, that experience of introspection affected me deeply, particularly as a writer. To BE Joy, I needed to write not just from the heart, as I always have, but to also write with an open authenticity of absolute fearlessness, one of the 16 topics in my latest work, The Little Book of Everlasting Joy. This courage opened myself up for a gift, a writer’s prompt that I share in the preface of my new book.

“Society has changed as of late, bringing about an amplification of this inner dialogue on the subject of Joy as not just something we can aspire to as a quality to become and maintain, but a lens to observe all things through, to embrace as our Divine right. With the escalation of troubled times and equally troubled souls, things fell into place for a self-help book to emerge, an inspirational work that unlocks the hidden treasure of joy as not just a lasting state of being, but a primary reason for our existence, despite the suffering of mind, body and/or spirit. As are all my writing endeavors, The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time was a lesson to ponder and apply for myself, first and foremost.

“I wish readers joy on their journey, and joy everlasting.”  —Loretta Boyer McClellan


American Author, Artist and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan, sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry;conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Author of The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, The Misthaven of Maine Series, and Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing, Loretta creates from the heart.

Text and cover art © 2018 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author headshot by Frank Leonard; used with permission.

Thank you

nature_of_being_front_cover_5x8_FINAL_flat_cropped_18may2015I have given birth to many creative works over the years, for which I am grateful. My latest baby, a memoir, The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, was an arduous, yet most-rewarding labor of love. Thank you for sharing in this enriching experience with me, through readership and kind words. Loretta Boyer McClellan

 


headshot_3x3_web_copyright2013_loretta_boyer_mcclellanAmerican Author, Artist, and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Lori creates from the heart.  Writing, meditating, and painting—particularly in watercolor—is her connection to the Infinite.

Text, images, and logo ©2015 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author photo by Frank Leonard; used with permission.

 

Author Interview on Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing

What inspired you to write, Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing?

© 2013, Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved

© 2013, Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved

Loretta Boyer McClellan: The majority of the poems included in this book were written years before this collection of poetry was published; they were waiting for their time to be shared with the world.  Shortly after Misthaven of Maine: Journey to Beyond, Vol. 2 was published in November 2012, while reviewing my portfolio of poems, I saw a recurring theme of nature and peace in many of them, which struck me as a great base for a book of poetry.  This core group of poems became inspiration to build upon, which happened over the course of a few months. I felt a connection to others seeking peace for whatever reason, and for those who enjoy nature in all its many marvels. The book became a natural extension of this connection.

Do you plan to author future books of poetry?

LBM: I hope to do so.  I find poetry is a wonderful creative outlet for me.  I compose poems on-the-go, usually one at a time, inspired by many things, or one thing, or even people. Sometimes I go on poetic streams of thought, where I compose several in a day or period of days, then usually take a break.  There are probably other poetry books that could be put together already, from my existing vault of poetry, but it’s not their time yet to come out and play.  Hopefully sooner than later, though.  At the moment, I am working on another novel.  I enjoy the creative balance.

What is your personal favorite poem in Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing?

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LBM: I guess it would depend upon the moment, as it can vary, but then it’s also like choosing a “favorite child” at the same time, if you know what I mean. The time of day affects the poem’s composition.  Many were written during sunrise, which, depending on the time of year it was written and location, could have been around 5 a.m.; it is an entirely hopeful time to write for me.  The late afternoon is another time of day that I find myself waxing poetic.  The experience I have during the composition naturally plays a role in how I experience it as a reader, as well. That being said, one of my favorites is, “The Gift of the Winnowed Muse.” It was written in a primordial location, full of timelessness and textures.  The poem means something vastly different for each reader, which is why I enjoy it so much—its broad appeal is a gift in itself. “Ladybug Logic” is such a fun little Haiku.  It has a spritely feel, almost whimsical in very few words, yet the “logic” prevails. In writing “Find Your Peace,” this poem pretty much sealed the deal for this particular book coming together as it stands today.  This was one poem in particular where I felt like a bystander, along for the ride, yet very much included in the experience and audience of its message. This book would not have been complete without its namesake, “Dodging Raindrops,” the first poem in this book.  It poses a question that sets up the entire collection to be considered.  It’s an appropriate introduction—a herald, if you will. Each poem included in Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing has a special place in my heart, otherwise they would not have been included. I eliminated a few poems that were originally included, because they didn’t fully serve the purpose of the theme and for readers; perhaps they will get their turn at a later date. The important thing is, which poems resonate with each, individual reader?

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Author, Artist and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan is the author and book cover designer of the Misthaven of Maine series, as well as Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing.

Text, Dodging Raindrops book cover, author photo and logo ©2012-2013, Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.