Living Strong With Cerebral Palsy: The True Story of Amanda Forry-Fino is the title of my memoir to be published this month, March 25. Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy is both inspirational and heartwarming, representing the struggles and victories of a young woman to discover her voice and develop her self-esteem to advocate for all people with severe disabilities.
The month before the launch of Living Strong With Cerebral Palsy: Amanda Forry-Fino’s True Story; In support of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I gave away book copies to people who ordered shirts from #cpdreamteam. It bothers me that most of the #cpdreamteam shits were purchased by parents for their children. That’s unfair since my book contains language and content that children or minors might not understand. Leading me to adapt my book to be family-friendly. Having revised the early memories into a revised opening and climax within a few days, the book eventually came into its own, Cerebral Palsy Gal.
“How do we give thanks after the year we all have?”
Yesterday, I woke, and it dawns on me that next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. “WOW, It’s here, what am I thankful for?” I did do a bigThankful, giving thanks blog one year ago yet this year’s message will have a defend outlook than just a year ago.
One of my new pal’s had asked me ‘How are you and coping with Covid19 restrictions?’ I have to think of all of the hardship that I have endeared thou this year while a tear runs out of my eyes. It’s been VERY HARD for me, coping with Covid19 restrictions, and the matter’s of 2020 all year long.
Now we ALL as a whole country Covid19 Thanksgiving Restrictions. Some of the rules that are madding and crazy, I don’t remember Easter and the 4th of July being out of had like having cop’s over if you host a Thanksgiving Dinner that had only ten people, or wearing a mask in your home. The question here… how does one eat turkey while wearing a mask? I hear so many friends told me they all have to FACE-TIME their loved ones over the holidays. I have to cry seeing a few new bittersweet TV Christmas commercials. It’s just a very sad holiday.
My thanksgiving wish to you is that… I hope this is a “One-time holiday deal” and may next year we would be back to normal or something that we were all familiar with, yet not the covid19 restrictions of the year, 2020.
The Devils’ Maids Out of the Witchy Wonders Anthology”
When the ghouls come knocking, the witches come to play. Ever wonder how the witches party on the day of the dead? How the supernaturals play when the veil is thin? Well here’s your chance to find out all their secrets. From witches, to wizards, and all the wickedness. Come join these 20 authors as they discover what goes bump in the night. Authors include: T.K. Barber, K.J. Sage, N.K. Stackhouse, Chris Storm, Helena Novak, Bex Taylor, Stefani Kenna, Mira Kane, Zelda Knight, Lauren Smith, N.J. Ember, Krista Ames, Maria Vermisoglou, V. P. Allasander, Poppy Flynn, Sasha Fino, Lissa Lynn Thomas, Katherine Moore, Bethany Strobel, Michelle Scissom
THE DEVILS’ MAIDS Swish, swish, swish. The Devils’ Maids are coming this Halloween to sweep the streets clean of any wrongdoers. Esther, a witch, is seeking assistance. Will the Devils’ Maids provide assistance to Esther? My very first Book/Anthology is coming out this Halloween, tiled; The Devils’ Maids Out of the Witchy Wonders Anthology, is coming out HALLOWEEN DAY; 10/31/2020! In the meantime check out The Devils’ Maids Book Trailer.
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I’m Astrid V.J., award-winning author, social anthropologist and transformational life coach. I would like to thank Amanda for reaching out to me and asking about my upcoming novel which is a project very close to my heart.
The Apprentice Storyteller is a fantasy/sci-fi cross-over about itinerant storyteller, Viola Alerion, and how she meets a boy who wants to become her apprentice. She is a grumpy, irascible person who doesn’t want to be saddled with any extra responsibility but the boy refuses to take no for an answer and eventually she gives in, accepting him as her apprentice and allowing him to accompany her on her travels.
Although The Apprentice Storyteller is all about a journey, it is not only the physical journey of an itinerant storyteller and her apprentice, nor is it merely a voyage of a boy learning about the universe and how it works while learning the art of storytelling. This is a story about the inner journey we are all capable of, the power we hold at the tips of our fingers and that most of us never tap into.
Viola’s journey is all about the realisation that something in the current situation, circumstance or condition causes dissatisfaction and the growing sense of longing we all feel in those times is a source of power. The novel looks at how to transform ones experience into something meaningful and, in so doing, transform the life one is living into something one loves.
When I was twelve, I wanted to become a writer. It was my most ardent dream and I worked on my novels every spare moment I had. I used to walk around with a big, hard-backed file under one arm and a pen in hand, constantly filling it up with spare sheets of paper.
In time, that dream became crowded by shadows and I gave into the thoughts that told me I’d never make it, that my books weren’t worth it and that writers are poor. I don’t know where the belief about finances came from but it was very powerful and stuck with me, leading me to even deny the many examples that belied that very thought. I dismissed J.K. Rowling, for example, by pointing out that there was no way my books could be as good as Harry Potter. At every turn, I denied myself any possibility of success and turned instead to something “reasonable” and studied Psychology, a subject I actually ended up hating and Anthropology, which I learned so much from.
The desire to write never left me and if I ignored my pen for too long, my heart strings would tug at me remorselessly. Over time, I continued to put myself down and particularly denied that my writing had any worth, even if others who read my books thought they were amazing and told me I should publish them. I don’t know exactly when the shift happened. It wasn’t some crazy “ah-ha” moment. It was more a gradual changing of perceptions and, at last, little over a year ago, I made a decision that I would reach for my dream and prove to myself that I am worthy of being an author no matter what. I’ve published three books since then and am working very hard on a whole lot more. I’ve met some amazing people on this journey as well and I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that have opened up before me.
Last year, I also found out about transformational life coaching and realised that it is my second calling. My interest in Psychology, back in the day, was based on my desire to help people overcome the difficulties of their lives, but I have no interest in telling people what is wrong with them. I’m much more interested in guiding people to find their own solutions to overcome the problems they face and to reach for the success they long for. The principles underlying human transformation are simple and can really bring about huge changes if we use them in the optimal way. Many of us start on the path of change, we make new year’s resolutions, we decide to diet and get into shape, we push for the dream job or vacation of a lifetime, but many of us try to bridge the gap in a disorganised way, without understanding how things work and how they fit together.
I came up with the idea for The Apprentice Storyteller many years ago but there was something missing and I realised during my certification training as a transformational life coach that the principles of transformation were my missing piece. As soon as the penny dropped, the story unfolded perfectly and took my breath away. It was entirely different from anything I’ve ever written before and totally challenged me to grow as a writer.
I wrote the manuscript in November during NaNoWriMo and have spent the past months trying to put together what I need to get the book to a professional editor because I take my readers as seriously as I like to be treated when I pick up a book. The original plan of using my income from my day job towards this project fell through when my husband lost his job and he’s still seeking, but I didn’t want my circumstances to stop this book from seeing the light of day, especially when it has the power to uplift and transform lives. I had to find the courage to acknowledge that the principles I’ve included in The Apprentice Storyteller can work for anyone, including me.
If you’d like to find out more about The Apprentice Storyteller, you can check out my Wattpad (where I have a few chapters available for free), or the crowdfund I set up as a pre-order for the book and an accompanying series of novellas. I recently did a live reading of the first three chapters.
Remember, no matter what it is you want to do, the power within you is far greater than any circumstance or situation you may find yourself in.
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
In hopes of spreading Cerebral Palsy awareness, we are welcoming 31+ authors for takeovers each day, from March 1st to the 31st in Amanda Fino Reader’s Nest. Each day an author will post something about Cerebral Palsy, with giveaways and fun! The winner is the person who participates the most in the group during the entire month. Have fun, and enjoy it! People with Cerebral Palsy don’t need your sympathies or your hard-earned money. What we are looking for are your VOICE and understanding. To the people that live with Cerebral Pasty, We invite you all to tell each of your fantastic tales about overcoming, living life with CP.