Author Archives: Britney King

Hard things.

“I don’t know how to do this, but something inside me does” —Paul Williams

That is perhaps my most favorite quote as of late…

Final edits and a book launch coming up here, so life is a tad bit upside down—but I wanted to pop in and share this… just because I love the message so much.

Today, at an AWN event I met so many people who are up to (very) big things, so much so that I want to tell you all about them—simply because they really are life changing… but for now I’ll just say that I couldn’t feel more lucky to have surrounded myself with the community I have.

Oh and here’s to doing hard things, being ok with not knowing how they’re going to turn out, and seeing the beauty in that…

Moonshots:

You gotta go there.

“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” ― Ray Davis

I’m writing a part of Around The Bend (or I’m about to be, right now, obviously, I’m blogging:) that is no doubt going to cause me to pull from past emotional experience I’m not sure I want to pull from.

And you know what that’s like? It’s like being attracted to a flame, knowing you want to touch it, knowing that you have to, knowing that it’s going to burn—and yet forcing yourself to do it anyway.

So, I’ve cornered myself off in this coffee shop and am holding myself hostage here until it is DONE.

Then, I will pack up, head home and make it up to my kids (for working on this gorgeous Saturday) by taking them to see Big Hero 6. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll let all that pent up emotion out in a dark theater where no one thinks it’s odd to cry over a silly little kids movie.

Because I’ve seen the previews, I know what it is really about…and because…I plan well. ;)

Sometimes, you just gotta go there…even if you don’t wanna and can think of exactly one billion excuses not to—if for no other reason than because that’s where you’ll find the story within the story.

The Answer To All Life’s Questions.

“Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” ― David Foster WallaceBrief Interviews with Hideous Men

I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my upcoming novel, Around The Bend by this time next week, if not sooner, and I’m pretty pleased with where this story is leading me.

It’s been both a teacher and a lesson, that’s for sure. :) There were places I didn’t think that I could go, that I went. And there’s still a little ways to go…so, who knows, I might just surprise myself. ;)

In the meantime, in breaks between writing the hard stuff and having fun, I’ve been playing around with poetry and really not caring how bad or how good it is. :)

The latest, below…

The Answer To All Life’s Questions.

There’s beauty in the silence,

Wisdom in stillness,

When there’s no audience to please, nothing to be said, no one, and no where to be—

You’ll find yourself there.

This is everything, everything, EVERYTHING.

“If something you want is slow to come to you, it can be for only one reason: You are spending more time focused upon its absence than you are about its presence.” ― Esther Hicks, The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham

This lesson is one that has been HUGE for me in my life. As a type A personality, and maybe just a human in general, when I want something, I want it, you know, like yesterday. ;)

If there is resistance or fear or a decision to be made I have on occasion viewed it as an all or nothing sort of thing, when sometimes it just means not right now—you are not ready.

And I love that. Or rather, I have come to love that. Because….wait, there’s more? ;)

This video might be a bit out there for those not ready to hear the message. But it is sooooo good (specifically in regards to preparing for what you want) so, if you’re in for a woo-woo, oh shit, ‘I finally get it’, kind of experience, then you should probably watch. And then you should watch it again.

Because…when you know, is when you know. :) And knowing why you want what you want is everything.

EVERYTHING. ;)

Watch him squirm. I love it. :)

P.S. Please excuse typos and lack of editing. This was typed from my phone while awaiting a meeting and thus is exactly what it is.

Meteor Showers and You.

Wrapped up in blankets and each other we stare toward the sky.

At 4AM, I’ll swear, this is a magic show—created, just for you and I.

You watch, I wish, as the stars shoot across the heavens and fall.

We’ve got time you say, just wait, this is nothing at all.

One needs darkness to see the light so we let our eyes adjust until suddenly we see the stars are dripping all around.

This is love, I think. It’s a light show in the dark. It’s grit,…it’s perfect imperfection. It’s everything, I want to tell you, which has ever been lost, yet found.

Short and Sweet.

“The things you own end up owning you.” — Tyler Durden, Fight Club

I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I’m on deadline and honestly I’m mostly only writing over here today so as to give in to the resistance (it’s so strong, you guys) and “cheat” on my daily word count goal. :) Also, it’s been a few weeks…

I’m not quite sure but it’s possible that I’m losing my mind. Obviously, I realize that I should probably watch what I say here, as one never knows what will be taken out of context. I’m not literally going crazy, just making a few necessary tweaks to my life. Crazy is subjective anyhow. And really, it’s all just semantics.

In my case, I blame this temporary insanity on the character I’m writing. Sometimes the lines do blur a little and I’m not certain my brain realizes when I’m on (working) or off. The full moon and mercury retrograde also provide relevant possibilities. Nonetheless, yesterday I found myself sitting across from my husband at brunch naming off all of the ideas I have for the future and a list of the things we need to get rid of, or cut out of our lives so we have less tying us down. Many, if not most of them, being not entirely rational choices. This obviously appears a little clearer this morning. ;)  But, you know what the amazing thing was… he not only listened intently (and I mean without batting a eye) but he told me he was completely on board.

God bless that man. :)

I think everyone deserves someone to embrace his or her level of crazy. I know this because I mentioned these same ideas to two of my best friends and they both told me I was indeed nuts. And, this my friends, is why I’m not married to them. ;)

That said, I actually have cut quite a few things, commitments etc. out of my life over the past few months (I feel like I write about this a lot here) and while I won’t bore you with the details I will say it has been incredibly freeing. And just when I didn’t think there was anything else left to cut….I cut a little more. There are two really great ways to know where cutting can occur and those are: take inventory of what’s on your calendar and watch where your money goes. It’s pretty simple from there.

Anyway, I’d better get back to the novel, which is tentatively scheduled for release on 12/2/14.

P.S. Love, love, love this episode of Shots of Awe. It totally explains my life. ;)

As for what I’m writing to these days… it’s mostly all about Paolo Nutini:

The acoustic versions are typically my favorites…

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