Aside from that I decided to devote this blog to health concentrating on the Mind, Body, and Spirit. These are things that I already research for myself and want to share with all of you. Part of my Bucket List for 2011 (yes I know that a Bucket List is a list of things you want to do before you die, however my list consist of things I want to do before the year is up) I decided to catch up on some reading so here’s my list of books that I’m currently reading that are actually improving my life!
January is a tough month for me. Not only do I have to think and write out my New Year’s Resolution for the year and my birthday, it’s also that time of year when the city of Toronto gets stuck under snow and my mood turns to bla. However, this year instead of falling into the dark corners of winter I’m fighting back with the help of Dr. David D. Burns books Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. With tools like Rational Response and lessons on building self-esteem and why we can angry, life seems a little brighter. Here’s a passage from the book:
“Learn to Endorse Yourself: So you frequently convince yourself that what you do doesn’t count? If you have this bad habit, you will naturally feel that you never do anything worthwhile. It won’t make any difference if you are a Nobel laureate or a gardener – life will seem empty because your sour attitude will take the joy out of all your endeavors and defeat you before you even begin.”
Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to quit smoking. Like most smokers who want to quit but don’t want to endure the withdrawal of nicotine, I’m always on the lookout for something that is quick and painless. My good friend Heather gave me a gift certificate for Chapters and I totally took advantage and thought I’d try something totally new to me…Guided Hypnosis and let me be the first to say it works! Paul McKenna’s Quit Smoking Today without gaining weight is a fantastic tool in quitting smoking. It’s so good that I picked up his Change Your Life in 7 days, Supreme Self-Confidence, and I can make you rich books. But back to quitting smoking. He promises that if you follow everything he says you will become a non-smoker. I’ve been working on it for 5-days and I’ve seen almost smoke-free but I’m certain by next week I will be completely smoke-free.
As I promised you all my youtubers here’s the picture of me WITH the sunglasses. Leave a comment telling me what you think of my fall 2010 look.
Before I forget, this morning I had a holy cow moment, my Youtube channel, Phunkybrats is at 196 subscribers…WOW! I never thought I’d ever be this popular. Thanks everyone! Now I need to figure out how I’m going to celebrate this moment…feel like coming out for drinks?
Here are a few more collages I’ve been working on. They’re really great for working through writer’s block project.
Life on Emerson Ave
Character Profile Rocco from Life on Emerson Ave
I created this collage about 6 months ago. My character Rocco wasn’t developing or evolving because I couldn’t get a clear idea of who he is. Because of his age, I found creating pictures of who I think he is would make the writing process flow much easier. As if turns out I was right.
This huge canvas hangs above my sofa in my writing area of my apartment. Before each session I’ll stare at it until I hear his voice, and wait for him to tell me what to do.
In creating this collage I used the idea of Vision Boards. I collected photos of things, people and places that I felt Rocco would be interested in. I arranged the pictures on the canvas in a way that exampled his energy. Starting from the base I glued the pictures so they fanned out toward the top. This is his energy – he’s like a tree. From root to branch there’s something to look at, something to study and learn from, and he’s amazing to watch.
I use a lot of collages to help me get into his world, Life on Emerson Ave. Sometime, I create collages to start a writing project, other times I use it to help me decode a message that I’m not understanding. For the most part, working on collages keeps me interested in writing. After all, when it comes down to it, everyone is a writer but few have a completed book.
After announcing that I’d be doing a second booking reading to celebrate the completion of Chapter: Happy Birthday Stupid Twink I’ll have to take back my words (in short term) so I can announce that I will NOT be hosting a book reading. Many of you expressed your disappointment which lead me to post this message.
Title Release Date: December 15 2010 Press Release: Phunkybrats
When was the last time you went out on a date? Who was the last boy you kissed? What was his last night?
Phunkybrats is a prince who is searching the world looking for loves first kiss. He traveled by sea and across the sky, hoping to find him, apple of his eye.
The story, promotes that love is a fate for everyone’s. Done so in a rhyme and walks, flies or sails the reader through Phunkybrats’ adventure.
Written and Illustrated/Photographed by Frank Giansante
Make this the choice read of a Gay tween in your life.
Ever since Mrs. Malloy assigned us the What I Want To Be When I Grow Up paper earlier that year in her 1st hour English, my mind had been made up… I, Bradley James Dayton, will be a famous actor someday!
Meet Bradley Dayton—a wickedly funny high school senior whose woefully uncool life always seems to be full of drama, even in the sorry little suburb of Hazel Park, Michigan. It’s 1987, the era of big hair, designer jeans, and Dirty Dancing. George Michael has “Faith” and Michael Jackson still has a nose. Brad, on the other hand, has a thing for acting, and while his friends are trying to get laid, Brad’s trying to land the lead in Okla-homo! and practicing the Jane Seymour monologue from Somewhere in Time.
Sure, he’d like to get laid too, but while Brad has known he was gay forever, the rest of “Hillbilly High” is not so forthcoming. Brad’s already lost one best friend, Jack, who dropped out of marching band to step into the closet. But lately, things are looking up. Not only has Brad made Homecoming Top Five, but Richie, a new, totally cute member of drama club, definitely seems to be sending signals—and he’s not the only one. Before senior year ends, Brad will know more about love, lust, and friendship than he ever thought possible. Because if all the world’s a stage, he’s ready to be in the spotlight.
Seriously…seriously! Having all this free time to think and do just about anything is driving me nuts. Some things need a lot of thought but for the most part I’m stressing out for the sake of something to do! This compulsive need to have something to do has lead to several painful blisters on my feet, my skin looks like shit and let’s not talk about my insomnia. One good night of sleep is no more than three hours…at most. WTF?
Being homeless (even though it’s temperary) isn’t helping the situation. Every five days I’m sleeping in a new bed, and chances are a new city. There has certainly been pros and cons to my new living situation. Pros: I’m learning about my friends in ways I didn’t think possible. Con: I hear my friends having sex with their boyfriends. Pro: Staying with friends has given me time to prioritize my life and think about how I’m going to afford going to school. Con: Staying with friends has given me time to think a little too much about things that don’t need to be thought about.
Next week is June and I’m almost done registration for university. Another dream, I’m hoping, will be lived out this fall. I’ve always wanted to go to University of Torontoand now I am. It’s exciting because it’ll definitely give me the time and experience I need to get my book written, published and read. Speaking of which, there’s been some progress with my writing. Chapter 5 is done and I’m really pleased about it. The characters are more alive than I could ever have asked for because I’m giving myself time to think, plan and organize my thoughts and ideas. Naturally, things unravel as I write but having a destination in mind really does help with the writing process. For inspiration I’ve been reading Stephenie Meyer’s website for any writing tips. I’ll attach a few of JK ROWLING and Stephenie Meyers interviews that have inspired me to keep on writing.