Start 2015 With A Clean Slate

Clean-SlateIt’s New Year’s Eve and I’m sure many are making preparations for parties and fun with expectations of a better and brighter 2015. A chance to put to bed the old and usher in new hope. As I put the finishing touches to my self-help workbook to accompany The Shepherd parable I published earlier this year, I thought I’d share something to help start the new year with a clean slate.

Exercise:

You’ll need a pen and paper and about 20 – 30 minutes (obviously take as long as you like) On one side of the paper at the top write ‘Amends’ and on the other side write ‘Forgiveness’.

  • Starting with the ‘Amends’ side, cast your mind back over the year, either starting back in January and working forwards, or start now and work backwards. Think of all the people that you got upset with this year. It might be a totally unknown stranger that cut you up or jumped ahead of you in a queue, it might be an organization, your boss, a co-worker, your partner. Write down as many things that got you riled up. It doesn’t matter how trivial the incidents were, they are all important to cleaning house and well-being.
  • Take a deep breath, and now go down your list and write a one-word identifier next to each thing, such as ‘anger’, ‘sadness’, ‘money’, etc.
  • Now go down the list again and think about whether you are still holding a grudge or ill-feelings towards them. Do you gain anything or benefit from holding onto this emotion? Probably not.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose, and as you exhale, out loud, make a statement of forgiveness for each and every one on your list, e.g., “Mr Smith, I forgive you for making me angry.”
  • Connect with the emotional release as you go one by one down your list.

Now you have made your amends, it’s time to ask forgiveness from those you may have upset during the year. Turn the page over, it’s time to let go of those negative feelings of guilt.

  • Again, casting your mind back over the year, who did you anger or upset? Did you wrong anybody this year, even if it was accidental? Make a list of all the people that you need to ask forgiveness from.
  • Take a deep breath, and go down your list and write a one-word identifier that explains how you hurt or upset them.
  • Think about how much lighter you’ll be once you have jettisoned this unwanted baggage of guilt and embarrassment.
  • Go down your list, taking a breath in through your nose and as you exhale state out loud your wish for forgiveness, e.g., “Mr Smith, I’m sorry I dented your car and drove away without telling you, please forgive me!”
  • Picture them answering you, smiling, and saying, “It okay, I forgive you.”
  • Connect with how good this feels.

It’s a very simple exercise, but very powerful if done sincerely and honestly. To some readers it may seem ‘silly’, but it works. You’ll feel so much better off for giving it a try, and of all the things we should be thinking about doing in 2015, surely being happier, healthier, and sharing the love should be very high up on our agendas, no?

Wishing you all a safe and happy celebration tonight, and the very best year ahead – make it count…!

HAPPY NEW YEAR…!!!

 

 

49q? The Enigma Continues – REVIEWS

There’s a surprisingly good reason why 49q? The Enigma Continues is climbing up the Amazon bestseller charts – people are buying it and they like it!

49q hard coverIt’s a VERY unconventional book, and even when I devised the concept almost 20 years ago, I wasn’t sure how well it would be received. I still think readers will either LOVE IT or hate it. Here’s some reviews of those that (obviously) love it:

“One of the most interesting stories I have read on Amazon”

“This book is amazing. This book is insane. This book is vital. This book is unreadable. This book died for your sins.”

“Two thumbs up!”

“Each chapter unravels a totally unique plot that keeps me driven towards the story and I just can’t put it down.”

“This is an excellent story with lots of interesting action and great development of plot.”

“This is a very imaginative well written fantasy with lots of action and good character development.”

“This is a great concept novel from author Anthony Donnelly. His works are among the most interesting and ground-breaking on the Kindle store.”

VERY humbling reviews, and I thank ALL my readers that have taken the time to post their comments and reviews online. If you want to find out what all the fuss is about and write your own review, why not take advantage of the 80% discount that’s currently on offer. Order your copy today!

49q? The Enigma Continues

New Year’s Resolutions – the pros & cons

Happy-New-Year-Wish-WallpaperIt’s THAT time of year again, we’ve all (hopefully) enjoyed the Christmas break; families reunited, we all overate and drank far too much, and we probably talked about the New Year… and that usually means somebody has made a resolution to change something in their life. Perhaps they want to quit smoking, change their job finally, get a partner, dump a partner, whatever it is, thousands of people are thinking ‘out with the old in with the new’ for 2015.

I’m all for people wanting to be at their very best, but just making a commitment to change is not enough to ensure success – it is merely the first step. Personally, I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions for that very reason. Yes, the hype is all well and good, and it’s great to make a decision to change with other people, but there are many cons to this too. Here I outline just a few ideas to make your resolutions stick this time:

  • Have an accountability partner!

Studies have shown conclusively that making and sharing a decision with another person that will hold you accountable will massively increase your chances of success. You want to pick someone who’s going to be supportive and encourage you, but who’ll also get tough with you when needed. Why not pick a colleague who’s made a resolution too?

  • Write it down!

A goal that’s written down is far more likely to be acted on, it’s not just a thought or an idea in your head any more, it’s a tangible thing. If it’s an objective (like saving money, quitting a job, etc.) make sure it has a realistic date to achieve this by. A goal with no date is like firing an arrow without a target. Add detail to your goal. What will you feel like when you achieve it? Visualise what it will be like. The more concrete you can make it seem now, the far more likely you’ll be to keep going and succeed.

  • Make a plan to succeed.

Just hoping you’ll hit your goal is almost always asking for failure. Have clear, small, written down steps of the ACTION you are going to take to reach your goal. It’s not a race, enjoy the journey, track your progress, and celebrate the small successes along the way.

You still have time to act on these suggestions before New Year’s Eve, get the right habits going now, involve your friends, have fun enjoying the new change. I’d love to hear about some of your resolutions in the comments section below, and if you need any help or support, just ask for there. I’ll do my best to answer as many as possible before the end of the year.

Good luck to you all!

 

The Shepherd Cover ArtAnthony Donnelly is the best-selling author of the inspirational parable for new leadership, “The Shepherd”. He is also a full-time motivational coach and hypnotherapist. He will be publishing a companion workbook to compliment his parable early in the New Year to share his teachings lessons, and advice on self-development and permanent self-transformation.

New Recipe: Coffee with BUTTER…!??

I really like surprises, especially when it comes to good surprises and food and drink. This one came from a new friend, Rhoda, who’s a naturopath from Ireland. So, for all you coffee snobs and adventurous types…

steaming coffee…try adding a nice-sized dollop of butter to your black coffee, you’ll be rather surprised how good it tastes!

Could this be the new drink trend of 2015…?

I have to admit, being a bit of a coffee snob myself, I was a little apprehensive at first, but the butter gives the coffee a rather nice caramelized, creamy feel and taste. I shall be experimenting with the recipe for a few days… perhaps adding sugar… a little cocoa… I’ve been told some salt makes a wonderful difference…

Don’t take my word for it, give it a try yourself… Enjoy, and have a great run up to the New Year!

If you want something good to read with your new coffee, why not try one of my new books on Amazon:

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Merry Christmas Everybody!

It’s Christmas Eve… and all through the house… It was chaotic…!!! (lol)

Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas and all the very BEST for 2015…!

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PS – Think of those less fortunate this year…

pop in and check on your elderly neighbors… maybe be a Secret Santa to someone in need…

Proof Indie Publishing Works

Since making the switch from taking the traditional publishing route to independent publishing, I have had my reservations. Was being independently published just a ‘cop out’? Were the accolades the same? Would people still see me as a ‘real’ author…?

Although my time with a traditional publisher in the US was rather short lived, I never gave up the dream of having my other works published and find an audience. I am happy to say that yesterday gave me the answer I was looking for.

Over a decade ago, I thought I’d put my first full length novel (a concept novel, part of a trilogy) in its grave after five years of trying to find a home for it with the big publishing houses. There didn’t appear to be a way to publish it and there was no way to reach an audience. Independent publishing was still in its infancy, and the tools just weren’t there.

Yesterday proved that all wrong!

New 49q coverNever Give Up On Your Dreams!

Thankfully, with some hard work and great networking, I was able to use social media platforms like WordPress, Facebook, and (mostly) twitter to promote my free book giveaway. Obviously, I was a little apprehensive and wondered if anybody would download a copy. The feedback initially from Amazon was rather slow: after six hours I had barely made an impact, rating about #63 in one category, but people were downloading my book!

By persisting and experimenting with different posts and tweets (not too many, mind!) my novel began to get more and more downloads and crept up the rankings ladder.

The independent writer-publisher network is huge, I found out. It was an exciting and humbling experience to see online friends – ‘virtual’ strangers (lol) – retweeting my book and pitching in to help spread the word. They had nothing to gain from helping me. I wasn’t paying for any promotion. Yet, there they were, these invisible friends, all playing a vital role in launching and promoting my work!

Awesome! Thank you all.

When I awoke this morning, I almost cried, my humble little offering had made it to #1 in one category and #5 in another…!!! I thought I must still be dreaming. While I was asleep, my social media friends were hard at work, not doing much you may think, just clicking and retweeting, but as a team effort WE DID IT…!!! YOU did it 🙂

The number of free downloads amazed me – in the hundreds! In only 24 hours, and counting. Now, I don’t expect my novel to become a bestseller – it’s not that kind of novel – it’s rather hit and miss, whether the readers will enjoy it completely. Now comes the tricky bit… will people post reviews? What will the reviews be like? Can I face the music, if the response is negative?

Right now, I’m up on Cloud Nine, and the potential negative reviews will probably bounce off, I’m reeling in the awe of having my book make it to #1. If you’d like to find out what all the fuss is about, it’s still free for a while, and you can download it here: 49q? The Enigma Continues.

So, if you’re an indiepub or are planning to publish a book soon, I hope this will give you the strength to carry onward, to stay positive and publish and promote your book. It can be done! With a little help from your friends… helping them out along the way (maybe you didn’t know how important that retweet or share really was)… Together as a united team of independent publishers we can continue to bring diversity and unedited creativity to the readership, letting THEM decide what’s worthy of publication, not the (often) narrow-minded editors of big publishing houses.

Again… THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH… YOU ROCK!!!

If you have a book you’re working on or needs a little more promotion, PLEASE let me help pay back all the kindness I have received with my launch and give you a push in the right direction. Contact me in the comments section, or send me a tweet! Good luck with your writing endeavors.

#FREE 4 Three – #New #Kindle #Book For Free

It’s #FreebieFriday again, and here’s a great chance to get your hands on this awesome, high-concept novel for FREE…! From Friday Dec 19 to Sunday Dec 21 you can download this incredible, new epic totally free of charge. Why wait, download it now and get addicted…!

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49q cover 249q? The Enigma Continues is a mile-a-minute scifi romp that jumps through space and time… multiple plot lines… amazing characters… weaving in occult practices… philosophy… elements of conspiracy theory… and some heavy downloads of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll…

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“This is a great concept novel from author Anthony Donnelly. His works are among the most interesting and ground-breaking on the Kindle store. I think that Anthony is a very talented author and that we will soon start hearing of him in respected book publications.”

(one of the 5 star reviews so far)

 

 

Q & A With Author, Anthony Donnelly

Q & A With Author Anthony Donnelly about “49q? The Enigma Continues”

Question: ‘49q?’ is a strange title for a book, is there a story behind it?

49q cover 1Anthony Donnelly: A strange title for a strange book! When I was first working on the whole concept – not just this novel but the other two, the film, and the music album – back in the 1990s, I was doing a lot of channeling, occult stuff, and meditation… the expression ‘49q’ kept coming into my head again and again… I added the question mark and it was my working title for the project. I had no idea it would become the title for the duration. If you want to know what it means, you’ll have to read the book… that’s part of what it’s all about, solving the mystery.

Question: So what is ‘49q? The Enigma Continues’ all about?

Anthony Donnelly: Great question! Like most things that are very different, this began as an experiment. I’d never written a full-length novel before, only shorts, articles, and essays, so I wanted to break the mold and do something really different. My thinking was that this was like Joyce’s Uylesses, it would be so different that it either wouldn’t work, or it would… no inbetween. I began with some rough ideas, the main one being that I wanted to break with tradition and write the story in BOTH first and third person. I was questioning lots of things in life at the time, and I thought, “Why can’t a book be written in both?” It will take a few of the readers a while to get used to the style, but it’s worth it.

As to what the story is about… Life? It should give the reader a sense of exploration, self-discovery, mystery. There are many plots in it, so there’s something for almost everyone in it, and they all intertwine. It’s a little bit like unraveling a ball of string!

Question: This was all written a long time ago. Why has it taken so long to finally publish it?

Anthony Donnelly: Well, like many of my big projects, this was a little too ‘out there’. Nobody has ever written a trilogy of novels, a movie, and a music album as one project before. As a somewhat unknown author, no publisher wanted to take the risk on something this experimental, I doubt they ever will. The internet and ebook publishing has at least allowed me to bring this edition out… I’m just testing the waters, if people like it, perhaps I’ll release the other two novels. Who knows?

Question: This isn’t just a SciFi novel, though, is it?

Anthony Donnelly: No it’s not. That does make finding the right category rather difficult. It has SciFi elements, it has fantasy, contemporary themes, spiritual quotations, theological theories, there are many issues going on in the plots, even sexual abuse. As said, this isn’t your ordinary novel, and the reader is either going think it’s amazing or utter rubbish.

Question: Do you have a favorite part, was a certain part more enjoyable to write?

Anthony Donnelly: The whole thing was enjoyable to write – although it did almost make me go crazy trying to keep up with the timeline, especially when I was channeling some parts. The whole section on the Zfartendrill Maze Network was probably the best bit, though. Oh, and I really like the character of Zog the Destroyer – he’s funny and dangerous!

 

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