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March 29, 2017

If you wish to become an author, rather than just a writer, then you must read.


Some people tell you; ‘read anything’, I’m not convinced of that.


Read those authors you love and admire, read the classics, read Shakespeare


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Why read crap when the world is full of great literature?


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Published on March 29, 2017 23:43 • 2 views

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If you feel that your life lacks passion, purpose, meaning or integrity; and if you wonder occasionally in the quiet times; ‘Is this all there is?’ You may be living in what the poet Elliot referred to as  ‘The Wastelands’. That dreadful place where  boredom, depression, lack of purpose, and a sense of futility eat away gradually at your spirit and ultimately at the very essence of your ‘Life Force’.


If you’re heart tells you that you’re no longer enjoying the work you do for a living; if you sometimes question the very meaning of your existence; then you may be experiencing what Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung described as a ‘Calling’, an intuitive appeal from some deeper aspect of yourself that is tired of the life you have been living and is now yearning and questing for change.


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It has been suggested by many throughout the ages that the ‘eternal question’ is; ‘Who am I?’ but perhaps in today’s driven, materialistic world it might be better to rephrase the same inquiry as ‘What am I?’ for surely it is more a question of ‘what am I doing with my life?’ rather than who I think I am that defines and gives meaning, purpose and direction to human existence.


From the writings of the Greek philosopher Plato in his seminal work ‘Republic’ to the Babylonian epic ‘Gilgamesh’ written 2000 years before the birth of Christ, to the myths and legends that have emanated from Shamanistic peoples since the beginning of recorded history springs the recurring belief that there is a purpose and meaning to each and every human life.


The Native Americans, the Australian Aboriginal, the Inuit, and the Amazonian Indians, along with virtually all of the indigenous peoples of the world, held ceremonial rituals and Rites of Passage, Vision Quests that assisted their young people through ancient initiation ceremonies into the adult life and helped them to discover the purpose, meaning and direction of their lives.


But in our modern, driven, consumer orientated, Western cultures, largely devoid of the guiding influence of Mentors, elders, extended families, rituals, rites of passage ceremonies and the ancient, guiding tales of mythology, where does that leave us? Where does it leave our children? How can we hope to discover our own innate potential? How can we role model for our children the ability to find and follow a worthwhile path in life? These are some of the questions we must now face, for we can no longer blindly assume that our governments, schools, churches and universities are fulfilling these essential roles.


From the Great Blue Whale cruising the depths of the Southern Ocean


To the tiniest amoeba crawling along through the primordial ooze


All things in nature dance to their own natural rhythm of life


Only mankind has lost its purpose.


(Anon)


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Published on March 29, 2017 22:10 • 2 views

March 28, 2017

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Story Structure. The art and craft of creating great stories. brianoraleigh.com


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Published on March 28, 2017 22:45 • 2 views

October 3, 2016

Brian O'Raleigh The Storyteller of Inis Mór by Brian O'RaleighMy new book, a romantic mystery, is set on the island of Inis Mór, a place the Irish people call 'Irish Ireland'. There are less than a thousand people living on Inis Mór for the past 2,000 years and the island is a treasure trove of history, legend, folk songs, mythical tales, superstition and the 'Auld ways'. The first language is Irish and as you arrive on the ferry at Kilronan you will be taking a giant step backwards into history. There is nothing false or contrived about Inis Mór, the way of life is unchanged for centuries, the sole exception to this being the tourists who come in the summertime. If you have a desire to experience what is perhaps the last remaining bastion of the ancient Celtic Kingdoms, visit Inis Mór. you will not be disappointed.

Slán go fóill,
Brian O'Raleigh
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Published on October 03, 2016 15:56 • 21 views • Tags: adventure, free-books, irish, mystery, romance, suspence

September 30, 2016

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Loosing love is like a window in your heart


Everybody knows that you’re blown apart


Everyone knows where the wind blows…


Paul Simon. Gracelands


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Published on September 30, 2016 22:32 • 5 views

September 24, 2016

Back working after almost two weeks off with a killer flu.

Gave me lots of editing time.

Good luck,
Brian
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Published on September 24, 2016 18:54 • 9 views

September 17, 2016

Three days ago I came down with a terrible dose of the flu. This morning I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and use my time in bed constructively. I set up my computer in the bedroom, connected my new Dragon program (a voice recognition program that types while you talk) and got to work. I've never written before this way. Normally I write longhand, then type it into my computer later. It felt a little weird at first, just telling the story like an old Irish Seanachie, but I was really happy with the outcome. I made it up as I went along and ended up with two chapters I'm pretty happy with.
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Published on September 17, 2016 03:29 • 6 views • Tags: fiction, irish, storytellers

September 5, 2016

Paul Pastel The 2nd Gift BookAn astonishing new work that links the spiritual salvation of mankind to the survival of our planet. This is an essential read for any Christian concerned about our families, our souls, our nation and the fate of the planet itself. Paul Pastelo shows us through Biblical fact how Jesus Christ came to earth called by His Father in Heaven to redeem mankind and also the earth itself. This is a MUST READ by a compelling and inspired author. The opening pages to ‘Fields-of-being’ gives an indication of the compelling material contained in this work.

Prologue:

The following pages contain what may well be the most important story ever told. Not because I have written it, for I am merely

an instrument called upon to record these facts.

It’s a story about a Hero and the redemption of mankind. A story of a fragile blue planet, once pristine, but now on its knees, and of how these two things are inextricably linked.

It’s a story of how we can not only save our souls and the souls of our children, but how each and every one of us can help save this planet and restore the earth to its former glory by following the example of Jesus Christ and fulfilling our God-given purpose in life, our own, unique callings in the Fields-of-being.

And ultimately it’s story of how Jesus Christ showed us the solution to these problems by his life, his journey, and his death.

This may well be the greatest story in the world.


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Published on September 05, 2016 17:35 • 9 views

September 2, 2016

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I have known the longing, known that I was lost


I knew it as a child, before the open door


I knew it as a stranger, onto the foreign shore


That feeling left me only, when I returned to Inis Mór


 


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