Drawing Out The Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice
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Drawing Out The Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice (The Meditations #1)

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From James A. Owen's blog:
"Each Revolution Begins with a Choice"

I am often asked to speak at schools, but many booksellers, educators, and students have been surprised to realize that when I do, I barely talk about my books at all.

That’s because I believe that there are reading groups, and dedicated librarians, and community-active booksellers, and best of all, excellent t...more
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Published March 2011 by Coppervale International
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Sheila
Have you ever read something and realized you were meant to read it? This is how I felt about Drawing Out The Dragons. I will admit, I have REALLY been struggling in my life the past few years, but especially the past few months. I have felt helpless and struggled to even want to succeed at anything. As I read this book, I felt like James A. Owen was speaking directly to me. In fact, whenever I read something that touched my soul, I underlined it or put a star by it. This book is now pretty mark...more
Second Run Reviews
Everyone has an amazing story. However, not every amazing story is inspiring. I don't quite recall how I discovered James A. Owen, but I do known that his novel, Here, There Be Dragons, and the subsequent books in the Imaginarium Geographica series appealed to the Peter Pan that still resides inside of me. It wasn't until I connected with James via Facebook and his blog that I discovered his inspiring tale, which he shares in this, his first book in his Meditations series, Drawing Out the Dragon...more
Bruce
I have followed James Owen's work from the 1990's when he wrote one of the most amazing independent comics of all time, through the turn of the twenty-first century when he became an astounding novelist, and through it all I heard stories of the epic/tragic life that he lived. I marveled at what an amazing person he was, and then I read this book. James had already inspired me with his work now he was sharing the secret behind everything that he did. He made a choice. He takes the reader through...more
Angela Hunt
I have been handing this book out and recommending it as fast as I can, because I truly believe that if you live any kind of creative life, this book will help you.

It is profound. It is amazing. But best of all, it tells you something very important.

Seriously. Don't wait. Pick it up as fast as you can.
Erin Channell
Jun 09, 2011 Erin Channell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erin by: author
Fantastic! Simply reinforces that the choices we make for ourselves dictate how our life will turnout. Truly shows what matters most, that what each person believes to be the best of them is what will get you through the day, and ultimately create the life you want.
Wyndy
This may be a small book but it contains some very potent and thought-provoking ideas. The book is set up with some pages containing a wise life quote from someone and some are paragraphs and some are short reminisces of life changing situations experienced by the author. It's based on the talk that Mr Owen gives when he is asked to speak to school groups. It is not about his books but rather about how his attitude has made a great difference in his success as a person and an author even as a ch...more
Jason Lundberg
Apr 08, 2011 Jason Lundberg rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Artists of any discipline
Shelves: 0wnz0red
As a writer, it's sometimes very easy to get discouraged with this career I've chosen. Rejection rather than acceptance is the norm, a book may sell to a publisher then get dropped because of financial reasons, work that does gets published may get panned or, even worse, ignored. Holding onto that motivation that made me want to be a writer in the first place can sometimes seem a futile endeavor.

And so when James A. Owen released Drawing Out the Dragons as an e-book (on April Fool's Day, of all...more
Carol Nicolas
I picked up this book in the bookstore because I liked the dragon on the front. As I began to read, I discovered that Drawing Out the Dragons was about the personal struggles that James A. Owen went through to become a writer and artist, and the advice he gives to groups of children to inspire them to live their dreams. I was so impressed that I read it through a second time and underlined all my favorite quotes. My interest in graphic novels was rekindled, and I looked up Elfquest, which I had...more
Scott Lee
On two different occasions I was blessed with the opportunity to be in the audience as James A. Owen made his Drawing Out the Dragons presentation. So, having seen the presentation twice, and knowing the stories etc. that make up this wonderful volume, why did I pay twenty dollars to read it again?

Because I had to read it again. Because it is true, in the way that all profound insights, and all stories that speak to the human condition are true. Because it is inspiring and uplifting and too lit...more
VeeDawn
This seems to be a "let's celebrate me and Wow! what a great man I am" book, so there is an annoyingly lot of stuff to show James Owen's greatness--which I must say I had never heard of him before reading this book. I bought the book because I liked the drawing of the dragon on the front. Owens is really a skilled artist. After reading this book I looked up his Here There Be Dragons book and many readers' reviews said he built his story directly imitating ideas of truly great writers like Tolkie...more
Nuria Coe
This book has become one of my favorites. Read it two days ago (it's quite a quick read, but packed with wonderful advice, insight, and heart-wrenching details of his personal life) and I have already gone back to it three times to re-read certain passages. I feel like I have made a new best friend.
Austin
Feb 11, 2013 Austin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
In Drawing Out the Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice, author James Owen reaches out to the world to let us all know that he believes in us. He shares impactful stories from his own life and uses them as examples of what is possible when you focus on what you believe is your destiny. Through simple but profound statements, he reminds us that every choice we make in life is important, just like every line in a drawing. And so long as you consider each choice carefully,...more
Steven
Mar 05, 2012 Steven rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: creative artists, writers,
BEST book I've read recently re: writing or pursuing one's dreams and goals.

I thought I'd not find as good and inspirational book as Stephen Pressfield's WAR OF ART but this book is better because it's more personal for the author and thus for the reader as well (or at least this one).

Great book if you're wondering just how far you may have to go to pursue your dreams...and if it's worth the price being asked of you.
Kjirstin
I like this discussion of the role that our choices, our decisions, make in the outcome of our lives. The author draws from his own experiences, particularly the setbacks (of which there were several, seemingly insurmountable ones), and details how the choices he made at those times helped him move forward into the life he wanted to have.

I particularly appreciated his thoughts on the fact that your later choices can have the effect of "redeeming" your earlier choices, and that the things you're...more
Danyelle Leafty
Incredible book for anyone that's wanted something bigger than they are. This book is mainly about choosing and making choices when bad things/hard things happen, rather than allowing circumstances to make decide your destiny. Awesome read!
Theodora Goss
I absolutely loved this book! Highly recommended, especially if you need some encouragement with whatever you're doing, or just life in general. Shows you that you can succeed if you just keep going.
Anastasia Bolinder
Where do I begin with this incredible book? The stories the lessons all of it just made you feel empowered to do anything even after only reading the first chapter! I think every one should read this book whether you are going through hard times or not you can always have the lessons and helpful mottos to get you through any thing. This book really did and still dose help me in my life right now with some of the problems I'm facing and having to deal with.

I just can't say enough how incredible t...more
MelissaH
This book is absolutely AMAZING and is, by far, my favorite book I have ever read. The message James Owen portrays through retelling his own life experiences, is amazing and incredibly motivating. I laughed, I cried, I even gasp several times and forgot to breathe. This little book has opened my eyes and has given me the motivation that I can achieve my dreams if I believe and am willing to work hard enough for them. Thank you James A. Owen for this incredibly amazing book that I will cherish fo...more
Lisa
I beautiful, remarkable book. Highly recommended.
Ambra
Drawing Out the Dragons by James A. Owen is a treasure chest full of cleverly worded gems of advice that the reader would do well to hold onto as they plot their journey through life. These gems are sprinkled throughout the chronicle of Owen's own journey. He truly puts his gift of storytelling to good use as he takes us through the years that saw an entrepreneurial six-year-old become a best-selling author. The life lessons Owen relates in this book are simple, yet profound and, as Owen himself...more
Emma Michaels
I loved this book. Okay, so I was a bit on the fence about if I could get into this book and it was a wonderful surprise. I ended up reading it in one sitting and finding myself wanting more. This novel is not only inspirational and quirky but it has a contagious eagerness towards life. From page one I realized this wasn’t going to be your average novel and that James A. Owen didn’t have the average perspective on life.

So your run of the mill book written to be inspirational normally has the sa...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I usually don't accept books that aren't fiction for review. When I received my copy in the mail, I figured that I must have said yes to it at some point, but don't remember making that decision.

I was floored by the message in this book. It is powerful. It is concise, it gave me a lot to think about. I sat up at night reading this book and then reading the parts out loud to my husband that I was particularly impressed with. I spend quite a bit of time reading out loud to my husband. There are ma...more
Rachael
Are you an artist? This book was written for you.
Are you a writer? This book was written for you.
Are you a man, a woman, grown up, teen, child? This book was written for everyone!




I'm not joking.




It only costs a few bucks, it only takes a hour or so to read... But what you GET in return... pricless! There are no words for what this, the first in a trio called the Meditations, means to me but I will tell you: IT CHANGED MY LIFE! But not just mine, hundreds of others too! THOUSANDS. And if you end...more
Erin Channell
After reading this book, and the previous edition, I struggle with how to put into words just what it is that makes this book so great, beyond the easy one-word exclamations of ‘Fantastic!’ ‘Outstanding!’ and ‘Inspirational!’ It could be as simple as how James A. Owen writes in such an accessible way. It could be his unique approach to encouraging people to believe in themselves to accomplish…whatever. Or it could be that he invites us into his life and shows us through his own experiences that...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
Well done Mr. Owen! I thought that this book was really inspiring of rising above lifes challenges. I cannot imagine as an artist having my hand smashed in an accident in a car crash and learning to draw with my opposite hand. Thus solidifies my theory that I would not be an inspiring injured person.

"There's something that I want to stress that I hope you'll keep in mind: I believe every one of us has something that's very unique to us specifically. Something unique enough that no one else migh...more
Shauna
Making a choice is like drawing a dragon...
This book is POWERFUL!
Told from his own life-story the author helps us understand that the choices we make every day matter!
James A. Owen is an artist and started selling his books when he was just six-years-old.
later in life, and after being rejected by many companies, he started his own company...and sold some more.
Then one day he was involved in an auto accident and the results were such that his drawing hand was smashed.
Everyone told him his drawin...more
Renae Ramos
First, I have to say, this book was not what I expected. Owen is in fact a true motivational figure, his life, as told through specific encounters of some of his many life decisions that he is faced with increases ones learning of how to make positive, impacting choices in their own life. He teaches life lessons through his own self driven motivation, quotes, memoirs, and consequences. Owen has a relentless attitude and proves just as much to never take no for an answer. Owen, councils others th...more
Robin
For those of you who enjoy reading about a writer's--and in this case writer/illustrator's--journey to become who he is both personally and professionally (think Stephen King's ON WRITING), this book will both inspire and fascinate you. When James Owen tells an audience of middle schoolers or high schoolers that they can achieve their dreams, NOW, even at their young age, he speaks from experience: he began his career as a comic book creator and entrepreneur when he was only 13. And the good new...more
Tammy Gray
Sometimes you need a gentle guiding hand, and sometimes you need a kick in the butt to brush off fear, dismiss failure and follow your dreams. James Owen fuses a magical combination of stark truth and enduring encouragement in Drawing Out the Dragons. "If you really want to do something, no one can stop you. But if you really don't want to do something, no one can help you," he says. And he means it. Owen pulls back the curtain on his own failures and darkest moments in a way few would dare so t...more
Zachary
It's not a very long book, but it's a powerful one, and one that I'll be going back to again and again.

It's all about making the right choices for the right reasons, and believing that you can do the things you're meant to do. It's a reminder I needed, and am grateful to have received.

Like I said, it's something I'll be going back to.
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