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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
ebook, 126 pages
Published March 2011 by Coppervale International
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Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Terri M.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Libby Chester
Inspirational book on following your craft and believing in your dream. Enjoyed very much!
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erin by: author
Shelves: my-library
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.
Miguel Ángel Alonso Pulido
Una lectura simplemente genial en la que James Owen relata los obstáculos que ha tenido en la vida y cómo ha logrado superar cada uno de ellos. No se trata de un libro de autoayuda, sino de un recordatorio de unas simples y sencillas verdades que todos olvidamos, como que nadie puede detenernos salvo nosotros mismos. No hay circunstancia ni obstáculo que pueda derrotarnos si nosotros lo decidimos así. Tan simple como difícil, esta es la gran enseñanza de este libro. Recomendable para todo el mun ...more
Jason Lundberg
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Danyelle Leafty
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf-2012
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
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Short and direct. A reminder of the power of choice and determination. As humans we too often forget this lesson.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-five-of-2012
I beautiful, remarkable book. Highly recommended.
Katrina Roets
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sometimes in life, you get what you need just when you need it. For me, that was the case with Drawing Out the Dragons. I was chin deep in a depression that was threatening to swallow me whole and me, being me, posted about it on my blog. It wasn't much later that I received a Facebook message from someone reminding me that they'd sent me the pdfs of not only this book, but the other two in the series. Little did either of us realize, but I'd purchased the Kindle versions back in 2016 and forgot
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks-art
This book changed my life at a time I needed it most, during my freshman year of college in 2012. It gave me the courage to pursue my dream of studying art, which I'm still pursuing. :) This book is pure inspiration; not because it tells you everything is easy, but because the power to become great lies within you, if you choose it.

"In any good book, there are always going to be sections of strife and grief for the characters. It might last for a few pages, or it might be a whole chapter, or mo
I vaguely remember Owen's Starchild comics on display, way back in the 90 s, but I didn't read them. I only had so many pennies in my comics budget. After reading this I give the author kudos, he followed through on his dreams and made his own way in a fickle industry. Once upon a time I wanted to write comics, but I was told over and over I couldn't because I was a woman, I could never have survived the rampant misogyny and sexism, and besides that I didn't live on the east coast so there's no ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
I wish that I could get everyone to read the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series but I am begging that if you read only one James A. Owen book in your life, make it this one. Especially if you are a parent or do any sort of mentoring of youth. We just read this as a class and had our colloquium on it today and it set the kids (and the two mentors) on fire. You know how I usually offer a few quotes from a work in my reviews. would be silly to try with this offering because ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good inspirational book. Just the message I was looking for to send to a friend. You have the power over your own happiness, be determined, approach everything you do for work or pleasure with the same vigor you would for anything that is important to you. Ask, and you may receive that which is desired.
Scott Wozniak
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical Inspiration

This is part-memoir and part-guidebook. The author's path to satisfaction and success in life was much harder than most of us will face. And the lessons he learned along the way are inspiring and helpful. A powerful, short read to remind you of what is possible and how to get there.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book on choices.
Brian Kenison
A great book on the creative process
Erin Channell
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, signed
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
Emma Michaels
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erika B. (SOS 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
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
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