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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The basics are simple. All it takes is commitment.

What basics, and who is being committed?  No asylums for me!

Isn't that the first question we ask?  When faced with something new, people tend to try and explain it, so the maximum number of people will understand, accept, and go along with the hypothesis.  However, there are those rare few that back up, look you in the eye, and say, "What are you talking about?"

What am I talking about?

A fellow author asked a question.  I concurred it sounded like fun.  If you read to the end of the article, let me know if you agree.

Oh, come on.  It's not a requirement.  If you don't have fun, there's no obligation. *grins*

Sales pitch?  No.  Review?  Could be.  Can it answer the ultimate question, the question billion of years have waited for?  The verbalization that the great Douglas Adams, himself, put forth in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?  Maybe.  Only one thing is for certain.  If you choose, it can change your life, along with the number 42, of course.

Oh, time to get to the point. 

Many years ago, I was a university student.  No one's giving the exact year.  Yes, I went to a real live university.  They called it that because the education plan laid out a broad range of classes.  These were designed to help you not only specialize but also aid you to better focus on practical uses for your degree.

It was great.  I loved it!  However, with a lack of physical education, I soon found that I needed more than only head knowledge to stay in shape.

I graduated, married, and went to work.  For about ten years, I maintained my Kenpo Karate training.  But as work became more time-consuming, I gradually tapered off and one day woke up 35 pounds heavier.

I didn't look bad.  However, I had noticed I felt more plump than before.  Looking at my past pictures was somewhat of a shock.  My blood pressure measured a minimum of 131/82.  It wasn't bad.  It just was not good.  I didn't like what I had become though I was still physically able to do about anything.

Stress, work, and family on top of an unhealthy lifestyle had final started to take its toll.  Then my dad died, suddenly and unexpectedly, from a pulmonary embolism.  The event woke me up.

You and I are not guaranteed one moment to the next.

If there is something we need to do, we should do it now.  But you can't do it if your body is not ready to meet the demand.  If I was going to live, I wanted to give myself the best chance to survive.  And so, I began to change my life for the better.

I already knew the process worked.  I had created my own program and saw it through in the past.  But if you would like a step up, a jump start, a way to get ahead more quickly, meet Ace Antonio Hall.

Ace started in a similar way.  Though he was healthy at the beginning, time dragged him down.  Realizing he did not have to live that way, the man turned his whole life around.

Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers by Ace Antonio Hall

Mr. Hall shares with the reader not only how but why it is important to stay fit.  As the book points out, so many of us get caught up in the day to day living that we forget to keep ourselves in good physical condition.  A healthy body leads to a greater enjoyment of life.

This book tells a story of one man’s journey to renew what he had lost.  It was done through persistence with certain key exercises that helped build muscle groups he desired.  It gives great tips to any person who wishes to begin the basics of moving into a healthier you.

And in truth, I can agree with his findings.  Simply exercising about thirty minutes in the morning and at night is sufficient to bring down weight, drop blood pressure, and revitalize the human physique.  Of course, there is a little more to it.  The old saying you are what you eat is paramount.  So is the idea of finding that time when you can let go of life's everyday events and just be.

The rewards are astounding.  Muscles and joints become stronger than before.  There is a boost of positive thoughts.  Troubles do not enter the mind as easily.  The psychological benefits are just as important as the physical.  For anyone, this is a matter of life and death.

Where did I hear about this book?

You can thank Jaidis Shaw for that.  As a fellow writer, she asked if anyone would like to take a look at Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers and become part of the magic.

So, if the idea intrigues you and if you have wondered what it would be like to feel better about yourself, dive in.  Pick up a copy.  It's a short read.  You’ve nothing to lose and only benefits to gain.

Thanks for listening.

I hope you had fun!

James William Peercy

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Within the Heart of Silence Celebrates National Haiku Day

Outer Banks, Nags Head, North Carolina
photography credit Jacqueline E. Smith
So in celebration of National Haiku Poetry Day, I wondered, what would it be like to convert one of the poems in Within a Heart of Silence to haiku?  Jacqueline E. Smith, the photographer, and I, James William Peercy, the poet, collaborated on Within the Heart of Silence.    Selecting the poem for Outer Banks, Nags Head, North Carolina, I discovered it would take five haikus to do what was done in the book if I were to stay close to the original wording.  Here is the result.  What do you think?

 Here are the five haikus.  They are based upon
 Jacqueline’s photo, Outer Banks, Nags Head, North Carolina.

Poem 1
Footsteps lost upon
The sand fading as we watch
The sea no one’s land.

Poem 2
That mortal man walked the grains
Quite unplanned in froth.

Poem 3
Waters drift upon
Our feet swishing on the toes
Washing off our woes.

Poem 4
Run your fingers through
The mist caressing the skin
With salty love borne.

Poem 5
Whispers of life’s breath
Clings to hearts that see within
A wandering soul.

Outer Banks, Nags Head, North Carolina
photography credit Jacqueline E. Smith
Here is the original poem:

Footsteps lost upon the sand
Fading as we watch,
Evidence that mortal man
Walked the beaches quite unplanned
Into a sea of froth.

The waters drift upon our feet,
A soothing of our toes.
The gentle splash of warm embrace
Washes off our deepest

Run your fingers through the mist.
Feel it touch the skin.
Love the whispers of life’s breath.
Cling to hearts that see within
The soul.

They do make us whole.

Similar yet different?  Perhaps it is not unlike the conversion of a book to a movie or a movie to a book.  The very nature of the format forces the difference.  Hopefully the meaning is still clear.
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Thanks for reading!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Winter's Curse by April L. Wood

A Great Debut Novel

Winter's Curse by April L. Wood
A young adult romance with witches, this urban fantasy integrates fiction with our modern world.  Winter is chased from her home by witch hunters and races against time to reach a safe haven.  But how safe is it, and what dark secrets have been carried by those of the covens?

She finds comfort with a boy, not of her clan, and discovers how unforgiving the Segregation Curse is.  Determined to shift the tares from the wheat, she struggles at every turn to discover the realities about herself, her curse, and those who pretend to be her allies.  Will she learn the truth in time, or will she be lost?

I found this story interesting on many levels.  It is fast paced with a blend of mundane and magic.  While not a typical read for me, it picked up well and continued with enough momentum to keep me reading on.  April L. Wood has done a great job.

But don’t believe me.  Pick up a copy and look for yourself.  Be sure and drop a review.  She will thank you for it.


James William Peercy

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Twist of Tobacco Vol1 by Rita Ownby Holcomb

Civil War Family History

Based upon the factual history of the Civil War and her family’s past, Rita Ownby Holcomb weaves in details discovered by research and hard work.  In the areas where facts fail to be known, Rita surmises human nature, strength of character, and the determination to survive.  These are all necessary characteristics of a family’s struggle against the forces of war.

Her sources vary, documented after each discourse.  The stories delve into the horrors man would perpetrate against man, as well as, what mankind would do to help each other.

Despite all odds, this family stayed together as tightly as possible.  They were patriots, heroes, and martyrs.  They left a legacy worthy of the telling.

Rita has done a splendid job.  Read it and post a review.  The author would be most grateful.


James William Peercy

Worldwide by Jacqueline E. Smith

Worldwide Love Life

Trouble is brewing with a band as famous as The Kind of September.  Add to it rumors about the relationship between Sam and Melissa, and the mix gets quickly out of control.

Preying upon the attention the band receives, the threat of a breakup comes closer.  But whose?  And what will happen to those that do?

Worldwide continues the problems a popular band can generate and who can be hurt through the simplest of decisions.  It delves into the thoughts and feelings, exposing the harmful actions that plague humanity whoever we are.

Jacqueline E. Smith does a great job at weaving the story.  For those of you who liked the first two books, there is an unanticipated twist.  Read it.  Post a review.  I would love to know what you think.

Worldwide by Jacqueline E. Smith


James William Peercy

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Love is a Roller Coaster - Backstage

Last night, er, early this morning, I finished reading Backstage by Jacqueline E. Smith.  It is the second book in her Boy Band Series.  While I have never been one to follow music bands, music is a vital part of what I do.  When poetry is written, I hear the notes.  Rhythm and rhythm are integral parts.  Having read other books by Jacqueline and loved her style of writing, I had to continue with the series.

Right off the bat, she weaves in so many axioms.  True relationships are complicated.  We are pulled one way and then another, sometimes at the same time.

That’s what Backstage is about: the balance of love, honor, integrity, and trust.  The heart knows what it wants, but do you act on it?  If you do, what happens to those around you?  Is it for the common good? Is it only for your heart?  When feelings are given free rein, there’s never an easy choice.

Suspense, love, and heartbreak: you’ll find all that here.  With Mel, Sam, Joni, and the others in the band, it’s never going to be simple, but isn’t that what love is all about?

And now it’s time for the next one!  A great read!

If you haven't read it, you can find it here!

James William Peercy

Thursday, December 1, 2016


A. A hip phrase?
B. A rock band?
C. A title for an upcoming book?

If you answered C, a title for an upcoming book, you are correct!
(It might turn into the other two! :)

EVER IN THE AFTER: 13 FANTASY TALES is a brand new fantasy anthology that will be released on April 1st, 2017!

All proceeds from EVER IN THE AFTER will be donated to Lift 4 Autism as part of the Lift 2017 campaign. The authors selected to write for this anthology are Melle Amade, Miracle Austin, J.A. Culican, Madeline Dyer, Jessica Hawke, Alaina Hebert, Elizabetta Holcomb, Stephanie Keyes, Christopher D. Morgan, Mandy Peterson, Alice Rachel, Cadence Rae, and Jacqueline E. Smith. So please help us spread the word for this anthology far and wide!

James William Peercy