After the great fun at the launch party for The Adonis Touch, on here and Facebook, I'm now trying to catch up with other bits and pieces in between the necessary ongoing promotion. I'm also working my way through my very first full length historical novel, Dangerous Deceit, to change it back into British English, now that the rights have reverted to me. It's tedious but very rewarding as I'm also tightening some of the original sentences in light of further experience! Hopefully, I'll be able to reissue it with a lovely new cover in June sometime.
I was saddened to hear of the death of wonderful author, poet and human rights activist Maya Angelou, whose autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), made her the first African-American woman to make the Best Seller List in 1970 . Besides her powerful writing, Maya Angelou has uttered so many meaningful quotes that I have some of them in my collection. The world has lost a unique voice. Here are a few of my favourite quotes:
'Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.'
'Sunsets and rainbows, green forest and restive blue seas, all naturally colored things are my siblings. We have played together on the floor of the world - since the first stone looked up at the stars.'
'You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.'
'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
'Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.'
There are many more such words of wisdom and I'm sure you'll have your own favourites.