"A good book is an event in my life."
 ~ Stendhal (a.k.a. Marie-Henri Beyle)


In addition to being the eighth month of the year, the word  'august' is usually refers to respect and  having a sense of nobility. Many of my family members were born during the month of August, so for us, it's a time of celebration. My beloved father-in-law was born on August 9th, and he was an avid reader, so it makes sense that this date is Book Lovers Day-a great day to pick up a book, find an comfortable chair and read.  The joy of reading books that we enjoy, can permeate all aspects of our lives. 

Speaking of books, my publisher decided that because of my acclaimed  Publishers Weekly review (I'm honored because this is my ninth book and my first review in PW) that we'd put the quote on the cover and change the book's background to a lively color. Here's the cover of the newly revised book, which will be released on September 1st.

If you're interested in reviewing the book for AMAZON or for the journal of your choice, please email me through my website, and I will send you a free review copy in exchange for a review.

Watch out for many upcoming events around my book's launch, but in the meantime, you can pre-order NOW on Amazon here:   click here .

Publication date: September 2017.

Creatively yours,

 Writing Prompts
  • Make a list of your favorite books. 
  • Write a book review of a book and submit it to Amazon. 
  • Make a list of the books you want to read.
  • Write about a book you've always wanted to pen yourself.
Recently Published Works
   Psychology Today. June 27, 2017. 

"Writing for Transformation."  
   The Change Blog . July 3, 2017. 

"What Does the Body Remember?"
  Psychology Today. July 10, 2017. 

"Moving Away and Letting Go." July 10, 2017. 

"How to Develop Compassion
  for Yourself."
ThriveGlobal. July 11, 2017. 

"How to Kickstart Your    Journaling."   JRNL Blog . July 18, 2017. 

"The Art of Becoming a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker." Mind Body Green. July 20, 2017. 

"Night Sounds."  Connoisseurs of Suffering: Poetry for the Journey to Meaning.  J. Dias a  and L. Hoffman, Eds. 2017. 

"From Grief to Celebration."  Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing. 
  E. Dempsey, Ed. 2017. 
Book Signings

September 16th,  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Book Launch Celebration + Signing
Tecolote Bookshop
1470 East Valley Road
Montecito, CA
September 23rd,  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Book Signing
Mystic Journey Bookshop
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 
September 30th, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Book Signing + Talk
The Sacred Space
2594 Lillie Ave.
Summerland, CA 

Saturday, October 7th, 14th, 28th
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Writing for Bliss: A transformative writing workshop
Part I:     Preparing to Write
    Part II:    Examining Your Life
 Part III:   Finding Your Form

The Sacred Space
2594 Lillie Ave.
 Summerland, CA

To register: click here 
September 8th & 9th --  8:00 p.m.
The New Vic Theater
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Tickets & more info:  click here
 Interviews with Diana

The Writing Cooperative, July 9, 2017. 

PSYCH2GO, July 18, 2017.
Reading Suggestion
Fl â neuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London
by Lauren Elkin (non-fiction)

This is a very creative book and an interesting read. It reminds me of my adolescent trips with my maternal grandfather to Paris, where we'd stroll for hours and then sitting in cafes. This ritual lead to my passion for people-watching, and ultimately my life as a writer. As Elkin points out, fl âneurs were typically men, but she crafted this "gender-bending" book to include females, and called themselves "Fl âneuse."

I love Elkin's description of a flâneuse:

"Once I began to look for the "flâneuse," I spotted her everywhere. I caught her standing on street corners in New York and coming through doorways in Kyoto, sipping coffee at cafe tables in Paris, at the foot of a bridge in Venice, or riding the ferry in Hong Kong. She is going somewhere or coming from somewhere; she is saturated with in-betweenness. She may be a writer, or she may be an artist, or she may be a secretary or an au pair. She may be unemployed. She may be unemployable. She may be a wife or a mother, or she may be totally free....I found her using cities as performance spaces or as hiding places; as places to seek fame and fortune or anonymity; as places to liberate herself from oppression or help those who are oppressed; as places to declare her independence; as places to change the world or be changed by it." (p. 22)

I love how the author takes us down the streets where famous female authors strolled, such as Virginia Wolf, George Sand, Sophie Calle, Martha Gellhorn and Jean Rhys strolled.

This book will inspire you to pick up your journal and a good book, drive to your nearest city, if you don't already live in one, and stroll around. You can do as Elkin did during her walks, and "always look for ghosts." This is a relaxing summer read, very entertaining, and full of things to learn.

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