“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
Just settling down after taking my morning walk – a brief commune with the world, getting my heart rate up, my little grey cells perking. Set a big pot of water to boil (low flame) to cook the small potatoes that have patiently waited for me to transform them into a luscious late summer salad. Headed up stairs, fired up the the laptop, primed to write a posting about the JOY of stepping into, at 65, into an organized scheduled life.
And everything shifted.
Finding the opening quote introduced me to C. Joybell C., who hooked me with her 08/22/17 blog posting – Comfort & Earthquakes, a book so recently published (ten days ago!), it’s not listed on her Facebook milestones & I can only find on Amazon, where it is described as, “An unassuming collection of poetry and mini essays composed by the one and only C. JoyBell C. Every word here is designed to effectively comfort and shake the human heart during a time when comfort remains a very scarce, precious commodity and hearts are often numb.”
For a deeper description, I turn to the author, who explains, “I wrote this book because I recognise the extreme lack of true comfort in this world right now. I believe that the single MOST scarce commodity on this planet, is comfort! We have many kinds of fake comfort available in the world today: fake spiritual comfort, fake mental comfort, fake emotional comfort, fake religious comfort, so on and so forth. There is an extreme lack of true, genuine, raw comfort of the nature that HEALS the mind, heart, spirit, soul and physical body. I decided to provide this within a book. But then I also recognised the abundance of numb hearts in this world, hearts that must be moved, shaken and softened. And that is why I added ‘earthquakes.‘”
Comfort & earthquakes – describes my at-this-moment life. And earthquakes in the sense of ground-shifting moments, massive rivers of ice moving at glacial pace eroding what is there & carrying away the debris; new ideas slamming up again old, raising consciousness to the skies. Sheez – just discovered C. Joybell C. & am already quite poetic!
How is it possible that someone who looks like she just graduated from college is already the most frequently quoted author on Goodreads? Readers seem to go wild over her. Amazon quotes one reviewer extolling that she is “… like “The Beatles of writing.” It will never get stale and the meanings will reveal more to me each time I read them.” And per someone quoted on the back of Vade Mecum – “The effect you’ve had on myself and other people’s lives has been astronomical… you are so loved by many!!! You are in every sense of the word the ‘TRUTH and if anyone is stupid enough to think otherwise, they should go and fart peas at the moon!!”
Gosh, this is a woman I’d never HEARD of an hour ago! My sense is that she is a writer who transcends age, adored by people across the life spectrum – and leaving countless others scratching their heads over what all the fuss is about. Dragons? Seriously?
Oh, yeah! My first toe in the the waters of C. Joybell C. (what should I call her?) will be The Conversation of Dragons (volume 3 of The Conversation series, as I am feeling very dragon-ish, which is a good thing – – am newly acquainted with my inner flame, discovering the good it can do rather than the bad I grew up imagining.
C. Joybell C. is apparently a young author & the fans I’ve seen are also young, yet my feeling is that her books could cause a much-needed ruckus in the lives of a lot of use oldsters elders & ancients. Stay tuned – won’t be reading it by the end of summer, but thinking it will be a perfect book for crisp fall days easing into the chill of winter.
There I go again – just thinking about C.J.C., am seized with the poetic!