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    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    MUSE THERAPY: Being Holly Golightly "Lovely"

    One week 'til my #1 Amazon Bestselling Book MUSE THERAPY: UNLEASHING YOUR INNER SYBIL

    makes its

    Kindle Nation Daily Debut!!!

    Can't wait 'til January 27th and 29th!!!

    And to celebrate that amazing opportunity, as promised, I'm treating you with another MUSE THERAPY Tip and Trick right from the book!

    So here we go...from MUSE THERAPY Chapter Eight - Muses & Misplaced Aggression: Kick Your Own Ass Not Somebody Else's


    What constructive actions can we take after we’ve ruminated about our beyond frustrating writing-for-publication journeys?

    Me personally?

    Well, I use my other main lifeline outside of anger management therapy and rumination – Audrey Hepburn.

    There’s just something about singing Mancini’s “Moon River” – just like Audrey did for her Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S - that is the cud I’ll forever chew-on while ruminating about how to handle Evil-Editor-Turds everywhere.

    Since not all of us are (a) New York City playgirl escorts like Audrey’s Holly (who gets fifty dollars every time she goes to the powder room while trolling for a millionaire to marry) or (b) if you’re a guy, a “sponsored” playboy writer (like Capote’s George Peppard-played Paul), we’ve got to be like the real Audrey Hepburn. We’ve got to know ‘how to be lovely’ in the face of wanting to misplace our aggressions after each rejection letter we receive.

    And unless you live in New York City, and perusing Tiffany’s windows with a coffee cup and Danish, are but a cab ride, subway trip, or walk away, you’ve got to rely on other means to soothe your muses.

    Audrey herself gave us many brilliant tips on how to make the most of where we’re at in life right now. She said:

    “We are all grown-up children, really. Our lives are made up of adulthood and childhood, all together. So one should go back in search of what was loved and found to be real.”

    So as does Julia Cameron in her ARTIST’S WAY, Hepburn looks to her inner artist child and her childhood itself for relief from the disappointments and frustrations of career and adulthood.

    Audrey took long walks, read books, listened to music and arranged flowers (Hellstern, HOW TO BE LOVELY), finding peace in the solitude of these activities.

    “I have to be alone quite often. I’d be quite happy if I spent Saturday night to Monday morning in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

    “When the chips are down, you are alone, and loneliness can be terrifying. Fortunately...I love to be alone. It doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m my own company.”

    I’m the same way in that often I take refuge and find comfort in being alone with my inner self/child. But even though I resort first to dealing with my fear on my own, I also use Muse Therapy – yep, you betchya, the very same “therapy” techniques I’m teaching you – to finish getting a grip on my writing fears and frustrations.

    And Audrey supported “getting a therapist” too. She said to “just get on with it” if that might do the trick for you. She realized the alternative meant misplaced aggression in that you’d end up “blowing your top” and “having to go around apologizing” after the fact.

    For Audrey, the most important part of being able to accept life’s insecurities was learning to live with herself. In Muse Therapy-speak that means part of the success secret is learning and discovering then accepting what makes you, your soul and your muses tick plus what ticks them off.

    “The greatest victory in my life has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings and those of others. I’m a long way from being the human being I’d like to be. But I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.”


    So "Go Holly Golightly" in your writing-for-publication journeys!

    Decide, like Audrey did, that despite all the industry rejections, that you're "not so bad after all".

    Sexy Sassy Smart Being Holly Golightly Lovely Wishes --- D. D. Scott

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    Blogger jaw said...

    Wasn't that an awesome movie? Your "muse therapy" book sounds awesome, too----love all of your comparisons to Audrey Hepburn's way of thinking in the movie!!

    January 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM  

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