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Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday's Muse with Sorchia DuBois

I am very please to welcome, Gothic romance and paranormal mystery novel writer, Sorchia DuBois,
to feature Monday Muse this week!

What’s for Breakfast? My Addiction’s Hungry
by Sorchia DuBois

Did you ever get in trouble for daydreaming when you were a kid?

I certainly did! School was dull. Parents were demanding. Friends were self-absorbed (as was I, but at thirteen who’s ready to admit that?) Fantasy became my drug of choice and, as with any addiction, I was willing to give up a lot to meet its demands. As a result, a great deal of my youth remains a blurry collage of reality and make-believe.

Always thought this was just me, but this morning, I was scanning the news (and by news, I mean Facebook) when I came across an interesting article about addiction which hit me in the feels.

Stick with me for a minute—science ahead.

Turns out what we really get addicted to may be changes in brain chemistry. We love that! And we can get it with alcohol, food, sex, gambling, drugs, and all those things that have become clich├ęs for addiction and sometimes moral depravity. Turns out we can also get a potent fix of those sweet, sweet brain chems from things like painting, reading, sculpture, writing, ballet, martial arts, ping pong, and basically any art, sport, learning that flips the switch for the individual. All of these activities feed our brains’ need for change, for escape. And, in my humble opinion, all of these activities start with a daydream—a vision of what the finished product will look like—of how the performance will feel.

Now, I’m not saying that fixing long-term chemical dependency is as easy as giving the victim a couple of dance lessons. But chemical dependency STARTS with an individual who needs something he or she isn’t getting and CONTINUES because the individual learns to get that something from an unhealthy source. For many, we can head the trouble off at the pass by providing that something from healthier sources early in life. For those already addicted to bad things, one part of recovery might be replacing the bad thing with a good thing.

The take away from my Monday Musing is that daydreaming is something each of us should nourish. Your fantasies are messages from—well, you can call it your soul, your subconscious, your higher self, God, or the deity of your choice. Listen to your daydreams and follow them because they are showing you what you need. For me, that something is to tell stories—to work with words. If I’d listened earlier, I would be a happier person with a healthier liver than I am right now.

But it’s never too late!! So I am feeding my addiction by writing my little hiney off. This year will see the last two Zoraida Grey books along with an anthology of Zoraida Grey short stories. In addition, I’m working on a few new short stories that—who knows—may lead to the next series or novel for 2018.

Sit still for a minute—well, ten minutes–– and listen to your daydreams. What do they show you? Where do they lead? What’s your addiction and how are you going to feed it this week?

BTW—if your addiction turns out to be reading—I have fodder for you. Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones is the first book in a paranormal contemporary romance series that follows a small town fortune teller to Scotland, New Orleans, the Yucatan jungle, and back again—if she’s lucky.

Let's get to know a little about Sorchia and her new book,
Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones

Sorchia DuBois lives and writes in deepest, darkest Missouri where she lives with eight cats, one fish, a husband, and uncounted woodland creatures. A proud member of the Ross Clan, she can often be found at Celtic festivals swilling beer and watching kilted men toss heavy objects. She writes Gothic romance and paranormal mystery novels—especially about witches, Druids, Celtic legend, and magic of all kinds.

Step into Sorchia’s Universe for her blog and info about her books: http://www.sorchiadubois.com
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Granny’s dying, but Zoraida can save her with a magic crystal of smoky quartz. Too bad the crystal is in Scotland––in a haunted castle––guarded by mind-reading, psychopathic sorcerers. 

Getting inside Castle Logan is easy. Getting out––not so much. Before she can snatch the stone, Zoraida stumbles into a family feud, uncovers a wicked ancient curse, and finds herself ensorcelled by not one but two handsome Scottish witches. Up to their necks in family intrigue and smack-dab in the middle of a simmering clan war, Zoraida and her best friend Zhu discover Granny hasn’t told them everything. 

Not by a long shot. 

Grab a copy of Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones: http://bit.ly/ZGandtheFS_AMZN

If you want to read the first chapter for free, go to: http://bit.ly/2mt63iU 

Reference to the articles that started my musing. https://mosaicscience.com/story/iceland-prevent-teen-substance-abuse https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/teens-drugs-iceland/513668/

19 comments:

  1. What a great post, Sorchia! Thank you for sharing. I am definitely a daydreamer. I think most writers have to be. Good luck with your writing goals for this year.

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting my musing for this Monday! I love that theme, by the way--especially this Monday after the dreaded Spring-forward time change here in MO.

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  3. Someone far wiser than I'll ever be once said, everything we've ever desired, we want because we believe it will make us feel good. Those of us who acknowledge an addiction are, at least, honest about it. I'm definitely addicted to the feeling that comes when the words spew out of my brain without my direct involvement. Also chocolate. Can't win them all. Great post!

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    1. Oh, yes, that happy word-spewing high! But Chocolate is the brown sea upon which the food pyramid floats and is a necessary part of a healthy day so don't feel bad about that!

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  4. Interesting post. If only people could figure out sooner what gives them the dopomine rush. Best of luck with your upcoming releases­čî×

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    1. Absolutely right, Charlotte. There should be a class in school for it. Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. Right there with you Sorchia. If I had a dollar for every time my mom threatened to bat me up side the head for daydreaming or teachers , I'd be a rich woman. Great post I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. Best of luck.

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    1. Hahaha, Tena. If wishes were horses . . .Getting paid to daydream would be a dream :O job. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. What a day for a daydream! Oh,I guess that's everyday. I too entered the wonderful world of fantasy at an early age. I liked it and I'm staying there. Your stories sound right up my mystic alley.Will be checking them out.

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    1. Thanks, GiniFifkin! Looking forward to hearing what you think.

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  7. Entertaining and informational post. Well done! Now to go daydream a while and feed my muse...

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  8. I have never even tried a paranormal, but Sorchia's story has me intrigued. Off to download the sample.

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    1. Thanks, Judy! I'd love to hear what you think of it!

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  9. I've been told to stop daydreaming and get my head out of the clouds all my life, Sorchia. Now, I'm beyond thrilled to finally pen those wild, crazy stories inside my head and onto paper. All the best with your book, too. :)

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    1. Me too, Mary! Why does it take so long for us to give ourselves permission to do what we love to do? Best to you, as well.

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  10. Fascinating! I have been around addiction all my life, and did not know this. Daydreaming is definitely a sign of a writer. I've done it for as long as I can remember. :) The book sounds great!

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    1. Thank you, Alicia. I came in contact with lots of kids as a HS and college teacher and the idea that some of them just need a chance to feed their addiction with art or writing or music rings true for me. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  11. I'm a chocoholic, to my embarrassment and a coke addict (soda, not white powder. lol). I am also the world's worst day dreamer and procrastinator. My mind is wondering as i sit and write this. Fantastic blog by the way.

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