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