Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Impact of Books - #MFRWauthor


Hello and happy Friday. Another week, another topic. Not gonna lie, I groaned when I saw this week's prompt for the #MFRWauthor blog hop. A book that has influenced my life.

Now, you're probably saying to yourself, "but Meka, you're an author, this should be easy." And in theory, you would be correct it should be easy. But if you were around for any of my posts last year and heck, even this year, you know my memory is crap. Not only that, my choice of books are not what people would consider profound works of literary greatness.

I've never read 'the classics'. No Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre. No Gone With The Wind, or The Great Gatsby. You get my point. Ninety-five percent of my reading today is romance or erotica novels, the other five percent are the bedtime reading I do with my boys and a mix of other genre books when I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone. So what to write about this week?

  Gonna go with a book I've read to my children countless times. If you've attended any sort of graduation ever, chances are you've heard a keynote speaker recite this book in parts of their speech. Why? Because it's a story about believing in yourself, going for your dreams, and never giving up.

Great message right? I think so. I tell my children that (almost) nothing is out of their reach long as they work hard and have the drive to attain it. Success starts with believing in yourself and I try to parent my children to be confident in who they are and what they can achieve.

Now, sometimes it's a case of do as I say and not as I do when I try and apply that advice to myself when it comes to my writing. Some days the self-doubt is a real bitch and it makes me question if I want to keep going on this journey. But, at the end of the day, I know I want to do this. I have done it and will continue to keep writing and producing the stories I want to tell.

So there you have it, a book that has influenced my life and one that I use to help influence the lives of my offspring. I thought about doing more than one, but nah, I'll follow the rules this week and stick with just one. What's a book that has made an impact in your life?


Be sure to stop by the other authors on the hop to find out what books influenced their lives. 

Until next time
~Meka


17 comments:

  1. I TOTALLY forgot about "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are"!!!! And the first time I was introduced to the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley and Robert Louis Stevenson:)

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    1. Oh never heard of it, but I don't read a lot of poetry.

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  2. Now I have to go out and get that Dr. Seus books for the great-nieces and nephew. I never was into the classics except what I had to read in school. Guess that's why I write genre and not literature. Good post.

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    1. And I love the picture. I think that's been my room too many times. :)

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    2. LOL we have 2. My daughter took one with her to college so we had to buy another for the boys to have at home. Exactly, the only classics I read were what was required in high school and they were a struggle.

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  3. Dr. Seuss always had great messages. Never give up!

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    1. Yes! So easy and simple but works.

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  4. Your hyperbole is showing, Meka. Never read 'the classics' -- hah. Dr. Seuss is a classic in anybody's book.

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    1. You got me Ed! You are so right!

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  5. Yes, all the Dr. Seuss books qualify as children's classics. Great choice.

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    1. Woot! You can almost never go wrong with Dr. Seuss it seems.

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  6. I forgot about Dr. Seuss books. Like you, I read them to my son and his children. Great post.

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    1. Crazy that I had a hard time with this at first, but Dr. Seuss has turned out to be a winner.

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  7. Great message for yourself and your offspring! It's a difficult path we've chosen, this authoring business, so believing in ourselves is critical. Great post :)

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    1. Yes. I try to instill that confidence in them and their abilities. But it is easier said than done when it comes to myself, but I try and keep going.

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  8. Great post. I loved DR Seuss and have a collection I read to the kids. I even made them Green Eggs and Ham

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    1. Thank you. We have a collection of Dr. Seuss books that the kids have ready over and over. I've never made green eggs and ham but we did let them get it at iHop one year.

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