Artists and novelists make bold statements to wake people up. The statements might not even be literally or spiritually true, but their fierce poetry wakes people up to what they've been believing. And what they have been believing has kept them from their own joy, freedom and energetic self-reliance.
In Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand has one of her heroic characters say, "Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which people deal with one another, then people become the tools of other people. Blood, whips and guns-or dollars. Take your choice-there is no other-and your time is running out."
"Then, suddenly, I knew not how or where or when,
my brain felt the impact of another mind, and I awoke to language,
to knowledge of love, to the usual concepts of nature, of good and evil!
I was actually lifted from nothingness to human life."
Life changes when I awaken to my WORDS about money.
I can own money
or be a victim of it.
I can create money
or react to those who have it.
Helen Keller was lost and confused and asleep while awake. Then she got it, and language flowed in. The little girl felt such joy.
If we are to create anything, it begins in language.
This language has kept people subservient to other people for thousands of years: "Money is the root of all evil."
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In The Woman Who Attracted Money I wanted to create a heroine who learned the joy of producing money and finding a productive career versus her previous vague longings around attracting abundance. Does anyone know what abundance is? Has anyone ever seen it? Outside the campgrounds at Woodstock? (My favorite moment in Woodstock was Alvin Lee playing "I'm Goin’ Home." I've watched that cut about 100 times, and played it at least 500 times. Just to wake myself up from sloppy passivity and dreams of abundance.)
There was a recent review by Readers Choice of The Woman Who Attracted Money that said, "Robert Chance is ironically named because he is not a fan of chance or any form of chaos in life. He is a just the facts kind of guy who prefers all things to remain simple. On the wall of his office is an autographed Charles Mingus album, below which Chance has written a quote from Mingus: "making the simple awesomely simple, that's creativity."
"Like Chance and Mingus, Chandler himself takes these words to heart. His prose is often both simple and complex at the same time, in the classic hard boiled noir style. Also, in the mode of writers like Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, Chandler finds room to roam within genre conventions to provide plenty of nuances to his characters and setting."
"Chance is an ex-cop, turned life coach, turned private eye for the first time, to solve the apparent suicide of a client and friend. This is a refreshing new "daytime job" for a detective, and since Chandler himself is a business coach this novel is another successful example of how "writing what you know" is often a better solution than coming up with some kind of convoluted new twist.
"Madison Kerr, Chance's sidekick, growing love interest and the source of the novel's title, is the perfect partner for Chance. Their dialog has the classic ring of Hollywood couples from the Golden Age of cinema, when men and women bantered intelligently back and forth rather than just hurling obscenities around three times a minute. She is his coaching client and a businesswoman, but also an expert computer hacker, another coup for Chandler since that doubles as a nice nuance to her character and a useful tool as the two of them work together to solve the murder at hand."
"The mystery itself is presented confidently, with a few surprises along the way and an ending I did not guess, but as with the best classic mysteries, it is the original characters, superb dialogue and brisk, fast paced prose that keep this novel constantly entertaining, thought provoking and hard to put down.
"If you are an avid reader of the mystery genre, looking for something new to read, I would rate this as: Highly Recommended/Must Read."
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A little thing called I'm going home:
My novel A Crime of Genius features some controversial explorations of defense against home invasions and kidnapping (I live in the kidnapping capitol of America here in Arizona). And if life is beginning to feel like David and Goliath, then this here is a step in the right direction: