Category Archives: Sharing Beauty

What’s underneath your defintion of success? question by Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is doing the 30 days to Fire Up Your Creative Genius video series for The Huffington Post.

Here is today’s video:

I agree with Danielle LaPorte that when you say you want to feel successful it’s not really saying anything! It’s an empty term! And it has the danger of making success something you’ll never feel because you don’t actually know how it looks for you, and if you don’t know how it looks, you’ll never find it!

For me feeling successful is feeling the freedom to realize my creativity in anyway that I feel is valuable and that I believe will better express who I am and that will make me happy and fulfilled.

To be successful, for me, is to spend the better part of my day creating. When I create, be it writing, drawing, giving, learning, I feel truly as myself, I feel truly at peace with who I am at my core. And to be able to feel that during most of my day is for me the truest definition of success.

Success is feeling at peace with myself and the world. It’s being myself in my work, with my friends, with my family and with people I’ve just met. It’s to be comfortable with who I am, flaws and all…

Wouldn’t that feel great?

What about you? What’s your definition of success?

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Interview to the Author of “Social Punk” Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle - Author and Media Strategist

Monica Leonelle introduces herself as a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.

I had the chance to interview her about the book and her career, as a part of her blog tour, so here it is.

Sofia Garcês – You introduce yourself as a Media Strategist, Writing Consultant and a Author, while I understand that we all have several sides to our personalities and life’s, I can’t help but wonder which came first? Of all these roles you play which one is your greatest passion?

Monica Leonelle – “I was a media strategist first, but have the greatest passion for authorship. I feel, however, that each role is closely related and that developing skills in each role aides in the others.”

SG – Speaking about passions when did you find yours? Have you always known you wanted to write or did this realization came to you in a later time in life?

ML – “I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn’t clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.”

SG – After finding your passion how long did it take you to start on the journey your in now, as a self published author and marketing adviser, and what gave you the strength to start on this road?

ML – “There are two types of authors—writers and entrepreneurs. The former flock to traditional publishing and the latter flock to indie publishing.

I’m very entrepreneurial, so indie publishing came naturally for me. I started my blog in 2007 and published my first book in 2009, so about two years. It didn’t really take strength per say—if anything, my own ignorance was my strength. I had no idea that publishing was a difficult road until I was knee deep in projects. Like I said, I’m an entrepreneur. When I’m working on my own projects, I become a workaholic. Pushing through the pain is what I do best.”

SG – What would be your advice to other looking to follow their passions?

ML – “Let your passion drive you. Sometimes people think they are passionate and then they can’t get the work done. Maybe they just aren’t that passionate, then. I also find it helps to be thankful every day. Every time I want to rip my manuscripts to shreds, I remember that I’m so lucky to even live in a time period where I have the means and the time to write my thoughts down quickly. Passion + humility can really get you through just about anything.”

SG – Social punk is an intricate story with several twists of plot, when you started writing it did you have a plan to where it would end or did you just “went with the flow”?

ML – “I mapped out the book in detail before starting it, but ended up changing the entire second half of the book after I’d written the first half. The ending sentence was always the end game, though. Since Socialpunk wasn’t my first book, I had an easier time plotting it.”

SG – Any last thoughts you would like to leave for our readers? And when can we expect to hear from you again?

ML – “If you’re on the fence about reading Socialpunk, the book is original and fast-paced and like nothing you’ve ever read before.

The second book in the Socialpunk Trilogy will be out this summer, but you may hear from me sooner. I have to put out Tin Soldier, the second book in my seven halos series out first. Plus, I want to start a serialized fiction story. So I might have the beginnings of that out sooner than later. No matter which way it goes, you’ll hear from me shortly!”

SG – Thank you Monica for taking the time to answer my questions and best of luck for the future!
ML – “Thank you for the interview!”

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“Socialpunk” by Monica Leonelle – Book Review

Social Punk“Social Punk” is the first of a science fiction trilogy written by Monica Leonelle, all of which is coming out this year.

Apart from writing Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist, a blogger at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.

Social Punk is set in a futurist society where the degradation of the environment has led to cities being isolated from each other and entrapped in domes…. or at least that’s what your lead to believe.

Ima, our main character, would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

The story and plot of the book is quite compelling. With several twists and turns leading you deeper in to the world created by the author and expanding the connections between the characters and their stories. The characters are well built with depth and intricate emotions to them giving you the feeling of not truly understanding what drives them. That is, with the exception of our protagonist that we watch grow throughout the book and fight between the will to do better and the fear of failing.

In many ways the book explores the opposites of this world and how they can so easily coexist.

Although not the most brilliant of writing, the construction of the plot and characters is quite compelling and makes for quite a pleasant reading.

One could easily classify this book as a teen novel, however I would advice it to anyone that likes science fiction.

If you listen hard enough the book might actually give you pause to think, not only about the consequences of destroying the environment but also about what is it that defines us as human beings and a society and what, if anything, can truly influence what we shall become in the future.

All in all it was a good, fun read and I’m excitedly waiting for the second book to come out.


For my honest review I received a complementary copy of this book.

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“Start Something that Matters” by Blake Mycoskie

Jacqueline posted on my blog about this book called “Start something that Matters” here’s what she said:


“Love, love, loved this book! It was incredibly inspirational and helpful. Another book that I’ve been reading lately is by the founder of Toms called “Start Something that Matters.” Definitely worth a read as well. Have you read it?”

as posted here.

It seemed interesting enough so i went and check out the book online.

What I found is another community of people committed to making this world a better place. The book has already been added to my reading list and I advice you all to go check it out.

I’ll leave you with two videos on this topic.


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Social Punk by Monica Leonelle – Sneak Preview

Got the change to be a part of Monica Leonelle’s book tour with her new book “Social Punk”, after reading the book’s prologue I just had to participate and am excited to finally be sharing it with you.

I’ll be posting a few things on this book in the following days, including an interview of Monica and a review of the book.

For now let me leave you with a sneak preview of the book.

“Dash dragged Ima through the cabin, looking for a seat. One of the men ahead of them had the shadow of his hood covering a portion of his eyes, but Ima could not mistake his inexplicable stare. Ima felt self-conciousness wash over her – his gaze made her uncomfortable, the way her father’s did sometimes.

When she passed by the hood, his sleeve brushed against hers and her heart raced. He did a double-take, and the second time he looked at her, his eyes widened.”

excerpt of “Social Punk” by Monica Leonelle

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