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Change is Hard but Sometimes it’s a Good Thing

Change is hard. It sucks. I have never been good with change and I fight it all the way. I don’t know why I fight it because sometimes change is a good thing. I mean, it’s important to change your clothes, change your underwear, and change your makeup every day. Sometimes you need to change jobs, change addresses, and sometimes you need to change your partner. So, change can be good.

However, I am faced with a changing moment in my life and it is breaking my heart. I need to let go of my car, my precious purple PT Cruiser Limited. Did I mention it was precious-and purple? I love that car!!!

I bought it back in 2009 and I was the second owner. This was a proud moment for me since I was used to driving junk yard specials and cars with grass growing under the brake pedal. I think one or two had mice living in them.

My mom had just died three years before and I needed an upgrade-badly. I could drive on Route 67 (a road near my home) and mark every place my old car had broken down.  So, when the Cruiser came into my life, I had just sold some property and paid off the mortgage to my childhood home. Now a homeowner, I needed a new ride so I bought the Cruiser. I even paid cash for it. That meant a lot to me. Did I mention it was precious-and purple?

Well, after almost nine years, it’s getting old and racking up some miles-130,000 is not too bad but it’s starting to have some issues that to repair, will cost more than the car is worth.  So, I went car shopping and I was like a kid in a candy store. I wanted a new Camaro and the new Jeep Wrangler Sport-okay slow down-I am a writer which means, I am usually starving and buying my clothes at Goodwill.

So, after coming down from the clouds, I decided to look for another Cruiser. Oh, they were everywhere! Cheap too! However, since they stopped making them in 2010, the only ones I could find had a zillion miles on them.  So, I kept looking. “What do you want?” Steve asked me. “What are you looking for?”

Well, I love the retro look, the look of the old cars of the 1930’s. I wanted a vehicle that looked like a PT Cruiser and a Jeep had a baby. 🙂

I absolutely LOVE this retro look of the 1930s!

I saw a lot of Jeeps but nothing jumped out at me, until one day…

My niece and I were driving down the road and in my rearview mirror I saw it. I saw the vehicle I wanted. I had to have. I needed.

“What is that?” I shouted, “Look, behind us, coming up next to me, what is that?”

We didn’t know so I said, “Follow that car!”

Followed it, I did-For a few miles until it turned into the local Walmart and parked in the Garden Department. Pulling up next to it, a man and a woman got out and looked at me as I slowed down.

“Hi,” I said, “I have been following you.”

Looking at each other, the woman said, “Oh really?”

I laughed and explained I was looking for another car and fell in love with theirs-from afar. Now up close.  It was a Dodge Nitro and I think right then and there I wanted to marry it.

After much car shopping, I went back to the dealer where I purchased the Cruiser. I gave the salesman my wish list and within a few weeks, a Dodge Nitro rolled onto their lot. It was loaded and came with my major requirement-a moon roof.

Only problem was-it was White and I had said no Red or White vehicles.  “Just come look at it,” he said. Oh boy, I know what that means.

Well, I loved it and after test driving it downtown, I bought it that day.  Now I am being teased with everyone calling it “Gangsta” …whatever!  I snap back and say, “Yeah, well Bonnie and Clyde were gangsters too and that was the era I was looking for-the style-everything!”  Plus, as an added bonus, when you unlock the car, it sounds like a machine gun-just like Bonnie and Clyde.

That is being fixed and no big deal but wait, what about my Cruiser. My precious and purple PT Cruiser Limited.

I pulled the Nitro into my driveway and there she was, my Cruiser. The guilt overcame me and I began to cry. I felt as though I was abandoning an old dog who needed surgery and I couldn’t afford it.

Like a friend who had been good to me all those year was now going away and the choice to leave was mine, not hers. I was making her leave, casting her out, letting her go…

Silly, I know, but that is how I felt. I still feel that way. She is still in the driveway.  I need to sell her and let her go.

                                          My PT Cruiser Limited and my Dodge Nitro in my driveway.

Why do we hold on to such things? A car has no soul (expect a KIA-get it, KIA Soul) yet it still haunts me that I need to sell her. I attach such sentiment onto items that have no heart, no feeling, no emotions, it’s a machine that gets me from Point A to Point B. But I love that car!

I am the same way with everything. I struggle with letting go of clothes I no longer wear, papers that have no value or use, and stuff that means nothing to me.

I am one step away from an episode of Hoarders. Well, I’m not that bad-yet.

If you want to get philosophical, we are just here, in our lives, on a temporary basis. This life is not permanent so we shouldn’t attach ourselves to things because this is not our permanent home. Deep huh? That is truly how I feel so why is it so hard to let go?

I know in time I will love my Nitro just the same or maybe even more. See, I even feel guilty saying that out loud. The Cruiser represents my free spirt, my Bohemian heart, and my gypsy style, yet at one time, it felt unique and now I see them everywhere. But I am still a free spirit, I still have a Bohemian heart, and a gypsy style…another car isn’t going to change that about me. It’s an upgrade-I have evolved-and it’s a new chapter in a new beginning in my life.

(Sigh) I know this week, she will be put on the hill and priced to sell. I will be honest about any repairs or issues I know she is suffering with and once she is gone, I will cry. Did I mention I will cry? ♥

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New Book Release-DOWN CAME NOVEMBER-Haunting memoir

From the author of the best selling book Weedmonkey comes the haunting story of a shattered life and the broken woman who was plunged into the depths of madness after tragedy destroys her world.

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On April 30, 2006, Elizabeth Frost lost her mother.

Three weeks later, on June 4th, her fiancé’ was killed on a construction site in Virginia.

A month later, on July 15th, her brother committed suicide leaving behind two young children who were killed in a car accident on September 18th.

Falling back on her ex-boyfriend she tries to rebuild her life only to find him dead of a drug overdose on October 31st.

On November 4th, Elizabeth Frost came undone …

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

So Lisa, this is your 10th book. What would you like readers to know about it?

Well, it is based on true events but I have written it with a twist.

That sounds intriguing, can you elaborate?

Let’s just say that everything in the book is true … almost.

Your last book WEEDMONKEY is an Amazon bestseller and ranked you into the Top 100 Authors on Amazon. Does this book have a similar theme?

Well, Weedmonkey was based on the life of my mother Victoria and took place during the Depression. Down Came November is based on tragedies that befell me after my mother passed away. Weedmonkey was her story, this is mine.

How long did it take you to write this new book?

It took me just a few months. I actually came up with the title about eight years ago. That’s how I do it. I come up with the title first then write a story around it.

In the book you talk a lot about a dog named Kurgan. Was he really your dog or was he a made up character?

No, Kurgan was the love of my life! He was a pure bred Rottweiler I got when he was just 10 weeks old and I lost him on March 12, 2013 when he was 15 years old.

Wow, that is old for a Rottweiler! Do you have any other pets?

Yes! I lost two dogs last year and two dogs this year. I now have one dog left, a black Rottweiler named Vladimir but his nickname is Vladdy. He will be nine on Christmas day. I have also several cats; Scotty, Midnight, Vinnie, Egypt and Fluffer.

What are you working on now?

Actually I have about 15 books in my mind to get started on and am working on my next one now. I try to stay focused and do one at a time but I have been known to work on two and three at the same time.

How can you do that? That sounds crazy!

It is, but I like to go back and forth to keep it fresh. However lately I have just been working on one at a time.

Do you have another job other than author?

I have been a feature writer and columnist for The Brunswick Citizen newspaper for 15 years. I am also a local artist who created Magic Forest Gypsy Stones which are bohemian and whimsical rock art.

Wow, you have so many talents! What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wrote my first story when I was about eight years old and always dreamed of being a writer. I also wanted to be an actress and a movie star. Then as a teenager I wanted to be a supermodel and marry a rock star! ☺

What advice would you give someone who wants to be an author?

Well, it sounds cliché’ but don’t give up. I’m serious. If you really want to write then write. I have often been discouraged and was just about to hang it up when Weedmonkey took off! Just keep at it, keep writing and keep promoting. Put in the effort and it will pay off.

What is the best advice you could give someone about using social media?

First off, you must engage with other people. Do not and I repeat do not get on sites like Facebook and Twitter and say Hey buy my book!!! People will turn off from you real quick! You must make friendships, build relationships, again engage, retweet them, like their pages and so on. It takes time but like I said before, put in the effort.

How important do you think it is to have an editor?

It is vitally important! Most writers are not editors and most editors are not writers but for some reason they fit together nicely. J I made the mistake of putting out one of my books unedited thinking that it was some sort of masterpiece or something. It got a lot of reviews and most of them were horrible! Bad grammar, poor sentence structure and so on. It made me sick! But at the time I couldn’t afford an editor. It was a catch 22. So when I could afford one, I hired her to edit it for me. Now I would never, ever send out anything without an editor, ever!

What if a new author can’t afford an editor? Like you said you couldn’t at first?

Check around, ask other authors, posts your requests, etc. I found one author who does editing on the side and at very reasonable prices. Also, you can offer trade. Work out something where you will promote her services if you get a discount. Oftentimes editors are willing to work with new clients on fees, esp if the editor is just starting out. Others are not and their prices are fixed. You just have to live and learn.

How would you describe yourself?

I am a Bohemian rocker chick with a goofy sense of humor. I am loyal and honest. I love to bake and cook and I love to spread positive energy to everyone I meet. I also believe in magic!

Who do most people say you remind them of?

Stevie Nicks! I get it all the time and I love it! ♥

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to speak with us today! Where can readers find your new book?

All of my books can be found on Amazon.

Here is the link to DOWN CAME NOVEMBER, thank you! http://ow.ly/E4Bz2

My website is http://www.lisavproulx.com

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