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The Female Perspective: A Wee Little Break & New Years Celebration!

Welcome! This is a weekly blog* by Author J.L. Metcalf where I discuss anything and everything that strikes my fancy. If you have ideas on what you think I should write about, please send me an email via my website! Or find me on Facebook at @JLMetcalfAuthorArtisan!

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the blog!

*All views expressed in “The Female Perspective” are those of J.L. Metcalf, not Great Stories, Inc

Hello Friends!!!

This weeks blog is a day late and a bit different than the norm. I am going to be taking a bit of a break as I need to focus on other projects — Namely finishing as best I can my fourth novel, the sequel to “The Last Daughter of Lilith”!!! I have a title, FINALLY, which I will reveal when the publishing date gets a bit closer and I have AMAZING cover art done by the one, the only, Frankie B. Washington, which I will also reveal when the time is upon us.

For my last blog of 2016 (thank you Jeezus that 2016 is almost over) I wanted to end the year on a positive note. When so much is going wrong in the world it’s hard to focus on the good things and it can be even harder for those who are alone or feeling unloved to find the light in the dark. So I wanted to offer up a few New Years traditions that can maybe help start 2017 off on a positive note.

And as the legendary Leonard Cohen once said;

There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In.

Also, being perfectly imperfect is the best way to be, you’ll have way more fun that way.


New Years Traditions 

A Jar Of Good Thoughts — It can be fun to get a nice jar, a nice, big jar, and place it somewhere that you cannot overlook or forget about it. Next to the jar put a small notepad or a basket of small pieces of paper. Next to that put a pen (or pens) and every time something good happens in the new year, no matter how small it seems, even if you got a new, cool pair of socks (thanks Celeste) or awesome Prince earrings (Jenny!), you write that on the paper, put it in the jar and by the end of the year you have a jar that represents every good thing that happened to you that you then read out loud with friends, or alone. Whatever suits your fancy.

A Cleansing Fire — Fire is the ultimate cleanser. It burns the just and unjust alike. It can destroy and it can be the impetus for rebuilding. It can be devastating or deadly, or it can be cleansing and forward-looking. In this case, we want the fire to represent the good that is to come and our break with anything bad in the past. Build up a nice, SAFE bonfire in your fire pit and/or fireplace or wood stove. Write down all the things (good or bad) that happened and say them to yourself (or out loud if you feel safe) and toss them into the fire.  Let those thoughts, occurrences burn up and be ashes, let them be free and in turn, you’ll be free of them as well. Free to enjoy the new year lighter and freer, with an open heart.

Have a New Years Puja! — A puja, put simply, is an act of worship. I learned about it in my yoga training and it is an amazing and lovely experience. Most importantly, you don’t have to be some yoga guru to perform one. You can hold a New Years Puja right in your own home!

Importance of New Year Puja

New Year is one of the most popular occasions for the people of India. It is celebrated on 1st January, i.e. the first day of year according to solar calendar. The New Year day is very prominent for the life of a person as it is the day for new beginning leaving all the mistakes, miseries, bad habits behind and making resolutions for performing good deeds, improving oneself in every fields and achieving great success. The New Year day also holds enormous astrological significances. It is the day on which the earth begins a new revolution around the Sun. Lots of people hold puja on this day with a desire of happy and prosperous year ahead. They make new resolutions and promises in front of the god and ask for strength and blessings to fulfill those resolutions successfully.

How to do New Year Puja

The New Year Puja basically consists of offering prayers either in a temple or at the one’s house. It may also consist of other rituals like Havans, Aarti and donations. Usually, the New Year puja is accompanied by a feast among the participants. The Puja is done while focusing on wishing for prosperity and success for the participants in this New Year.

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More than anything else, make New Years a day of letting go of the past and a stepping forward into a new year that is full of possibility and hope (no matter who is president). We can all get through this together. We are one, we are powerful and we are ready to face whatever comes our way with grace, sensitivity and most of all, love.

Happy 2017!!!
Happy 2017!!!

So tell me, how are you going to celebrate the end of 2016 and how are you going to step into 2017? Tell me in the comments below!

See you in 2017 Friends!!!

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The Female Perspective: Independence Day

Welcome! This is a twice-weekly blog* by Author J.L. Metcalf where I discuss anything and everything that strikes my fancy. If you have ideas on what you think I should write about, please send me an email via my website!

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the blog!

*All views expressed in “The Female Perspective” are those of J.L. Metcalf, not Great Stories, Inc.

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection
INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection

I decided that for today’s blog post I would have a little fun. No talks about feminism or online bullying, nothing about inequality. Let’s just talk about a great movie that’s so bad, it’s awesome. You may disagree and I welcome your thoughts but for the sake of this being my blog, I’m going to go ahead and proclaim my love for the cheese-fest that is Independence Day. If you haven’t seen it yet stop reading, there are spoilers ahead! And seriously, go watch it!

Released in 1996 (the year I graduated High School, so what? Five years ago?), I was instantly a fan of this epic disaster movie. I mean, how could you not be with a synopsis like this:

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. ~IMDB

That right there sells the movie for me- then again, I often have peculiar taste in movies (check out the Trailer Snark blogs for an example of this. I often disagree with my colleagues.) but then again, I also think that movies should be fun. We don’t always have to go see the newest, most depressing film about a kitten with cancer who makes his way across the country, trying to get back to his family that abandoned him, only to be run over by a car at the end of the movie. Does that sound fun? Not so much!!!  Sometimes it’s fun to go to a movie and see something so stupid, so over the top and so preposterous that you can’t help but laugh, set aside reality for a couple of hours and go along for the ride.

They'll save us ALL!
They’ll save us ALL!

That’s where Independence Day comes in. Starring Will Smith, Jeff (freakin’) Goldblum and lots of other fun people, it is a movie about alien’s invading over the 4th of July holiday. Yep. That’s it. End of story. Oh yeah, and of course, Smith and Goldblum have to save the planet! I honestly don’t see how it can get any better than this.

I am a big fan of Roland Emmerich’s movies, his disaster flicks seriously make my day. I mean, how can you not feel alive after watching The Day After Tomorrow or 2012? For pete’s sake, John Cusack jumps a WINNEBAGO over a CREVASSE in 2012– that is just pure genius if you ask me. 

I digress…let’s get back to the joy that is Independence Day. The aliens have begun their invasion, people are equal parts panicking, evacuating and getting excited to meet the aliens (that poor woman never stood a chance) and meanwhile we have Vivica A. Fox stripping and trying to find shelter on a military base with her man Will Smith with her son and doggie in tow. It’s a recipe for success if you ask me. People go on journey’s, people die (seriously when Mrs. President dies, it brings a tear to my eye, I can’t lie) and people triumph over the horrible aliens.

Eventually, we figure out what the aliens want and we find out from none other than this guy:

Brent Spiner as the Doctor who explains it all.
Brent Spiner as the Doctor who explains it all.

I would trust that guy, wouldn’t you? In case you don’t know that is Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun (what a fantastic name) and he is just as crazy as he looks. He loves these aliens, finds them amazingly and endlessly fascinating and ultimately, he pays the biggest price possible for that love. He gets used as a hand puppet and dies. Which I still get bummed out about because he was SUCH a weirdo and I do love me some weirdos.

Moving on…

The fact is, I could summarize the movie for you or you could go see it yourself. It’s a blast to watch and a perfect flick for the upcoming holiday. More than anything it showcases the human spirit, how we won’t go down without a fight and that if all else fails, call on Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, they’ll save us with cigars and laughter.

Don't worry, Will Smith knows what to do.
Don’t worry, Will Smith knows what to do.

And if all fails, get John Cusack, a Winnebago and a full tank of gas.


What do you think? What’s one of your fave summer/holiday flicks to watch? Tell me all about it!