Jenna Jax-Anders hit rock bottom in high school. Or so she thought. From rock star heiress to knocked-up has been, she turned it all around, marrying the punk rock baby daddy love of her life. The perfect Hollywood fairytale. Until the day she walked in on him kissing her best friend.
As she struggles to find herself and redefine the world around her, she faces the challenges of raising her over-achieving teenage daughter, the heartbreak of losing her best friend (backstabbing aside), and emerging from the shadows of two famous last names to find her own identity. Oh, there’s also the tiny issue of her husband’s record label, backed by an anonymous mogul whose morally ambiguous creative direction may ruin them all.
But she doesn’t know about that yet.
Lee Coulter - Mad Love (for Grant & Shawna) (by leecoulter)
Two years ago, I found out Grant, a guy I went to high school with, broke his back in a snowmobiling accident. He was one of those guys everyone liked. Popular for all the right reasons.
He and Shawna had only been married a few months when he got injured, turning their lives around in an instant. She dropped everything to help him recover and, the high achiever he is, he is aiming for %110 recovery.
When I found out they were having a benefit to raise funds for his therapies and spinal cord injury awareness, I volunteered my musician husband’s performance to the cause. Seeing them in person and hearing Grant speak about how far he’d come (1 year later) was inspiring. He was able to get up out of his wheelchair and stand by his wife on canes to give his speech.
But then he took it a giant step further. He undertook the challenge of becoming the first adaptive athlete to self-propel to the South Pole. That journey will be part of the documentary The Push: A South Pole Adventure.
Facebook stalkers that we are, Lee and I avidly followed their training through posts along the way, and, after a very special post by photographer Keoki Flagg, who accompanied Grant through Antarctica, Lee was inspired to write this song.
We shot the video and were grateful to receive permission to use their personal footage as well as some from Alpine Assassins and The Push in order to tell their story. They are an exceptional couple, inspiring people every day.
I hope everyone who sees this video can feel their heart fire and that you’ll keep the MadLuv flowing.
I wish getting the mail could look like this every day. http://weheartit.com/entry/26067576
This makes my wanderlusting heart happy. http://weheartit.com/entry/26072021
The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Right now my manuscript is with a handful of trusted readers. I chose them all carefully and for different reasons, but the important one they have in common is that for better or worse I know they will give me their honest opinions. Which may explain why my nails are bitten to the quick.
It also marks the first time throughout this process that I have zero control. I can’t start editing until I have all their feedback and that makes me want to write constantly. Of course, when I have all the time in the world to write I suddenly can’t function until all the laundry is done, and the closet cleaned out, and the car vacuumed, etc. Any writers out there probably understand this compulsion.
But it’s good to take time away from my story, and thankfully I have heard back from some of my readers already. So far I’m encouraged by the feedback, especially since much of the critique has been rooted in issues I had already mentally flagged and was prepared to rework. Of course, when all their comments and critiques have finally been noted and considered along with my own (separating out my ego), there will be another, much larger version- I hope- of this same waiting game. Did I mention I’m not very patient?
In the end, it’s all about making the story the best it can be and I am incredibly grateful to the readers I have and the support I’ve received from friends around the world encouraging me in the crazy journey. So until next time, thanks for reading and I hope every one of you gets to do something you love today. Why wait?
Love this article. Both from the reader and writer perspectives.
LOVE this! It makes me appreciate the fact that I get to read to my son every day and introduce him to my favorite characters while increasing his chances of success. It’s the little things that turn into big things.
Really enjoying this “Most Loved Children’s Books” graphic from USC Rossier. The ‘History of Children’s Books’ timeline is ace, as are the stats on literacy.
STOP KONY 2012
I love the symmetry of the world sometimes. This video was made by a guy from San Diego, who my husband had the pleasure of meeting when they were speakers at TEDxYouth San Diego. Today I’ve seen this video posted on facebook by friends in San Diego, New York, St. Louis, Australia and many more places. I love that the message of this video- that we’re all connected and empowered- is gaining traction and showing us how every voice is capable of changing the world. Every time someone decides to DO something, they help make the world better. And clearly, bringing a heinous power-obsessed tyrant to justice is a worthy cause. But it’s also a worthy reminder for everyone to remember they have power. We can all DO something. So what do YOU want to do?
Author: Ilene Strizver
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