Texas Author Jackie Woolley writes original, heartwarming books especially for women.

The Sound of Windmills, a literary novel, presents the coming of age story of a young girl growing up in north Texas. A story of survival in the thirties and forties where the sound of windmills was the sound of life, this book tells of a young girl's struggle to control her life. Lacking the proper role models, she often errs when she relies on what she's been told, rather than trust her own instincts.

Growing up in a world where nothing seems permanent, she has difficulty coming to terms with her father's death and her own life, within the metaphor of the wind and her love for the land. As she searches for her axial lines, she is always drawn back to the land. She grapples with her traditional world and eventually learns to say, in her own way, what King Lear once declared: "I will do such things, what they are yet I know not, but they shall be the terrors of the earth." It can now be ordered from the publisher.

Sex, Lies & Stories, Memoir of a Frustrated Writer, aims at the millions of writers who trudge along year after year, bending their backs to the oars like Volga boatmen, bearing their burden of rejection slips on their shoulders. Their happiness depends on their philosophical presence of mind at the moment and whether they consider it a comedy or a tragedy that no one loves them. It seems crazy to go on, and it seems crazy to stop. Wondering if they should quit, they seek courage not to.

This is not a how-to book so much as a how-not-to book. It goes beyond mere self-help in the craft of writing and will benefit both beginners and advanced writers. It is a cope-and-grow book for the writer who is in struggle but hasnít given up.

Shortcuts will not arrive by phone, fax or email. We become successful, however we define it, by writing one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Thought by thought, word by word, story by story. We can handle one measured piece of time, one tiny bit of progress, one bite-size portion. As the Chinese proverb goes, ďThe man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.Ē

Having dealt with a lifetime of writing urges, Iím an expert at keepiní on. In addition to revealing myr own experience in the ups and downs of writing, with generous amounts of humor and help, I offer a writing intensive workshop for the soul, an opportunity to look at oneís creative wounds and see that most of them are self-inflicted. But all of them can be healed. It can now be ordered from the publisher.

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©2012 Jackie Woolley. All rights reserved. Last revised: January 9, 2012