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Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Have you ever said – or thought – to yourself, ‘someday I’m going to . . .’  what?  Write a book, a song, paint a picture, learn how to play a musical instrument? And did you ever do just that? If you did – Congratulations!  You’ve elevated yourself above most of the population, in that case. Even if it sits in the bottom drawer of your desk, never to venture forth and be acknowledged by another soul. You did it! That’s what counts. There’s a famous saying: The longest journey begins with a single step. Oh, how right that is.

On the other hand, if you haven’t even started as yet, what are you waiting for? The time will never be better than it is right now. You really need to do whatever-it-is while it’s in the front of your mind, percolating away, just waiting for the right moment to spring forth and become reality. Really! That’s just how it works.

I hear you. “Oh, no. I couldn’t really. I mean . . . “  Well, there are way more excuses not to do something than there are reasons to do it. And money should be at the very end of the list of reasons to do. You do it because you can’t not do it! Really!

The author of this book gave herself the best motivation possible: she set a deadline for herself and her project. The second best impetus is to share your desire with just one person. You can also share it with the world  if you wish, but the stimulus and its effect will be about the same. You need to gather up all your impulses and just do it!

This book will provide you with a wide variety of insights regarding The Big Thing – the whatever it is you want to do, but haven’t managed to actually do yet. If you like knowing the why behind your reasons or excuses about this or that, you’ll very likely find it in here. There are eleven chapters, plus extensive notes, but sadly, no index. However, the author has consulted many experts in the various fields she explores and they and their enlightening comments are well-represented.

Some of the topics covered are: Mind and Body, The Intensity of Illness, Giving Up, for Now or Forever, You’re Not Alone and It All Adds Up. But the best thought of all is – Just Do It! For instance, many writers advise folks who ask for advice on how to get started, ‘put your rump in a chair and start writing.’ Worked for me.


First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.