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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Wendy Lou Jones - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Wendy Lou Jones

I spent a happy childhood in West Sussex, where I studied hard at school and in my spare time, danced (ballet and jazz) and fell in love with guinea pigs.

I took Medicine at university and qualified as a doctor in 1994, working in various fields until I dropped out to have kids, several years later. How on Earth did I end up here, you ask? I do, frequently. Well, one night, in my late 30s, I had a dream. As simple as that. A dream that inspired me. And I’ve been reading and writing ever since.


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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Wendy Lou Jones

This question made me think, a lot. What does make my heart beat faster? And why does it do that? I’m assuming we’re talking positive things here, not spiders, the dark or maybe worse? So, what gets me excited? As far as I can tell there are two things.

The first is hope. Hope that better is to come, success, achievement, happiness. Hope is that spark of excitement I get when I’m learning new things. Hope that I will improve. Hope that I will find happiness and contentment in something other than those I love. I get excited when I understand an aspect of story craft I have never quite understood before, or thought I had but now realise I’d been wrong. I feel excited that I may become a better storyteller; that I may one day succeed.

I feel excited when I try a new craft, because of the hope of spreading my wings and being able to create something different, like my recent venture into screenwriting. It excited me because it made me feel I was learning to be both a better writer and a more diverse one.

I feel my heart beat a little faster when I finally get the hang of a new move in pole dancing, my other love. And when that move has eluded me for so long, the joy is even greater.

I deliberated for a long while on what this meant. Had I been wrong? Was it learning that thrilled me? Was it achievement? But not all learning thrills me. And I haven’t yet found what I would deem success. I feel a sense of achievement after I’ve cleaned the house, but that DOES NOT make my heart beat faster. No, it was hope. The hope of these things. Like the anticipation of Christmas – why I like Christmas Eve best. And the hours before you check your lottery ticket, when all things are possible.

Hope is what makes my heart beat faster, hope and guinea pigs.

Books by Wendy Lou Jones

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  1. I've had guinea pigs growing up. Last count because my mom breed the only female we had.

  2. Great guest post. I love guinea pigs too.

  3. We had two guinea pigs that showed up at our house one day and stayed with us for a few years. They were adorable.

  4. I think the phrase "Hope (and guinea pigs) is what makes my heart beat faster." is one of those motivational quotes that are either funny and profond...This guest post cheered me up a bit, these past weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for me.

    1. Sorry to hear you've had a tough time. Hope it's getting easier.

  5. Thanks for this post, interesting to know a little about an author before reading their imagination xx

  6. Can't beat a cuddle with a guinea pig. Or their cute noise. Or watching them wash their fur across their big bellies...

  7. I also love guinea pigs! I can't resist in their cutteness! Nice guest post, thanks for sharing!

  8. Yes, it is hope and anticipation that makes my heart beat a bit faster too. Of course it could also be the tablets for my low blood pressure ;)