Thursday, November 12, 2009

Guest Blog: LM Preston


Trusting your own gut feelings is one of the best gifts we possess.  We all get that little ‘twinge’ when something just isn’t right.  When that happens…LISTEN TO IT!  Trust yourself or your ‘gut’ some call it.  Trust it at all times, it will never steer you wrong.

When I was young I lived in the inner-city.  The neighborhood I called home, had gangs, drugs, muggers, killers, and lots of kids and family nearby.  However, with all of these things present, I didn’t realize that my gut instincts were strengthening with each day I played outside, walked to school, to the bus, or traveled the city alone.

I never understood why my grandmother, affectionately named NaNa, didn’t want me to leave my block to go to the store alone.  Or why, I wasn’t allowed to cut through the alleys to get to my cousin’s house, and the numerous lists of things I was told to watch out for.

My main character in EXPLORER X – Alpha realizes that something isn’t quite right with the immunization he is given.  Aadi takes the initiative as asks the Doctor why it is being given to him.  In addition to this finding, Aadi confirms his concerns with others. 

Here are some steps to take in trusting yourself in all things;


When you are in a situation with a friend or an adult, and you get that feeling that something isn’t quite right, then you are most likely correct.  Learn yourself, and test this ability. 

Take this example for instance.  Your friend tells you that you should sneak out to go to that great party that so-and-so is going to, but you feel this tickle in your tummy before you hesitate.  This is your gut talking to you.  It’s telling you … hold on … don’t jump into this.

Listen to it.  Find out how your gut talks to you.  Think of all those times you got into major trouble, and ponder over what you felt just before you did the deed that got you into that mess.  That’s how you learn how your psyche talks to you.


Never, ever, feel like you don’t have the right to ask a question.  Asking a question only gets you in trouble when it hasn’t been asked, or the person of whom you are asking the question doesn’t want to give you an answer.

Don’t think I’m right on this?  Test it, and think back to times when the person of whom you asked a question reacted negatively.  In most cases, it is because they don’t want to give you an answer.

Asking the question is never, ever wrong.  You have the right.  So use it when you are in those situations where your gut is telling you that something is just not adding up.


When something doesn’t make sense, or the story just sounds down right disjointed, and your gut is telling you that something is off.  Then trust your gut, something is off.

This is a saying my Nana used to tell me when I would give her a scenario of what a friend told me, or did to me.

“Honey, if it doesn’t add up, it won’t add up.  Something is definitely not right with that story.”

Do you know in each instance she said this, she was absolutely correct. 


If you get that feeling something isn’t right take action. 

In EXPLORER X – Alpha Aadi and Eirena, his co-pilot investigated their gut feeling that something is off about their camp with their team.  They find that terrible things have been done to them.

There are several ways to take action.  Here are some;
-         Just tuck the knowledge away, and wait for the truth to reveal itself.  Believe it or not this happens a lot in life.  The truth has a way of coming out.  Sometimes it happens quickly, and sometimes it takes a long, long time. 
-         Ask questions.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions in order to get the answers you want.  You can ask anyone questions, and that may solve the mystery.
-         Run away or stay away.  If you are in a situation where an adult or a peer appears to be leading you in a direction that you feel is not safe.  Run.  There is no harm in running away from or staying away from someone.


Realize that you have control of your destiny.  No matter what happens to you in your life, you can learn from it all and become a better person.  Making the same mistakes will become harder the more you learn to trust your gut instincts, and yourself.
by: LM Preston, author of EXPLORER X - Alpha

Also, check out her book trailer for Explorer X -Alpha:

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