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Melody’s Magical Flying Machine

WRITING WEDNESDAY 

I LOVE introducing you to fabulous authors and great books. Elaine and I met in Nashville and again in Las Vegas where we were both presenters at the BAM Conference.

She is so talented, lovely and hysterically funny! 

About the book: An image posted by the author.

Melody is an amusing ten-year-old girl with Down syndrome who loves to daydream beneath a catalpa tree in the backyard. She narrates her story and explains, “I can do almost everything other children can do, and I’m happy.”

She loves her teacher, going to the library, and playing with her little brother as he tells knock-knock jokes. After a sad day, she meets an enchanted talking bird, and they use a 3-D printer to create a flying machine pulled by two dragons.

Melody soars over the playground to amaze her friends and confront a group of bullies. Melody’s energetic talent in storytelling empowers her to educate others about Down syndrome while sharing her tall tales and strong hugs. Caroline Zina’s pencil illustrations are beautifully textured and shaded, with a magical quality that deftly matches the text.

 This positive story is a beginning chapter book for children ages 7 through 11. About the Author:

Elaine Ambrose is a bestselling author of ten books and has won prestigious writing awards in three genres: humor, memoir, and children’s books.

Kirkus Reviews wrote that the book is “A joyful, well-told story that celebrates the power of imagination.”

Her books include Frozen Dinners, Menopause Sucks Midlife Cabernet, and Midlife Happy Hour.  She’s also an award-winning syndicated blogger on several online sites.  Midlife Happy Hour was a finalist for the 2016 Foreword Book of the Year award for Humor. Foreword Reviews gave the book a rare 5-Star Review. The book won First Place in the Independent Press Awards for Midlife and was selected as a “Distinguished Favorite” for Humor. Elaine won two writing awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for her humorous blog posts on The Huffington Post and on her own blog.

Her children’s book, Gators & Taters, won the 2018 “Distinguished Favorite” for Children’s Literature from the Independent Press Awards. The bilingual storybook, The Magic Potatowas adopted by the Idaho State Board of Education for the statewide curriculum and won the prestigious 2018 Silver Medal from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

She organizes professional writing retreats with acclaimed faculty, and she is a popular motivational speaker at college commencement ceremonies, writing conferences, workshops, retreats, book clubs, and live comedy shows.

Ambrose is an internationally recognized syndicated blogger. She recently was voted one of the top three authors in the “Best of Treasure Valley” contest sponsored by The Idaho Statesman and In October 2016, she was named a regular featured contributor to Sixty and Me.

In 2014, she authored a humorous post on The Huffington Post that went viral with more than 700,000 likes. The post, titled Don’t Fart During an MRI was reprinted in several countries in various languages and continues to gain fans. It was named as of one of the Top Ten Most-Read Posts in the Ten-Year History of The Huffington Post. Ambrose was interviewed live from New York, Interview on Huffington Post Live-Streaming Network.

Another post on her blog, My Mother’s Body Got Lost, was chosen as a winning entry in the Voices of the Year Competition sponsored by BlogHer. Ambrose presented her essay at the conference in New York in July 2015.

In 2008, Ambrose collaborated with author Joanne Kimes to write Menopause SucksPublished by Adams Media, the book continues to sell well and receive positive reviews.

Ambrose is the founder and facilitator of the quarterly Women, Words, and Wine Writing Retreat as well as the annual Write by the River Retreats sponsored by her business, Mill Park Publishing. Write by the River Retreats have featured New York Times bestselling authors Anthony Doerr, AK Turner, Jennifer Basye Sander, and Whiting award winner Alan Heathcock.

She spoke in 2014, 2016, and 2018 at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, Ohio and spoke at the first annual  BAM Bloggers at Midlife Conference in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, and again in Las Vegas in 2016. She is a regular speaker and workshop leader at the Idaho Writers Guild Rendezvous.

Elaine recently toured Greece and the Spanish island of Palma de Mallora with only carry-on luggage and her husband, Studley.

Interview with the author: 1. You have an impressive catalogue of published books, congratulations! As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/or spirit animal for each one of your books?

Thanks! As for mascots, I think of several birds for my books. An eagle works for my memoir because it took strength, focus, and the quest for freedom from childhood baggage to write the book. My humorous books could be compared to a woodpecker because I compiled a noisy group of funny, loud stories that couldn’t be ignored. My children’s books go with quail because they bob along, perky and jaunty, and they make me laugh.

2. Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?

Middle-age women love my humor books: Menopause Sucks, Midlife Cabernet, and Midlife Happy Hour. I’ve received emails and reviews thanking me for causing laughter about the trials of getting older. Several women wrote they had to run to the bathroom because they were laughing so hard and didn’t want to wet their pants.

Others have said they were reading the books on the airplane and other people asked them what was so funny. Those messages made my day. Parents like my children’s books because the stories are positive and uncomplicated. One story in Gators & Taters includes a mother showing family photo albums to her children after they had a bad day. Several scrapbook clubs ordered copies of the book just for that story.

3. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? The worst?

The best money spent was for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. After calculating the costs for registration, airfare, and hotel they were more than $1,000 but the workshops were valuable and important.

The worst money was a $500 program that promised to get my books into libraries. It was a scam.

4. Melody’s Magical Flying Machine is such a positive story, what was your inspiration?

I was close to a delightful little girl with Down syndrome. She used to run to me and beg me to tell her a story. I haven’t seen her in years, so I wanted to write a story for her. It is the type of story I would have told her in person. I hope she sees it someday.

5. This is a first chapter book for 7 to 11- year-olds. What challenged you writing for this age group?

I’d never written a chapter book, and I wanted to go beyond the short stories in Gators & Taters. I imagined students reading and wanting to know what happened in the next chapter.

6. Tell us about the process of using youth editors?

Knowing several children who are voracious readers,  I wanted their opinion of the original manuscript. One reader suggested I develop the character of the boy named Jack. I added that he told “knock-knock” jokes. That was a delightful and fun addition. Another child suggested I elaborate more about Melody’s daily outfits. Children know what they want to read.

7. Tell us about the spectacular illustrations

I wanted an illustrator from my state of Idaho. While researching various websites I fortunately found Caroline Zina. I liked her portfolio and asked her for some sample sketches. She’s a young, new illustrator, and she jumped at the chance to do the book. National reviews have been positive about the illustrations.

8. Where did the idea for the cover come from?

The cover motivated the story. I’ve used the Bridgeman Art Gallery of New York for two others book covers and was searching their website for a cover for my next humor book titled Midlife Reboot – How to Unplug and Start Over. (It’s in the rough draft stage.) Suddenly I saw the splendid artwork by Wayne Anderson titled Female Warrior. The girl in the picture reminded me of my little friend with Down syndrome. I purchased the rights to use the art, placed a copy of the artwork next to my computer, and wrote the 8,000-word first draft in 12 hours.

9. How many unpublished; half written or ideas for books do you have?

Too many to count. Some titles include: Farmer’s Daughter’s Almanac and Returning to the River of No Return. I have several unpublished short stories, some are humorous, some serious.

10. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are?

I grew up on an isolated potato and pig farm outside the village of Wendell, Idaho, population 1,000. When I was 10 I started writing short stories on a Big Chief tablet. I majored in journalism at the University of Idaho and enjoyed several good jobs: the first female TV news reporter and talk show hostess in Idaho, the first female assistant director of school services for the University of Idaho, the first female communications officer for Idaho Bank & Trust, and one of five female managers at the corporate headquarters of Boise Cascade Corporation.

After my children were grown, I started a publishing company called Mill Park Publishing.

I became a syndicated blogger, author, and certified workshop facilitator. I’m a third-generation Idahoan and will remain in Idaho. I’ve traveled to 32 countries around the world, but always come home.

Favorite travel memories include floating on a boat down the Nile to visit several ancient Egyptian temples, walking into the Taj Mahal in India, riding a bull elephant on safari in Nepal and watching a tiger kill a buffalo, eating bird’s nest soup in Hong Kong, watching people dress the Jade Buddha in Thailand, climbing stairs to the top of the Dome in the Vatican in Rome, and leading a writing workshop at a sacred site in Ireland.

11. What is your favorite, local restaurant and what are you choosing from the menu?

I love Italian food and we have a restaurant here called Luciano’s. I can be found consuming Bolognese and dry red wine.

12. Do you have a guilty type favorite TV show and what are you drinking while watching?

I don’t watch TV. There is nothing on I want to see. On the rare times I watch a movie, I’m drinking dry red wine.

 

Find more “About Elaine” and her books on her website: elaineambrose.com

 

I’m wearing white every day…

Fall Reading

As of August 1st I’ve wanted to wear white every day, visit local parks, the beach and the hot dog and hamburger cravings are crazy. I’m such a summer person and I won’t give it up easily but I’m also a planner and it’s time to fill my fall book shelf. Normally I’m a scaredy cat but my #FallReading has to be scary or at least mysterious.

The first book in my #FallReading to be read pile is The Brown House. For me the title screams fall and scary and it’s based on a real house!

Meet the Author

Christy Sloat  is a California girl that resides in New Jersey with her husband, two young daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. She has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the bestselling author of thirteen novels including, The Librarian, The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and the award-winning Slumber Duology.

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Writing Wednesday PR Part 3 TV and Radio Pitches

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…

PR Part 3 Writing TV and RadioPitches

To read part 1 and part 2:

Part 2- PR Writing Press Releases –https://doreenmcgettigan.com/?p=5566

Part 1- PR for books/authors –https://doreenmcgettigan.com/?p=5554

Like I said in part 1 and part 2, if you can hire a PR professional they are well worth the investment. If the funds are not in your budget it is possible to write your own media pitches. I will confess, writing media pitches ranks right up there with writing the query and the synopsis but the process does make us better writers.

If you have been following along you are aware that as an author your goal is to write and sell books but when pitching the media you will need to switch gears and pitch your expertise and an idea that will be of interest to the entire viewing/listening audience. You are all about you and selling your book but the media is all about their target audience. The host will mention your book and if you were an interesting guest the audience will be interested in looking up your book. Commercials are for selling products.

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Before you write your pitch you will want to research the show or shows you intend to pitch. Is the audience the right one for your message? Pitching a show that would have no interest is your message is a waste of time.

There is no doubt that the media landscape is changing as quickly and as drastically as the publishing industry. Staff is limited and producers are under a lot of pressure to fill airtime with guests that will be of interest to their audiences. The opportunity is there for you if you can develop the skill of pitching.

Once you have crafted your elevator speech and have figured out what your specific area of expertise is writing your pitch letter will be easier.

TV/Radio Pitch Writing Tips:

Do not pitch on social media. Social media is a great place to connect with producers, not a good place to pitch them. Send an e-mail. On most station websites you can find the information you need to submit a pitch. It isn’t always easy to find but it is there.

Start with local programs to gain confidence and experience.

Your pitch should be custom targeted to each producer. Get to know the shows you are pitching. Watch and listen, often.

Come up with a great headline, no more than 8 words.

Next is the tagline. It should be 2 or 3 sentences. Think hook and elevator pitch. Chances are if you don’t hook them here they won’t read any further.

Next you want to answer these questions. Why you are the best person to speak on this topic, why your subject will interest their audience and why their audience needs the information you have and why they need it now.

You want to be as clear and concise as possible. Don’t add fluff.

Next you want to suggest a segment.TV producers will need to be able to visualize what you are pitching and radio producers will need to visualize what the segment will sound like. Describe the segments to them.

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Create a media kit. I will write about media kits in Part 4.

Have you written a pitch letter? Do you have any tips to add?

Happy writing,

Doreen

 

His Name Was Ben…

 

A few years ago I read Paulette Mahurin’s first novel The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. I loved the book and looked forward to her next. His Name Was Ben was worth the wait.

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Paulette has offered a kindle version of His Name Is Ben for a lucky commenter.

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Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed.

 

Meet Paulette Mahurin:

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Paulette lives with her husband Terry and three dogs, Max, Bella, and Lady Luck in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

While in college, she won awards and was published for her short-story writing. One of these stories, Something Wonderful, was based on the couple presented in His Name Was Ben, which she expanded into this fictionalized novel in 2014. Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction of the year 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminister Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs.

 

The Interview:

Thank you, Doreen, for having me over to your great site, for reading and reviewing my book. I’m grateful for your help.

 

Where did you grow up?

 

West Los Angeles, near UCLA. A lot of the scenes in my book, His Name Was Ben, take place in areas where I grew up in West, Los Angeles.

 

Did you grow up in a reading or a writing home?

 

No, my parents both worked and I took to writing on my own. It just happened at a young age, that I started writing in a gifted diary and found a great enjoyment for writing. That love has never left me.

 

The main characters in, His name was Ben are both cancer patients. Are they based on real life people or more of an accumulation of people you may have known or come across in your work?

 

The real Ben and Sara were a couple who I met and worked with while in college. Some of the story line about their pasts has been altered/fictionalized to protect their anonymity. They inspired me to write a short story about them while in college which won a national award and was published. After my first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, I expanded Ben & Sara’s story into a full length novel.

 

What publishing route did you choose and why?

 

With this book, I self-published through createspace. I worked with the editor from my first book, who had many years professional experience working at Simon & Schuster. I also worked with an excellent design person and a handful of experienced authors/readers. When promoting my first book, I connected with a lot of self-published indie authors. Many have well written compelling stories, some were best sellers. This motivated me to attempt doing my second book this way and with my profits going to help rescue dogs it worked out to be more beneficial.

 

What are you writing now?

 

I’m writing a story that centers on the unjust imprisonment of Captain Alfred Dreyfus to Devil’s Island in 1895 and Emile Zola’s attempt to publish a letter in the Paris press to free him. It is known as one of France’s largest anti-Semitism scandal. I just finished reading the transcripts from the libel trial that Zola went through as a result of his heroic challenge. It’s a fascinating true story but I’m writing it from a historical fiction perspective. I’m up to chapter twenty on the first draft.

 

You volunteer as a court moderator- my imagination wants to believe you are taking notes and we may read about them one day.

 

I’m seeing a lot of very interesting things and mediating some even more fascinating things being in the courtroom setting. Unfortunately, I can’t keep the notes or talk about anything that goes on in the mediation as it’s all confidential. That’s the beauty of mediation, you get to have your say and come to your own mutual agreement of how you want your court case to be ruled and with that signed agreement as a defendant nothing goes on your record against you, credit report, etc. The benefit for the plaintiff is you don’t have to have the burden to prove your case to the Judge.

 

What is the last book you read?

 

“Tempesta’s Dream” by Vincent B. LoCoco is a wonderful love story that centers around operas and the love of opera. I was hooked on it right away, had trouble putting it down, and didn’t want it to end; it was that good.

 

My Review of His Name Was Ben:

Author: Paulette Mahurin

My apprehension of reading a cancer related story dissolved quickly as I fell in love with the characters Paulette crafted with such depth.

I want to call the book a bittersweet love story, a love that developed between two people that happened to have cancer, after they met by chance in an oncologist’s waiting room.  This is more a story about life and living than it is about illness and dying. It is a life story.

This story left me surprisingly uplifted and reminded me that love will find us when and where we least expect it and that there are absolutely no coincidences in this world.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good love or life story.

 

LINKS

FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN:

BEN AMAZON:     http://www.amazon.com/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin/dp/0692264698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411266674&sr=8-1&keywords=His+name+was+ben+by+paulette+mahurin

BEN AMAZON UK:     http://www.amazon.co.uk/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin/dp/0692264698/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411271225&sr=8-2&keywords=paulette+mahurin

BEN GOODREADS:     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23255291-his-name-was-ben

BEN SHELFARI: http://www.shelfari.com/books/38013543/His-Name-was-Ben

BEN FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/His-Name-Was-Ben/277140049142291

AUTHOR’S BLOGSITE:

http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

AUTHOR’S TWITTER:

https://twitter.com/MahurinPaulette

PRESS ARTICLE ON PAULETTE MAHURIN DONATING PROFITS TO DOGS:

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/08/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance/

PROFITS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN GOING TO CANINE ADOPTION RESCUE LEAGUE: http://carldogs.org/purchase-name-ben/

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Diggers and Dead Beat Dads/ Author Interview and Review…

I recently read Gold Diggers and Dead Beat Dads. I am excited that the author, Valerie Rind agreed to answer a few questions and I applaud her for writing an intelligent, important and due to the serious subject a surprisingly witty book.

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My Review: Smart, well written and eye opening…

The author had me at the title, Gold Diggers and Dead Beat Dad$. The book is a compilation of some extremely painful, personal stories of financial exploitation and ruin committed by those the victims most loved and trusted.

We are taught at a very young age that it’s not polite to ask someone about their financial status including how much they make, how much they save or their credit rating. The author shines a bright light on the financial wreckage that can happen if we don’t shake off the controversy and start asking personal financial questions before we say I-Do.

Valerie Rind writes from her heart as she shares her own devastating story of lending her deceptive husband money for a start-up business and discovering a financially devastating secret he kept from her for many years.

Along with the heartbreaking stories and valuable lessons learned by others the author offers common-sense tips on avoiding and overcoming financial ruin. It is written well and left me feeling like I was not alone after being devastated financially by loved ones, myself.

An important book for anyone considering marriage, caring for an elderly loved- one or blending a family.

Author bio:

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During a hiatus from my career as a corporate attorney, I worked for a local housing authority, where I created its pilot personal finance program for 300 low-income individuals.

For fun, I served as one of the founding volunteer moderators for the my FICO community forum.

My resume is a checkerboard with gigs like sailing on Caribbean yachts, running the office of a TV and film casting company, and negotiating megabucks contracts for a Fortune 200 technology company.

Irrelevant credentials: BA in Russian Language & Literature from Duke University. LLB and Masters of Law degrees from the University of Sydney. Yes, in Australia. I currently live in the Washington, DC area.

Interview:

What 3 questions about finances would you suggest to ask before considering a serious relationship with someone?

In Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads, I list more than 50 questions, so it’s hard to narrow it down to three!

A key topic is how your potential mate handles debt.  Ask: Do you have any credit card or student loan debt? How much? What are the interest rates? Do you pay in full or only the minimum amount due? Do you ever pay late? Exceed the credit limit? Is it time to get a card with better terms? What’s your plan to eliminate your debt? (You should be worried if your sweetheart has no plan).

How can someone considering a midlife marriage that involves blending a family protect their own personal finances and their children’s inheritance?

Opinions vary on whether couples should have entirely separate or combined bank and investment accounts. It’s such an individual matter, and the best solution is often somewhere in the middle.

It’s critical to get your will or trust updated, along with the beneficiaries for your 401(k) accounts, IRAs, and life insurance policies. One couple delayed taking care of business, and the second wife was left with almost nothing when her husband died. Blended families are a challenge if people have different ideas about “entitlement” to inheritances.

Can you share your path to publication, any difficulties along the way, and why you chose the path you chose?

I tried the “traditional” route first. Agents were interested but none seemed like a good match. I was frustrated and put the manuscript on the virtual shelf for five years. Periodically it annoyed me that I hadn’t finished the project.  One day I read about self-publishing. Wow, all I have to do is push a button! If I had known how much time, effort, and money it would take to self-publish … but it’s definitely been worthwhile and a lot of fun.

What are three red flags one should watch for concerning a mate’s finances that might suggest we are being lied to or scammed?

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Your partner is evasive about certain bills, bank statements, or other mail. When you ask questions about money matters, you get dodgy answers.

Her phone rings often with urgent, private calls or texts from people you don’t know.

He is often inexplicably late, absent, or unavailable.

Do you listen to music or work in silence while writing?

I definitely need music to stay “in the zone.” I love an obscure Internet radio station called XPoNential Radio that plays “an eclectic blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.”  Sometimes I get temporarily distracted when I stop to download a song that’s playing!

Are you planning another book?

Yes. People are already sharing their stories with me for the sequel. I’m interviewing leading authorities on subjects such as child support enforcement.  There weren’t enough stories to fill a whole chapter on family businesses gone wrong, so I’m seeking more anecdotes on that topic.

 

Connect with Valerie here:

Blog:ValerieRind.com

Twitter: @ValerieRind

Facebook: Valerie Rind

Google Plus: +ValerieRind

Various purchase links:

Available on Amazon in paperback:

http://amzn.to/1qJMGuK

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Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads

Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin

 

 

The Insecure Writers Support Group and Writing Wednesday

 

The first Wednesday of every month I participate in The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. #IWSG. This is one AMAZING group of talented writers. Some of them are beginners and some are professional authors. One of the many things we all have in common is our moments of extreme insecurity about our craft. Another is our gratitude and strong -pay it forward attitudes when our confidence is soaring.

 Congratulations and Happy 3rd Anniversary to:

 

Founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Alex J. Cavanaugh

To find out more about the IWSG or to join us, visit:

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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Every Wednesday I also share some of the things I have found that worked and some that didn’t work so well along my journey to publication, marketing and publishing again. Being insecure at times is one thing I had to and still deal with in my writing. Learning to listen to other writers, taking their advice and learning to write through those insecurities is a must.

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When Your Family and/or Friends Don’t Support Your Writing

 

It is hard enough for us writers to believe in ourselves so when someone close to us questions our choice and doesn’t support our decision to write, it stings.

We need to first consider the possibility that they may be genuinely concerned for us or they may lack understanding of what all is ‘involved’ in writing when we choose it as a career.

Once we have done our best to explain to them what we do and what they can do to support us and it doesn’t work out that way we have to realize that no matter how hard we try, everyone will not love our choice or our work.

When I asked a friend to come to one of my book signings and she asked me when I was going to come see her at work that got me thinking. I didn’t know exactly what she did at work. It had also been ages since I stopped by the dealership where my husband works, just to say hi. I never stopped by to see my daughter at the nursing home where she works to bring her chocolate or wine nor have I ever gone to the lumber yard where my other daughter works to buy lumber and have her sign it for me.

Well that revelation hit like lightening. Writing is my job.  It is emotional and I am passionate but at the end of the day I cannot expect a daughter that lives for romance novels to gush over my nonfiction.

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I needed to pay more attention to the careers of my loved ones and my friends and be more supportive of their passions if I expected the same of them.

I realized that when I need support for my writing, feedback or have exciting news to share the best place for me is a group of my peers.  Writers groups, critique groups, Facebook writer’s groups and especially The Insecure Writers Support Group are full of other writers that get what I do and feel what I feel.  There is always someone there with a hug, creative advice or a hand- up.

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I am blessed because my family does support me and my choice to write. My girls are happy to help me choose an outfit for a book event but they do not want to go to work with me. For that I need my tribe and my tribe needs me.

“Success is knowing, your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others.” John C. Maxwell    

 

 

Time for Teaching and still Beaching…

 

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments here:

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My husband told me yesterday to stop thinking about summer being over and to concentrate on enjoying each day of September. He is so right. The days are still sunny and warm, without being oppressive and the nights are comfortably cool. Then he asked me to go on a couple of beach dates. Just another of the million reasons I love that man.

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I have some exciting things to look forward to this fall. Not only will I be teaching again but I have been working with a committee since last spring to put together a workshop series sponsored by the Press Club of Pa. They will be held the fourth Saturday of every month (except December.) They will be on social media, branding, style (for men and women), networking, understanding the news, how to get attention from the media for your product, business, store, event, non-profit, blog or book, writing and publishing, pitching your business and more. We have been so lucky to have top experts in these fields offer to join us. We even have a few celebrity guests. I will be writing more about these classes next week!

http://www.thepressclubpa.org

Our Florida adventure has come and gone but I have no doubt we all created memories that will last forever. My husband and I took five of our grandchildren to Daytona Beach to visit my mother and John’s sister. We were worried that at least the driving part would be a nightmare but I have to tell you the kids were so good and we had SO much fun. Kudos to John for renting the top of the line Town & Country minivan equipped with DVD players and satellite radio and kudos to me for creating maps and putting them on corkboard for each child with colored stick pins. One color for cities we stopped in and another color for cities we passed through. They really got into it and now they know how to read a map. We had a great time with family and friends, went Go Karting, to batting cages, the beach, to Zoomair Daytona a zipline adventure and more…

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During our vacation my laptop kind of crashed and even though there was a TV by the pool the kids always wanted to listen to music so I was forced to detox from my news addiction. After reading this post on Boomeon written by Cathy Chester, taking an occasional news break is going to become a habit for me:

http://www.boomeon.com/posts/taking-a-short-break-from-the-news

Have a safe and fun Labor Day,

Doreen

 

 

 

The Scoop…

Typewriter envy

                                       My Writing Process…

Thank you to Kim Tackett for inviting me to share my writing process. It has been so interesting to read the process of some of my favorite writers. You can read Kim’s writing process here:

http://www.fiftyfiftyvision.com

 

Why do I write what I write?  

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Learning Disorders

 

For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s letter is the letter L

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Learning Disorders

Learning Disorders refer to one  or more psychological processes that help one understand, listen, think, hear, speak, read,  write, spell and to do math. Learning Disorders are relatively common and affects four to six percent of the public school population.

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Down in the Dumps or Depression? The A-Z’s of Mental Health

 

For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

  Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is D

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DEPRESSION

Every single one of us at some time in our life will experience some form of depression. For most of us it isn’t serious. The sad, discouraged or blue feelings will pass after a few days. For some people those feelings linger for weeks, even months.  If you have been feeling sad for longer than two weeks you need to see a doctor.

  • 1 in 10 U.S. Adults has some form of depression
  • 3.4% of those have major depression
  • For people between the ages of 10-24 suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death

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