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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Blogging is HARD

As I work to further my career as an author, as well as attempt to reach other folks battling the MonSter, I know that I must embrace the assistance of technology. I read the top selling articles on the subject of blogging and try to keep up on trending blogs. I check my FB fan page daily and "lurk" on twitter, while really not knowing what I am doing there. although I really enjoy playing around on Good Reads, I am clueless as to my purpose. And Pinterest....blow my mind! Whoa! Yes, I have followers, and I appreciate that greatly, but I haven't a clue what I am doing there.

I know, I know...I sound like a total idiot. I accept the criticism, but my cog fog will not allow me to fully understand the whole Pin, Tweet, Share experience. Sometimes I just do not get it.

So, I am totally open to any suggestions, advice, tips thrown my way.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

A BARNES AND NOBLE KIND OF DAY




Ii have been looking forward to this day for weeks. I will be at Barnes and Noble in Morgantown, WV, 1-4, with my first nonfiction book. If the review below doesn't excite you, go to Amazon and read more humbling words my readers have offered. 

When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, my world came to a grinding halt. Was I going to die? Would my baby son be raised without a mommy? Would my friends and family still love me in the presence of such an ugly disease? 
In the words of someone somewhere,  "we gotta do what we gotta do". There is no time in this one- shot life for self-doubt and pity parties. 

Hopefully I Have MS. What's Your super Power? will make you laugh, possibly bring a tear, but ultimately enlighten you on the mysteries of multiple sclerosis and the every day limitations of this disease. 
You do not have to have this disease to enjoy the read. But, if you know someone who has or know someone who knows someone who has this condition, consider grabbing a copy. It's small; it's short; it's packed with information. (And my illustrator did a heck of job with the cover art! Kudos to Ashley Teets!)


I Have MS. What's Your Super Power? by Lisa A. McCombs
Life-changing events bring out a super power that each of us needs to survive. Many look to their faith, families, friends, and each of them--in their own way--provide a strength that bonds into a shield of protection that allows surviving the unthinkable. This amazing story shows how absolutely tough those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis have to be. Multiple Sclerosis is an insidious disease that affects 200,000 to 3 million people per year around the world. Lisa McCombs writes her personal experience with "no holds barred" to help others and their families cope with MS. Touching, heart wrenching, and yes, even humorous at times, this is a book you won't easily forget, and you will see Lisa's super power shining through

Monday, December 7, 2015

Authors Need and Want Honest Reviews

It has been brought to my attention that some readers are having problems leaving a book review on Amazon. Here ya go:
1. Go to Amazon.com
2. Type in the name of the book you wish to review.
3. Click on the book title.
4. Click on a review star or scroll down to "write a customer review". and click on that.
5. Write your review in the space provided.
6. Click submit.
You will be given a message that your review is under review (yea, I know...redundant) and that you will receive an e-mail notifying you when your review is approved for publication.
A book review is generally two paragraphs detailing your thoughts on the writing and subject matter of the book. Reviews are extremely important to the public success of a novel and especially crucial to an author's state-of-mind.
All authors appreciate a positive review, but honesty is the best compliment a reader can give a writer.
Please consider reviewing the books you read. Amazon is only one of many on-line venues. Good Reads is another place that accepts reader reviews.
Thank you for allowing me to practice my teacher skills while continuing to recover from my recent retirement from the educational sector:)

My Challenge:
I review daily but not always for my WV author friends. I vow to post review more frequently. How 'bout you?
Game On!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Today is all about me.

TODAY IS ALL ABOUT ME

Today is all about me. It is Sunday. I have been to church and am ready to snuggle down to an after noon of  mindless of Lifetime Movie watching and knitting. That is, after I prepare a little Sunday dinner for my guys and wash the mysterious mountain of dirty dishes in my sink. but that won't take  long and I will get to the purpose of a Sunday afternoon.
Yep, today is all about me.
But yesterday was all about reconnecting with old pals and meeting new, awesome writing friends. The Kingwood Public Library hosted a wonderful after morning of sharing and writing comradeship. Meant to be a community event for the good folks of Kingwood, I think this really turned into a celebration of those WV authors who attended the event. We did get to interact with the public, but that was secondary to the prosperous learning experience these authors provided for one another. The treats were delicious and the tea comforting. The professional knowledge shared was priceless. 
I am so grateful to belong to such a giving, sharing family of writers.
I learned from S.J. not to get too close to the photography subject while on the job, especially if that subject is a bear...or an alligator.
My new friend Danielle is my new IT gal. She is a walking wealth of trade technology information; as well as an area zombie hermit crab expert.
Trinny, Theodore, and Renee reinforced in me a love for poetry and an appreciation of finely tuned words of verse. Theodore wowed us with his innovative use of  decorative tins. Renee delighted us with her sugar plumbs and Trinny got a giggle or two from us  compliments of Mag and Mae.
Laura brought copies of  The Silver Tattoo and I had the chance to again tell her that I had reviewed her story "somewhere". I WILL acquire a copy of Patricia's novel next week. I will also find Jennifer's Kindle published books since I am smitten with her ghost story affection.
Diana share some personal words from her first book.. And Georgeann didn't read to us, but she is responsible for making this event possible.
My head spins with the gargantuan amount of knowledge that occupied that cozy library yesterday.
I want to take a little bit of everybody there and combine all those  talents. Talk about s show stopper!

The more I think about my new friends, the more humbled I become. And the more I realize how insignificant Lifetime movies and my beginner's knitting project are. 
Today might be all about me, but yesterday is going to direct my tomorrow. Thank you, Kingwood Library for bringing us together and for ample "food" for thought.


And now, I had better get busy on those dinner preparations, so I can spend the rest of my day perfecting my writing.