Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentines And Saving A School

Showing my loves and helping to save a school. 
Flowers last a week. Learning is a lifelong gift.
Happy Valentines Day all month!
Live the life you love and love the life you live...
When we were young we married and had babies...
Then we went on... Here we are being goofy!


Beginning a new chapter

After 35 years...
We have a son...

And we ADORE him

We have a daughter...

We can't ever get enough of her either!
I hope you enjoy my family photos. Please, if you feel like helping children, think about donating to save the Project Why School in India. The links are above the first photo. Best wishes and great love to you all.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

February Already? IWSG Going Strong and Black History Month

I thought it worth noting this month that there are191 participants signed up to post in the IWSG blog hop this month. I know it fluctuates, but to me, that is amazing. Most post regularly while others miss now and then. This is more than a "blog hop" which is defined by hopping from one blog to another. We do hop, but we are doing more than that. We visit each blog to learn, gain confidence, spill our guts, boast, grieve, and to give advice, our opinion, comfort, and encouragement.  We don't just travel. We sit awhile, read, comment and "be" there for those on the list that we can reach. IWSG is a community and we are here for each other.
This is African American/Black History Month! Did you know that each president has to "declare" this? It isn't automatically scheduled. It is mandated by the sitting president and must be renewed when the president changes. I didn't know that and find it an interesting fact. Here are some links to interesting sites, videos, articles and some memes. Some are amazing, some beautiful, some are controversial, but all show us African American/Black History Month is deserved, necessary and powerful, even if I hope eventually, we won't "need" a month for this. It will just be "American History".


 February Question: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?
Funny, I used to do cross stitch and sew. I don't have much time for that now. I love to garden, plant flowers, so that's my only, at the moment, other creative venture.

 Our wonderful co-hosts for the February 6 posting of the IWSG are

The next IWSG anthology comes out April 30 
and this is the cover of Masquerade: Oddly Suited!

Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Release date – April 30, 2019
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644
EBook ISBN 9781939844651

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party… 

 Whether you are single or have a partner, Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Welcome To 2019, The New Year! IWSG in January

Welcome to 2019, a new year for all of us to discover. Here are some quotes I thought summed up what I would like to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy them and perhaps take one or more of them to heart.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're 
Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: 

                                                     art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared 
                                                     of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Neil Gaiman

 This one is appropriate for all writers...
“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
Brad Paisley 

This one is special, hitting it right on the head,
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Oprah Winfrey

I hope you all had wonderful and productive holidays (productive in that you had FUN!) and that this new year brings new light and wonder and fantastic-ness into your life. 
Please click HERE to find out the winners of the newest anthology, which will be coming soon!
Flying book mural in Columbus, Ohio

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional! 
January 2 question – What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
I like people asking how I write and what inspires my stories. 
I don't like when someone asks me, "How is the writing going?" 
The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is Tuesday, January15.
Don’t miss it!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The IWSG Goodreads Group is currently reading
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The discussion will start January 23, 2019 and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you're able.

The stupendous co-hosts for the January 2 posting of the IWSG are:
Please visit them and thank them for co-hosting and getting the year off to a great start!