Monday, June 28, 2021

Quote of the Day



Quote of the Day 







"Anyone can be passionate, 


but it takes real lovers to be silly." 



~ Rose Franken




 
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Friday, June 25, 2021

Featuring a fellow author today



Book Review


by Jerry Harwood


Twelve Hours On The Block was released in 2020 by author Jerry Harwood and his publisher (ThreeRavensPublishing.com). The dark, brooding cover (designed by Tracy Lundgren) looked at first to be an alley at night in a less-than-desirable area of a large city. However, upon reading the first few pages I realized that it was, in fact, a view inside of a penitentiary.  

In this sci-fi fantasy, graphic, pulp fiction style novel newly incarcerated Eli, meets fellow inmate Tay when reality fades away and they face a crazy wild adventure, keeping their sanity with light hearted banter and references to mutually appreciated TV shows and movies. The scene opens one evening in a Sunnydale Penitentiary cell-block, where a carnivorous, seemingly super powered fellow inmate known as Hummbingbird kills a guard and starts a gruesome fire. From there, the night just gets weirder. Musical chanting spells, inmates uprising and hallucinations... or are they hallucinations? 

One of the most uniquely imaginative tales I have read, interwoven with ancient mythology and lore in a crafty way. While this is not a genre I would normally turn to, I am glad to have had the opportunity to do this review, and experience this author's interesting style and creative techniques he used in producing Twelve Hours On The Block.


Out of curiosity I visited Jerry's Amazon Central page, his blog (Jerry's Circumlocution) and his website. There, I learned that he has written, co-written or collaborated on numerous books including his first book Jam Sessions, a collection titled: Dragons & Dribbles (cool cover image on this one), and many others.  If you have time to visit his blog you'll find that it periodically shares interviews with other authors, short stories, recipes, book reviews and more. 

Interestingly, Jerry is the son of a school teacher, and he also spent time in that field. He has, in fact, had an adventurous life - according to his bio: "Jerry has backpacked Europe, taught in a Ukrainian University, worked in Rwanda after the genocide, is a first responder, sort-of remodelled a VW Thing, and has a love for Cherry Coke Zero that is only surpassed by his love for his wife, six children, and grandson".  He can also be found on FaceBook :)



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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources



Haliburton Highlands Land Trust: This organization has a deep-rooted sense of duty to protect cultural and nature heritage for future generations.  



Hanock Wildlife Foundation focuses on the use of the internet streaming live video of wildlife, showing the benefits of nature, celebrating wildlife and bald eagles especially. 



Hearts On Noses Sanctuary is located in Mission BC (Canada) and provides a home to more than 40 pigs needing refuge from the harsh world. 


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Monday, June 21, 2021

Quote of the Day



Quote of the Day 






"The moon silvered on one side the leaves, 

which the shadows bronzed on the other. 

They called to mind, 

as they swayed to and fro, 

the rustling which a bird makes in its flight. 

Everything murmured and whispered...

Warm vapors rose from the earth, 

and blent with the coolness of the night.

I inhaled a sort of intoxication. 

Nature sometimes affects the soul 

just as wine does the body."



 ~ Gustave Haller (1875)

 
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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Just For Writers



Just For Writers !!   

Today is the 2nd installment of this new series of posts Just For Writers ! Watch for a new post in this series around the middle of every month !!

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This link (below) will take female writers to a fantastic resource, re: women writers helping women writers : http://WomenWriters.net

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This is a Q&A blog interview we held with speaker and certified professional coach Rochelle Melander. She is the author of ten books and teaches professionals how to write good books fast, use writing to transform their lives, navigate the publishing world, and get published.


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This link will take you to an article written by Darren Chow offering tips for professional writers: 



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This link will take you to an article written by Donald Finch who offers advice for helping writers keep up on their craft even when the act of writing or marketing your writing feels like torture: 






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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Caring leaders



CARING Leaders Really Care: While Others Claim To!

* Written by Richard Brody - Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development and a consultant. He has been in charge of running events and has conducted personal development seminars for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. His company, PLAN 2 LEAD,  has an informative website: http://plan2lead.net  - and is also on Facebook: http://facebook.com/Plan2lead


Wouldn't every organization, and group, be, better - served, and represented, if their leaders, were, truly, caring? Unfortunately, far - too often, many, who are, either, elected, selected, and/ or, ascend to positions of leadership, claim to be that way. In their minds, from their perspective, they are concerned with their personal agenda and self - interest. Perhaps they are thinking they are simply taking the path of least resistance! 

After over four decades of involvement in nearly every aspect related to leading, I realize leadership is dependent on personal integrity. With, that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine and discuss why it matters.

1. Good old common sense: 

Have you ever wondered why we witness so little common sense in those who serve as leaders? Before electing anyone, we must seriously consider whether an individual has a superior quality of character! Great leaders are responsible for serving the common good!

2. Attitude, Articulation, Action Plans:

We need leaders who possess a genuine can-do attitude, but avoid the trap of wearing rose-colored glasses! One's focus and attention, must have the strength, to strategically determine the best action plan to proceed forward, while articulating an inspiring message!

3. Relevant; 

Leaders say what they mean, face reality and proceed in the most relevant manner! He must be ready, willing and able to fully explain his rationale in a unifying inspiring way!

4. Integrity: 

One can never be a real leader, unless he maintains absolute integrity, especially when it might be inconvenient to do so! His ideology must align with his organization's, and he must have the personal insights to articulate his ideals openly with his constituents! Those, with a well-developed, relevant imagination should be able to innovate  for the greater good!

5. Needs; 

If you aren't satisfying the needs of your group and stakeholders, you won't make a difference for the better! It takes an individual with the nerve and willingness to address the specific nuances to notice the best course of action!

6. Generate goodwill: 

The overall duty of a leader is to create an environment that generates goodwill.


Friday, June 18, 2021

Media Appearance


Announcement 

What a thrill to have a chance to network with Jack Finch of The Writers Digest network ! Jack has been incredibly generous with his time and we cannot thank him enough.

Dave and I are overjoyed to announce that we now have an Author Profile Page at The Writers Digest which you can find here:


On top of this great news... we were informed that the organization decided to help celebrate the release of our guide for writers, titled: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd




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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Quote of the day



Quote of the Day 



" A human mind works best when trained to be coherent, clear-sighted, and capable

 of self-organization while also being creatively free range. 

It is a very serious advantage to have a cohesive partnership going on between

 intelligent thought, creative process, and productive action. 

Otherwise, your thoughts and life can end up like so many positively inspired

 political and environmental efforts do—nobly motivated, 

fuelled with great dedication, and a joy to be involved with

but not altogether coherently coordinated enough to reach 

the great level of success that such noble motivations deserve. 

It seems that great intentions and strong effort

 can’t get the job done themselves. 

A successful process has to be mastered and

 implemented."



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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Author Interview



-- World of Writing -- Author Interview --

As many of our loyal readers are already aware, I like to share author interviews every 3-6 weeks or so on this blog. I feel these interviews help our audience get a feel for what the world of writing actually entails, the behind the scenes activities, the individual challenges and the unique situations each writer will face. Today we have the pleasure of featuring Elise Brooke, author of The New Zealand Dream
She invites you to visit her at: MyNZDreamBlog.com , on Instagram @: mynewzealanddream or on FaceBook  


Q: Hi Elise! It is great to have you here today. I had such a good time doing the interview on your blog back in March, and now it is my turn to ask you the questions. :) We already introduced some of your social media and blog, and I know you also manage a a FaceBook group ( A Journey Of Transformation ), however before we delve too far into the interview let's have  you tell our audience a little about your work. 

The New Zealand Dream is a story and account of my life so far. You take a journey from birth, growing up in a beautiful country town. Moving to the suburbs, discovering New Zealand’s underground in Book One The Seeds Are SownLife has been a struggle and a uphill climb, I was born with learning difficulties that caused me challenges every day. My mother, who single-handedly raised my brother, and I suffered from mental health problems. I dived into the drug and alcohol scene at a young age, growing up surrounded by violence and gangs. I escaped a religious occult, got married and had children. 

In Book Two Growth And Destruction, before I hit the age of thirty, I am a divorced single mother. My support network passed away, and I sank into the world of abuse. I stayed trapped in an abusive relationship for over eight years until one night he nearly killed me and I escaped. You will meet characters you may relate to and characters that will shock you. I will lead you into the world that surrounded me and nearly killed me. 

In Book Three I will show you how I changed my world, escaped the traps, leading me here to tell my story.






Q: Oh My Gosh ! It sounds like you have been through a lot of adventures in your life, challenges that might have seemed insurmountable and it looks like you successfully made the journey of accepting and loving yourself. Sharing your through writing could really help people facing similar situations.  Tell us about your journey to publication… (How long have you been writing? Why did you decide to pursue writing?)

I have written and self-published two books in my autobiography series of three, called “The New Zealand Dream” by Sheila my pen name. I have written and published many content articles. In all I have been writing for 24 years, I started in short fiction stories and poetry. I write in many genres, at the moment I am finishing my last book in my autobiography series, writing a short horror story called “Taken Over” and a modern day romance called “Star gazing.” 

I am also a blogger and post regular articles and content there: https://www.thenzdreamblog.com and I am a writing mentor. I help others in their writing journey to complete their manuscript and share their story. I first decided to write stories and share mine to give hope and inspiration to others.



Q: Do you still have the first piece you wrote?
 
Yes I do, I keep all my first drafts and notes, hand written in a folder. These and photos would be the first thing after any humans and animals I’d grab if there was a fire they mean a lot to me.

My main reason when I do write poetry is for release to let my emotions out, and to touch another who reads it and make them think. Poetry is like my therapist along with music.


Q: Every writer approaches the work day a little differently. What is your typical workday like? (Do you stick to a writing schedule? Do you set daily goals?)

My typical work day is I get up at 7.30am, start my work day at 8.30am. I begin by checking my emails and responding, the next thing I do is engage with my audience and answer any questions, follow leads. I then provide a value or curiosity post to spark further engagement latter. I spend 3-4 hour, 4-5 mornings working on my story projects as this is when I’m freshest. I spend the afternoons creating articles, researching, and marketing or mentoring.


Q: What is the most difficult part of marketing for you?

The most difficult part of marketing to me is closing the sale, I can bring readers to me, engage, build trust and direct to subscribe/freebie but after subscription a lot do not buy. Also finding a suitable way to send my books overseas that is reasonable in shipping, at the moment if the reader is in Australia or NZ I can send them my book direct but overseas I have to refer them to Amazon as shipping is three times the book, ouch. 



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Authors must develop what is known in the industry as an Elevator Speech, referring to being able to describe a book in a sweet, succinct manor. Would you mind sharing your Elevator Speech? Sell us on your books in 20 words or less. 

The New Zealand Dream, The Seeds Are Sown and Growth And Destruction by Sheila Smith; takes you on a journey around New Zealand starting with my parents New Zealand Dream, which quickly turned into my nightmare.


Q: Have you had, and how did you handle, writer's block?

I take a break, I do not force the writing process. Or I just write, even if it sounds like gobble-te-goop, and edit later. This helps me bring back the flow.


Q: Do you use certain tricks that help prevent you from straying from your goal?

I use a vision board with pictures of what I want in my life to focus on daily. I set goals with dates every day doing steps towards achieving these goals. I practice visualization, I visualize myself already achieving and holding the goal, how it smells, feels, the emotions, what it looks like to me etc to help build belief and faith.




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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Media Appearance



Brummet's In the Media 


After 25 years in the #writing industry, when I'm pleasantly surprised by unusual and challenging #interview questions the experience becomes so much more enjoyable for me.

**Thank you Ashley for putting so much effort into making the interview so special.

I like the stock photos she chose... none of those are of us or our family, however the imagery does suit the interview and I'm so glad she chose them.

Please do check it out., leave a comment... share on your social networking channels :)

It was so much fun, for both Ashley and I, and we both really hope that you all enjoy it too.






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Monday, June 14, 2021

Quote of the Day


Quote of the Day










"A baby is born with a need to be loved 

and never outgrows it."



 ~ Frank A. Clark




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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Media Appearance



Announcement 


Today I am thrilled to announce that The Writer's Digest Network has published our article about the local Growing Fresh project,  which involves many nonprofits and volunteers helping people learn about gardening and then how to utilize that bountiful harvest. 

I hope you enjoy reading it :) Feel free to leave a comment on the Writer's Digest blog and be sure to browse their awesome site!




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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Garden pest: cabbage moth



Getting Rid of Cabbage Moth


 * Today's article was offered by Richard Haigh, and had some minor editing done by Lillian Brummet before publication here. Richard writes regularly at http://the-organic-grower.blogspot.com/ and invites you to read more of his articles about organic gardening there.


You do everything possible to have healthy growth and 'bang' your plants get slammed by some critter or another. This time it is cabbage moth that is causing trouble...

What do you do?

As more and more of us are concerned about climate change from chemicals and the like, we turn to the old ways of control. This means, in general, natural control for all those bugs that help themselves to our crops.

Cabbage moth layers its eggs on the leaves of cabbage, and caterpillars are the result. Rapid loss of leaves from your crop, is the consequence of this.
The best and sure way of dealing with this is to take a bucket of hot water and go round your plants daily and pick the caterpillars off and drop them in the bucket. This is takes time and is unpleasant.

A better way is to trap the month before the eggs are laid. You do this by placing a small board ( beer mat size is ideal ) around the crop area, smear a little treacle on it and you will catch quite a few months.

If you have a large patch of rhubarb, use the discarded leaves to make a strong tea, leave it to cool and pour over you crop, giving them a good soak. The idea here is that the smell that is given off confuses the moth and it will go else where. This must be done every four to five days, more often if it rains.

I have tried this and it does work, only trouble is you need a big patch of rhubarb.
Now this is the stuff that cabbage moth fear because it kills them dead. It is called Fire Spray. It really works well on most bugs and plants.

Fire Spray:

4 garlic bulbs
6 big hot chilli peppers or 3 tablespoon hot chilli powered.
4 squirts of liquid detergent
1 big spoon full of vegetable oil
35 fluid ounce of water ( 7 USA Cups )

Put the whole lot in a blender and then sieve through a coffee filter or some such.
Store in a jar in you fridge with a label.
If your blender is not big enough to take all that water; put in as much water as you can and add the rest after blending.
Put the mixture in a garden spray and do a little trail with it first to see what effect it will have on your plants. Spray it on both sides of the leaves and anything that you are unsure about, spray it on the ground around the plant. I spray it down rat holes and find that they soon move out and set up house somewhere else.

It was my neighbour on my allotment who gave me this recipe; it comes with a warning.

Always wear gloves and eye protectors. Wash your hands after use.

Spray your crop every three to six days or more often if there is rain.
When the cabbage moths have gone, I switch to a much lighter deterrent, preventative spray:

 4 ml natural liquid soap in a two pints of water 

Spray around crops once a week, on both sides of the leaves to keep most pests away.



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources


Green Saver: Ontario (Canada) based not-for-profit organization, helping homeowners, renters, small business and housing providers reduce their energy use and look for alternative conservation and energy solutions.




Grizzly Bear Foundation: Grizzly Bears are said to be an "apex species with a keystone role in enriching resilient biodiverse ecosystems". A quick search online reveals that "apex" refers to the bear being a predatory species, at the top of the food chain. Their site shows that this organization works with all levels of government toward better conservation, planning, monitoring and law enforcement. This includes long term stewardship, sanctuaries, species at risk laws, wild salmon conservation, and more.



Habitat Acquisition Trust works in the Vancouver Island area, working to increase and maintain natural areas, create community partnerships and an array of community projects.

InfoHAT.bc.ca


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Author Interview


World of Writing - Author Interview


* Shout out to Leslie Barrett of PRByTheBook.com for sending today's guest our way. Joining us is Sherri Rose, to speak about her experiences in producing a children's book. ​Sherri L. Rose grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a retired pediatric and family nurse practitioner, as well as a hospice and palliative care nurse, she recognizes the critical importance of helping children understand what is happening during the pandemic that is currently sweeping the globe. She has 6 children and 7 grandchildren and sincerely hopes that her book will help families stay safe. Visit her at SherriRoseBooks.com & on FaceBook


Q: What is your education/career background?


A: I initially acquired a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), then took my “boards” to become a Registered Nurse. After working for a year on a pediatric unit in the hospital, I left, took a couple of months off. I was not that fond of acute care. I then attended the PNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) Certificate Program at MCV/VCU, now VCU Health System. I completed a Master’s in Nursing (MSN) in 2005 at the University of Virginia and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Later in my career I joined a wonderful hospice agency and became certified as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. I’ve essentially nursed through the entire life cycle along with mine (I’ve grown old with my patients).


Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


A: Or what first inspired you to write? I started writing papers while in college and found that I enjoyed not only the writing, but the research was so fascinating. Remember, this is before computers! I began working on my memoirs (Memoir #1; I need to write three to get all my stories included) in 2017 pulling from my many journals that I’ve written over the years I’ve had an unusual number of life experiences.


However, in early July 2020, when I lay in my bed to go to sleep, I desperately yearned to give my precious youngest grandson a hug. I had tried doing so through lots of saran wrap one day, as well as a blanket all over me – however it was very confusing to him and unsettling for me. It was so hard. Hence – I decided that if all else fails, I needed visuals and audio to explain to this little one what in the world has been happening! So, I wrote this book, dedicated to him, to help us all understand in simple terms what has been occurring and why our world has been turned upside down.


Q: Where/When do you best like to write?


A: We have a little room upstairs that used to be the “game room.” Since no grandchildren could visit, I’ve turned it into a little office for me. It worked well with my husband, as he has a small business working with clients with tax issues. This little room has also become my “recording studio” for zooming, reading my book and singing the song. It’s been a great way to reach out to libraries, an alumni reunion and more. My little room is quiet, serene, has some of my favorite family pictures, a great window and it promotes positive thinking and writing.


Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?


A: I love to spend time with our family and friends, play with our young grandchildren and talk with our older ones, play the piano, sing, garden (especially roses), bike, read, and spend time and play Scrabble with my husband. Relationships are truly what creates happiness for me.



Q: 
What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?


A: The business of writing. I love to write, however I had no idea, whatsoever, how I would essentially have to work “full-time” again to get everything done. Keeping a record of expenses, coordinating numerous contracts – and the passwords with all of these agencies was amazing. I am supposed to be retired! But I’ve had a great time.


Q: What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?


A: My most outstanding mentor was my supervisor in Roanoke, VA. Elizabeth (Willie) Nelson, BSN, RN, was such an amazing nurse and community figure. She guided me and supported me through an important job as a PNP. I was the first NP to be placed in one of the twelve Child Development Clinics in VA to identify young children that might require early intervention and special education services from the schools. I remained in touch and close with her until the day she died.


Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

A: How important an editor is! I was unaware, despite my extensive “paper-writing” in undergraduate and graduate school, of my errors in the tense of my verbs and mixed up my pronouns! I certainly learned a lot.




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Monday, June 7, 2021

Quote of the Day


Quote of the Day












"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, 

and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. 

The trail has strung upon it, 

as upon a thread of silk, 

opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. 

It has given me blessed release from care 

and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. 

It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. 

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life 

thins my blood 

and benumbs my brain, 

I seek relief in the trail; 

and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, 

my cares fall from me — 

I am happy." 



~ Hamlin Garland (1899)




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