What the World Needs Now
Ever feel like the world is leaving you behind?
I remember a time as a youngster when some of my siblings and neighborhood friends were walking to the park, and I had to run to catch up. I wanted to stop and watch the ants crawl single file across the dirt, to throw a stick in the water flowing through the culvert under the road and watch it come out the other side, to listen and try to identify the bird singing in the topmost branches of the climbing maple, to pet the velvety noses of horses gathered along the fence, and to pop the hot tar bubbles on the pavement with my bare toes. All they wanted to do was get to the lake and swim. It's not that I didn't, but there was a lot to experience along the way.
Sometimes I feel like my whole life has been about trying to catch up. I buy clothing resale years after the fashion fades. I didn't have kids until my thirties. I learn to navigate technology at a snails pace. I didn't publish till my second half century.
But what if all of my stopping along the way was REALLY what the trip was all about? Maybe what the world needs more of is time lived fully, not spent trying to play catch up. I'm getting where I want to go, but I plan to enjoy the journey.
Public Speaking 101
No matter what anyone tells you to the contrary, people like to talk about themselves. Granted, most of us aren't exactly in our comfort zone in front of an audience, but the kids I met yesterday were so interested and gracious that I could have spent another hour reading and talking to them about the publishing process. The data isn't in yet as to whether or not it helped my sales at their school's Book Fair. Profitability isn't always measured in dollar figures, thank goodness! Since this was my first book talk presented to students, I'd say I'm already a winner. Thanks GSCS 5th - 8th grade students, for being my test group, and the reason I'm excited to move on to Public Speaking 201 - you were boss!
I am the moon
This morning I am the moon
sitting at my keyboard
half sunlit, half in shadow
the bisected ridge of my profile
in the monitor
where these words appear
almost of their own volition
and, in the warmth
which faces east
I feel the coming Spring
much more than
the lingering chill
of its western
Adventures in Social Media
Navigating the murky waters of social media makes me feel like a fish out of water! But it's sink or swim: I may be in over my head, but drowning is NOT an option! I just joined Twitter, so now I'm learning to Tweet, Follow Tweets, Re-Tweet, etc., etc... I recently joined Pinterest, but haven't had time yet to play there. Instagram, SnapChat, and whatever else is out there will have to wait until I get my fins....er... feet under me. Wish me luck in this brave, new ocean of connectedness! If I can do it, anyone can.
And if you want a REAL adventure, check out my new novel:
With a Little Luck
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Faeries, mermaids and other fey folk are favorites of mine, and though no leprechaun (who are totally real, mind you!) dwell in Emrysia, I'd still like to wish you all a wee bit-o-luck in finding that pot-o-gold... perhaps between the covers of a good book? One lucky reader who purchased Awakening at a recent author event and entered to win, will be receiving a free autographed copy of Lament. I'll announce the winner on my Facebook page later this evening --- and remember to post pictures of yourself there holding your copy for a free e-file extra!* For those of you looking for still more chances to win, stay tuned for upcoming contests and giveaways to reward readers in April.
*Share on your own page as well for double prizes - how lucky is that?!
Now two of my "sisters " are out swimming with the sharks --- are you ready to dive in? We are already live on Amazon, as a few excited readers who couldn't wait for tomorrow's release found out. They got a head start, but this is a race we can all win! Visit my store to shop now and help Lureli ride the wave to publishing history! Happy reading, and remember; post a photo of yourself with Lament on my Author FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/reademrysia?skip_nax_wizard=true and I'll send you a free e-file extra!
Happy Birthday tomorrow, Daddy and Regina! I know you're smiling down on me...
My FaceBook friends are already privy, and now you know too --- Volume Two is REAL! I received my Author Proof last night, and I can hardly wait for you to be able to get your copy! Lament looks amazing, and it is sooooo exciting to see two of my "Three SIsters" together, especially knowing that the third sister is just on the horizon. Believe me, you're going to want to know what happens next in Emrysia! I promise to let you know as soon as sales go live. Fingers crossed that 3/16 is still the magic number - Woot! Woot!