The Right Way To Tie Shoes

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way?  Me either!

Watch this TED Talks  video by Terry Moore that shows the wrong way and the right way.  It matters which way the rabbit goes around the tree, the little story sometimes told while explaining the shoe tying process.



An Appointment Made

I have an appointment to meet my characters.  An observation made as I thought about the storyline as it currently is, and where I want to take it.  (Reading good writing inspires dissecting your own.)

For my first meet and greet serious thought is going into having someone else be the interviewer, letting me answer off the top of my head and make notes.  Why off the top of my head?  Because too much thought, could contrive the answers to fit what I want and not what is plausible.

This is about learning these character are in my head. Finding what buried deep in my imagination can be used to give  character depth and motivation.  In the last couple of years I read/heard about this exercise in writing, at the time just seemed beyond me and my little writing.  Now, not so much.

Second Children’s Story

Yep, working on the second one.  Is it a series?  Eh, sort of, maybe?  It is the next in line for a grandchild.  A boy this time.  The concept is pretty firm.

Earlier this week, I found an underlining motivation for the story.  Writing down ideas, details, thoughts, even a few scenes came to mind.  This is the beginning. Feels familiar because I have been here before.

That is the thing, with anything new to you, the next time parts of the action feel familiar.  That beginning of the ‘been there, done that’ familiarity.  This is practice in motion.

Again, my initial thoughts have been to ‘hire out’ the illustrations, as well as debating whether or not to even have illustrations.  Then, of course!  There have to be some illustrations.  So perhaps today I will try and do some preliminary sketches of what imagined illustrations.  The sad part is in not doing my imagination justice.


The Irish Wedding

This is a touching poem about tying the knot.

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irish gobletsGreen and Black
Purple and Gold
The day of promise
A vow is told

The Groom in kilts
A Bride in white
The aisle they walked
A stunning site

Irish maid past
Now given to share
The Man of her dreams
A life declared

They blessed the claddaghs
And gave their heart
To say forever
Til death we part

The cake is cut
And glasses raised
The toast of joy
Their loved ones praised

They danced a jig
And played a tune
Then drank to love
The month of June

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How does this work?

I have NO idea, learning as we go.

First off, the only current edition is a Kindle on Amazon’s Kindle store.

Second, we are looking at other ebook formats as well as a print on demand paper and ink book.  We should know something to tell you on that version by end of next week.

Please, please, please, share your comments on Snowball, and tell everyone you know about it.  You are part of my marketing plan (chuckling here).  You are my whole marketing plan.

I do have a Goodread’s author account.  Julie Kolb

Thanks! Julie

Thanks For The Support!

I have to thank Al Kattermonran who has kept my announcement going round Twitter.  Thanks, Al!

Another shout out has to go to Duncan Swallows for his blast on Facebook. Thanks Fluffy.

A review on Amazon showed up, so a thank you to Cynthia Castro.  Sweet! Thanks Cynthia. (By the way if you go to the Kindle Store and search for Snowball, the first entry in the search results is a book by Warren Buffet.  I take that as a omen.  That is unexpected good company.)

On Goodreads, yes, I have a Goodreads author page! Cool! And a library is following me! Livingston County Library, Thank you!

I have so many more supporters that have done so much to encourage me.  Everyone is so precious to me, thank you.


snowball cover shot


Snowball is the title of my first book.  Snowball is a children’s easy reader, first chapter book.  My best illustrations are included.

It was written for my granddaughter. It is a very late birthday present.  (Available as an ebook Kindle edition on Amazon now.) Two years in the making.

My childhood friend Lisa stuck with me through many re-writes. After all the mud-pies we made as children, I shouldn’t be surprised she stuck with me from beginning to end. Thank you, Lisa.

I was inspired by my granddaughter, not just the story idea, but also in what type of book and what it was to become.  You see, she is sweet, smart, and a big help.  She likes to understand things.

I wanted to not just write her a little story, but also something helpful.  That is where the idea for an early reader chapter book came to mind.  Reading, well, it can be tough to learn.  I wanted something easy to read, as well as interesting.

Now, having more than one grandchild, I have made that same birthday promise to all of them.  That has made me think about making some stories harder to read than others. It would be nice if they could be stand alone books, as well as series.  Once you start reading one, and pick up another, you would recognize some characters.

So while you are reading Snowball, I am already working on the next birthday book.

New Format

My focus on de-cluttering and organizing has hit the blog.  It has been two years since blogging became a part of my life.  Two long years since writing moved up from a hobby to what I do.

Having had wonderful teachers who taught me some useful lessons in school as well as in life.  They taught me how to learn for myself. They taught me how to research, study and above all practice.  

If you are interested in writing, let me share the very best advice every given to me.  It was advice that every teacher I ever had shared in their own way.   Basically, it is this –

Find something you love to do.

Find someone who is doing that very thing, as you wished you could do.  Don’t limit yourself to one person, because you will come away with only one perspective.  Study a variety of masters, until you find the ones you would like to be your mentors.

If they are living, sure, ask them to teach you.  If like me, you find some of your favorite authors are no longer living, then read, re-read, and study their work.  Learn about their life, research them as well as their writing.

Practice.  Practice.  Practice.

Included in my research and study has been the business aspect of becoming an author.  (I do not have any of this figured out or mastered.  I am still a beginner, and have much to learn.)  Areas such as marketing, branding, publishing have been apart of my self studies.

For most of the last two years I didn’t have a clue what or how to do anything.  Now, some of this is starting to make sense, and concrete concepts and ideas of what and how are forming.  That meant the blog needed to reflect that.

Since my first book is a children’s book, this blog will reflect that.  For those that enjoyed the adult fiction I wrote in on my first original blog, 500 days to 50, that story is being finished and shortly you will find more stories and information from me in that genre on another blog.  (There will be a link to it from here when it is ready, so please stay with me until then.)