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Welcome to the 2018  52-week MFRW blog challenge. this weeks topic is Our Earliest memory.

My earliest and fondest memories are of my Grandma and grandpa on my mom’s side. They were known simply as Grandma and Grandpa. occasionally called him grandpa Lebo. I spent as much time as I could with them on their farm. The house was set way back down a winding road. It was a tall white house with two stories. They had indoor plumbing but there was an outhouse on the premises. I thought it hilarious and even used it from time to time. I was so little Grandma had to hold me up. The also had a pump and grandma used it some too. I remember carrying pails of water to the chicken coops and pig pens. Grandpa or one of the uncles would take me out on the tractor. The uncles (three of them) were a bit mischievous and like tormenting me. I was like a little puppy and just kept going back for more.

I remember walks with Grandpa along the railroad track across the lane down to the Tressel. I hated the Tressel because once we walked across and one of the beagles fell through so I was always afraid we would fall or another dog would. I guess that was the worse memory.

I would spend the summer helping grandma can peaches, pears, and everything from the garden. This is where I get my love of gardening and canning foods. I’d sit on the counter and help or stand in a chair listening to grandma sing hymns. She always sang The Garden and it to this day soothes me.

I remember Grandpa putting me in a cart drawn by his horse tiger and we would go down the lane to one of the local stores. We would get a soda for a nickel and a bottle. I always got root beer or cream. I remember a paper doll book that you colored first then cut out. He would get that and scissors and colors for like 25 cents. I thought I was in heaven. We would get a puzzle and after dinner, Grandma and I would work on it.

One of my fondest memories was they had a big German shepherd called Duke. He was a guard dog and pretty mean. They always told me to stay away and during the day he was chained to a pole. Grandma had a large wash tub out near the pump that she let me “swim’ during the summer. mom told me the story of coming out and I had duke in the tub with me.  They were all scared to death he would hurt me but he wouldn’t let any of them near us. I told them It was ok after I finished his bath Id put him back up and that’s what I did. He let no one near him ut my Grandpa, my uncle and me.

One last story. Grandma had a big chicken coop and a large space penned in for them to roam. We always had chicken on Sunday. One day she asked if I wanted dumplings and I said yes. She made the best dumplings. She said we’d go get a hen and fryer. Off to the chicken pen we went. She grabbed a fryer and handed to me and got a hen. I was tickled we were having the chickens to dinner. SHe took the hen gave a snap and said to do the same to the fryer. I was terrified and tossed the chicken screaming run chickens run.  That day I learned that she meant FOR dinner, not TO dinner.

When I was 8 the farmer my grandpa farmed for sold his property so Grandma and Grandpa moved to Kennett from the country. I miss that farm a lot and have a few stories you will see it, some of these memories and more.

Lets go see what memories the other authors have to share!

 

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How can you say you love one kiddo more than another? #MRWauthor

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Hi Ya’ll! Its a new Year and we are back with a new MFRW 52-week Blog Challenge. Welcome to week one. Our topic is our Favorite Book we have written and why. This is like saying why you love one of your  kiddos more than the other. I love all the stories i have written so far, even if they sit in the  unfinished folders, or ready to self-edit folders.
Since the only book, I have published is my children’s book Luke’s Dragon, I am going to go with why I loved writing that. (Notice I did not say he was my favorite–I refuse to choose that way LOL)
I wrote Luke’s Dragon for a children’s charity anthology. I did not get paid for it, though we could also publish the book on our own. At the time I was with a publishing house and they wanted to publish it so I agreed. I have now gotten my rights back and Luke is Indie.  I based Luke’s Dragon loosely on a time when a tornado had come through our town leaving a lot of the children afraid of storms. I named it after my Nephew Luke ( with his family’s permission of course).  He is also my cover Model.
The story is a fantasy with dragons, and wizards, and lots of fun, though it also has a lesson objective of why not to be afraid of the storms (i hope). The book is for children 8-13 though I got mostly adults liking it.  I have also been told some younger ones have enjoyed listening to it being read, though it’s not a picture book. I am considering giving it a facelift with a few pictures one of these days and revisiting Dreamland as well. Luke’s brothers and sister all want their story too. I had loads f fun writing this book since I could be a kid and let loose with my imagination. Writing children’s books are lots of fun. They are faster to write and don’t have to be so fact-based or require the research for items like a regular book.
If you’re looking for a book for your child or grandchild’s new Kindle, Luke’s Dragon is only $1.99. . Goodreads for more reviews
Let’s go see what books the other authors chose as their favorites and why.

 

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Happy 2018

Wow! The year is already at an end. We have completed the 52weekMFRWblogchallege, though I missed a few at the end. This weeks topic is New Years Resolution. Last year I didn’t set resolutions but set a few goals. I didn’t make them. Life interfered.  This year I am not going to do either. I just hope to have a better 2018, get my health and family situations settled and publish a book or two. ‘

I wish you all a productive, healthy happy New Years! Eat plenty of Hog Jowl, peas, and cabbage. I am going to try LOl!

 

From one newbie to another #MFRWauthor #writingadvice #amwriting

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I would like to wish All of you that are celebrating a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday!

 This is the next to the last post this year of the 52weekMFRWblogchallenge. This weeks topic is Advice to new authors. I am a new author. I had hoped to be published this year but life interfered again and it didn’t happen, but I am closer to it happening next year. So what’s my advice?

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My biggest advice is to not give up. If you love writing and have stories in your head screaming to get out write them.

My next word of advice is to not jump straight into the fire. It looks easy to just simply get words on a page then go plop it on Amazon. Chances are it will just sit there. If you want a properly published book that people will talk about (in a good way) be sure to go through the channels a pro would.  check it over yourself a couple of times. I recommend a good editing software like Grammarly or Pro Writing Aid, then a couple good beta readers to help with any loopholes, and most importantly and don’t skip this is a professional editor. After that perhaps one more beta and a proofreader for typos, professional formatting, and a professional cover.  These are steps I am planning on following. I messed up once and my first paranormal book I have sitting waiting for attention has two covers I paid loads of money and still won’t be using (long story) has been edited once then when another person looked at it had lots of mistakes so I am reworking it. That book will never come out of the red LOl.

What I have learned is find a reputable cover artist that has references and been around awhile. Look at their samples and make sure if you buy a product you aren’t using right away there isn’t an end date. Best yet wait until you are ready for the cover or editing no matter how good the deal before buying.

A good writer friend f mine told me that she highly recommends I submit to a publisher at first. She says you learn so much then once you are established then branch out on your own. It would save money and time, that’s for sure.

Let’s go see what advice the other authors have to give.

 

 

 

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Fighting the flames #MFRWauthor #amwriting #accomlishments

 

Holy cow! only two posts after this one. Never fear, a little birdy told me the MFRW blog challenge will return next year. This is week 50 of the 52-week MFRW blog challenge. Our topic is OUR Greatest Accomplishment. I will be honest in saying I planned on skipping. I don’t have a book out yet except for my children’s book Luke’s Dragon.  I’ve learned a lot since then and it needs revamping.  I’ve been writing for five years now and have nothing to show, but a stack of unfinished or rough draft books. Since I am a glass half full kinda gal. I will call this an accomplishment. Is Luke selling?  No but I did finish him and put him out there. All the unfinished stuff in my files. Again an accomplishment that I did start the stories, I have good Ideas, I have some drafts, I have two books and a short that Ibarring any more life crisis I will have out next year. I just need to focus more.

I did not go to college and get a degree. I don’t feel everyone has to and you can make something of yourself without one. I worked almost 20 years at Walmart as a jewelry department manager. I loved my job and was good at it. My department was one of the smallest in our district yet I managed=to keep our ranks in the top five and had hit 1 a time or three. I got commendations and won some contests for displays. Back then you had more leeway on what you did and I was very good at it.  That’s an accomplishment.

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Fate intervened and got me out when all the proverbial crap hit the fan and all of the changes came along. Now I am on the next journey in my life. Yes, I may be 55, and suffer from a few chronic illnesses. I can’t sit or stand for long periods. I have memory disorders that make writing a real challenge but I will persevere if it means only publishing one book that sells. That is also an accomplishment. Not giving up and persevering through the evil one keeps knocking me down,I shake off the ashes and keep trudging along. Maybe I should change my name to Phoenix

 

 

 

 

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What are your biggest accomplishments? Let’s go see what the other authors have to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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