Just can't sleep
All night long
I've tossed and turned
My fate of yesterday
It's been pretty grim
Now stressing my mind
About what tomorrow holds
Questions flitter and float about
Unanswered in the quiet night
What is it I did not do
Why am I stuck in this rut
How I envy those asleep
Who closed their eyes…
The Next Big Thing is a series of blog posts where authors talk about their work using the same ten questions. At the end of the blog, we tag other authors who will do the same thing a week later. So not only do you get to find out more about my upcoming book but you also will discover some other interesting writers.
The Next Big Thing is a series of blog posts where authors talk about their work using the same ten questions. At the end of the blog, we tag other authors who will do the same thing a week later. So not only do you get to find out more about my upcoming book but you also will discover some other interesting writers. Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins, a true friend and Irishwoman from the heart, tagged me and here are my answers:
- What is the working title of your next book?
I am still waiting on the publisher‘s acceptance of my first book, which has the working title A Time To Love. I hope to get an answer soon.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I desired to write a book about romance with mirrored true life and would lift the reader into an alternative world, which gives power and strength. Actually, the characters had been living within me since 1993, but it has taken some years for them to be born.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
To be honest, I am not sure. I write in different genres in fiction and non-fiction. At the moment, I think it falls under multicultural, inspirational, romantic suspense, but it could fall under women’s fiction. What I am definite about is that it is a book that men would love to read also.
- What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Living out your destiny means accepting crossroads, which will occur in your life and lead you to change and move up higher.
- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be traditionally published, and at the moment, I do not want to reveal the publisher’s name due to waiting on an answer
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me a month, writing day and night. My characters started talking to me as soon as I sat at my computer and began to type in the first words. They felt I was way overdue in starting.
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Far Pavilions – M.M. Kaye – My book is not historical as Kaye’s but it has a purpose and destiny that is unique.
- Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was visiting the home of my birth in 2008, and several people whom I grew up with asked me when I had planned on writing my first book. It was amazing, because I had talked to no one about the hidden desire I had to write, so they couldn’t have known it. In fact, one person told me he had always expected me to write and wondered what I was waiting on.
- What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is multicultural, inspirational, romantic suspense fiction in which I have incorporated aspects of poetry, music and my own love for biblical texts I believe in. Even though inspirational, the book does not avoid sexual intimacy, and humor, hope, and faith runs throughout the book. Most important, this book reveals the strength in women. My female characters are strong women.
That’s it for me. Below are several great writers whom you may want to read.
Peggy Strack – A Stop in the Park
L. W. Smith – Mountain of Death
Micki Peluso – And The Whippoorwill Sang
Nicole Dunlap - Miss Nobody (A Shaw Family Saga)
Happy New Year Everyone,
Below is the Annual Report for my Walk On blog, which features The Champions Who Walked Among Us. The first blog posting was published on May 4, 2012. Thanks to all of you for your loyal support.
2013 here we come!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
Overflowing joy is an emotional feeling I believe we all enjoy, or at least I do. Therefore, I would like to recognize four people who have given me a reason to write that my joy overflows, because they have selected my Walk On Blog as one of their Blog of the Year Blogs to receive a star. It is a beautiful feeling to have colleagues who are not only writers, but true friends in the sense of the word friendship and encouragement. So, I kindly thank:
Thank you so much, and I wish each of you the best in your writing endeavors.
Being the self-appointed philosopher that I am, I could not accept the Blog of the Year award without giving some thought as to how far I have come. I am a thinker, as most of my fellow bloggers know, who thinks with the intention of implementing and testing as much of what I believe in my own life as I reach out to others.
What many of you don’t know is that it was 2009 when I finally accepted the mantle that had been placed over my shoulders, since I was conceived in my mother’s womb. I have to admit I fought, ran, screamed and did everything I could to keep from becoming a writer and a singer. Even though, they were imbedded into my genes, my worry about not being able to earn money to pay my bills and enjoy some of those electronic gadgets I so enjoy working with, held me back. I wanted an ordinary life like the ‘Jones’ and I chose to do something else, and I made myself believe that a little singing on the side, or writing a business report for someone else would still the voices within me to move out and do what I was called to do.
It took my editing the second revision of a book by another author to force the door I had kept closed wide open and my heart sprang out and forward and refused to be quieted again. Since then, I write and I sing, and whenever I sit at my keyboard and let my spirit fly out into freedom that it so deserves, I write, which brings me down to this posting.
You see, I am thankful there are other writers on this earthly hemisphere who have been kind enough to recognize my gift. Living in Germany, and sometimes feeling like the lone ranger among German writers who do not write in my native language, I am a long way from an English speaking writer support group and realize just how essential the English writing groups that I am a part of are in my life. They see something in me it took me years to see, and I admit they still have a better view of it than I do.
One of these writers is Raani York. She is a wonderful writer and a dear friend. There have been times in this Walk On series, when I have felt totally overwhelmed from the research. I have asked myself if it were really necessary to get so emotionally involved in what I was writing. I have doubted my ability to write another word, and most of all I have struggled with the technical difficulties, the format, sentences becoming phrases, grammatic structure being challenged to the point that grammar has become one of the arteries running from my heart. I have asked myself continuously, if I have the right to develop my own format, and it was at times like these that I would receive a comment from Raani York and a few others about this series, which encouraged me to keep moving on in the direction I am going.
You are probably wondering whether I am making money so that I may live from my writing or my music or from both. Not yet, I still have to do odd jobs on the side, but let me say that that has become secondary. The main lesson that I have learned in this struggle ‘to become’ is obedience. I obeyed my heart, and the joy that overflows when I write an article, or work on the books I have started writing that I want to complete and see in print, or when I stand on stage and open my mouth and bellow out a song that has etched itself deep in my spirit; all of these things are not comparable to any joy that I have ever experienced. The joy is unspeakable!
So, this morning I am paying it forward by nominating those blogs that have lived close to my heart this year. Some of them have made me cry, others have brought me to endless laughter, others have informed me about what is happening around the world, still others have still my soul and the rest have made me think about the various situations that go on around me and have forced me to reflect, check out my own life and change, even though change is sometime painful.
So, here we go. I have copied the instructions from Raani’s site so that I do not make a mistake with the requirements:
Do you know a blog that deserves an award?
Do you have special blogs that you love to read?
Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?
Would you like to give them an award this year?
Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
2 Write a blog post and name/tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012 Award and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.
Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges
There are six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!
Need to know more? Check out the FAQ page
And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award!
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails
Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:
So there you go those are the rules and the name of the game.
The blogs listed below possibly have at one time or another bestowed and/or received an award from me. Some responded with the utmost gratitude, some do not venture into the award arena and some simply did not respond. Those of you who enjoy playing I look forward to your own post and those of you who chose not to that is okay, too. I have fulfilled my desire to let you know how deserving you truly are and how much you mean to me.
For those of you who want to play, the ball is in your court!
[BTW If you want to play and I have somehow missed you, I hang my head shamefully but will raise it proudly and promptly add you to the list!]
The blogs for nomination
Finally, I would like to say to all the bloggers of blogs I subscribe to that your blog carries weight in my life. What you have to say is important to me and when I write you a comment, it is because I care about you as a person, even though we are a part of this world-wide community connected together through electronic data transfer. So, you the writer have enriched my life significantly and helped create a chain reaction that is causing me to develop into the being what I was call to be.
Below I have inserted a link from youtube with one of my most favourites songs by James Taylor. I thank all of you and wish you a wonderful second Advent.