WHY WRITING IS GOOD FOR YOU (top 4 reasons)

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Here is a wonderful post about the benefits of writing!

Hello, my wonderful readers! I wish you an incredible Friday and an even more incredible weekend.

As I’m writing this, there is a stray thunderstorm booming above my house, but it is acting as the perfect backdrop to my introverted, homebody personality today. Since I haven’t shared anything in a while, I thought it would be perfect to share my favorite reasons for why writing is good for you–in terms of your health, emotional well-being, and overall satisfaction!

To begin, I think it is important to remember that there are various types of writing, and various types of writers. There are novelists, who write books; poets, who pen poetry; journalists, who are supposed to report on facts; short story writers; essayists and diarists; and bloggers, probably like you!

No one type of writing is better than the next, and that is important. Also, if you enjoy writing poetry, it isn’t…

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Milly – The Epilogue

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Here is the Epilogue to Jennie’s wonderful series on Milly.

A Teacher's Reflections


This card was passed out at the memorial service.

It’s an odd thing to say that a eulogy was inspirational.  Yet for Milly, how could it be anything less?  And, it’s unusual to laugh out loud at the words the minister says about someone who is deceased.  But again, when it comes to Milly…

It happened like this:

Milly’s funeral, a memorial service, was held in an old New England church – 250 years old to be exact – in pouring rain and humidity that felt like I was sitting in the rain.  My husband and I arrived quite early, only to discover everyone else had the same idea.  The church was packed.  Sardines in a sauna.  The minister was a young man who didn’t know Milly well.  He began by telling the congregation of his first meeting with Milly.

“Where’s my quilt?” Milly asked me.  I’ve had plenty of…

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Who Is One Of Your Favorite Authors?

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I have asked about specific books and movies before in my blog, but I thought I would offer a different question this time. I have many authors whose work I both love and admire. Answering the question I am going to ask, therefore, is difficult for me, but it is fair that I answer before anyone else.

Who is one of your favorite authors?

To answer this question today, I will choose Stephen King.

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I first started reading King with the novel Carrie, and I have read everything he has published since then. I hold Mr. King to be not only one of the most successful writers of our time, but also he is one of the best. I do believe that he will be remembered in the future as a great writer. Let me emphasize that  I am now speaking as a member of the Academy, as a Professor of English Literature.

Among his absolute best works are The Stand, The Dark Tower Series, and Hearts in Atlantis.

I ask again: who is one of your favorite writers?

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

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Available on Amazon

 

A Life in Focus: Peter Cushing, the actor who personified the horror genre | The Independent

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This is an important post on an actor who personified working in horror movies, and he did it with class and excellence.

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The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. This week: Peter Cushing, from Friday 12 August 1994

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Peter Cushing was one of the handful of actors who defined the horror movie. Whether playing Baron Frankenstein witnessing the awful results of his brilliance or Professor Van Helsing in hot pursuit of Count Dracula, he brought an air of refinement and nobility to…

via A Life in Focus: Peter Cushing, the actor who personified the horror genre | The Independent

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Promote Your Writing Party!

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I thought I would reblog this post so everyone who left information to market their book can be seen.

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Hello to everyone! I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This include poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

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Celebrate and promote your writing! Shout it out to the world!

Feel free to promote a new or an older book!

I hope this idea is successful, and I hope many people share information on their books!

I will…

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Back From The 2018 Writers Digest Conference

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I attended the 2018 Writers Digest Conference in New York City this last weekend. I have been to this event several times, and each time I have learned more about writing and publishing. This time was no exception.

First, I want to say thank you to my wonderful in-laws, with whom I stayed during the event on Staten Island.  They are lovely, sweet, and caring people, and I am very thankful to them for their hospitality.

The event went from Friday to Sunday, and each day I attended many events–this year I focused on learning as much as I can about marketing.

I also attended the pitch slam session, which is, essentially, speed dating with literary agents! During this event, writers get 3 minutes to deliver their pitch for their books, so it is suggested that we divide the time in half–90 seconds for the pitch and 90 seconds for feedback. It went well, and I have several agents interested in my YA novel. I will send out the materials to these agents next week–as soon as my work for teaching the second summer session at the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College is over.

I also met and networked with other writers.  I suggest to all writers to attend writers conferences if you are able to do it.

Plus, I had the added pleasure of riding the Staten Island Ferry two times each day!

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

Lighthouses I have Known and Loved

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Here is a wonderful post about lighthouses from Becky Ross Michael.

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National Lighthouse Day can’t sneak past me without a mention of my experiences with those stately structures. I didn’t truly understand, while growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Huron, in Michigan, how lucky I was to have such easy access to Tawas Bay and the beautiful lake, with its moaning fog horn and elegant lighthouse. Years ago, the light wasn’t open to visitors, as it is now, but I loved the hot summer days when my parents would drive all the way out to the end of Tawas Point so that my siblings and I could gawk. Many a rainy night I fell asleep to the comforting sounds of the foghorn, in the distance.

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As an added bonus, we often traveled north along the lake shore toward Rogers City, to visit relatives. This gave us a chance to view several other pretty lighthouses along the…

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