A Guest Post by Connie Stephany Normal (Adjective): usual or standard What does that word really mean? I think everyone’s definition is likely quite different. For me, normal was growing up having my shoulder come out of socket in a swim meet and then being able to only swim with one arm. I was sick constantly, missing school and picking up every single illness possible. Later in my life, normal meant taking longer than “usual” to recover from c-sections and having no explanation why. It was having constant body aches and headaches. It was having me cry or scream when someone touched me the wrong way. How do you explain to your 3-year-old that it hurts to have them sit on your lap? I suffered in silence. I thought everyone dealt with those things. Right? Wrong. It wasn’t until a couple years ago when I found out that what was happening to me was anything but normal. … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Robin Helm Never say never. Nearly eight years ago, after seventeen years at that particular Christian school, I lost my teaching job. I had been teaching for twenty-seven years. It was as if I had lost my identity – comparable to dealing with the death of a loved one. I mourned for two years. I promised myself I’d never teach in school again. However, I couldn’t just crawl into a hole and shut myself away. We needed my income, so I had to find a job. During my college years as a music major, I taught piano lessons and played for voice lessons to make extra money. I was young and impatient, so teaching piano wasn’t much fun. I told myself that I wasn’t cut out to be a piano teacher. The first full-time job I had after I finished college was as a bank teller. … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Earl Chinnici Cathy and I had known each other approximately seven years, yet never met in person. Now this was the week of her birthday and since I had little money, I decided to give my dear friend a glimpse into “my world” through the lens of a built-in camera on a miniature laptop computer. I was clueless at the time, but my world was about to drastically change. I phoned Cathy mid-morning and wished her a happy birthday. She seemed genuinely delighted as I told her of my intended gift and shared the information that she’d need to connect. When she started receiving the first images from the camera, her voice echoed her excitement even more. I gave her a tour of my home and yard. We were having so much fun. In fact, we enjoyed nearly an hour together before our schedules demanded that … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Frances Hoelsema When everyone in high school has to take the dreaded (or perhaps anticipated) sex ed class, topics generally range from STDs to sexual organs, reproductive functions and of course, pregnancy. Don’t want to get pregnant? Then abstain from sex or, at the very least, use protection. Never ever do you hear about the struggle that some couples face to get pregnant. Pregnancy is one of those things that everyone just assumes will happen at the drop of a hat. Me deal with infertility? No way! Unfortunately for my husband and me, we did have to struggle with this. In March of 2006, the love of my life and long-time friend got married and knew we would live happily ever after. Then in June we decided we wanted to have a baby to share the love that we had. When we were sure that we … click here to read the full article.
by David Njoku Judge a book by its cover. Always. Believe me, it’s the only way to stay sane. Think about it. In the past year, 500,000 new books were self-published. And no, I didn’t fall asleep on the 0 key, I really do mean half a million books. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t finished reading all of 2014’s books, or 2013’s. I work as a computer programmer; maybe if I was an author, I’d paint you a nice picture swimming in similes and alive with metaphors, but I’m a computer programmer, so forgive me if I get a little jargony here. We’ve got a thing called an analytic function that takes all the information available and gives you a result; and whenever it comes across new information, it reviews its result and updates it. And that’s what you should do with books. When all you … click here to read the full article.
Welcome, Folks! I put together this recording to help me promote my book on social media. Listen and tell me what you think! I’m squeezing my eyes shut and holding my breath as you push play! Hurry!
Formatting, ADs, Book Covers~All That & More. Meet O.M. Faye Whenever I tell people about my journey of publishing my debut novel, Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God, I get to tell them about all the people who’ve been placed in my path along the way. God gave me new friends to assist me with all the most difficult things in self-publishing. Lindsay McDonald was one of those people. Lindsay is better known as O.M. Faye, author of The Sugar Babies, which is a wonderful book by the way! I’m not just saying that because she’s awesome; I’ve read the book. I met Lindsay at a time when I was still writing my first book. We got along so well, I’d decided then I would hire her to do my formatting. So, when we finally got to that point, I contacted her. Thank God I did! Knowledgable, laid back, and … click here to read the full article.
As I sit on my couch and prepare this blog, a song is running through my head. ~ ♫ This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. ♩~ It fits so perfectly because that’s what these folks, who are bold and brave enough to talk about their experiences with Self Harm, are doing. Letting their light shine so that others may see and reap some of the blessings from their hardships. Caren. Welcome. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions and emailing me back and forth. CL: As you know, the main character in my debut novel struggles with cutting. What type(s) of self-harm did you struggle with? Caren: Bulimia, hitting myself with a brush, and using an eraser to erase my skin. Were you using all these coping mechanisms simultaneously or in stages? I used all those methods simultaneously. Bulimia was the easiest to keep … click here to read the full article.
Get it? Jack of all trades… Oh well. I met Earl in a Facebook author group named Clean Indie Reads. If you’ve been following me at all, you’ve heard me mention them quite a few times. If you’ve read my book, you would have seen my mention of them in the acknowledgements. Earl is a man of many talents. His journey of giving up cigarettes led him to publish a book detailing the steps he took to kick the habit. It’s an interesting read with humorous tidbits thrown in. You can take many of the things he says and apply them to your own journey. If you follow Earl on Twitter, you might be the lucky recipient of one of his many beautiful landscape or flower photos. However, I have been the lucky recipient of some serious web building skills. I used to have another website that a friend help set … click here to read the full article.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but my book cover will knock most peep’s socks off. I’m not being big-headed; I’m just being honest. Easy for me to be boastful when I didn’t do the work. Well, I did one thing. I took the photo of the girl on the cover. That’s it. I’m not going to post it here because I don’t want to you to see my cover any other way than how it is right now. You know, I can’t even take credit for finding Zei. He actually did some work for my honey first… and then I kind of stole him. Zei helped us take our projects to the next level and I’m so grateful. He took the time to work with me and ask questions. He made a gazillion changes for me when I couldn’t make up my ever-lovin’ mind! I know I drove this poor … click here to read the full article.