You're invited to enter the 2019 WRITE YOUR STORY CONTEST! Flash Fiction and Non-Fiction entries will be accepted beginning 01/01/2019 through 04/02/2019. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. The entry fee is just $25 per entry with a maximum word count of 2500 per entry.
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Don Lubov's book, An End to Stress aims to provide benefit to all readers. Would you like to reduce the stress in your life? I feel fairly confident in guessing that most will answer a resounding YES to this question. The book follows a Six-Step Path that has been around for some time. The path is one that guides readers to accept life as it is, rather than wishing for something else. The basic principle is to live in the here in now, rather than letting your brain take you to the past or the future. Dwelling on the past, or guessing about the future both take you away from the present moment and when we neglect (or forget) to live in the present moment, life passes us by without our knowing. It passes us by without our ability to enjoy it or embrace it. How can we find gratitude in our lives without ever being in the here and now?
While working for newspapers and magazines, I learned to work with editors. I learned what editors were looking for. I learned how to write compelling headlines and how to hook readers. I learned what topics were of interest to readers. I learned how to completely start an article over, even after thinking what I’d written was perfect. I learned to work with constructive criticism and when to defend my writing against over editing. I started to learn the sting of critical comments from random strangers. I learned that after publishing a cover story, there wasn’t time to sit back and take in the fact that my name was on the front page. Rather, it was time to get to work and begin researching and writing the next article. And I learned that when you place yourself in an environment that you love, when you thrust yourself into the world of writing and surround yourself with other professionals in the field, you are laying a foundation for your career. You are stacking the building blocks of your writing life.
Aarti Patel, N.D. is the talented author of Acne: Just Another Four-Letter Word. Today I share my exclusive author interview with Aarti. Patel shares how she began her writing journey and her goals for the future- enjoy!
Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari was an interesting read (or rather, listen -- as I enjoyed this one via audiobook). As the title indicates, the book explores humankind. One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Today, however, there is only one - homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And in what direction is life going for our species? The author is a renowned historian. He delves into the ways both biology and history have defined us and how they have enhanced our understanding "of what it means to be human."
November Book Club Selections!
Are you a member of our online Book Club? Our November Book Club selections have been announced! Every month we pick one fiction and one non-fiction book for our online book club. Interested in becoming a member? It's absolutely free and incredibly easy to participate. How do you participate?
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Otherwise, how will anyone find your book? If our goal is to have a career in writing, you must treat your writing with respect and operate as the C.E.O. of your writing business. It is true, we are not really alone when we write. We work with a number of editors, publishers, beta readers, professional cover designers, and others. We are not in this alone. But it can often feel that way when we’re in the heart of writing our novel, tucked away in our home office hunched over the computer, pounding out words that create a story.
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite "happily-ever-after" story crafters! While A Good Yarn and Thursday's at Eight are my favorite Macomber books (I'm a big fan of her "Classics"), I enjoyed Last One Home. In the book, we meet the female protagonist Cassie Carter. Cassie, her father's clear favorite, grew up with a loving mother and two sisters. Cassie had a scholarship waiting on her following high school - she had a promising future ahead of her, that is, until she chose to run away and marry Duke. The story jumps forward to the current day, where Cassie is thirty-one and a single-mother raising her daughter on her own and trying to leave her difficult past behind. That difficult past included losing the ties she'd had with her family, and during that time, both her parents had sadly passed away.
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A delightful memoir written by Alexander Watson, River Queens invites its readers to travel with Alexander, his partner Dale and their wonderful spotted dog, Dorothy Faye as the Texas trio renovate an old yacht and journey through the rivers of Midwest America. I always enjoys well-written memoirs and Watson's book does not disappoint. I also love a good love story - and River Queens is as much that, as it is a well-told memoir. The love story featured in the book is one that exists between Alexander and Dale as well as one that exists between the great number of river travelers throughout the American rivers. The way the river travelers interact, welcome one another and converse shows true connection, respect, as well as humor. Having spent much of my own youth growing up on the rivers of the Midwest, I appreciated this sentiment.
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