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Former professional nurse... Author, Lifestyle Strategist,columnist and women's' advocate who mentors those on a journey of self discovery, self love; passion and purpose.

A Quaker Oats Competition

Congratulations, Clara!
Great work—your delicious submission has been accepted by Quaker!

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TGIF People!   y’all know how much I love entering contests and if I happen to learn something new or win a little something in the process, even sweeter.

And speaking of sweet, I recently entered the Quaker Oatmeal competition,where you have to add three ingredients to Quaker brand oatmeal that’s original and delicious to consumers. And you got it. My submission was accepted for the chance to bring home the prized bacon! Because I figure ‘foodies’ and other creatives out there might appreciate this competition, I couldn’t keep such good news to myself. I’ve been telling everybody about the contest. And I couldn’t leave you guys out, now could I? :)

Here are the details. Good luck!

https://www.bringyourbestbowl.com/

What contest have you entered of late?

Writer quote for today:

“There are very few professions in which people just sit down and think hard for five or six hours a day all by themselves. Of course it’s why you want to become a writer — because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.” — Tobias Wolff

 

 

Giving Props To A New Tribe of Memoirists

Hello Authors and Happy Friday! So, I popped over to visit my good friend, RODEO CARLSON’s murder & mayhem mystery books site, only to find out she has a new book on the horizon, amid everything else going on over there. There are personal blog insights, pic of mouth-watering culinary eats, online classes forming and free stuff to boot. I downloaded an editorial calendar for authors and plan on putting it to good use :) Rodeo, you rock! Just sayin’

Go here to see what I’m talking about~http://rodeocarlson.com/

Today I’m giving props to a new tribe of memoir writers by celebrating their author status , with a focus being on the memoir. I feel like it takes courage, true grit and a passion for other people to turn your life story or particular slice of your life into a memoir.

Without further ado, here are a few of the authors I’ve come to know through their voice, blogs and personal stories. Remember I’ve been doing this book/writers blog for a minute and couldn’t shout out everyone I’ve connected with, but just know you’re doing the thang!

Congratulations going out to:

Lynette Davis at reflectionsbook.org for Even Rain Is Just Water: A Memoir. Coming: Summer 2016

Mary Perez at Reflections From The Heart, maryaperez.com Running In Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace

Darlene Greene at www.inamaegreene.org for Blood Relatives: Breaking the Cycle; Breaking the Silence

Nine Rubies by Mahru Ghashghaei

Kathleen Pooler at Memoir Writers Journey –krpooler.com for Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse

Mandy Smith at healingbeyondsurvival.com for Secrets in Big Sky Country: A Memoir

Pat Mckinzie at pattymackz.com/wordpress/ for Home Sweet Hardwood: A Title IX Trailblazer Break Barriers Through Basketball

Chris Thrall at christhrall.com/blog for Eating Smoke

 Linda Diane Wattley at http://www.lindadianewattley.com/  for Soldier With A Backpack: Living And Dying Simultaneously.

Ms. Faith Elle Walls at http://www.msfaithelle.com/ for Ten Lessons My Mother Taught Me Before she Died

Karen Tyrrell at www.karentyrrell.com
for Me & Her: A Memoir Of Madness

Thanks for sharing your memoir with me via interviews, book reviews and PR requests. Either by hook or crook, we connected and I appreciate the experience. I’m sharing the cover of your books below.

 

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A Progress Report And Book Recommendation

Happy Friday, Wordsmiths! I can’t believe it’s the end of the week already. Seems like I was celebrating another “Born” day, just yesterday.
Oh well, like sand from an hourglass so are the days of our lives. I confess, I’ve wanted to use that quote from the popular soap for the longest time :)

I have a bit of news to share with my wonderful readers, along with a book recommendation. First, allow me to take you back to the Summer of 2014 when I shared that my poem, Brown Girl Challenge, had been selected for inclusion in the Michele Obama anthology.

I recently received an email from the authors of the anthology; Rose C. Thevenin, Paula Marie Seniors and Michelle Duster, who is the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, by the way. Well,  It’s a green light, people. The authors found a publisher for their book!

The title of the book is “But I Went, I Did Fine” – Michelle Obama: From the Southside to the White House.  How The First Lady Impacted and Inspired African American Women and Girls
I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! Okay, so…just sayin’ though. :)
This is the book I highly recommend for y’all  to put on your 2016 reading list:
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 Soldier With A Backpack: Living And Dying Simultaneously, by Linda Diane Wattley, begins with the horrific molestation of a little  girl.  At the age of four, Linda is taken from  the comfort of her bed in the middle of the night. She is carried to her parent’s bed and sexually assaulted by her father. I’m reading this and I’m crying, literally breaking down… I cry for that little girl and for every little boy/girl child who have endured the trauma of sexual abuse .
The author guides us through the dysfunction of a family and the suffering that follows a child whose innocence is taken. She shares informative and enlightening messages on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, affecting those who  are traumatized by sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences, like our military men and women.
 There’s never been enough information about post traumatic stress disorder. As a young nurse in the 80s, I witnessed doctors who were baffled by patients suffering  from PTSD. The cases were rare and treatment questionable at best. Doctors only resolution at the time, seemed to be strong sedation and wrist and ankle restraints. I applaud the insights  the author shares about PTSD in her book.
Go here to visit the author’s website: http://www.lindadianewattley.com/
Go here to purchase a copy for your reading enlightenment: https://www.amazon.com/author/lindadianewattley https://www.facebook.com/Lindadianewattleywww.lindadianewattley.comproduct/B015QP2WEK?ref_=k4w_ss_details_rh

 

Quote for today:
If you want to change the world pick up your pen and write – Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace, Blessings and Prayers…

 

Two New Book Releases To Kick Off Your New Year

thdog readingHappy Friday, Creatives!

So, we’re in the middle of those dog days of winter and by the way, Happy New Year 2016! I hope you’re not letting the cold melancholy and sluggish weather keep you from your creative juices! If you can’t write at the moment, at least do a good deed for someone and read a book or two.

Dontcha know, some of my best friends are  readers. “Ruff”

Speaking of the latter, I have two new books by two different authors  that landed on my desk I think y’all might like.  Although, I’m not in the zone to do book reviews, right now, I keep receiving these amazing books. Never look a gift horse in the mouth!

indext the vicious cycle I read The Vicious Cycle over the holidays and it is an awesome true life account of one woman’s mission to re-educate and prepare inmates about the reality of the real world, once they’re released from prison. This book is based upon the author’s real experiences coming from living that life.

For more information about the author, feel free to visit her social media sites:

TargetEvolution.org

The second book is one I hope to read when time allows because the subject matter seems more aligned to my purpose brand. Here’s a snippet from A Monk’s Way:

n9q5_bookcoverart_1“Insightful and at times enlightening, “A Monk’s Way,” posits an alternative to blindly following the conventional dogma of organized religion and presents readers with the tools to ultimately cultivate a more meaningful relationship with a higher power.”

For more on this author visit www.clarkeide.com and follow him on Twitter @clark_eide.

I receive many books from public relations people, on behalf of their clients, either looking for a review or offering an author interview. In most cases, I will offer the author space on Clara’ writer’s blog to promote their work and also give y’all an opportunity to read these books. I know, sowing those seeds girl, sowing those seeds!

Are you a relative new author, having difficulty selling your books with folk in your inner circle? If you are, I invite you to join the conversation happening on Friday the 15th, where the topic asks the question:

“Are authors being supported by their friends and colleagues in their book sales? If not, why not? ” Seasoned authors we value your input and want to hear your take on the subject as well.

Send your responses to clarawriter@att.net to be included in the conversation.

Today’s writer quote:

“My urge to write is an urge not to self-expressionism but to self-transcendence. My work is both bigger and smaller than I am.” — Susan Sontag

18 Gifted Writing Quotes For Your Holiday Enjoyment!

thquoteHappy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all avid readers and writers!

Good evening. You guys know by now just how much I love collecting  and sharing great writing quotes from every caliber of writers. It doesn’t matter who said it, as long as there’s a bit of sage advice in the  message. So, I decided what better gift to share with my awesome comrades in readership than writing quotes to enjoy along with their holiday festivity? I know, I done good, right? :)

Anyho, without further ado, here’s 18  memorable writer quotes to top off your holiday reading:

  1. “Don’t write to become the next great somebody, write to be the next you- the one and only you, the writer/author our world needs to meet” – Wayne Dyer
  2. “The only limit to your success is your own imagination” – Shondra Rhimes
  3. ” Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry” – Mark Twain
  4. “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way” – Ernest Hemingway
  5. ” I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose” – Stephen King
  6. ” Writing is its own reward” – Henry Miller
  7. “You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed” – Larry Niven
  8. “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme” – Herman Melville
  9. ” A poet can survive everything but a misprint” – Oscar Wilde
  10.  ” Never use a long word where a short one will do” – George Orville
  11. ” I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick skin” – Harper Lee
  12. “Write drunk, edit sober” – Ernest Hemingway
  13. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” – Sylvia Plath
  14. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” – Robert Frost
  15. “The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination” – Richard Wright
  16. “Wait, wait, wait, wait. Don’t try to write-through it, to force it. Many do, but that won’t work. Just wait, it will come” – Toni Morrison
  17.  “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching  the live of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’ about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay?” – Stephen King
  18.  “You can’t rest on your laurels. Your own body of work is yet to come” – President Barack Obama

So, there you have it folks, 18 holiday quotes from esteemed writers and authors for your reading pleasure. My gift to all of my loyal and faithful readers, colleagues, writers and authors everywhere.

Have the warmest, healthiest and happiest Christmas and New Year possible! I hope to see all of you along with new friends, readers and followers back here in 2016:)

BTW : If you felt good vibrations from today’s post, feel free to chime in and let us know the quote that resonated with you, on your writing journey.

 

2015 Poetry and Short Story Competition

Happy Friday creatives! I’m always one for honing your writing & learning skills while following your passions. I love to write and I have no problem writing in several genres. Some genres where my work yielded recognizance and monies over the years included:

Poetry: Winning 2nd & 3rd cash prize and publication in The Illinois Vanderpool Poetry competition.  (defunct)

Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize:  Placed as Quarter Finalist for 2015 and  on their Quarter-Finalist and Semi-Finalist lists for 2016

Placed in a first Short Story finals list in The McDonald’s Short Story Literary Competition judged by actor Terry Crews.  I went in search of this competition recently to find that sadly its defunct.

Short Story selected and published in The Independent Authors Index. My story is titled Technicolor Love.  Look closely, you’ll see the purple cover:)

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One of my first personal  short stories  was accepted and published in the book,  When One Door Closes; Reflection for women on life’s turning points. Y’all can check that out on my blog sidebar.

I’ve also entered and won  a cash prize in a best article competition, and in a name that website competition for a women’s organization. I’ve placed in the Women’s Advantage (15 women’s wisdom) Calendar three times where my business quotes were chosen from among 5000 submissions.

My songs entered in the Song of The Year Competition won suggested artist in 2005 and Runner Up in 2012. Over the years, there have been numerous blog guest posts, paid freelance-writing.com articles and feature columns in newspapers and magazines under personal development, health, relationship and celebrity news.

I’m not saying you have to get down like I have in testing the waters of different genres, but my personal advice to writers would be; do not allow your creativity to become staid  and boring. Don’t be that creative in Langston Hughes poem who laments about ” a dream deferred”.

My purpose book for women, Unleash Your Pearls, is finally at the publishers and due for launch sometime in 2016. I’m anxiously waiting to see the cover and to share it with you guys! In the meantime, here’s what I’m working on for submission in my final 2015 competition:

http://thewritepractice.com/members/bw1wc/

 

And

 

2016 Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Guidelines

5th Annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize