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The Friday 56


“She thanked every saint she knew for her sons’ safe return from war. She read the letter over and over and cried on it. When my father got home he had to pry the letter from her hand. By then it was falling apart with her tears and the magic letters were stained and faded.”

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*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
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*It’s that simple.

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Since I’ve gotten back to writing in this blog, I’ve also gotten back to reading blogs. They go hand in hand. Without reading and commenting on other blogs, you won’t get much traffic on your own blog. Also, one of the reasons I enjoy blogging is to make friends and have the (virtual) conversations that I lack in daily life.

While clicking on links from lists for NaBloPoMo and other blog challenges, I’ve come across a lot of younger writers, some of them really struggling with a number of issues and some of them just questioning and exploring. I guess it’s my maternal nature kicks in at these times and I find myself taking an interest in many of them and commenting on their blogs. I try to leave encouraging, even inspiring little “pep comments” whenever I can and I leave little bits of caring and support wherever I can. That’s just who I am.

Yesterday I got a reply to one of my comments and I replied back to the blogger then she replied to me thanking me for always being supportive. Another blogger, also yesterday, thanked me for supporting her “fledgling writing attempts”.

Needless to say, it has left me with a big smile on my face. I guess being me is making a difference to a few people. I guess my attempts at encouragement and support are hitting their marks. Yay! It really makes me feel good to know this.

And so I keep reading and commenting.

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I’m not recapping 2014.  Instead, I’m looking forward to 2015.

One of the things I hope to do on this blog is to help indie authors promote themselves.  I know the indie route is very difficult.  I have several friends and several blogging buddies that have books out now and are roughing it.  How can I help?

One way I can help is to invite them to introduce themselves on this blog.  I’m thinking that once a month, or more often perhaps, I will feature an indie author on this blog.  I will let them choose whether they want me to interview them or if they want to write their own post to publish here.  I know some people I can get started with and as soon as I can figure out how to put up an “Email Me” button I will do so and others can contact me to set something up.

How can YOU help?  First, by reading those posts and commenting on them and sharing them with your friends.  Then, you can also ask yourselves if you know some indie author that can benefit from a post on my blog.  If you do, you can let me know or have them contact me.  Some of you already know my private email address so that’s fine.  Others can wait for an email me button (I’ll post when that’s done) or let me know in the comments.

I’m hoping this will benefit authors as well as readers that might find a new author to follow.  I’m hoping it will be successful in giving a little more exposure and confidence to indie authors out there.  Let’s all hope it will help bring us all some new things in 2015!

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Over the past three months, I’ve made a conscious effort to renew old connections and make new ones.  I started blogging again and committed to writing a post for this blog every day in November and again in December.  Part of blogging is reading other blogs.  Over the past couple of months I have read countless blogs and found many of them are just not my cup of tea.  Some are a collection very poorly written posts but at least the person is trying so you have to give them credit for that, and I do!  Others, while very well written, are just not of any interest to me as they have a very narrow focus that doesn’t cross with any of my interests.  I have found others, who I have absolutely loved and began following them right away.  Others I commented on but didn’t follow, not because I was not  interested in them but because I did not want to bog myself down with too many blogs to follow because when I follow a blog, I read all their posts and comment or at least “like” their posts whenever possible.  It takes a long time to read through all the blogs and I usaually do so in the morning and again later in the day when more people have updated their blogs.  It’s time consuming, especially when some of the bloggers sign up for challenges where they post every day, like I did!

I’ve found that over the last two months, I have put myself in the role of “mom” more than once.  I’ve come across blogs written by young women who are going through difficult times with family, work, relationships, etc., and I’ve found that I can relate to their posts because I have been through similar situations and I have tried to post what I feel are encouraging and understanding comments when I’ve come across such blog posts.  I sometimes will leave one of these comments then wonder if the writer will think I am being a nosey busybody but I hope that they take the comments in the spirit in which they were offered.

There are four women whose blogs I have begun following since November or December.  I’ve gotten to the point where if they do not post on any particular day I worry about them because I know that they were intent on posting every day.  I don’t know these women or anything about them other than what they have posted about themselves.  I’m particularly worried these days about two of these women who I know I are going through some very difficult times.  One of them has not posted anything at all since December 19 and it really worries me.  I don’t have a way of getting in touch with her to check on her.  That’s one of the frustrating things about blogging.  Although there are connections made and there are definitely “friend feelings” we don’t know each other and don’t know how to reach one another except to post on one another’s blogs.  So what do I do?  I guess I sit and wait and hope that they will begin posting once again, but I really do worry about them, and one in particular.

So as you can see, when we blog we share a part of ourselves and when we comment on other blogs, we do the same.  We are inviting others into our lives, however minimally.  Connections are made.  Some are long time connections while others fade away, but those connections are made.  Some become friendships, others just acquaintances.

At least that’s how it is for me.

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I have a number of new visitors to this blog so I thought I would post links to some of my favorite posts, ones that might give you an idea of what you’ll find here. Today I will list a few pieces related to family and my kids.  Next week I’ll post links to a different topic.  I hope you enjoy something here!


Digging Her Heels In

Clever Thinking

The Gas Stove

Going To School

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And Again

It has been over a year since I have posted here.  I got out of the habit.  It took a while to build the habit and I was posting several times a week at my best.  Then I allowed life to get in the way of one of the best things in my life and just like that, the blogging habit was gone, as were the blogging friends.

I know our lives get busy and I keep wanting to get back in to the habit but it just hasn’t happened.  I’ve allowed things to keep me from it.  That needs to stop.  For me, writing and blogging keep me going.  Especially the blogging because it keeps me in touch with people and that’s something I really need….to stay in touch.  I live alone in a place that is fairly new to me and I don’t get out.  I don’t know anyone here.  Actually, I know about five people here, including my daughter and my grandsons.  And there is the other thing…the one that keeps me from writing…the grandkids.  But I’m really not all that busy, yet I allow myself to be kept “on call” by my daughter, ready to run to the rescue when needed.  I’m her mom and it’s good for me to help her and be there for her but I cannot let myself put  everything on hold to wait for her to call me.  That’s what I do.  That’s not good.

So I’ve joined this Blogging 101 and Writing 101 “class”  or “challenge” here on WordPress.  Hopefully, the assignments and exercises that they give us will lead to the start of a whole new blogging habit for me…and just in time for the quickly approaching NaNoWriMo in November.  I plan on participating in it once again!

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