Field of Flowers Award

I received the Field Of Flowers Award, from a great blogger,  Raani York, http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much, Raani!! It really made my day to be awarded this from someone such as yourself whom I admire greatly.  I love the flowers and PURPLE is my favorite color.

The rules for this bright and beautiful award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Place the award on your blog
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something why you are giving these bloggers a ‘field of flowers’
  4. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them

I am nominating and sending flowers to:

1. Rosemary “MAMIE” Adkins.  http://extraordinaryireland.blogspot.com/  She is a continued FRIEND who has been by my side always.  What a gem!

2.  Micki Peluso http://www.mallie1025.blogspot.com/  has been through so much in life yet she remains positive.  What a role model for ALL.

3.  Delinda McCaan.  http://delindalmccann.weebly.com/blog.html  She has had so many health problems and has maintained a positive attitude in life that we ALL can learn from her upbeat and steadfast life.

4.  Tammie Clark Gibbs.  http://www.tammieclarkegibbs.com/  WHAT A REMARKABLE WOMAN!!! She has soooo much on her plate yet she goes OUT OF HER WAY to help everyone around her, or anyone who asks.  Sometimes I don’t think she takes care of herself because she’s too busy taking care of everyone else.

5.  Debra Kamza.  http://ampbreia.wordpress.com/  Debra can relate to what I went through in Iran, she also had an explosive relationship with her Iranian husband and lost her son to him.  You should read her book, I couldn’t put it down, “Lost in Foreign Passions”.

6.  Raani York.  http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/  I know she nominated me, but I wouldn’t feel right not nominating her because she fits all the qualifications and is a WONDERFUL WOMAN and writer.

7.  Linneann.   http://linneann.wordpress.com/  This special lady can put emotions on paper that we can’t even find the words for and she describes situations too perfectly.

I hope from the bottom of my heart that I brought some happiness and pride into the blogging life of my fellow writers! You all are so amazing!! I think I couldn’t have made a better choice!

If I didn’t mention you today it definitely in no way says you are not a great blogger, but I could only pick 7, if I could pick 20 you all would be in there!

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BLOG HOP TOUR

The author Joyce Elferdink aka  Joyce (J. F.)  http://harmlessjoyce.wordpress.com/  invited me to participate in this blog hop tour and answer these four questions about my writing process.”

ALL ABOUT MY WRITING PROCEDURE

1)     What am I working on?

I’m not really working on anything, everyone tells me that I should write a book about my recovery, my bouts of PTSD, my living with bipolar and how I’m doing since rehab.  I guess that would fill a book, I’m just not sure anyone would be interested.  But then again, I thought more people would be interested in this one than there is

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think it’s more shocking than most.  It not only deals with one tragedy, but a lifetime of tragedies.  I don’t know if it was my undiagnosed bipolar that made me keep entering into explosive situations, or these situations were meant to teach me and others later in life.  The most important thing, though, is that it TAUGHT ME how to deal with very stressful lifetime events, and hopefully share it enough with others that they will see the messages, too.    I’m speaking at a drug rehab hospital in Brighton, Michigan once a month and sharing my story.  I can’t believe how many people have approached me and told me that this story has changed their life and given them hope.  I will say that even though the profits on this book  are nil to none, those comments make it ALL WORTHWHILE!!!

3)     Why do I write what I do?

I only wrote from personal experience.  I didn’t even want to write a book when I got back but everyone kept pressuring me to get my story “OUT THERE”.  So I sat down one day and started recalling everything that happened in my life.  And wah lah, here is my book.

4)     How does your writing process work?

I just sat down and started recalling, I didn’t dwell on anything, I just wrote, and  when I was done I didn’t think about it, I just came back to the computer the next day and started writing from where I left off.  I didn’t then and still never have  gone back and read the entire book.  I would take sections of it and go dissect it with m therapist but never re-hashed the whole book.  I had a literary agent, Tina Foster, and my fiancé proof read it for errors and how it sounded, did it carry a good idea or did it sound choppy. That is it, sorry I don’t have some in depth process to share with you but mine was plain and simple.

I’ve been criticized on the “repeats” in the book, and some of the grammar but 95% of the reviews have been five stars.  So I’m satisfied.  What that’s saying is  you can’t please all the people all of the time, but you can please some people some of the time 🙂

Thank you so much Joyce for allowing me to share on your blog some information on my book and how it got to be what it is.  You’re a gracious, kind woman who is an amazing writer.  Salut!!


 I am inviting Tammie Clark Gibbs to join us on our blog hop tour.  She is an accomplished author of many romance novels.  She also manages real estate, and organizes many internet events involving books.  She is a very, very, VERY nice lady who has the patience of a SAINT 🙂

These are her links and information, thank you Tammie.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tammie-Clarke-Gibbs/131595096897070?ref=hl
Twitter: @tammiegibbs

My Writing Process: a stop on a blog hop tour

This is Joyce who is doing a BLOG HOP TOUR, if anyone would like to be involved let us know. I will post my answers on Sunday 🙂

“The author Marta Merajver-Kurlat http://www.martamerajver.com.ar/marta/index.php/blogroll), author of Just Toss the Ashes and Living with Stress among others, invited me to participate in this blog hop tour and answer these four questions about my writing process.”

ALL ABOUT MY WRITING PROCEDURE

1)            What am I working on?

I am writing a sequel to my first novel, Pieces of You, which will be set exclusively in the future; whereas, Pieces’ protagonist, Mark, time-traveled from past experiences to the near future to the beyond. The title of my new novel, Battle of Jericho 2035, gives ample detail about the  plot. Using the example of how Joshua and his army won the battle of Jericho in a Biblical story, they did not knock the wars of the city down by force. They just marched around it (as commanded by God) and the walls fell flat on the seventh day, after  the 13th march.

In my Battle novel, the masses of people on Earth are controlled by a world council of super rich led by the leadership of one bank, nicknamed CandyLand. The people’s rations have been cut to the level of near starvation due to a malfunctioning space elevator. CandyLand’s director has ties to an unscrupulous group, while insurgents among the people are linked to Mark and his team of supernatural beings. There is sacrificial love as in the first novel, but the actors are not the same and the decisions could affect millions, not just Mark’s loved ones.

2)            How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It’s easier for me to offer similarities. I’d like to think my current work has some things in common with C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy, especially the first book, Out of the Silent Planet.  As one of that book’s reviewers stated, “The most compelling points are the simple conclusions Lewis comes to about human nature and the corrupt world we live in.”

Science fiction is defined by readwritethink.org (a website that offers teaching resources) as “often about technology of the future detailing partially true theories of science. (If  it bends to the  unbelievable, it is labeled fantasy). The plot creates situations different from those of both the present day and the known past. Science fiction texts also include a human element, explaining what effect new discoveries, happenings and scientific developments will have on us in the future.” My story fits this criteria but injects social justice issues, typical of some but not all SciFi writers.

3)            Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always loved science fiction best, maybe because it demands a creative flair, and maybe because it manifests possibilities within our impossible dreams.

I do believe it’s possible to write into being a different world, at least from the perspective that we can envision what it will look and act like. My hope is that my narratives will inspire readers to join with other dreamers and together become the architects of at least the foundations of this new world.

Although I can’t explain why, I don’t believe I could ever write strictly to entertain. And although nonfiction—especially business and academic writing—has been my domain for most of my life,  those genres aren’t appropriate for my current writing goals. People read non-fiction to learn more of what interests them, not to have their beliefs and prejudices disturbed. While reading fiction, we absorb new information but in a more subtle and very effective way, by imagining ourselves there.

4)            How does your writing process work?

Not very effectively! Many of my colleagues have formulas that others applaud and often try to replicate. You won’t get that from me… I’m still working on “finding my voice,” on finding that place within myself where confidence, creativity, and competence merge.

I don’t write regularly, in fact I seem to subconsciously (or deliberately) restrain the  urge to write. Some of that is my fear of failure—while acknowledging that not trying is a certain path to failure. The rest I chalk up to perfectionism. A former communications professor said something that has stayed with me all these years. It succinctly describes the problem with perfectionism: “you cannot be a participant and observer, too.” Too often I choose the observer role and then wonder why I can’t loosen control over my thinking to let in the light (of insight).

I’m still searching for that precious place about which a Zen master told Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones: “If you go deep enough in writing, it will take you everyplace.” So instead of telling you how my writing process works, I will state unequivocally how I know my writing process should (maybe will?) work—actually it’s taken from Natalie—“..and though death is howling at our backs and life is roaring at our faces, we can just begin to write, simply begin to write what we have to say.”

Joyce’s first novel, completed in August of 2012, was a response to a loss that made her ask some deep questions. Pieces of You, about a mystical journey that will make the protagonist capable of the sacrifice love asks of him, is available through amazon.com. Her author page: http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Elferdink/e/B008ZTCRUY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0  includes a book trailer. A sequel will be published later this year.

I am inviting Lori Foroozandeh to join our Blog Hop Tour next week. Information about her horrendous experiences in an Iranian POW camp as told in her book can be found here:

http://www.loris-song.com/ (WEBSITE) https://lorissong.com/ (BLOG) https://twitter.com/Loris_Song (TWITTER) https://www.facebook.com/lforoozandeh#!/lforoozandeh (FB) http://www.amazon.com/Lori-Foroozandeh/e/B002NSC2DU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 (AMAZON)

A Novel Site

“The author Marta Merajver-Kurlat http://www.martamerajver.com.ar/marta/index.php/blogroll), author of Just Toss the Ashes and Living with Stress among others, invited me to participate in this blog hop tour and answer these four questions about my writing process.”

ALL ABOUT MY WRITING PROCEDURE Writers Museum


1)           
What am I working on?

 I am writing a sequel to my first novel, Pieces of You, which will be set exclusively in the future; whereas, Pieces’ protagonist, Mark, time-traveled from past experiences to the near future to the beyond. The title of my new novel, Battle of Jericho 2035, gives ample detail about the  plot. Using the example of how Joshua and his army won the battle of Jericho in a Biblical story, they did not knock the wars of the city down by force. They just marched around it (as commanded by God) and the walls fell flat on the seventh day…

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“READERS ROCK” February Edition-Recipes for Romance :)

READERS ROCK” February’s edition is out now, it’s an up and coming great magazine for readers who want to find new books/and learn about the authors.  It is hot and has to be the best new mag online.  Make sure you check out the “RECIPES FOR ROMANCE” and pg. 46-47 *that’s MY PAGE
http://www.joomag.com/magazine/reader-s-rock-vol-1-issue-8-feb-2014/0140192001392086591

Don’t miss the articles RECIPES FOR ROMANCE

Mine is (of a happy marriage)

1C of Couldn’t stop smiling
1C of Understanding
10C of Trust
20 C of LOVING UNCONDITIONALLY
Stir while adding 1C of “do something for nothing incidents”. (Surprise w/flowers, or a card just because)
Knead (Need) the dough and shape them into BIG hearts and
Cook for about 1 hour on high and the remaining lifetime on not too high or it will get burned but understandably high enough to fit with the situations at hand.
Finally take them out of the oven and put them on a shelf that’s high so nothing can interfere with them and let them live the rest of their lives happily ever after.
Everyone BE HAPPY and have a GREAT VALENTINES DAY!!!