Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

   Another year has passed and we are approaching the holiday season here in America. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving when family and friends get together around a traditional meal to give thanks for what they have. For the ones with more than they need, I hope you remember those less fortunate and reach out to help in any way you can.
   Over the years, for any number of reasons, I've been far from home at this time, but because of the generosity of good friends, I never had to spend Thanksgiving alone. Of course there was the year I probably would have been happier spending the day alone, lol. It was definitely a learning experience to see how some families act behind closed doors.
   I have been the driving force on Thanksgiving in my family for many years, cooking, baking and organizing the entire meal. Age has finally caught up with me and my grand-daughters have now taken over. They still want grandpa to roast the turkey and make his world famous deviled eggs (nobody makes em like I do, lol), but they will handle everything else.
   I hope and pray everyone will set aside their political and religious differences for at least a day and appreciate their family and friends. Someday they will no longer be there. Life is too short. Count your blessings, however small, as there is always someone with less. Develop a good attitude as that is the one thing that can never be taken from you.
   Happy Thanksgiving to all my G+ friends and thanks for reading.
   Picture is of my grand-daughters helping out last year after I fell behind.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Failed Experiment

   On Monday I published the first of two short stories with the second one going live next week. Not that it will accomplish much, but I said I would and I usually follow through. I have others, but these are the only ones I could afford to have edited.
   The initial response I received on both Google and FB was overwhelming with all the plusses, likes and shares. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful group of friends who encourage me and would like to see me succeed.
   Unfortunately, I've only had one download so far, and that's okay. I have to look at this for the long term. I'm a slow writer and will take many years to build up a collection of stories. My hope for the future is if someone reads and likes one of my stories, they will take a chance on another. When there is nothing else to choose from, I might lose them forever.
   Part of the problem might have been since Amazon puts up 10% for a look inside, only the cover and title page appeared. Thanks to the kindness of D.W. Metz, who took the time to explain to me how to change that, it was easy to contact Amazon and have them increase the look inside to 20%. The other problem is I still don't fully understand how to use key words or phrases correctly.
   This is all still a learning process for me. Every time I publish something new, I become more comfortable with the process. I'm more confident in my formatting and cover design ability with each new project.
   It means so much to me to see more than one cover image on my author's page. Someday there will be many more, but for now, it's just one at a time.
   Thanks for reading!