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Happening Now (updated December 2015)
I've just finished my 12th year of Nanowrimo.
From it came two drafts of new novellas.
The first will be a submission after rewrites and edits, so I'll have
more info on that one at a later time.
The second will be the third Artists & Cottages story for Ella M.
I did both in the last 3 weeks of the month after finishing the EMK
novel I started last year and set aside for other things.
I'm fully enjoying writing these shorter novels and novellas where I'm
dealing with different mental issues in different settings along with
each growing romance.
Rehearsal 4, rest assured, is still to come, along with the rest of
I also have a lit fic still in progress and a couple of youth books
on the back burner, as well as beginning sketches for the next Thoughts
& Sketches journal.
Currently, though, I have 2 novels and a novella to rewrite, edit, and
Writer at Work! Stay tuned...
Stanley: A Raindrop's Story hardcover edition
has become a very popular book for all ages. Originally written for
my own children, military brats who had plenty of hard adjustments throughout
their young lives, it received enough interest to put it into limited
distribution book form in 2006.
As interest grew, I realized it needed better
distribution and I wanted to incorporate the beautiful quilt created
by Dorothy LW Murphy made to honor the story. Therefore, the wide distribution
paperback edition in 2010.
It has continued to increase in popularity, with fans of the story buying
copies for every baby shower and birthday party, as well as missionaries
using it in their work, and friends giving it to adults going through
a rough patch.
I am honored that this little story means so much
to so many. It deserves a hardcover edition. Now it has one.
The hardcover edition contains all new illustrations: 30 pages
of bright, bold acrylic paintings in a 34 page, 8"x 8" format.
I'm excited about this new edition and hope old fans and new ones will
be, as well.
For more information, visit Stanley's
Thoughts & Sketches: Gates & Gardens
Writing is incredible therapy. My interest in
helping to guide people out of darkness led, back in my college days,
to a psychology degree. I use what I learned in school, as well as from
my own observations, in my books instead of in field work. One topic
that especially hit me was Narrative Therapy. Not in practice much in
the US as of now, narrative therapy states that the person is not the
problem; the problem is the problem, and the stories we are told about
ourselves interfere with our own personal narrative. We can rewrite
our own narrative once we realize we're living with other people's narratives
of our lives. The best way to explore the difference between others'
narratives and our own is to write it out.
At Elucidate Publishing,
I'm getting resources together to spread the idea of Writing the Light
In through storytelling, journaling, memoirs, etc. Go to the site for
personal essays about how authors and others have used writing as self-therapy.
Write The Light In is also on Pinterest
Along with this, I've been watching the rise in popularity of adult
coloring books. I like the idea, but for me, it's not enough to only
fill in what someone else created. The biggest therapeutic advantage
is in the creativity. So, I came up with my own version: writing/coloring/sketching
journals with some full page images that are less detail-intense than
many adult coloring books and most open enough to add to them with more
images or with words, or simply enjoy the wider open coloring spaces.
Along with this, there are plenty of lined pages for writing out thoughts
and blank pages for unbound writing or for sketching.
Gates & Gardens is the first of this journal series. I have several
more planned. Because I like my journals and sketch books to lie flat
instead of fighting with a spine, and because sometimes I want a nice
large space and other times a small easy-to-carry book, there are two
editions: an 8.5x11 coil bound 200 page full edition and an A5 (pocket
size) 64 page saddle-stiched mini edition.
Go to the Write
The Light In Thoughts & Sketches Journals page for more
If you're a professional in the field and would like to write a brief
article pertaining to writing as therapy/narrative therapy, or if you're
an author who would like to guest blog on the theme, please email.
PA AUTHORS BOOK FESTIVAL
first West PA Book Festival went incredibly well. We had 17 authors
and several groups in attendance, and a good crowd of book lovers who
came to meet us. My huge thanks to authors, sponsors, and attendees
for making it a big success. Many asked if we would do it again next
year. Yes! We will be doing it again next year!
Pennsylvania, the seat of Mercer County, is a beautiful hilly small
town with Victorian buildings and very few stop lights. It's currently
in the middle of a revival led by small business owners and area artists.
Attending authors come from the West PA area, plus a few from nearby
Ohio and New York. We also have with readings and activities for kids,
plus local library representatives and other literary groups.
The festival is hosted by Mercer Mainstreet and runs some of the same
hours as the farm market, right there at the courthouse square.
Find more information at WestPABookFestival.com
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