Book Signing #1

First of all, I feel major relief that it’s over – the first one, that is. 🙂

I researched how to do it, what to bring, where to have it and who to invite.

I went to other book signings to see the action.

One might think what’s all the fuss? Set up a card table, pile on some books, and go at it!

Sounds good but I’m an over-planner, insecure as I am.

And there actually are proper preferred guidelines/suggestions.img_4298

Google probably will give me some kind of award for “googling” the most on one subject! But it’s interesting how many different opinions there are out there.

Where I held the book signing was first. I picked the place but didn’t even know if they had signings there. It is a nice pub/café type venue. My pastor knew the owner so introductions were made. The rest is history. Bob couldn’t have been nicer to work with.

Of course I used every social media sight I had to convey the time and place. I even designed and hung a couple of posters in various spots. For those not on social media with me, I handed out a few post cards.

Prior to the day, being a list person, I made mine.

That day, I packed up and headed out. My friends Jean and Becky were my right-hand   (wo)men! I couldn’t have done it without them. Well maybe I could have but I wouldn’t want to! 

Set up was easier and quicker than I had hoped for, and we were ready!
Friends from church along with passerby’s came in and out over the two-hour span. I felt the love! I even met another new author.

All in all, I sold 19 books. Not bad for two hours.
Now I can relax . . . before I start planning the next event. 🙂

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PJ Atlantic OceanSince January 1st a year ago, I have set up and tweaked often my very own blog; joined Twitter and Pinterest and LinkedIn and Instagram and Google+ along with various communities within; set up my blogger Facebook Page, written 105 posts on my blog along with 233 pictures, displayed 219 tweets on my Twitter account; and so far have gathered 187 blog followers, 38 twitter followers, and 42 Facebook Page followers and I guest-posted on

My blog has been visited by people in 23 different countries!

Basically I have done all this by myself, without guidance, other than google searching and researching.

I have revamped my manuscript three times, due to valuable advice received from various sources.

I have joined SLWG and SCBWI. (St. Louis Writers Guild and Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators)

I have read about a zillion other blogs and 15 + books in all sorts of genre.

I’ve been challenged and stretched and aggravated and just plain stumped, but I press on.

Whew! What a ride – so far! 🙂

You know that age old expression “Jack of all trades, master of none?” I feel like that.

But the best part of all this?

In September I began a column on my blog of Faith Stories. It has become the most popular of all my subjects posted; I have had simply wonderful conversations with various people; and have loved sharing their stories and the gospel with the World Wide Web.

I haven’t reached my goal – per social media and publishing standards – but I’m having fun!

I have hopes and dreams and goals.

I hope to entertain, educate, and amuse my dear readers as we journey together forward. I’ll possibly post in a more sporadic manner as I seek less to conform to a schedule and more to the leading of my heart.

I dream of writing about Fun times, Factual stories and Faith-based testimonies.

My goal is to master these social media sights  I’ve landed on (hopefully with some professional advice) and read more books, especially The Good Book, and follow God’s lead in reading, writing and fellowshipping with all.

And may I encourage you, as I encourage myself, to “press on toward the goal (the real goal) to win the prize for which God has called me (us) heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

On my next post, I’ll list my five most popular posts from 2014 for your enjoyment in case you missed any of them.

I love a new year, a fresh start, a clean slate. Don’t you! 🙂

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Was it Something I Said?

a pair of hummingbirdsIt’s a dark grey sky that reflects the mood of my mind today. The realization hit me that I’m losing my hummingbirds.

A few days ago I noted there were not as many of the usual gang flitting around.  I noticed there were long times in between seeing any of the little guys (and gals). I was beginning to worry.

Then I “googled” it!

It’s my first time, my first year with a hummingbird feeder and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. These little creatures are quite the entertainers and often the subject of my camera. Their feeder is right next to my finch feeder with which I am now into my second year.

So. . . I had a thought, and “googled” hummingbirds. (I told someone the other day that “google” is my middle name!) Sure enough, they are in the “snow bird” category. They are leaving me. They are migrators!

My parents were migrators (snow birds). I have some friends that would like to be migrators! 🙂 (You know who you are!) My folks began heading to Florida each winter, first with their trailer then eventually buying a place.

Side note:  did you know that Florida churches have “snow-bird memberships”?  I wonder how that plays out with decisions being made during the rest of the year.  Hmmm.

My parents didn’t exactly leave me as I was already on my own. But these birds, my tiny little buddies are leaving me! OK, OK, I get it. GOD made them this way, for their protection. It’s quite amazing really.

Psalm 50:11:”I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.”

They know, they just know when to go!

Ironically, the above pic is the ONLY pic I’ve been able to get all season of two at a time.  Maybe they are discussing their route south or maybe it’s their “gift” to me! 🙂

I will miss them. But I wish them God-speed on their journey. And I’ll be ready for them in the spring with fresh nectar and nesting material.

They’ll be back.