Not So Accidental Blog Tourist Hop

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Thanks to Catherine Johnson (pictured) for tagging me in the Not-so-accidental blog tourist hop started by Crystal Collier.

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Catherine Johnson who resides in Canada is a really great blogging buddy, whose enthusiasm as a writer/blogger/artist has often cheered me toward my writing goals. Her blog is here and it’s always upbeat, always encouraging, always “alive!” She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books, “Weirdo Zoo” and “The Everglades.” Wonderful books. I keep them on my shelf to share with little ones who surprise me with a visit.

Now, here are some questions with my answers.

1. What am I working on?

A novelette, at best, or maybe just a very long short story! My main character’s name is Calypso. She’s a beautiful artist whose husband for nineteen years has just left her. This story is a mixture of romance and mystery.

2. How does my work differ to others of the same genre?

My work differs to others’ work in the same genre only because it originates with my peculiar insight. For instance, when I told my son to look at things “through my binoculars,” he replied, “You mean your periscope?”  He may be right!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Destiny plays the greater part. I have no choice.

4. How does your writing process work?

I think of my writing as a regular job. Since I’m retired, my schedule is flexible but I write every day, except weekends. In the beginning, I created my stories in longhand. Later, I skipped handwriting and created at the typewriter because it was quicker. Then, came the computer, and it’s very easy to create at its keyboard. I still pen notes and rough drafts on paper. I love all aspects of writing–creating, revising, proofing and publishing. I don’t like marketing very much, but I love the feedback when a reader is inspired enough by a poem, story, or book to comment.

Everyone have a good week. Be happy! Keep writing!  And please browse the ‘Net for a look at my prose, poetry and photography as I blog from the ancient Ozarks hills. You can read about my first novel, “Call of the Cadron,”–contemporary fiction set along a blue-green mountain stream–the Cadron Creek.

Now I pass the blog hop torch over to the following bloggers who will post August 25th.

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Kayla Shown-Dean was born and raised in Arkansas. She is new to writing, but loves it; however, she loves her little boy more, so she doesn’t get to write as often as she would like. She lives with her husband and son and works at Arkansas State University. Her first novel, “Muted” was released recently. And she’s been honored far and wide with book signings, newspaper and radio coverage. This is the book she began at the Hemingway Barn Studio during a writers’ retreat. She’s already at work on her second book. Best wishes to this young and up-and-coming writer!  Kayla blogs here.


unnamed (4)Known as “Spunk On A Stick”,  L. Diane Wolfe conducts seminars on marketing, book publishing, websites, leadership and goal setting. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is an author and business owner, and her experience in a motivational training program gave her in-depth knowledge of relationships, personality traits and success principles. She  is the author of seven books, and her latest title is “How to Publish and Promote your Book Now!” Wolfe presents her seminars through community colleges, organizations & clubs, and offers formatting, stock photos, and consultation services for writers. She also does characterization sessions for schools and speaks to writer’s groups. Wolfe travels the East Coast extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains several websites & blogs, and co-administrates the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site.

Diane’s blog:

Anyone else want to pass the blog hop torch over to your blogging buddies?

It’s been fun! Remember to watch next Monday, the 25th, for Diane and Kayla!


I Thank You Sincerely

With 31 new poems written and posted, I’m  back at writing a short story. Before I begin today’s chapter, I want to say thanks to everyone who viewed, commented, or followed this blog during my poetry-writing month of January 2013.  Your interest amazes me and humbles me. I thank you sincerely.

This is a good time to also say thanks to Roland Mann,  mentor at Hemingway-Pfeiffer Writers’ Retreat, whose advice I followed to begin this blog. He also helped to set it up. Roland teaches Creative Writing at Full Sail University, Orlando, Florida.  His blog is an inspiration to writers as he shares his expertise in the publishing field.

I’d like to say a special thanks to my blog’s top three commenters, according to a WordPress summary. These bloggers have supported me from the beginning with their comments and I can’t thank them enough.  I’ve never met any of them, but wouldn’t it be awesome if I could?

My top three commenters, from the blog’s beginning a year ago, in this order are: Inger WilkersonCatherine Johnson, and Ginger Pruitt. (Ginger does not have a blog, but she is on Facebook)

Inger has a fabulous blog about recipes and healthy food. Her photos are awesome. Her notes attached with the recipes are like a welcoming invitation to dinner.  And you will want to try her recipes.

Catherine’s blog is a happy place to view, so full of life and adventure as she shares her poetry, her delightful reviews of children’s books and novels. She’s friendly and her blog is encouraging and helpful to writers,  poets and bloggers.

Ginger is someone I met through Facebook, and if she had a blog, it would be outstanding.  Her Facebook posts reflect her sense of humor.  Once she found that I write, and that I started the blog, she has faithfully commented with encouragement.

My top three posts with most views in January 2013 were: Book a Flight for Me, Wild Azaleas, Quotes from my diary and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

My top three topics were: Poetry, blogging, photos.

The views came from many countries.

Thanks, again, to all.

Freeda Baker Nichols,
a poet and a writer,
of Banner Mountain, USA