Category Archives: Blog

Social Media and Me

Three years ago when I began writing, I naively believed that the actual writing would be my greatest challenge to successfully completing my book. Retiring early I had worked on and off for my son and increased my computer skills. I was fairly computer literate. But then came LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, now we have Tumbler, Pinterest and Blogging….. and who knows what is next.

In addition, on every writing site that I subscribe to for support and advice there is more of  the same, more than I can humanly take in and still write, edit etc.

Today alone there were 5 different sites with full page suggestions for:

What I HAVE to do before I publish…

What I should do before I dare publish….

What I need now is to find an editor I can trust. And one I can afford with out selling all my jewelry! And how many times could I need to have it edited…..?

Today these  tasks seem insurmountable.

Here’s to the hope that they look better tomorrow!

So I consider myself lucky that the writing is truly the best part.

Get Known before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

I began with books by Cristina Katz and expanded from there.

Get Known before the Book Deal by Christina Katz …Provides insight on how to use your personal strengths  to reach your readers. How to make yourself visible by building on who you are and why you write. Step by step she walks you through the steps necessary to get your name out there, to develop a following, gain recognition prior to publishing.

The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz…366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques (from the cover). Tips to keep you going every day. Each page has a new tip, and you can skim through the table of contents to find what you need or use the blind method of opening to any page for a quick practice exercise from the tip of the day.

The Characters of He’s Not Your Daddy

All the characters except Tom, Anna and Jo Ann were named during a contest, in which readers chose from a list of appropriate names for the era and personal characteristics.

Tom – a short good-looking man, who had an eye for the ladies. He was in his 30th year in 1941 when he married his 1st wife Anna, who was eight years younger.

Anna – the beautiful country girl who carved out a career for herself in the city, teaching – typing and general book-keeping – to injured veterans to rehabilitate them back into the work force.

Jo Ann– the author and Tom’s daughter from his 1st marriage to Anna.

Ethel – Tom’s 2nd wife who he married in 1953, who had no interest in his previous relationships. She chose to ignore his life before her.

Maude – Anna’s older sister, whose sweetheart was lost during the war. She never married, teaching 7-9th grade until she retired. The sisters lived together for the duration of WWII and were never far from each other throughout their lives.

 Laura – Tom’s mother, a quiet soft-spoken woman who loved her son and would do anything for him. Even to the extent of not seeing her grandchildren.

Herbert – Tom’s father who was no longer able to hold down a job and as a result he was not the man of the house. His family did not respect him.

 Jack – Tom’s younger brother, a pilot in WWII, who left home to escape the unhappy relationship that defined his parents’ life. The two brothers remained close until Tom remarried.

Sara – The beautiful and very young Scottish girl who was the mother of Tom’s Scottish daughter.

FernTom’s daughter born to the beautiful young Scottish girl at the end of the war.

Janice –  Tom’s 3rd daughter from his second marriage. She followed her mother’s lead in that she also refused to acknowledge any of Tom’s children who were not her mothers’.